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Hypnos 69


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.20 | 362 ratings

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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!

TenYearsAfter | 4/5 |


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