Ventura, California, fantasy metal band Gygax has completed it third LP, “High Fantasy, “now confirmed for release on June 21 through Creator-Destructor Records. In addition, the band is about to embark on a West Coast tour with Pounder.
Gygax has stormed through 2018 and 2019 playing live in support of its second album, “2nd Edition” (review). Drenched in influence from the likes of “Dungeons & Dragons” and Thin Lizzy, the album showcased the band’s musicianship through a fiery onslaught of infectious grooves and pristine hooks. In support of the LP, the band hit the West Coast several times and, more recently, hit the East Coast with labelmates Light This City.
Just over a year after the release of “2nd Edition,” Gygax will return with its third, and most triumphant, album to date, “High Fantasy.” The band’s storylines come blazing to life in the nine new tracks on the LP. “High Fantasy” was recorded live in The Captain’s Quarters Studios in the band’s hometown of Ventura, California, with former guitar player Armand Tambouris at the helm. As with its prior album, the “High Fantasy” artwork was completed by Fares Maese, who is a renowned artist through his works in the gaming community, including “Warhammer” and “Pathfinder.”
“At long last, we’ve taken time to amass a group of the most talented individuals working together to bring you another chapter in the Gygax campaign,” band found Eric Harris said. “Speaking on behalf of all the guild, we’ve never been so proud to present you with this catalogue of sweet sonic symphonies. We deeply thank Ben Murray, Rachel Autumn Deering, Fares Maese and Armand John Anthony for allowing us to create this magnum opus. We’ll see you all soon, adventurers. Party on from dusk ’til dawn.”
Creator-Destructor Records will release “High Fantasy” on CD, LP and digital platforms on June 21. Watch for preorders, audio premieres, and more to be issued in the day ahead.
“High Fantasy” track listing:
1. Light Bender
2. Hide Mind
3. Mage Lust
4. Mirror Image
5. Aquisition, Magnus Canis
6. Spell Shaker
7. Something So Familiar
8. The Eyes Have It
9. High Fantasy
Gygax will initiate its first tour in support of “High Fantasy” ahead of its release, hitting the West Coast from May 9 to 18 alongside Pounder, with shows booked in Portland, Seattle, Grant’s Pass, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles. Fans in the tour zone can expect to get the first dose of new material from the impending LP.
Gygax tour dates (with Pounder):
5/09/2019 Star Theater – Portland, OR
5/10/2019 Highline – Seattle, WA
5/11/2019 The Haul – Grant’s Pass, OR
5/12/2019 Elbo Room Jack London – Oakland, CA
5/16/2019 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
5/17/2019 Tower Bar – San Diego, CA
5/18/2019 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA