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4 stars 'Legacy' is a fantastic round trip referring to the good old 1970s, hence reminding me of Diagonal and Astra in some way. A rather extensive instrumentation is to state featuring saxophone, clarinet, flute, theremin and last but not least diverse vintage keyboard/synth stuff. Core members Steve and Dave Houtmeyers have more than 15 years of band experience in the back. All in all you can expect a lush sound, not overinflated though, well thought out and arranged songs. This is how it works.

The tricky opener Requiem (For A Dying Creed) units heaviness, melancholy and melody in a convincing way. The song is arranged like an entertaining epic, with a symphonic touch, uptempo rocking and relaxed parts are alternating. Some reminiscences come up here and there - An Aerial Architect sounds King Crimson inspired and Pink Floyd leanings on the semi-acoustic ballad The Sad Destiny We Lament are absolutely permissible.

Provided with lyrics which even invite you to sing along The Empty Hourglass has a heavy prog outfit basically. This song is a highlight, definitely, made of great variety. Somewhere in between you will detect a jamming part, jazzy and spacey at once, underlaid with repetitive saxophone, mellotron and swirling synthesizer ... wow! As the title might imply My Journey To The Stars is more psychedelic tinged again decorated with hammond organ and a nice flute contribution by Steven Marx.

Finally the second monster track The Great Work brings it all to a close, mixing a cocktail of all the aforementioned styles, hard to describe ... due to this significant 70s retro flavour I'm sure 'Legacy' will please many prog lovers. Several sources designate, reduce the output of HYPNOS 69 on psychedelic rock, at least this album offers much more in my opinion, definitely a wider spectrum of styles and impressions. Strongly recommended.

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Posted Tuesday, August 31, 2010 | Review Permalink
Cesar Inca
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars All through teh first decade of the new millennium, the World prog community has been delightfully witnessing the development of Hypnos 69 into becoming one of the major forces of Belgium's current experimental rock ("The Eclectic Measure"), and subsequently, reinforcing itself as a major voice in the area of psychedelic prog worldwide ("Legacy"). Only time will tell if this is, indeed, the band's magnum opus, but as far as things go to date, this is Hypnos 69's defining highlight of its musical vision. The monumental 18? minute opener 'Requiem (for a dying credo)' is a stunning tour-de-force of various progressive motifs, moods and sonic schemes. The enthusiastic first section is marked by catchy guitar riffs and powerful mellotron washes, in a sort of Gnidrolog-meets-early Yes. Right before the 5 minute mark, the band shifts toward a languid motif, featuring alternated solos on flute and clarinet, but again, things won't take too long before the musicians retake the initial intensity and refurbish it with solid guitar and sax solos. The last 6? minutes serve as a room for the slow, majestic climax, that sits somewhere between classic Yes and "Meddle"-era Pink Floyd: a special mention goes to the magnificent guitar interventions, which effectively emphasize the current grandeur. 'An aerial architect' bears a semi-blues cadence overall, which actually helps the band to augment its approach to retro psychedelia: this song's particular mood is dominated by a mixture of Grateful Dead's cosmic jamming and Burrell-era KC's dynamics, with added shades of early Black Sabbath to provide an extra dose of rocking energy. The jazzy ornaments in the interlude serve as a source of eerie softness before the explosive coda. 'My journey to the stars' is sheer Floydian prog, which in turn makes Hypnos 69 draw closer to the classic albums by Nektar and Eloy: intimate and spacey at the same time, the pastoral lines delivered on flute state a nucleus of melancholy and contemplation. This trend of introspective flight and melancholic flow is preserved for the following piece, 'The Sad Destiny We Lament', whose cosmic mood, abundantly stated by the confluence of mellotron and synths through the bases of acoustic guitar and glockenspiel, designs a dreamy ambience in a most efficient way; once the tympani arrive and the synth layers become bigger and louder, the dream becomes a real mystic experience (? or almost). With 'The empty hourglass' we are treated with another long progressive journey, near the 11 minute mark. The flamboyant energy of the opening track returns here with no strings attached: the opening motif is punchy right away. Forward on, a jazz-oriented jam in 7/8 establishes a subtly crushing cadence, somehow vandergraffian. By the 8 ½ minute mark, a false ending stages a moment of silence that actually paves the way for one last sung portion developed through alarm effects and a tremendously rocking coda. 'Jerusalem' is very different: exotic and mysterious, its central jam creates a moderate crescendo among an atmosphere of bucolic psychedelia that might as well bring memories of Amon Duul II's softer numbers. This great work is closed down by a track precisely entitled 'The great work', a long 18 ½ minute long progressive marathon. Mellotron, Frippian guitar textures, electric piano and bass pedals set the initial mood for the 3 minute opening section. Next is a ceremonious passage full of Floydiand overtones, aimed at the stimulation of the listener's contemplative mind. Around the 10 minute mark, the band states an intensification of the overall ambience by magnifying the rocking vigor implicit in the opening theme. At this point, Marx delivers his wildest sax solo in the entire album. At the 13 minute mark, the band goes all KC-meets-VDGG, and later on, the closing section states something that sounds like a homage to PF's 'Echoes'. More than just a legacy, this album is a manifesto of reasons to love prog rock while we're about to enter the second decade of the new millennium. Hypnos 69 is simply a must in the 21st century prog collector's treasure chest.
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Posted Monday, September 27, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars Hypnos 69 is a band I am always looking after since I discovered them a few years ago, a mixture of stoner, space, psychedelic, and always wonderful and well thought and performed rock. Legacy is their last effort until the moment and it's one of the best thing I've heard on 2010.

