In the proud tradition of Dio
, Blind Guardian
, and 10,000 black metal bands named after Tolkien's Legendarium, Gygax
are huge nerds. We're going to resist the urge to make any terrible Dungeons & Dragons-related jokes (for now), but Gygax
's cool, retro heavy metal style has a special magic of its own. The blunt, compact sound gives Critical Hits
the feeling of an old NWOBHM album, and the attitude is totally Thin Lizzy
. The loose bass work, highly-synced lead guitars, and occasional hints of thick keyboards have an effortless energy that goes even further in giving Gygax
a veteran's sound. But enough of that; it's time to begin. Roll for initiative.