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Album Review

Based on the album title and the "hello, sailor!" album cover, Hydrogyn know exactly what their selling point is: hot'n'fancy (albeit slightly hoarse'n'scratchy) singer Julie Westlake. (One could also point out, somewhat bitchily, that clearly the band name was chosen in tribute to hydrogen peroxide, clearly how Westlake's hair got that particular shade of dirty blonde.) A throwback to the mid-'80s heyday of candy-coated pop-metal — the band even roped in Scorpions producer Michael Wagener for authenticity's sake — Bombshell delivers on all the important elements of the style. The guitars are loud but impeccably produced. The rhythm section is mixed so that all that's audible is the reverbed snare and the ride cymbal. Hyper-dramatic power ballad? You betcha, track four, "Breaking Me Down." Blatant Led Zeppelin ripoff? Same song, when lead guitarist Jeff Westlake keeps threatening to break into "Kashmir." Original ideas? Sorry, look someplace else. On the other hand, Bombshell is one of those albums that has a very particular set of artistic criteria, and it fulfills them all; on that level, it's hard not to admire it. Vixen and "These Dreams"-era Heart fans especially should check it out.

Customer Reviews

It's Truly About The Music.

Don't let the raunchy cover fool you. This is a well disciplined, professional, talented hard working band out of Texas. The band plays crisply and cleanly. They sound tight and enthusiastic. The lead singer Julie, has a strong full voice and her delivery is consistently solid. She has her own way of getting into and out of a riff that has an uncanny Pat Benatar feeling to it. But that voice!! I would be fascinated to hear Julie duet with Avril Lavigne. PJ.

Excellent album!

Excellent album! Excellent new group. Highly recommend it. I fell in love with Julie's soft and powerful voice (I know it sounds contradictory) the first time I heard them on the Daily Source Code podcast.

Like doro but better!

Deserve to be bigger


Genre: Rock

Years Active:

A female-fronted, high-energy modern rock unit based out of Ashland, Kentucky, Hydrogyn splits the difference between old-school, hook-driven hard rock and groove-laden alt-metal. Founded in 2004 by guitarists Jeff Westlake and Jeff Boggs and powerhouse vocalist Julie Westlake, the band released its debut album, Best Served with Volume, shortly after forming. The LP caught the attention of Pepsi, who endorsed Hydrogyn and helped to land them a key slot at the 2005 NASCAR Chevy Rocking 400. Subsequent...
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