The Houtmeyers are back in marvellous form. The sound is 70's at 100%, and this is an continuation of their previous The Eclectic Measure, but somehow I found Legacy more consistent, more powerful, more delicate and more...dreamy.

Each and every track blows me away. They had everything an epic recording needs to be considered so, with so many instrumental passages with catchy riffs, astounding guitars, heavy riffing, touching soloing, dreamy arpeggios, waves and waves of vintage keyboards sounds (lots of mellotron and hammond all around), intrincate and complex forms that fit and flow together so blissfully, dynamic and creative rhythm section. There's even flutes in many places, maybe clarinets, I couldn't say. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. Wow, this has the production I really love, raw, fresh, live, so real, so crunchy. Dark and melancholy moods are so well crafted with the more crystaline and quiet passages I'm trembling to the bones. Ah, the voices, these guys even sing in perfect balance and harmony to every piece of sound in the record. For me, this deserves five bright stars!

What are you reading??? Just go and listen to it!!!!

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Posted Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | Review Permalink
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4 stars How could I have missed out on a band from my own country that lists Anekdoten and Motorpsycho amongst their favorite current bands? With a sound that brings the spirit of early Floyd, Sabbath and Crimson back to life, this album has simply been written just for me.

I don't know if there's a recipe to make the glory of the early 70s come alive again, but getting the sound right is sure one of the main ingredients. And that is exactly what Hypnos 69 achieved here. Just like Diagonal and Astra, the band combines psych-progressive songwriting with a vintage 70s sound that is natural, dynamic, rocking and that respects the true sound of all instruments. No studio tricks, no proTools cut-and paste, no synthetics, no plastic, no fake. The list of instruments is impressive: an array of drum and percussion, bass, guitars, effects, organs, mellotron, saxophone, Hammond,... Luckily not all at once but spread nicely over the plus 72 minute album length.

Another secret to make 'retro' work is to avoid being the umpteenth Genesis or Yes clone. A better approach is to combine different styles into a new mix that - even if derivative - still has a personality of its own. Some of the influences on Legacy are 1970-era Crimson, early 70s hard rock, jazz-rock, Ozzy-vocals, some Floyd, Yes and even some BJH alike vocal harmonies. Hypnos 69 have a history as a stoner band and there are still traces of that in the sound, but the songwriting has become fully Prog, offering long composed suites with spacey instrumental breaks and concise improvisations. It is fun spotting the occasional musical quotes from other bands, from King Crimson for instance (there's an echo of Indoor Games on An Aerial Architect) and from Yes (melodies from The Fish at 3.18 into The Empty Hourglass). My symphonic knowledge is limited to the mainstream bands so there may be more...

