Summary: Constantly oscillating between rampant and infectious, Hydra is a resounding triumph for Swedish heavy rock.
Swedish heavy rock bands have always been inclined to deliver amazing 1970s-inspired music. On their third album, Malmö-based Deville are at the top of their game following the footsteps of such acclaimed outfits as Dozer, Lowrider and Truckfighters. Even though their prime influences are rather apparent, Deville opt for modern production that accentuates their fuzzy guitar tone placing their style in a distinctly contemporary context. The foursome ventures into heavy metal, alternative rock and even pop making all these arbitrary influences integral ingredients of their style. That’s why, Hydra sounds more like an extension to the booming stoner rock scene than a relic of the past, embracing various directions that the quartet’s peers usually steer clear of.
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