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Album Review

The impact that thrash metal/speed metal had on metal's evolution back in the 1980s cannot be overstated. Thrash was the first time that metal was influenced by punk in a big way — if hardcore brought metal into punk, thrash brought punk into metal — and so much of the death metal, black metal, alternative metal, and rap-metal of the '90s and 2000s owes thrash a major debt of gratitude. So given thrash's importance, it isn't surprising that the mid- to late 2000s saw a thrash revival in both Europe and North America. One of the U.S.' 21st century thrash revival bands is the Denver-based Havok, whose Burn came out in 2009 but sounds like it could have been recorded 20 or 22 years earlier. Stylistically, Burn is consistently mindful of the '80s, drawing on influences like Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus, and early Testament; Havok aren't as harsh as Slayer can be, but they still rock aggressively hard on lightning-fast tracks such as "The Disease," "Afterburner," "Category of the Dead," and "Path to Nowhere." Burn recalls an era in which punk was seriously influencing metal for the first time and thrash was making metal safe for the moshpit. This CD doesn't pretend to point thrash in any new directions; none of the tunes are the least bit groundbreaking, and anyone who has been listening to thrash for a long time has heard it all before. But if power metal can have an abundance of revival bands that are intent on emulating 1980s recordings, there is no reason why thrash metal shouldn't have them as well. Although not remarkable, Burn is a decent, if derivative, contribution to the thrash metal/speed metal revival movement.

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HAVOK is destined to become a mainstay in this scene!

Formed in February of 2004: HAVOK is the thrash metal powerhouse reigning from Colorado that continues to win over thousands of fans from various parts of the world. Incorporating blisteringly fast guitar riffs, machine-like drumming, groovy bass lines, searing leads, and hard-hitting vocals, HAVOK is able to maintain that *punch-you-in-the-throat* style of music. Although there are many other thrash bands out there, there is one thing that sets HAVOK apart from the others. This band puts their own stamp on the genre by employing a more technical side of music, while maintaining the feel. HAVOK's live show is where the band really catches peoples' attention, with their non-stop energy level and their ability to get the audience involved. They are a must-see for any fan of live music! This Denver outfit has had their name compared to the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, Testament, Overkill, Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies, Motorhead, etc… And for good reason! They possess a distinct approach to thrash: one that emulates the abrasive styles of classic 80s thrash metal, but with a much-needed fresh edge. HAVOK has received tons of positive feedback for their efforts to make thrash a mainstay in modern music: and they will continue to spread the intensity until they decide the job is done! Given their talent, determination, and constantly growing fan base, HAVOK is destined to become a mainstay in this scene!


Formed: 2004 in Denver, CO

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Inspired by the burgeoning American thrash metal revival of the mid ‘2000s, Denver, Colorado's Havok assembled in 2004, and proceeded to ply their backward-looking trade via a series of self-financed releases: a 2005 demo, a 2006 single, and a 2007 EP, curiously named Pwn ‘em All. These efforts duly got them signed to Candlelight Records, which released Havok's debut album, Burn, in 2009 and then sent them off to tour with bands like Exodus, Anthrax, Destruction, Primal Fear, and Hammerfall. All...
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