From: Huntington, WV, United States
Last Known Status: Active
In January 2004, West Virginia guitarists Jeff Westlake and Jeff Boggs began work on a new experiment – a compelling modern heavy rock tour de force like no other on the scene – an outfit designed to destroy musical and industry barriers.
Jeff Westlake on the blueprints behind HYDROGYN, “We wanted something a broad audience could love but also be something special. Something that stood out."
Fortified with cutting edge riffs, intelligent lyrics and massive hooks delivered by Julie (just “Julie”), a stunning front lady with a multi-octave range, the result is a formula set to conquer everything from Alternative Rock to Modern Hard Rock to Timeless Metal without sacrificing credibility.
HYDROGYN is built to explode.
By the time the band’s self-produced debut hit the scene, the industry was already putting their ears to the ground, picking up on the rumble that is HYDROGYN. Best Served With Volume found the band in favor with soft drink giant Pepsi, who not only sponsored the fledgling outfit but hoisted them in front of tens of thousands strong at NASCAR (Chevy Rocking 400 May 2005). The audience response was nothing short of inspiring. It was clear, even without prior exposure to the band, onlookers fell into the hands of the fivesome’s massive, genre leaping sound and mesmerizing front lady, making the case that Jeff Boggs, Jeff Westlake, Julie, bassist Chris Sammons and drummer Josh Kitchen were onto something.
The audience affect was verified when HYDROGYN began packing clubs in the Midwest and New England areas, selling out venues that seated up to 1500 people. Smaller venues had them booked for multiple nights. HYDROGYN was rapidly becoming a live band to be reckoned with.
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West Virginia rock act Hydrogyn has released a video for the brand new song "My Redemption." The video represents the first single from the upcoming release "Redemption" due out March 10th on HighVolMusic.
The video was shot on location in Ironton, OH at the old historic Ironton City Jail. The city mayor gave permission to use the location as the film site. The jail is being torn down by the city, but withheld from final destruction until filming was complete. The location was the perfect place to shoot with its dilapidated structure and surroundings that matched the dark and heavy vibe of the song.
Located in Ironton, Ohio, the building opened on September 22, 1892 on the site of a former market place at Railroad and North 4th streets. Dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic, the Women’s Relief Corps, American Expeditionary Forces and the Spanish-American War soldiers, the building housed a library and relics from the war and later the city hall and jail. It was abandoned in 1996.
Constructed for $20,000 by the Yost and Packard Architectural firm of Columbus to honor Civil War Veterans, the building was dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic, the Women’s Relief Corps, American Expeditionary Forces and the Spanish-American War soldiers. The original deed from 1889 stated that the building could be used only for Union soldiers, their widows and orphans, and that it would contain a library and be a place for “relics of a patriotic nature.”
In 1905, a fire burned most of the structure that left only the front stone facade and tower, taking with it the Briggs Public Library. Memorial Hall was soon rebuilt and used as a library. The building also suffered from the Ohio River floods of 1913 and 1933 but no major damage was reported. After the library moved out in the 1960s, the building housed the Ironton city jail and city hall until 1996, when a deteriorating roof, floor joist, and stairs led to its closure.
The "Redemption" track listing is as follows:
2. My Redemption
3. Tail Spin
4. Devil God Devil
6. Break In two
7. Down In Flames
8. Hey Ho
9. In The End
Check out "My Redemption" here: More...
HighVolMusic is pleased to announce that its first release of 2017 will be the new effort from Hydrogyn titled "Redemption." Set for a March 10th, 2017 release, "Redemption" features new vocalist Erica Parrott and takes the band in a heavier direction with a modern day metal appeal.
Hydrogyn signed with the label in November for a deal that not only includes "Redemption" but the entire back catalog for the band. Founding member Jeff Westlake comments:
"Signing with HighVolMusic is just a natural fit for Hydrogyn. Bill Chavis is where it all started with 'Bombshell' in 2006 and so with Erica now on board it just seemed it was time to come home. So to do it right we did the entire catalog just to tighten the family up."
A sampler from the new album can be heard below, and the "Redemption" track listing is as follows:
2. My Redemption
3. Tail Spin
4. Devil God Devil
6. Break In two
7. Down In Flames
8. Hey Ho
9. In The End
10. Jenny More...
Hydrogyn has posted a video clip online with vocalist Julie discussing the band's upcoming activity and work on a new album. You can check out the clip below, and the band also commented:
"It has been a year in the making but Julie has finally climbed back in the saddle and is ready to bring Hydrogyn back to the masses. This is the first installment of video Blogs that will posted by the band leading up to the new release."
