Year : 2018
Style : Hard Rock , Heavy Metal
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + front
Size : 103 mb
GYGAX is a no-frills, classic rock/heavy metal hybrid, heavily steeped in the imagery of fantasy literature and role playing games, and rooted in the musical stylings of metallic ‘70s rockers Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple, with equal parts metal and boogie-inducing groove. Though their name is attributed to the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, the band has described themselves more simply as “a beacon and an anthem for anyone who’s interests lie in creativity and the powers of imagination.”Hailing from Ventura, California, GYGAX was born out of the ashes of vocalist/bassist Eric Harris’ previous heavy-metal brainchild, Gypsyhawk, whose Patience & Perseverance 2xLP also saw release through Creator-Destructor in 2009. Bryant Throckmorton, who played second guitar in Gypsyhawk also joins Harris in GYGAX on guitar. When Gypsyhawk decided to disband, Harris and Throckmorton took some time alongside friend and fellow guitarist Armand John Lizzy to begin demoing new material, then solidifying their lineup with Justin Dempsey on drums.The debut from GYGAX, Critical Hits boasts nine feverishly triumphant burners backed by huge solos and even more massive choral melodies which come alive with a fuzzed-out and hazy attitude but immortalized with crystal clear production values on Critical Hits, an LP that could accidentally get sucked into your ragin’ uncle Bob’s dust-encrusted classic rock platters and your older brother’s equally grimy classic metal/early doom collection and blend right into either. The first public listen to the GYGAX sounds can be heard in an exclusive premiere of the album’s third fist-pumpin’ number, “Draw Breath,” which now thrives exclusively through a premiere at Decibel Magazine.
After listening to “Second Edition,” I know exactly two things about the members of Gygax: They love “Dungeons & Dragons” and Thin Lizzy. And that’s all I really need to know.Just one look at the album cover makes me want to gather my friends around a table, break out the dice and “Player’s Handbook,” and set out on a noble quest.My only question: How didn’t I hear about this band before now?Following “Critical Hits,” released in 2016, “Second Edition” is the sophomore effort from Gygax, which is named for “Dungeons & Dragons” creator Gary Gygax, and features former and current members of Gypsyhawk, Skeletonwitch, Sorcerer, Huntress, Warbringer, Mantic Ritual and Pentagram. The opening track, “Dice Throwers & Rock ‘n’ Rollers,” might as well be the band’s battle cry, full of boogie rhythms and bright, harmonizing and soloing guitars that will take you straight to the late ‘70s even if you weren’t around to experience them firsthand. The entire album, save the moody “Heavy Meddle,” proceeds in this fashion, and with eight songs running just shy of 34 minutes, it’s the perfect length for this sort of high-concept material.Many are bound to dismiss Gygax as “nerdy” or “cheesy,” but that’s kind of the point. (How else could you possibly describe a song titled “The Lascivious Underdark?”) The band members—vocalist/bassist Eric Harris, guitarists Bryant Throckmorton and Jeff Potts, and drummer Peter Campbell—love what they love and make no apologies for it. That’s an endearing quality to have, especially when it translates to music as infectious as this.
Eric Harris Bass, Vocals (2015-present) - See also: Huntress, ex-Gypsyhawk, ex-Holy Grail, ex-Skeletonwitch
"Minnesota" Pete Campbell Drums (2015-present) - See also: In-Graved, Pentagram, Place of Skulls, The Mighty Nimbus, Vulgaari (live), Buzzard (USA), Demonicus, Electric Allmighty, Sonic Titan, Spiritual Outlaws, ex-Sixty Watt Shaman
Bryant Throckmorton Guitars (2015-present) - See also: ex-Gypsyhawk
Jeff Potts Guitars (2016-present) - See also: Volcana, ex-Mantic Ritual, ex-Meltdown, ex-Warbringer, ex-Lich King (live)
Ian Martyn Keyboards (2017-present)
01. Dice Throwers & Rock N' Rollers
02. It Makes It Worth It
03. The Lascivious Underdark
04. Pure Hearts
05. Song Of The Silver Hands
07. Heavy Meddle
08. Second Wind
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