Monday, July 29, 2013

Metal traditionalists Gunpowder Gray offer free demo download

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

RIDING WITH THE CLASSICS: Gunpowder Grays rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Chris Heffernan, drummer Joey OBrien, lead guitarist Adam Besserer, bassist Sam Vaughan, and vocalist Nate Godbee.
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  • RIDING WITH THE CLASSICS: Gunpowder Gray's rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Chris Heffernan, drummer Joey O'Brien, lead guitarist Adam Besserer, bassist Sam Vaughan, and vocalist Nate Godbee.
Gunpowder Gray is a local quintet of young punk and metal lovers who, instead of copying obscure death or thrash predecessors, stick with a sleazy, blues-tinged rock sound that's driven by heavy guitar riffs. Because of this, the band likens itself on social media sites to classic acts that influenced more than just metal, such as Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath. Those influences and others, ranging from American metal progenitors like Pentagram to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, can be heard on the band's three song demo, available for free on Bandcamp. On the two original tunes, the young man's fantasies are about drugs ("Gunpowder Gray") and a long-legged redhead ("Cummin' My Way"), instead of death or the occult. Rounding out the demo is a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Play With Fire" that stays true to the original, until near the halfway point, when the band's guitarist tandem begins a full-on aural assault.

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