Hydrogyn has checked in with the following announcement about returning from hiatus to work on a new release and line up new tour dates:
"Hello Hydrogyn fans. We are very happy to be back up and running again. For those of you that did not know Julie had been very ill since mid October of 2010 and the band because of that the band has only been able to do one show in support of the Billboard charting Judgement. It has been a long haul for the band and Julie since that time.
"Now that she is back up to speed fully and has been cleared for full activity the band has decided to start the next project. That next project is a new release. Julie has stated that this is going to be the mother of all Hydrygyn releases to this point.
"With that statement goes alot of news as well. The band has started this new phase by hiring a new management company as well as securing a new label deal as well.
"Management deal will be disclosed along with the new US label and European label news very soon. The one thing we will start with is Musiconlights. This is a company that is part of the overall team now and is based in France. Mike and the group there will be helping to facilitate and help with all management activities.
"All deals in place and the new release and tour...yes we said tour will be starting in the fall. There will be video updates and blogs as well now that Julie is back to 100%"
In the latest Hydrogyn online youtube diary for the new Hydrogyn album Judgement, the tracks have finally been revealed. In addition, the artwork of Judgement has been posted as well. In the new video diary, Jeff Young, Julie and Jeff Westlake talk about the meaning behind the new album title and the release date. Jeff Young says that Judgement will most likely be released in Europe before the United States. Jeff Westlake also says that there might be a special pre-sale with special packaging before the record is released through the label.
2. Big Star (featuring dUg pinnick)
3. Self Destruct
5. Rusted Love
6. Gold Dust Woman
7. New Messiah
9. Right Thing Now
10. Lost Reality
Julie - The Voice
Jeff Westlake - Guitars
Jeff Young - Guitars
James LoMenzo - Bass
Joe Migz - Drumz
dUg pinnick - Vocals & Bass
HYDROGYN: Judgement Produced by Jeff Westlake & Jeff Young / Mixed by Jeff Westlake."Right Thing Now" mixed by Michael Wagener. More...
Jeff Young, the lead guitarist for Hydrogyn has announced: "We are honored and privileged to announce that none other than Mr. Doug Pinnick — the man, the myth, the legend from the esteemed band KING'S X — has contributed bass and vocals for a song on 'Judgment' called 'Big Star'."
Jeff Young has issued a statement about the collaborations with Doug Pinnick: More...
Hydrogyn has issued the following in response to the untimely death's of Ronnie James Dio and Paul Gray:
"It's been a bittersweet past couple of weeks here in camp Hydrogyn. Firstly, we are deeply saddened by the passing of our mentor and dear friend, Ronnie James Dio. As a member of Megadeth, Jeff Young was fortunate to share much of the U.S. "Dream Evil" tour with the band Dio. Hydrogyn co-guitarist, Jeff Westlake was also a close friend of the "King of Rock-n-Roll" having had the rare opportunity to film & record many classic Black Sabbath and Dio concerts around the globe, with Ronnie's blessing. As you can imagine, we've been pouring through those very DVD & VHS archives over the past days, reminded in no uncertain terms, of this artist's true genius.
"We all shared many personal times with Ronnie and he was always the consummate gentleman and professional. Often overlooked, his sense of humor and wit were among his most charming and disarming character traits. Hydrogyn has covered "Rainbow in the Dark" in their concerts from the onset and we have all learned from the master via the many Dio and Black Sabbath songs played in various cover bands from our youth. This is not only a huge loss to the world of music and metal but a definitive blow to humanity.
"As we are in the home stretch of the recording and mixing process for our new album, we can't help but feel Ronnie's influence and presence looming over us and all around us, larger than life. We understand that we are just a handful of the countless musicians that Ronnie has influenced so, we consider the fact that we were blessed to know him, a priceless gift, never to be forgotten.
"We are also a band that's been touched by cancer on the home front as a result of Jeff Young's personal battles with "the monster." We urge those seeking to honor Ronnie's memory in some way, please donate to the Lance Armstrong Foundation's efforts to wipe out cancer: livestrong.org
"On another note, as fans of the band Slipknot - we are further dismayed to learn the news of bassist Paul Gray's untimely passing. Although we didn't have the fortune to meet the man, we enjoyed his musical contributions and he will surely be missed by many. We are glad that our musical cohort, James LoMenzo has stepped in to fill the shoes of Mr. Gray on the upcoming series of concert dates with the band, Hail. It's a wonderful thing that our musical brotherhood can merge together at times like these and support each other in a unified effort to carry the torch of hard rock and metal in a positive direction.
"Long live rock-n-roll!
Julie, Jeff, Jeff, James, Joe
In this video update, Hydrogyn reveals that the trackings' for the drums are now completed. Joe Migz, the drummer describes a couple of the tracks as "really heavy" reminiscent of Pantera style.
