[25 November 2012]
Gypsyhawk is another band in a line of old-school metal revivalists that include groups like the Sword and Three Inches of Blood, although they’re even more straightforward than their peers. Revelry and Resilience is 10 tracks of hard-driving drums, chunky riffs, guitar duets and throaty but melodic vocals from bassist Eric Harris. And also, for some reason, a perfunctory cover of Johnny Winter’s “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” tacked onto the end of the album.
The songs check off all the boxes on the “classic metal lyrical topics” checklist, including “life on the road is awesome” (“1345”, “State Lines”). There’s also science fiction in the mix (“Galaxy Rise”, “Silver Queen”), and of course, epic fantasy (“Hedgeking”, “Frostwyrm”). Hell, they even have a song called “The Red Wedding” that is specifically about a major event in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (better-known as HBO’s Game of Thrones). Gypsyhawk is clearly having a good time, and that enthusiasm is infectious.