Were Sabbath and Pink Floyd to meld into one, I think you’d discover Bigelf floating above the magical aura of Ritchie Blackmore.

“Madhatter” is the track that starts all the madness. It’s a rocker with contagious hooks and smooth melodies.

“Bats in the Belfry II” is next (why “Bats in the Belfry I” is at the end of the disc, I have no idea). “Belfry II” and a song called “Disappear” are like classic acid rock tunes with a vintage metal feel. While you’ll know you’ve never heard these tunes before, you’d think they were written in the ’70s and withstood the test of time.

“Rock & Roll Contract” is a witty mocking of the record industry. “Carry the Load” has a strong Floyd influence, and “Burning Bridges” is another standout. “$” is a quick two-minute tune utilizing piano and vocals to explore the dark side of money.

Hex is a really strong disc – so strong that I’ve already been talking it up around town. I simply cannot imagine anybody being disappointed in this one.

Grade: A-

Hex is currently available.