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Gypsyhawk - 2012 Revelry And Resilience

ARTIST: Gypsyhawk
ALBUM: Revelry And Resilience
LABEL: Metal Blade
SERIAL: 3984-15114-2
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Metal Blade Records (Haulix)


LINEUP: Eric Harris - bass, vocals * Andrew Packer - guitars * Erik 'Ron Houser' Kluiber - guitars * Ian 'P.P. Rider' Brown - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Overloaded * 02 The Fields * 03 The Hedgeking * 04 Frostwyrm * 05 Galaxy Rises * 06 1345 * 07 Night Songs From The Desert * 08 The Red Wedding * 09 Silver Queen * 10 State Lines * 11 Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo



Gypsyhawk is a Californian band tailor-made for the L.A based Metal Blade Records. This label still has sonically ear-reducing heavy metal as its core product, but have been known to fringe out to other sub-genres of rock and metal in the past, including progressive rock/metal though never any AOR acts it must be said.. lol! There have been some interesting comparisons of this band's style over recent months, but the best one would have to come from the Alternative Press Magazine, who describe Gypsyhawk as 'equal parts bold classic-rock boogie and hazy space rock'. That's a close enough description for this Pasadena based outfit, which features membership from thrash metallers Skeletonwitch, prog rockers Suns Beneath, and trad metallers White Wizzard, the latter of whom has been featured extensively among the GDAZE pages. Band guitarist Andrew Packer likens the Gypsyhawk sound to the days of 'bullshit-free 70s rock' as he likes to call it. There's none of the drown my sorrows in Jack Daniels with their songs, just back to basic rockers played with a bit of intensity and a lack of subtlety. No fluffy pink AOR here folks, but there are melodies for sure. 'Revelry And Resilience' is the bands second album ('Patience And Perseverance' from 2010 was their debut), but it's their first for Metal Blade, and what's also notable, is that all the songs are under the 5 minute mark. Very economical I say!

The Songs
'Overloaded' is a stomping opener, a real foot-trampler with a James Hetfield sounding vocal reflected in some parts. The twin-guitars also remind you of White Wizzard, so we're in familiar territory.

I quite like the Thin Lizzy vibe filtering through on 'The Fields', not a band you'd associate with Gypsyhawk, though their bio says they do like the Irishmen and every other website reviewing the CD also mentions Lizzy so what do I know? I guess in the end the comparison is not surprising. However, what is surprising is that the song has its origins in quantum theory. You gotta be kidding me right? Hell, no. Rush might have some competition after all!

'The Hedgeking' is more groove-based with some fiery solo work. In fact, 'The Hedgeking' is based on the George R. R. Martin series 'A Song Of Fire And Ice', a reference to a young Robert Baratheon some years before the events depicted in the current 'Game Of Thrones' TV show.

While 'Frostwyrm' might be straight-ahead metal, the lyrics reads like a script for a fantasy novel based around a bad-ass dragon who singes and kills everything in sight.

'Galaxy Rise' increases the intensity somewhat with the band tackling cosmic themes and future warnings in their lyrics. Metalheads and cosmology? Yeah I can sorta see it.

'1345' isn't about a year stuck back in the Dark Ages. I think the lyrics will attest to how many parties Eric Harris attended in his time back in Ohio.. or something like that. I like the galloping guitars which suggest White Wizzard or Iron Maiden. You choose.

'Night Songs From The Desert' starts out slow, and gradually winds up speed along the way. According to Eric Harris the song doesn't relate to anything in particular, just a collection of personal experiences bundled up in 4.40 minutes of music.

'The Red Wedding' is also sourced from George R. R. Martin series 'A Song Of Fire And Ice', to do with the conflict between three of the Houses in 'Game Of Thrones'.

'Silver Queen' refers to an ethereal woman who lives in hiding, and is most sought after by men determined to find her because of her beauty. Musically, this is more hard rock than metal and quite melodic too!

'State Lines' is perhaps the fastest song on the album, and describes what life on the road is like for many bands like Gypsyhawk.

Gypsyhawk finish up with the Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer chestnut 'Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo', a powerful 70's flavour that is replicated well though a tad heavier.

In Summary
As you can see, one of the more interesting aspects of this band are the sources of inspiration used for the lyrics. It's not all beer, bars and broads. Nosiree, mix up a cocktail of partying, quantum physics, gaming, cosmology and 'Game Of Thrones' oriented themes then you've got Gypsyhawk down to a tee. 'Total Nerd Shit' says Eric Harris. During Sept and Oct 2012, the band will be touring over the Western USA as a headlining act. Also, the boys will be appearing on the Mayhem Festival Cruise around Christmas time alongside Lamb Of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed and more! If that's not enough to sink a cruise liner, I don't know what is!

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#1 | Eric on September 09 2012 00:47:57
These guys are coming to town in November supporting The Sword. Based on this review I'm tempted to give the show a shot.
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