The End Records/ReThink Records
Producer: Andy Abel/Ryan Kelly
Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars
“Hung” is the debut release from the New York based progressive metal band Hung. The band consists of Dmitry Kostitsyn- vocals, Lyris Hung- electric violin, Evil Jon- guitar, Sam Roon- bass and Kenny Grohowski- drums. Together the group blends a variety of musical styles ranging from classical to full on metal. The self titled album is being released via ReThink Records which is owned by Chris Adler of Lamb of God and features 10 original tracks that were produced by Andy Able and Ryan Kelly.
The debut offering from Hung features unique instrumentation and melodic vocal passages but, don’t let the word melodic throw you though as the band is full on metal! Vocalist Dmitry Kostitsyn is part Jekyll and part Hyde in his performances which are further enhanced by the technical playing of the band behind him. Each song on the album is crafted to appeal to a variety of listeners. Songs such as “Left for the New Life” and “Sediment of War” cover so much musical ground that it almost makes your head explode just trying to take it all in. Andy Abel and Ryan Kelly did an excellent job at the production controls as they seemed to really capture each member’s performance on all of the albums 10 tracks.
The bottom line is I don’t think I can say enough good things about this album or the band. With this being the Hung’s debut album I really can’t wait to hear what’s next. Every once in awhile something new and fresh comes along and Hung are it!
2.) Desert of Sad
5.) Evil Tsar
6.) Left for the New Life
8.) Infernal Redeemer
9.) Matter of the Blood
10.) Sediment of War