The Thin Lizzy-drenched “Pure Hearts,” the latest single from Ventura, California, fantasy metal warriors Gygax, is available for streaming online now. The song comes from “2nd Edition,” the band’s impending sophomore record.
Comprising former and current members of Gypsyhawk, Skeletonwitch, Sorcerer, Huntress, Warbringer, Mantic Ritual, Pentagram and more, Gygax picks up where its 2016-released “Critical Hits” debut left off. The eight tracks that comprise “Second Edition” showcase Gygax’s tendency to create anthemic rock ‘n’ roll hits, full of hip shakin’ grooves and twin guitar explosions that would make Thin Lizzy shed a tear of pride. “2nd Edition” was recorded in November 2017 with Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburgh, California, and features the artwork of Fares Maese.
“‘Pure Hearts’ is a tale of two lovers and their story of dedicated passion,” said vocalist/bassist Eric Harris. “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.”
“2nd Edition” will see release on digipak CD, LP, and digital formats via Creator-Destructor on March 16th; pre-orders are posted at the label webshop HERE.
The “2nd Edition” LP will see release while Gygax is out on a West Coast in support of the album. Running from March 8 to 17, the tour will see the band performing alongside labelmates Wilderness Dream on several shows, among others. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced.
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 Harris, formerly of Gypsyhawk, Skeletonwitch and Sorcerer (and currently also filling bass duties in Huntress), and his Gypsyhawk partner-in-crime, guitarist Bryant Throckmorton, along with Jeff Potts, previously of Warbringer and Mantic Ritual, on guitar, and current Pentagram drummer Peter Campbell.