2nd Edition

by GYGAX

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Jeff Morgenroth
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Jeff Morgenroth This heavy dose of hard rock makes me want to draw up some maps, flip to a random page in the monster manual, and air-guitar through my next session. Bravo. Favorite track: It Makes It Worth It.
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mark 2nd Edition is turbocharged and focused without losing its rawness and melodic boogie, this album fires on all cylinders and spins masterful song craft and lyrical spawned cosmos of adventure and epic fantasy. Favorite track: The Lascivious Underdark.
cideburns
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cideburns Such a rockin' good-time album! Favorite track: The Lascivious Underdark.
Ben Murray
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Ben Murray BEST BAND EVER
mikebravo1-4
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mikebravo1-4 A solid sequel to Critical Hits, and a regular in my music rotation. If you're a fan of the old school sound (whatever name you want to put on it) then you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't give this album a spin. Favorite track: Heavy Meddle.
Jason Renslow
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Jason Renslow The solo work and songwriting has only improved for Gygax on this second release. The way the 2 guitars work together is masterful. I never get tired of this music. Also, the nerdery theme is much appreciated. Roll some dice!
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Dice throwers and rock n rollers We need you more than ever now Shield bearers and denim wearers We’ve got to play this story out Rump shakers and monster slayers Feel the wave of sonic arcane sound Magic users and boogie blues-ers Wear well your erudite crowns Wherever you are Songs in the stars Will cantillate their call It is older than we know --------------- Wherever you go There’s always a glow Swaddled in the sound And it’s bound to hold you
2.
For fervid years we’ve lived the lives From all the stories that lent themselves the lasting lines And as the years have passed us by Still after tales of wonder Adventurers in wander It makes it worth it to the free It makes it worth it just to breathe Conjuring creativity It makes it worth it Found in the forge of fantasy There lies a power that binds us for eternity And for as far as we foresee There will be no cessation Long live imagination
3.
Your intelligence induces salivation And the essence of your mind gets me voracious The curvature of lobes leaves me salacious How I long to subjugate, it drives me crazy Give! Me! Everything, I need you intellectually Let me give you all my love Oh! Please! Stay with me, I promise you I’ll never leave! Our ascension isn’t far From the first fall of my gaze, it came so clearly I wanted to understand you most sincerely Allure behind your eyes so fascinating And the things that fill your head, so calculating
4.
Pure Hearts 04:53
Walking home with cradled tomes Autumn leaves bring golden notes Softest heart and kindest soul The sort that sought love Now I believe it was she who enchanted And enraptured his affection At his side, drawing his desire Near the Transmuter’s Tower For the going started slow Passing ships for nights untold What she saw glittered like gold Though far more impressive And I believe in greater meanings What we mostly fail to see Sorcery still lives, it seems In the caring kind Pure hearts to light the dark And love to guide them Pure hearts will leave their mark For us to follow
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*rain*
6.
Side with the silent ones Stand for everyone Seeded within Faerun We stasis soldiers ---- Balance, bestowing boon Between the sun and moon Sworn to servitude We’ll see it through Harp with us at midnight Help those who cannot fight Harm none in perilous plight We helping hands ---- March against malfeasance Restoring peace again Lend your unerring mend For all the world Hang the harmful Hold the mournful Keep the peace in True secrecy ----- Knowledge wielded Can help defend Balance within Pure harmony
7.
Wish 04:31
He was a dedicated magic mind A spellguard aspirant, to be one of their kind A scholar true, oh ------- She strode in silence as she stepped inside A sullen sadness loomed behind her eyes Oh, so blue She sealed his wish with her kiss A curse and ignorant bliss was his reward He gave his heart --- You should always know the risk With powers as great as this or else you'll find It’s your demise The shifting world within her changing mind Her lips against his, draining him of life Too cruel ---------- Ever a lesson to the weaker kind Don't deal with magic unknown to your mind I tell you true
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Heavy Meddle 04:17
Foulest of vile beings Who walk beneath our feet To meddle with our dreams You’ve taken everything Sorrow forever keeps Souls in despondency Cursed forever be One who had wrought such grief Oh, my soul forever roams She was my bride to be And none matcher her beauty Stolen away from me My heart forever weeps Oh no, she made me whole Oh! Why! Always will I seek you Some days are just harder than before My love come back to me Only death is all I hold before
9.
Second Wind 03:40
You're surrounded, outnumbered; five to one Tension building And nowhere to run Stand and fight though You’re overwhelmed and overpowered And how Blinding flashes, pooling blood upon the floor Racing heartbeat, wrought with swelling pain Striking deftly, three down and two remain Flashing burst then Darkness shutters out the light Good night Second wind cast, fire surges from your core Standing mighty, they've misjudged the score Rippling muscles sunder the scoundrel boor’s Snapping bones and Crushing blows defeat the five Alright Rise victorious Glory and honor to your name Fighters fury Forget the fall but don't forget to get up All enduring Provided proving you're tough enough

about

Southern California’s GYGAX – the lineup comprised of former and current members of Gypsyhawk, Skeletonwitch, Sorcerer, Huntress, Warbringer, Mantic Ritual, Pentagram, and more – has announced their highly anticipated sophomore LP release, Second Edition, due out March 16th via Creator-Destructor Records. The album will be unleashed while the band is storming the West Coast on tour in support of its release.

Following up where the band’s 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 Rachel Deering.

GYGAX bassist/vocalist Eric Harris explains, “It is with happy hearts that we bring you our second collection of songs for your eager ears. Recording at Nu-Tone Studios was an experience of highest honor and we humbly thank Scotch The Scribe for his tireless efforts and mastered skills. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do. And as always, we are ever in debt to the kind and gracious lords of Creator-Destructor Records. Your unending support is ever appreciated, adventurers. We will soon see you.”


Based out of Ventura, California, GYGAX presently 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 the band 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.

After rapidly creating buzz with their local live performances, GYGAX released their aptly titled debut LP Critical Hits in January 2016, garnering stellar reviews worldwide. The band completed a highly successful two-week US run in the Summer of 2016, which included a headline appearance at the first ever Magic & Metal Festival at the Majestic Theater in GYGAX’s hometown. In 2018, GYGAX is eager to embark on yet another successful chapter in their critical conquest, starting with a headlining West Coast tour in mid-March.

GYGAX Second Edition West Coast Tour:

3/08/2018 Golden Bull - Oakland, CA w/ Glitter Wizard, Wilderness Dream

3/09/2018 Tonic Lounge - 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 Alesworth - Nevada City, CA

3/17/2018 5 Star Bar - Los Angeles, CA

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released March 16, 2018

Recorded in November 2017 w/ Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios

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GYGAX Ventura, California

Bryant - Guitar, Sax, Sex
Eric - Vocals, Bass, Sax
Mucho - Drums, Percussion

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