The album amply demonstrates that you don't have to excel in originality and innovation to make a worthy addition to today's music. Just like Diagonal and Astra before them, Hypnos 69 have forged their various vintage influences into a remarkable trip back to 1970. 4.5 stars

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Posted Monday, December 27, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars Hypnos 69 are a new band for me, but what a way to be introduced......Legacy is an outstanding mix of classic prog and contemporary stoner rock. I'm not prone to lavishly dishing out 5 stars, but I have no problem in this case. Legacy is a fantastic blend of stunning guitar riffs, beautiful synth melodies, and thoughtful and well delivered lyrics (in English - a plus for the non-Belgian fans). I'm not a huge fan of the sax, but even this instrument contributes to a sound that is reminiscent of 70's classic prog, masterfully produced and recorded. It is hard to seperate any one track from the 7 offered, but if I was to choose just one for my iPod, it would be The Sad Destiny We Lament . A truly outstanding album of 2010.
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Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 | Review Permalink
Sean Trane
Prog Folk
4 stars Fifth album from this excellent Flemish quartet, they managed to better their already superb Eclectic Measure released two years earlier. Coming with an outstanding and very remarkable (as in... you can't possibly miss with its sparkling red-orange colours) psych/prog artwork that fits quite well the sonic content of the album, Legacy is an exciting almost classic prog, but given its decade of birth, we shall call it retro-prog, without it being derogatory in any sense, way, shape or form. Strangely enough, despite loads of guitar heroics, it's not mentioned that Brother Steve plays it (or anyone else for that matter) and the other Steve (Marks is now not only playing wind instruments, but seems tio take care of most of the keyboard parts

Sooooo H69 offers a pretty enthusiasting brand of retro/classic prog rock, with all of the very flattering sounds of that magic decade, including some vintage trons, Moog, Rhodes, sax, flutes and also (and unfortunately-still) those trafficked vocals through some filters and effects, which in the long run become slightly irritating. The band's sound is still quite influenced by Crimson and Anekdoten, but this time much more by Fripp's cohorts (more the Court to Islands era) than on the previous album, but not being too derivative. It would be easy to point out the opening and closing suites as the highlights of the album (and they are), but there is more to it than that. All of the tracks are of a good level, if not Jerusalem being a tad weaker.

Opening on 18-mins+rapid fire heavy motif, the 3-movement Requiem suite is a now-typical H69 track, with plenty of breaks and tempo changes, excellent interplay between all. Indeed the almost 18-mins closing ambitious (look at the movements' titles) "Great Work" suite is almost perfect in its progression from a quiet slow start, gradually moving and strengthening (via some wild guitar soli) into a solid rocker with some very entertaining moments and ending up into a grandiose finale, but not before having induce down your spine a few chills and tingles, before heading out ever so quietly.

Well from the more accessible prog from Belgium (this means not counting Aranis or Univers Zero), it appears that the match is quite close between Madelgaire's (Im)Patience and Hypnos' Legacy, but I think the latter edges out the competition, mostly because it's flawless.

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Posted Thursday, January 6, 2011 | Review Permalink
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4 stars A great collection of retro rock with prog qualities in the vein of Procul Harum, Robin Trower, Uriah Heep, Nektar, Grand Funk, Blind Faith, Traffic, Utopia, and even Camel and Pink Floyd. Impeccable sound reproduction, stellar drumming and guitar leads and compositional and lots of 'borrowed' riffs/melody lines from classic rock and prog rock songs. This album is exciting and never dull, if a bit familiar. For example: imagine Traffic and post-Sinfield/Lake/Giles KCrimson jamming to Yes' "The Fish" "schindleria praematurus" vocal riff: you get "The Empty Hourglass" (9/10). Or how 'bout Fripp/Eno and Jethro Tull playing with Pink Floyd on their 1974 Dark Side of the Moon tour: you get "The Great Work" (8/10). Or Blind Faith playing on stage with Supertramp and Nektar on the "Journey to the Centre of the Eye" album tour: you get "Requiem (for a Dying Creed)" (9/10). Anyway, you get my drift. The bottom line is that this is excellent music for listening--especially for bringing you back to about 1972 or 3--yet all original music with its own charm and clever hooks. Well composed, well performed, excellent production--well done, Hypnos 69!

4.5 stars. Not sure if this is a true masterpiece--though it is reminiscent of many masters of the 1970s. 4.5 stars for now! We'll see in five years how memorable much less essential this one is.

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Posted Monday, December 12, 2011 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
4 stars This is the latest album from Belgium's HYPNOS 69 and for me it's a big step up from their previous record "The Eclectic Measure". The main issue I had with the previous album was the vocals, i'm just not a fan of the tone of them when he sings with passion. And while this issue had an influence on my rating for that one, I feel they've upped their game in a major way here making this a solid four star albums despite some perceived flaws by yours truly. I agree with Hugues that they've changed their sound somewhat to more of a KING CRIMSON flavour circa "In The Court Of The Crimson King" / "Islands" sound with the prominant sax and mellotron at times. So yes "Legacy" is an apt title for this recording. This is an almost 73 minute album yet the time flies by when listening, that says a lot.

Things get started with the almost 18 minute opener called "Requiem(For A Dying Creed)". It hits the ground running and this continues for almost 2 minutes when it settles down and vocals join in. So much going on here as the bass, organ, guitar and mellotron impress. It settles back even more 4 1/2 minutes in with clarinet helping out. Great section before 7 minutes with sampled spoken words then it kicks in hard with some ripping sax. The guitar takes over then themes begin to be repeated starting around 10 minutes. Love the guitar solo after 16 minutes that goes on to the end. Nice! "An Aerial Architect" reminds me of "21st Century Schizoid Man" for almost a minute with the heaviness and sax, then it settles down with vocals. This is a pretty good sax driven tune people and check out the sound just after 5 minutes. "My Journey To The Stars" has this intricate and relaxed sound as reserved vocals join in. Clarinet replaces the vocals before 2 minutes and we get some floating organ as well. A tasteful guitar solo 3 1/2 minutes in that becomes passionate as it plays out. I like the spacey final minute.

"The Sad Destiny We Lament" has a PINK FLOYD vibe with those melancholic synths. Vocals join in as well in this psychedelic beauty. "The Empty Hourglass" is almost 11 minutes in length and one of my favourites. It opens with some excellent drum work as the guitar and organ join in and light it up early on. Vocals and sax take over as it settles back some. I like the calm with sax after 3 minutes as it trips along. Mellotron 6 minutes in as the guitar starts to solo. Vocals follow then a big finish. "Jerusalem" has a relaxed sound to it with clarinet and vocals. Check out the sax later on as the sound turns heavier. "The Great Work" ends it and this is the 18 1/2 minute closer. This is slow moving and beautiful with spacey keys, subtle guitar notes and plenty of mellotron. Words speak out of the floating soundscape. Drums before 3 1/2 minutes and the guitar becomes more passionate, organ too. It kicks in harder after 5 minutes, amazing! It settles down again then a guitar solo arrives 9 1/2 minutes in followed by sax a minute later. The sax is insane 12 1/2 minutes in then mellotron arrives a minute later. A calm arrives after 15 minutes to the end.

Yes this one grew on me as my first listen didn't go all that well. I'm still not big on the vocals but this is easily 4 stars despite them.

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Posted Saturday, October 18, 2014 | Review Permalink
5 stars Hypnos 69 is a Belgian avant-garde rock band. Founded in 1994, Hypnos 69 has released five albums (including a remake), two EPs and a live show. Hypnos in the name of the team is Hypnos in charge of sleep and subconsciousness among Greek gods, and 69 is the meaning of balance and stability (maybe this is also the characteristics of band music). When I listened again recently, I discovered that it had a lot of creative ideas and backgrounds that could not be ignored. Therefore, I re-examined its lyrics and related notes in the lyrics book and found some mistakes. The opening song had some ambiguous interpretations. After understanding the overall concept of the album, it was discovered that it should be explained in the other direction. The latter song later discovered that it was originally referring to the four steps of alchemy. It was very rewarding to go to the wiki! (ps, recently researching Jung, discovered that Jung's late enthusiasm for alchemy was reminiscent of late Newtonians who also loved occultism. Is it natural that paranormalism is the last thing that scientists are obsessed with? Because science always explains everything. As soon as the explanation is finished, then life has decided and lost its meaning. Therefore, we need to find some mysterious things to reconstruct our present value.

1.Requiem (for a Dying Creed) Looking at the concept of "heritage" around the entire profession, the title of this song is "Requiem for a faith that will be dead for a line". This belief transcends the commonplace, but it is not understood and supported by the world, hence the name " Will die, meaning shaky. In the lyrics, this conviction is turned into an anthropomorphous "her". At the beginning of life, she longed for the future (representing the concept of advancement, that is, the legacy). However, our fate seems to be doomed and cannot be changed. She walks alone. On the dangerous road to exploitation, it soon fell and disappeared. But although we were shaped in a uniform way (losing personality), we were still attracted by her advanced spirit (charm). But this belief and her legacy have been hidden. One day it will soar and awaken people's inner being. So in her heart and inheritance, we aim for this splendid scene. Although she is dead, her legacy is It is revealed that she is the seeker of truth and the source of youth. Her legacy is truth, and what we usually see is an illusion. For this reason, I made a requiem and the stars shine around her legacy.

2.The Aerial Architect In the lyrics, the lyrics written in this song refer to some of Newton's words. Yes, that's Newton who wrote the "Philosophical Principles of Natural Philosophy." The song title "Air Architect" seems to refer to the God who built everything? Or refer to Newton himself? In short, Newton, as a representative of the spiritual leaders of mankind, not only thinks and questions, he inherits inheritance, but also creates inheritance. Of course, the last sentence, "Respect for great works," is the last song of the album, "the great work."

3.My Journey to the Stars The meaning of the song is relatively simple. The Shangri-La Holy Land represents the truth. It is actually a group of stars. I am on the journey to the stars. I have abandon the chaos, greet endless joy, and go home to explore the truth.

4.The Sad Destiny We Lament This song roughly states that people have abandoned their beliefs for various reasons. This story is staged and reincarnation time after time. We can only finally lament our sadness and destiny (but it is self-abortion, isn't it?). We mourn the dream. , and I long to wash away all this. It's just that the phrase "Inside my Insight" doesn't quite understand what it means, but it's time to think about it again (when it might be just rhyme).

5.The Empty Hourglass This song is more difficult to explain, as if to say that the birth of a conceited day, he has a goal but very confused, he can cross the dimension, foresee the future, but in the end it said "time is running out." In the sentence "In seven tensions", I understood the "superstring and membrane theory" in physics. I believe that this day's favored man can cross the membrane of the universe.

6.Jerusalem The purpose of this song is to say a great and lonely person (always sailing the world and saving the world alone). The song says that he comes with the truth, but it also comes with a yoke (because there is a rise of the truth, there will be fools against it.) ). Jerusalem is both heaven and hell, so it was later said, "Are we exempted?" Does this mean Jesus? After all, Jesus was conspired by the chief of Jerusalem to let Judah kill.

