GYGAX, the blazing new act arisen from the ashes of Gypsyhawk, today unloads a new single from their impending Dungeons & Dragons-inspired Critical Hits debut LP through New Noise Magazine, as Creator-Destructor Records prepares to release the album later this month.
Delve into battle alongside GYGAX with “Demons” exclusively through New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.
The first single from Critical Hits, “Draw Breath,” is also playing at Decibel Magazine HERE.
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.”
Critical Hits will see a January 22nd release date via Creator-Destructor on 12” LP pressed on 180-gram colored vinyl, and on all digital platforms. Preorders for the wax and merch are available HERE.
Hailing from Ventura, California, GYGAX was born out of the ashes of vocalist/bassist Eric Harris’ previous heavy-metal brainchild, Gypsyhawk. 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 band’s Critical Hits debut 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.