Guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. That’s really all rock and roll needs. And that’s what Pasadena, California’s own Gypsyhawk has brought to the game once again with its new album, “Revelry and Resilience.” This album is a straight forward hard rocking work that will have every warm blooded rocker out there banging his or her heard, and putting his or her horns high with pride. “Revelry and Resilience” is an example of everything that is and ever has been right with rock music.
The whole rock party kicks off with fittingly with the song, ‘Overdrive.’ To quote the line, this song is all killer, no filler. From the killer guitar solos from Andrew Packer and Erik Kluiber, to front man Eric Harris’ Lemmy Kilmister-like vocals, to drummer Ian Brown’s driving beat, this song is a perfect start to the record in every way. The band barely lets up from here, kicking right into ‘The Fields’ with equal adrenaline. ‘Hedgeking’ follows in similar fashion, keeping the adrenaline and the blood flowing in its listeners’ veins from start to finish.
There’s little letting up from there on throughout the remainder of this record. Gypsyhawk’s sound has obviously evolved from its first album, “Patience and Perseverance.” The band had a solid old school rock and roll sound on that record. But the band’s sound seems even more honed this time out. The band is right up there with the likes of Fireball Ministry, Airbourne, and others of that ilk on this album. What makes Gypsyhawk better than those bands though, is its ability to cross the rock and roll spectrum, rather than stick to one style. Airbourne is more closely linked to AC/DC and Fireball Ministry is compared more to classic Ozzy. In the case of Gypsyhawk, this band has guitar work that pays homage to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Judas Priest, and even Iron Maiden just to name a few. And as already noted front man Eric Harris’ vocals are weirdly similar to that of Lemmy Kilmister. All of that being noted, Gypsyhawk’s new album, “Revelry and Resilience” will be a favorite among the fans of true old school guitar driven rock and roll, this reviewer included. In fact, there is little doubt that by the end of the year, it will find itself on this reviewer’s list of the year’s best hard rock and metal albums.
“Revelry and Resilience” will be available in stores and online next Tuesday, August 28th. It can be ordered direct through Metal Blade’s website at http://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/band/gypsyhawk. The band will be performing a handful of live dates this Fall and Winter to support the album. Fans can check out those dates and all the latest from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/Gypsyhawkusa, http://gyspsyhawk.bandcamp.com, and http://gypsyhawkusa.blogspot.com.
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