INTERVIEW: Eric Harris of Gygax (July 2019)

Just 15 months after last year’s sophomore effort, “2nd Edition,” Ventura, California’s Gygax has returned with “High Fantasy” (June 21, 2019, Creator-Destructor Records), its third album of gaming- and Thin Lizzy-inspired rock ‘n’ roll (review). Instead of being a dramatic departure from what the band has done in the past, the record is a crystallization... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Gygax – ‘High Fantasy’

Review by Greg Maki-----Gather ‘round, adventurers. Keep your blades sharp, your spells in mind and your gods close, for our dice-throwing, Thin Lizzy-worshipping, hard rock heroes have returned to lead us once again to glory and plunder. My love for Ventura, California’s Gygax extends far beyond its recorded output. Fueled by fantasy role-playing games and... Continue Reading →

Gygax releases ‘The Eyes Have It’ single as ‘High Fantasy’ release nears

Ventura, California's Gygax has debuted the single "The Eyes Have It," from its third album, "High Fantasy," which will be released this Friday, June 21, via Creator-Destructor Records. "High Fantasy" was recorded live in The Captain's Quarters Studios in Gygax's hometown with former guitar player Armand Tambouris at the helm. As with the band's prior album, the "High Fantasy" artwork... Continue Reading →

Gygax releases ‘Hide Mind’ single, new album available for pre-order

California's Gygax has released the first single from its impending third LP, "High Fantasy," set for release on June 21 through Creator-Destructor Records. The label has posted the new track "Hide Mind" alongside pre-orders for the new album. "High Fantasy" was recorded live in the Captain's Quarters Studios in Gygax's hometown of Ventura, California, with former guitar player Armand Tambouris at... Continue Reading →

Gygax to release third album, ‘High Fantasy,’ on June 21

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... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Matt Harvey of Pounder

Led by extreme metal veteran Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome, Expulsion), Pounder is what metal is all about. Using the classic sound of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal as a starting point, Pounder incorporates a wide range of metal and hard rock influences, all of which come through on its full-length debut, “Uncivilized,” released... Continue Reading →

Gygax announces West Coast tour with Pounder, third LP under construction

Ventura, California fantasy metal warriors Gygax—currently uniting former and current members of Gypsyhawk, Skeletonwitch, Annihilation Time, Huntress, Sorcerer and more—have announced a run of West Coast tour dates for this May with fellow Californians, the ale assassins in Pounder. The news comes as the band is recording its third album for release later in the... Continue Reading →

From the tabletop to the swamp: Greg’s top 10 of 2018

By Greg Maki ----- Everyone is welcome to have an opinion, but with respect, anyone who still thinks rock is dead wasn’t paying attention throughout the year that’s about to end. In 2018, it was a rare week that didn’t feature at least one or two new releases in hard rock or metal to get... Continue Reading →

Light This City embarks on eastern U.S./Canada tour with Gygax this week

Bay Area melodic death metal outfit Light This City this week embarks on a run of East Coast North American tour dates in support of its "Terminal Bloom" LP, released in May through Creator-Destructor Records. These shows will mark Light This City's first performances outside of the West Coast since the band's rebirth. Running from Nov. 6 to 11, Light... Continue Reading →

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