Decibel Magazine is now streaming the Thin Lizzy-drenched “Pure Hearts,” the latest single from Ventura, California fantasy metal warriors, GYGAX, and their impending 2nd Edition LP.
Comprised of former and current members of Gypsyhawk, Skeletonwitch, Sorcerer, Huntress, Warbringer, Mantic Ritual, Pentagram, and more, GYGAX picks up where their 2016-released Critical Hits debut left off. The eight tracks that comprise Second Edition showcase GYGAX’s unrivaled and potent tendency to create absolutely anthemic rock ‘n’ roll hits, chock-full of hip shakin’ grooves and twin guitar explosions that would make Thin Lizzy shed a tear of pride. Second Edition was recorded in November of 2017 with Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburgh, California, and features the always incredible artwork of Fares Maese.
With their unveiling of the song, Decibel offers, “Dungeons & Dragons is a natural extension of the fantasy themes in heavy metal, which is how GYGAX was born. Comprised of current and former members of Skeletonwitch, Warbringer, Gypsyhawk, Huntress, Sorcerer, and others, the band loves three things in particular: ‘70s heavy metal, D&D, and Thin Lizzy. All are immediately apparent on ‘Pure Hearts’, the latest cut from their upcoming Second Edition.”
Offers frontman Eric Harris, “’Pure Hearts’ is a tale of two lovers and their story of dedicated passion. In a world of bleak despair and dying values, the song is an exultant homage to the better side of life: love, hope and compassion. It’s dedicated to the best game master I know, Henry Glasheen, and his loving and talented wife, Eleora.”
Hear “Pure Hearts” by GYGAX via Decibel at THIS LOCATION.
Also stream the previously-issued “The Lascivious Underdark” at Nerdist HERE.
Second Edition will see release on digipak CD, LP, and digital formats via Creator-Destructor on March 16th; preorders are posted at the label webshop HERE.
The Second Edition LP will see release while GYGAX is out on a West Coast in support of the album. Running from March 8th through 17th, the tour will see the band performing alongside labelmates Wilderness Dream on several shows among others. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced.
GYGAX Second Edition West Coast Tour:
3/08/2018 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA w/ Glitter Wizard, Wilderness Dream
3/09/2018 Twilight Cafe – Portland, OR
3/10/2018 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ T-Rox
3/11/2018 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA w/ Wilderness Dream
3/13/2018 Full Circle Brewery – Fresno, CA w/ Glacier Eater
3/15/2018 Shea’s Tavern – Tahoe, CA
3/16/2018 Cooper’s Aleworks – Nevada City, CA
3/17/2018 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
GYGAX features a four-piece lineup of musicians who are no strangers to the world of heavy metal; vocalist/bassist Eric Harris formerly of Gypsyhawk, Skeletonwitch, and Sorcerer (and currently also filling bass duties in Huntress), and his Gypsyhawk partner-in-crime, guitarist Bryant Throckmorton continues to play alongside Harris in GYGAX. Jeff Potts, previously of Warbringer and Mantic Ritual, joins on the other six-string, and rounding out the lineup perfectly is current Pentagram drummer Peter Campbell.
Second Edition sees GYGAX carrying on their unique blend of unadulterated vintage hard rock and gamer-centric imagery. Named after Gary Gygax (and blessed and approved by Gary Gygax Jr.), the band continues to showcase their love for Dungeons & Dragons, Thin Lizzy, and ‘70s boogie-fueled metal and classic rock – a deadly infectious sonic offering measured in equal parts by Eric Harris’ thematic lyrics of magic spells and fantastical characters.