Exposé Online banner

Hypnos 69 — Legacy
(Elektrohasch 145, 2010, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2011-06-01

Legacy Cover art

It’s been a a few years since we reviewed this Belgian band’s previous effort, The Eclectic Measure, but this latest release Legacy (also available as a double-LP) is proving to be well worth the wait. While operating solidly in the psychedelic hard-rock vein with fiery guitar leads at the fore, the quartet incorporates some vintage proto-prog sounds, jazz informed elements, and a touch of that early 70s art-rock classicism that fueled classic bands like early Crimson and Van der Graaf Generator. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Steve Houtmeyers is the driving force behind the band’s music and lyrics, supported by drums, bass, saxes, flute, brass, and a standard classic keyboard lineup: Moog, Hammond, Mellotron, and Fender Rhodes. The opening 18-minute multi-part suite is a flat-out stunner, but the excitement doesn’t end there. Houtmeyers’ somewhat idiosyncratic vocals take the band right back to the apex of the early 70s British hard-rock sound, while the players weave blistering guitars, vintage keys, and saxes over a tight rhythm section, with occasional forays into somewhat softer, jazzier, and psychedelic territory that might at times remind of post-Barrett soundtrack-era Floyd. Nowhere is a Floyd comparison more evident than on the acoustic guitar driven “The Sad Destiny We Lament,” which even hints at Floyd’s mid-70s post DSOTM sound. The disc closes with another 18 minute multi-part monster that wanders all over the vintage rock map. Listeners who appreciated the retro-sound of bands like early Anekdoten, Änglagård, and such might do well to check this band out.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Hypnos 69

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Elton Dean - QED – Elton Dean’s recent associations with Hammond organ specialist Alex Maguire (as heard on HUX’s excellent release Psychic Warrior) have been gradually building over time. QED is one of the...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues