July 6th, 2010
First of all, the artwork and packaging to this product is fantastic. The digipack case that it is available in is of a high glossed thick cardstock quality with very impressive artwork, and the booklet that comes with it is pretty heavy itself and while the pages themselves are simple, the booklet itself all glossed and simply looks very professional, as well as impressive. While this doesn’t necessarily mean the release will be good, in this case it actually does work as a positive warning that this isn’t just some generic band and is worth the extra kick the label put into the marketing of the album. This becomes evident right on the first track, “Gypsyhawk”, which is simply just a fun Rock song that will have bobbing your head along with the fun, faster paced music that is perfectly complimented with the slightly rough, yet very soothing clean singing incorporated into the music.
While this song may be a pretty simply upbeat Rock song, there’s plenty of material here that does manage to shake things up. One of the perks about Gypsyhawk is their ability to write soch catchy tracks, while able to incorporate some slower paced music that fans of Black Sabbath would even approve of. These elements happen throughout the album, but the evidence of this band’s inspiration appears during the song “Commander of the High Forest”, which has a slower paced moment earlier in the song, but it’s not until near the end of the song that the band breaks the music down into a more Sludge environment and churns out some riffs that sound quite similar to something Black Sabbath would put out. The only issue with it on this track is that it simply just goes straight into it without any real bridge between the faster style prior to this slower moment.
Aside these traditional Rock tracks, there’s also some here that seem to really incorporate some Sludge atmosphere that one would find on some fantastical Rock albums as well. Much like “Commander of the Higher Forest”, there’s plenty of other tracks that really stand out with more of a story telling approach that would appeal to many metal fans, as well as a slow paced sound through the music with a unique environment that creates more atmosphere then anything that suits the lyrical content. “Rebellion of the Western Shore” is another such track, and perhaps the most impressive of the bunch, having a rather gloomy feel to the music, especially compared to the following track “For Those Who Love the Lizz”, which is obviously just an homage to the band Thin Lizzy and really does it’s job well at paying tribute through riffs that show where the band’s main influence came from. There’s also a strong Black Sabbath-like approach to the hard hitting “Resentment City”, which features some great heavier riffs and technical chords through it that rings of classic 80’s genuine Hard Rock, but at a much slower pace that helps push the gloomy feel the song carries with it.
Each track on Patience and Perseverance is great and some of the most inspiring for the genre in a long time. Without falling to any generic stereotypes for the style of music they play, as well as carving their own unique sound out of the influences of already established acts to the point where they practically admit it in the music they create, Gypsyhawk is a Hard Rock band that is poised to breathe a breath of fresh air into the quickly growing stagnant Rock style that is being overrun with blatent copycats and rip off artists that fall pray to the general rules this band doesn’t fit into. Each song is soothing thanks to the music being played being not too hard and far from soft or light, but still manages to keep it’s edge with deep guitars, perfectly paced drumming, and the somewhat rough yet calming vocal approach brought to the music, making this a release that one simply cannot pass up.
01. Gypsyhawk – 3:39
02. Planet Former – 4:54
03. Commander of the High Forest – 6:03
04. Eyes of Ibad – 5:35
05. Rebellion on the Western Shore – 6:04
06. For Those Who Love the Lizz – 6:16
07. The Bokors Processions – 4:24
08. Resentment City – 6:29
09. The Rabble and the Ruled – 5:45
10. Guidance – 5:42
11. Defenders of Good Times – 6:07
|Initial Pressing Score: 8/10