7.The Great Work Before the official lyrics, keep repeating these words: That which is below underlying to that which is Above, and that which is is opposite corresponds to that which is Below, to achieve the miracle of the One Thing. - Hermes Trismegistus In the following is equivalent to the above, in the above equivalent to the following, to complete the miracle of One Thing. - Hermes Tris Mogis Hermes is one of the twelve main gods in Greece and is a powerful embodiment of the natural world. Tris Mogis is the Tooth of the Egyptian gods, the god of wisdom and the moon god. In Hellenized Egypt, the Greeks discovered that their deity, Hermes, was exactly the same as the Egyptian deity, and the two deities were then worshipped together. What does One Thing mean? I think it means the great work - The Great Work. In addition, according to a more important clue in the lyrics, there are several explanations under the heading: 1.Nigredo: corruption, dissolution, individuation (darkness: corruption, dissolution, individualization) 2.Albedo: purification, burnout of impurity; the Moon, female (whitening: purification, burning impurities; moon, female) 3.Citrinitas: spiritualisation, enlightenment; the Sun, male (Huanghua: spirit, enlightenment; sun, male) 4.Rubedo: unification of Man with God and the Limited with the Unlimited (Redness: Unity of man and God, unity of finite and infinite) This is obviously the four steps taken from alchemy - Magnum opus (Latin The Great Work)! Although it began as a four-step process of describing alchemy or refining the Philosopher's Stone (blackening → whitening → yellowing → redness), it has been widely used to describe the spiritual transformation of humans through the interpretation and development of Ringier. , is a symbol that symbolizes the human spirit has undergone a qualitative change and leap! The great works have gone through four steps: dissolve and impart individuality → purification → spirituality and enlightenment of civilization → the unity of man and God. Interestingly, the band thinks that purification is responsible for women, and that spirituality and rationalization are the responsibility of men. In the end, a perfect harmony and unity, that is, two sentences that are repeatedly spoken: the above corresponds to the following, and the following corresponds to the above. This is obviously a great harmony between heaven and earth! However, I said "ha ha ha" that the meaning of the song is not the same, and the great work eventually became a legacy (even no one inherited). The song first states that the great soul is floating above and illuminates everything below. He is the creator of God. However, because of human misdeeds, the Creator eventually gave up the world. He took back his heritage and let people wake up from the dream. He still did not forget to make a rumor (prophecy)?an ancient philosophy. But it was guided by the serpents of Eden, and theology had long gone astray and entered the final error. This outcome is undoubtedly related to the theme of the first song: Requiem, the requiem for the God who gave up the world (and the human spiritual leader represented by Newton). The song's melody is still quoted in this song, which is a summarization of the theme of the entire post-Legacy heritage. In this way, one can probably understand the meaning of the cover: the personification of the human spirit (the magic stone that is smelted out) and the personification of "He" is in a pool of blood. He is abandoned by man and no one inherits his inheritance, and humans But in the wrong direction of the serpent of the Garden of Eden, he looked upon the truth. This is a tragic kernel album, and I think that any person who is ahead of us will always want to say a scorn to the world: ?? I share my Prophecies unto a world that I forsake

For this cover, the band's bandcamp has a description: Legacy: Tells the tale of the Apple of Eden, the Philosophers Stone, the Egyptian mfkt, or the Biblical Manna and how it got lost on the Dark Rivers of Time. Symbolic for this journey are the writings of Isaac Newton and the intriguing insight he had on The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus. The artwork by Italian graphic artists Malleus illustrates the concept of the Apple and the Snake of Eden, the oldest reference to Hermeticism and ancient Alchemy and our legacy of a higher knowledge.

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Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Review Permalink
5 stars Hypnos keep one foot in the present and one foot in the incense-clouded psychedelic past on Legacy, which includes extensive influence from more or less every classic prog band which took a significant influence from the psychedelic age and some more obscure ones besides. (For instance, I could swear that buried in the musical morass of the Empty Hourglass I caught lead vocalist Steve Houtmeyers hitting a stentorian tone reminiscent of Fantasy's Howard Werth, whilst slipping in a lead guitar melody reminiscent of The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) by Yes.)

The peak of the album is the epic closing track, the magnificent The Great Work, the parts of which are named after the different stages that alchemical lore describes for the production of the Philosopher's Stone - and in this morass of space, prog, and psychedelic influences, with Steven Marx tooting up an absolute storm on saxophone that wouldn't go amiss on one of Van der Graaf Generator's wilder efforts, Hypnos 69 turn their diverse ingredients into gold.

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Posted Friday, August 12, 2016 | Review Permalink
4 stars My first musical encounter with this Belgian formation was during the interesting Dutch Symforce II Festival in 2008 (organized by Belgian proghead #1 John Bollenberg, unfortunately only 3 editions). Hypnos 69 presented their new (4th) album entitled The Eclectic Measure, in fact their final effort because the band was on the brink of calling it a day. But due to the many positive reactions on their performance and the sales from their albums during that Symforce II Festival, Hypnos 69 decided to continue making progrock and in 2009 the band released this album entitled Legacy. Unfortunately it turned out to be their swansong.

