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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

Rock and Roll The Way It Should Be

I first got interested in this band, knowing one of the members. I didn't know what a treat I had stumbled onto. Remember when an album would come out and you were actually excited to get it ? This is the way Bombshell will treat you. First off, you can't get around noticing Julie. Drop dead gorgeous, but also has a set of killer pipes. The songwriting is slick, full of infectious hooks and melodies. The production is tight too, as the legendary Michael Waegener has foreseen the potential in this band to lend his expertise. Most new music these days, after a few songs I turn the radio back on. Bombshell had me air guitaring the whole way through a 2 hour drive. The rhythm section has changed since the album was cut, but another thing you will notice after a track or two, that's besides a dynamic singer, this band has a twin pronged guitar attack, of Jeff Westlake and Jeff Boggs. Not just two guys up there playing a few flavor of the day licks, but two bonfide future "guitar hereos", in a day and age where the world definitely needs more of them. Whether you are a player, or just a fan, you will realize that these two can flat out burn up a fretboard. Things are looking up for this young band, they have generating enough interest to start doing some shows overseas. Jump on the bandwagon now, because it's going to get very crowded ! There is a lot of ear candy on this album, front to back. Instead of listing several tracks, I think you will enjoy them all. But I will admit being partial to "Blind". Best of luck to the band !


This is an amazing album, great songs, great performances and great production, a must have! And what a voice! Hopefully this is where music is going in 2007 Thank you HYDROGYN

Hot and Powerful

Finally, a female lead singer that can get a little nasty but still hold the harmony.


Genre: Rock

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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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