HYPNOS - Hypnos

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Stoner/Desertrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 165 / 11-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Crusher | Autor: ML

The Swedish quintet from Gothenburg spreads a lot of action on their debut album. Luckily, they don't beat everything down. There's even time for intermediate and flute tones, but Twin Guitars reminiscent of early Iron Maiden can also be heard immediately on the opener "Hands Of Evil". Even in the further course of the album the guitarists Oskar Karlsson and Fredrick Bäckström surprise again and again with rich riffs and solos. Like the band, they don't leave the sound structure of the seventies by a single meter. And because they process the whole thing so naturally and freshly, it doesn't get even a trace boring on any of the eight tracks. They're passing the usual suspects. A little free here, a little Black Sabbath there and even the early seventies status quo or Judas Priest as they sounded on their first albums, send their greetings. It rumbles and thunders at every corner, most beautiful with the doom-like quasiballad "Nightmares", in which singer and flutist Philip Lindgren with his mighty voice also reaches top form.

Top track: Nightmares

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