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PROMISE OF A NEW MOON

Hypnos 69

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.36 | 35 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This second album of Hypnos 69 starts in the wildest possible manner. Almost punkish (which is rather bizarre for a band catalogued as space/psychedelic.But Vertigo gives this impression.

The least that I can say is that this album sounds really heavy (Burning Ambition) and very average (The Devil Knows My Name). If, at times, the band sounded spacey during their first album, this feeling is almost completely erased from their second offering. Fully heavy prog, at best.

Burning Ambition is more of an improvised song which turns to be attractive after three minutes. The awful and shouting vocals are evacuated and a pleasant jam can take place and lead to a devastating break. A softer mood, just to allow the listener to take a breathe of fresh air, is taking place for a while but the crazy beat will go on till the end. A pity, these vocals.

Cradle Rock is no lullaby either. The band remains in very heavy territory. The bass play is again excellent (but Tom Van Laer was already fantastic on their debut album). Another furious song.

The first song which might be considered fully spacey is These Are Dreams. Not very inspired, I'm afraid : no real structure, somewhat improv oriented. But PT has done better in this style.

One of the best song from Promise Of A New Moon is the ambient The Kaleidoscope Voyager. Very good drumming for this quieter song. More in the vein of their debut. The rhythm is picking up nicely towards the end, while a great guitar solo enters the scene.

My fave and fully PT oriented song is Dragondance. Some metal flavours are beautifully flourishing in this instrumental piece. A highlight. It should have been nice to close this album on such a high note because Married To The Sea is very much dispensable.

Three stars for this work.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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