“This guy's good man, big thumbs up!”
— Neal Schon (Journey)
“This is Fil, a.k.a 'Wings of Pegasus'. Everything you hear? That's Fil. Impressive.”
— Classic Rock Magazine
Wings of Pegasus blew us away with their Persistence album back in the summer. At last, here is a serious up-and-coming rock band proud of their classic rock roots. Echoes of Deep Purple and Aerosmith (when they were good) abound and there’s even a touch of theatre in the music. Wings of Pegasus pack great riffs, great melodies and an immense sense of fun into their music. There is real musicianship and songwriting skill in evidence here and they are the perfect antidote to some of the overwrought bands out there at the moment.
Wings of Pegasus are led by the multi-tasking Fil Henley who does just about everything on the Persistence album. The fine, uncluttered production is a testimony to Fil’s talents and all the more remarkable when you consider that he taught himself production techniques for the album. Check out Wings of Pegasus at their Reverbnation Page and hear one of the best new rock bands out there. (RatedSound.com)
“Whats not to love about good old school metal and these guys are no exception to that rule. Fast loud and glamorous, long hair tight jeans, big riffs real metal at its best. From super heavy to melodic ballads they have it all reminding us of the greatest on the planet such as Europe, White Snake, Def Leppard etc. Vocally superb, Lyrically Supreme and the music is the nuts. If you didn’t add these to your collection then your not a true metal fan.”
“That’s Metal (To My Ears) is a rollocking anethemic shout-along fest in the style mixing a spot NWOBHM-style influences with the big sounding “hair metal” type of stuff which came along in the early 1980s. Positively modern retro. It’s punchy, powerful, loud, monster riff, melodic, catchy as anything and a killer solo all packed in to around three and a half minutes. Breathless stuff.”
“I’d defy any rock fan not to like this album. Very infectious. Man, it’s so catchy that if Persistence could be used as fish bait those aquatic lifeforms wouldn’t stand a chance. They’d be out of the water and in to the net before the first chord of Percy Johnson was over. Humane fishing too – no hooks required other than those in the songs……..!”
'Shock to the System'
So, I got an email a while back that read Wings of Pegasus was going to do a live set on Gigee.me on 19 March.
The cost for a ticket was $5 USD.
They were going to play songs from their album, Persistence.
I almost injured myself whipping out my credit card for this.
I couldn’t have had a better time, save for seeing this group right there, on stage, in person. Three guys (okay, people, as the drummer was obviously sitting but was also wearing a full mask in front of a dark background so gender identification was troublesome at best) cranking out huge sound for 45 minutes or so non-stop. Honestly, I had thought to get a screen grab to go with this review but I was having too much fun and forgot to get a shot. My bad.
The camera positioning was spot on. The effects were a tad heavy, but that’s okay. It was Fil’s first time doing a live internet show, and it’ll be better on the next run.
Those fans who are just as rabid for this group as I am filled the chat room that ran alongside the show. Gigee had some naming issues which resulted in slight hilarity for those in attendance, but that’s the great thing about live shows: Anything can and usually will happen.
But I digress.
Due to slight technical difficulty of an unknown origin, the show started a few minutes late. Fil and the gang had the pedal to the metal (pun intended) from the first bar of the first number, barely let up to acknowledge those in attendance, and kept the intensity straight on through to the final note. It was a heck of a ride!
As noticed by myself and others, their song Paris Nord was conspicuously absent from the set list. That’s understandable, as the song is heavy on the black and whites, and I didn’t see a keyboard on the stage. Maybe we’ll be graced with it on the next show?
If you haven’t heard of Wings Of Pegasus, and you like metal, you need to check them out. Here’s the link to their site.
Even a Gigee staffer said in chat that this was the best produced show they’ve seen in a long time! Given how popular that site is, that statement speaks volumes, as the the show was only about 15 minutes in.
Will there be another show? Will there be another album? Will Wings of Pegasus take to wings and tour in your country?
All in due time, dear Wingers. All in due time.
For now, Rock On, and Stay Random