On this fifth CD Hypnos 69 starts with the epic Requiem - For A Dying Creed (around 18 minutes. First a fluent hrythm with sumptuous Hammond organ, fiery guitar runs and strong, a bit raw vocals. Then lots of shifting moods, including powerful saxophone and moving guitar with lush Mellotron. And finally a splendid conclusion featuring a Cry Baby wah-wah drenched guitar solo with awesome Mellotron violins, what a great start! Then five alternating tracks.

King Crimson inspired with propulsive guitar and saxophone in An Aerial Architect.

Dreamy with bluesy guitar and Hammond organ in My Journey To The Stars.

Psychedelic with majestic Mellotron choirs in The Sad Destiny We Lament.

Bombastic and pure rock with swinging saxophone and biting wah-wah guitar in The Empty Hourglass.

Pretty experimental with an avant-garde saxophone sound in Jerusalem.

And finally another epic composition entiled The Great Work (around 18 minutes), a lot happens.

Mellow with Mellotron violins and bluesy guitar to compelling bombastic with Hammond.

Captivating King Crimson-like interplay between Mellotron violins and propulsive electric guitar.

Along parts with flute and saxophone, very interesting but also a bit complex.

To me this album sounds in the vein of their previous effort, but a bit more adventurous, one to discover!

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Posted Friday, April 20, 2018 | Review Permalink
5 stars Electric guitar fans, throw yourself on this cake !

Contrary to the classification that was made when this group entered ProgArchives, Hypnos 69 is more in the Eclectic Prog, than in the Psychedelic Space Rock. In any case, this is what we can see when listening to "Legacy" where we find a very strong influence of King Crimson as in "An Aerial Architect" which smacks of "Picture Of A City" . From the opening track, the tone is set with long energetic guitar solos, flute, sax interspersed with quieter passages and a song that is not unlike the voice of Mick Rogers (singer and guitarist of the Manfred Mann's Earth Band). The suite alternates between the influences of the first Pink Floyd "The Sad Destiny We Lament" or "My Journey To The Stars" and King Crimson. But the centerpiece of the album is (as the name suggests!) "The Great Work". A long series of 18 minutes where melotrons and guitars worthy of R. Fripp compete in ardor with the sax and the flute. A masterpiece of Prog Symphonique where a demented crescendo plunges into a smooth finale! Hey, is it already over? Damn ! 72 minutes that pass like a treat ... for those who will not be put off by long guitar solos.

With its superb cover, this album deserves its five stars, even if some will regret the lack of originality of the whole. So what ? Do we have to create original music at all costs? Is it really still possible, by the way? The question remains.

Why did Hypnos 69 stop after this gem ?

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Posted Sunday, August 23, 2020 | Review Permalink
5 stars Hypnos 69 was a progressive rock band from Belgium and one of the most underrated bands ever. Their album Legacy from 2010 is a pure music gold. Hypnos 69 has a really unique sound and the combination of heavy guitars, organ, mellotron, jazz elements with sax and flute parts and it is all masterfully combined into their 18 minute epic Requiem (for a Dying Creed) a three part masterpiece. Various mood changes that stretch from heaviness to calm and back.

An Aerial Architect is one of the coolest songs I've ever heard, fantastic dense brass opening lines and energy that goes out trough out this piece make this an amazing track.

My journey to the stars is a shorter, more melodic song which features a great vocal performance. The Sad Destiny We Lament is a melodic tune filled with space elements it represents a passage from and to the thunder.

The Empty Hourglass is a heavy prog piece and it introduces us to Jerusalem. a tale that is being told trough the clarinet and the interesting vocals.

The four part epic The Great Work is a fantastic way to end this album, a 18 minute prog ride, starts slowly and mysterious and again we have a fantastic build up from the band and down-tempo outro. This album perfectly delivers various styles of prog from space psych to heavy, symphonic and eclectic.

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Posted Friday, November 27, 2020 | Review Permalink

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