Colarado based thrashers are doing it once again. Its not been a terribly long time since we heard from the outfit. Havok in 2017 showed us there were still plenty of demand and much room for the continued creation of thrashtastic songs and if the bands ‘Conformicide’ album was anything to go by, we were surely destined to hear more good stuff from the band in the future…
That brings us to the here and the now as we hit the play button on ‘V’, the new album due to hit the shelves on May 1st through Century Media records. One thing’s for sure, there are many clearly inspired moments throughout starting right from the first moments where it admittedly takes us a few seconds to realise that we are not listening to Metallica’s ‘Blackened’. Whilst the inspiration is obvious ‘Post-Truth Era’ opens things up with a massive, full scale thrash assault that is undeniable and the way all thrash albums should kick off. Speedy, agressive and urgent.
There are shades of many great bands who have paved the way in the genre. Clearly unapologetic as we an hear slabs Megadeth and Anthrax. There’s no messing around here as ‘Fear Campaign’ continues what the albums opener started. There are some serious shredding taking place here that sounds like it came straight from the 80’s and it yields no complaints whatsoever.
‘Phantom Force’ gives us a little showcase of new bassist Brandon Bruce who leaves his mark all on the track right after an absolute whirlwind of chaos in one of the albums fastest. It doesn’t stop there for Brandon however as ‘Cosmetic Surgery’ kicks in with a rather ‘death metal’ feel stabbing its way together with the bass right into the next quick and galloping thrash moment. The bass really is a refreshing moment here, one not often utilised in such ways in the genre.
As we reach our destination, its clear we are hitting the repeat button before the album is finished. There’s plenty of life left in this one that will keep those invested in the genre returning for more, something that can sometimes be lost with modern thrash records. It’s as if Havok told the world to hold their beer as they managed to do what all of our favourite old school thrash bands fail to do at this point in time. Produce a modern thrash record with all the old school elements we all know and love proving once again, the genre can be alive and most certainly well.