In the distinctive domain explored by Gregory’s Xit, a collective featuring Gregory Washel (guitar/vocals), Craig “Shred” Young (guitar/vocals), Jay Strawder (drums/vocals), Gordon Creech (vocals), and Bill Williams (bass/vocals), the year 2022 witnessed the release of their full-length album, Another Day Of Hope. More recently, the band unveiled a single titled “Live It Up.” Diving into their album experience, the unmistakable echoes of 80s rock resonated from the get-go. A robust fusion of heaviness, epic grandeur, and a resolute rock orientation permeated their musical landscape, reminiscent of the kind that might inspire a cinematic gem like Spinal Tap. 

This essence was impeccably captured in the titular track, “Another Day Of Hope,” commencing with acoustic intricacies, atmospheric layers, and soul-stirring vocals, gradually building towards an epic rock opera. The infusion of distorted guitars marked a cinematic crescendo, seamlessly transitioning into a speedier metal manifestation, evoking echoes of Motörhead.

Following suit, “Are You Aware” plunged listeners deep into the theatrical rock opera ambiance of the 80s, exuding an over-the-top, fun demeanor that would seamlessly fit into the tapestry of a cult film like Heavy Metal. I have to say I turned this one up extra loud and felt like head banging.

The musical odyssey continued with “Brite Fantasy,” a composition ascending with killer grooves and synths, casting a cinematic glow over their signature sound. I thought there were a lot of well done instrumental aspects and the production sounded really good on this song.

“Feat of The Night” emerged as a high-speed juggernaut adorned with guitar solos and hyperbolic vocal deliveries, while “Morning Light” manifested a battle-ready anthem capable of stirring the spirits of an entire army. Both songs provided me with a burst of adrenaline.

Culminating with “Up In Smoke,” a fast-paced, blistering finale, the album maintained a cohesive integrity, unapologetically embracing its metal essence. Shifting to their more recent offering, “Live It Up,” the 80s influence persisted, albeit with a genre-defying twist. The song unfolded with a sci-fi aura emanating from synths and a commanding time beat. As the verse unfolded, the entire ensemble engaged, subtly touching on jazz and big band influences. The introduction of horns proved to be a compelling addition, seamlessly complementing the sonic landscape. A technically impressive guitar solo heightened the song’s prowess, and the instrumental denouement resonated in an epic fashion, solidifying a multifaceted musical experience. 

Reflecting on the peak era of this rock style, nostalgia gripped me as I recalled the intrigue and perceived danger embodied by bands like Iron Maiden and Megadeth during my formative years. The captivating album covers alone evoked a sense of wonder and got me excited to listen with very attentive ears. In an era where the thrill for such bands seems to have waned, the presence of a group like Gregory’s Xit emerges as a commendable torchbearer, ardently keeping the flame of this musical legacy alive and well. If you are like me I have no doubt that you will embrace the sound of Gregory’s Xit.

Garth Thomas