Creator-Destructor Records is ultra-stoked to announce the impending release of “Critical Hits,” the debut LP by California-based quartet Gygax. Check out new track “Draw Breath” below.
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 the name is attributed to the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, the band has described itself 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.
These maiden Gygax recordings are set to see a January 22nd release date via Creator-Destructor on 12″ LP pressed on 180-gram colored vinyl, and on all digital platforms. The track listing is as follows:
1. Lesser Magick
2. World Breaker
3. Draw Breath
4. The Rope of Shadow
5. Dirge For A Deposed Duke
6. Chain Lightning
9. The Hunter’s Heart