Power of Metal.dk Review

Private Sessions
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 20 April, 2012
Playing time: 45:10

The guitarist Jeff Westlake is the man behind the hard rock band Hydrogyn and together with Julie Westlake (vocals), Joe Migs (drums) and Chris Sammons (bass) they have released their fourth album with 'Private Sessions'.

I can't put my thumb exactly on where the missing parts is, but I have tried to find anything original or unique with this piece of art. The highlight tracks are the songs where Julie give us the full strength and energy from the depths of her lungs and give us value from her vocal resources, but it's not on all the tracks it happens contrariwise, but there are 2 or 3 songs that are great.

In the heavy intro track 'Something To Say' they handle it perfectly. In the track 'Scream' it glides out of their hands and in the end there is only the chorus worth a mention. In 'Heated Nights' I can give a thumb up and a gentle applause to Jeff's guitar solo. The best track in my ears is 'Creepers' where the groove and vocals fit in harmony and it has some heavy powerful riffs and nice harmonies that got stuck in my mind. The rest is in a kind of mid/slow-tempo and so average it's hard to stand. Julie has a very good voice, but it doesn't fit with these tracks. It sounded better on 'Bombshell' from 2006 and checkout their cover on AC/DC's 'Back In Black' on "Strip Em Blind Live" from 2007.

A spoon of 'Heart' mixed with a little dose 'Evanescence' and a big cup of plain, straight forward rock I've heard millions of times, that's my feelings after spins of Private Sessions.

01. Something To Say
02. Forbidden Kin
03. Scream
04. I Don't Know How
05. Heated Nights
06. Creeper
07. Don'tcha Walk Away
08. Roseline's Song
09. Feeling
10. Alone

11. It Doesn't Matter
12. Un Monde Perdu (Europe Bonus)
Label: Rapid Fire Entertainment/Connecting Music
Distribution: Sound Pollution
Artwork rating: 77/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 31 March, 2012
Website: www.hydrogyn.com