Also, Hydrogyn collectively has given their condolences to Peter Steel who has passed away April 15, at the age of 48. More...
The new anticipated Hydrogyn Album is nearing completion. In this video update, Jeff Westlake announces that there will be multiple tracks in the studio album worldwide because of an abundance of an excess of tracks recorded. Also, Jeff Young has announced via Facebook that he is "Heading out to an old rundown shack of of a house for Julie's album cover photo shoot... Migz rolls in from NYC tomorrow for some serious drum tracking madness... it might get LOUD!" Jeff Westlake's wife, Julie will be the one who gets to be included in the Judgment cover art. Jeff Westlake has also added that there will be tours coming up with the new and revamped lineup.
Hydrogyn and the most anticipated line-up in the bands history with the addition of guitarist Jeff Young and Ex-Megadeth's bassist James Lomenzo, has just released video diary update #5. In this update, James Lomenzo has reported to have contrived his base-lines for eight tracks. It has also been revealed that the distribution of the new Hydrogyn album Judgment has six offers by various outlets. More...
Hydrogyn has posted their fourth video diary for their upcoming album "Judgment." They're "Preparing for tracking final rhythm guitars, Guitar set-up tips, Amp profiles, etc." Watch their video where Megadeth "So Far So Good, So What era" guitarist, Jeff Young discusses his gear for his part on the album. Also, it was revealed that James Lomenzo has six tracks already recorded.
Three weeks in, Hydrogyn has pretty much written the album with a few touches to be added. Recently exited Megadeth bassist, James Lomenzo, has recorded his bass-lines for three tracks already. This is to the much anticipated studio album "judgment" with the new Hydrogyn lineup. More...
Kentucky based rockers Hydrogyn have posted a second video blog online with the band discussing the making of the new album "Judgement." The footage can be viewed below.
Kentucky based rockers Hydrogyn have posted a video blog online discussing the making of their upcoming album "Judgement." The video clip can be viewed below.
This week, Megadeth shockingly announced that James Lomenzo would be leaving Megadeth. Even more surprising would be former Megadeth bassist and co-founder David "Jr." Ellefson to return to Megadeth. Already, James Lomenzo has his mind set on another project. More...
Ashland, Kentucky based rockers HYDROGYN have announced a new line up for their next phase of albums and touring. Founding members, Julie 'the voice' and guitarist Jeff Westlake have joined forces with Jeff Young (ex-Megadeth) on guitar and kHz drummer, Joe Migz. A unique element in the band's evolving sound includes one of the world's few master 6-string fretless bassists, Jake Wolf.
Following a recent interview on Jeff's weekly JFL radio show, Westake & The Pig, the possibility of David Ellefson (Angels of Babylon, Hail, ex-Megadeth) adding some bass work on the album was raised. "It would be an awesome treat for the fans if we can all find time to get that classic duo of Ellefson and Young back together on a song or two!" More...
The third edition of the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales has added some more bands to the current bill. The event will now feature performances from British thrash metal legends Onslaught as well as Evile, Toxic Holocaust and Susperia. The festival will be held between December 4th - 6th in Prestatyn in North Wales.
The lineup is now as follows:
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The organizers of the British rock festival Hard Rock Hell has announced that Angel Witch, Demon and Witchfynde are the latest bands to be added to the festival lineup. The event will be held in Prestatyn in North Wales at the Pontins resort.
The lineup so far is now as follows:
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Ashland, Kentucky based rockers Hydrogyn have announced a European tour date, starting the first of two legs planned for this year in London on April 21st.
Hydrogyn's touring partner for the UK will be Rise To Addiction and in France will be long time friends of the band Ellipsis. Julie and Jeff will be appearing on the new Ellipsis release on the song "Alchemy Kill Bomb." Italy and the rest of Europe's touring partners will be announced soon.
Here are the latest Hydrogyn tour dates: More...
Hydrogyn's Jeff Westlake checked in with an update for the first leg of the US tour:
"The tour has been awesome to this point and very enjoyable. We have played places that we have never been before and the reaction has been great."
"It is nice to see the great reaction here in the states to the band and it has been so good that we have already booked return dates to alot of the same venues for the future."
Jeff went on to say that the band is filming every night as well and for fans to look out for the video as well as an announcement very soon on how they will be able to view this footage on the internet. This covers everything from actual live footage to behind the scene antics and practical jokes.
Julie is also very busy as well at this time not just with the live dates but she is also doing a lot of charity work as well. One of those is her annual work with MDA and fund raising for the organization. You can find out more about that and helping Julie to help people who are struck with MDA by following this link and doing what you can as well to help.
The band will be announcing more tour dates this week as well as dates in Europe very soon as well. Also look for in store announcements and meet and greets to be announced as well.