Havok
Time Is Up


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (65 Reviews)
July 28th, 2011 | 138 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: New school thrash with old school feel and new school technicality.

The new wave of thrash movement is for the most part very promising, giving us strong/solid albums from bands like Warbringer, Gama Bomb and Municipal Waste, as well as more adventurous offerings such as Vektor's Black Future. Havok is one of the newest bands on the scene and showed promise on their first albums, 2009's Burn, but it lacked decent production quality and polish. 2011's Time Is Up manages to be by far the greater album and one of the very best New Wave Of Thrash albums.

The band draws from similar influences to others in the scene, and you can feel influences from Exodus, Death Angel and Testament while listening to many of the tracks. This time the band has great, razor sharp production values allowing every member to shine, as well as a level of synergy that was missing from Burn, but far more energy through high speed pieces like No Amnesty, some of the most aggressive new wave thrash to arrive on the scene. Each member plays with technicality and aggression; David Sanchez performs some powerful thrash vocals, mostly in a fairly high register, while doing some solid rythm guitar work; Jesse De La Santos does some great basslines and is very audible on tracks like The Cleric;
Reece Scruggs does some fine lead guitar work on many of the tracks and delivers some melodic solos where necessary, and drummer Pete Webber rips through the mix with some extremely powerful drumming, using double bass regularly as well as some more technical drum patterns.

The album almost immediately kicks of on a great note with extremely impressive opener Prepare For Attack, which almost immediately showcases each members skills to the fullest, with a great solo and some powerful drumming throughout. Unfortunately, the main riff drags a little towards the middle of the track; luckily the solo starts up just after, so it seems fairly inconsequential on what is otherwise a brilliant thrash attack. The following tracks carry similar pacing and musical quality before hitting the melodic D.O.A., which turns out to be one of the better moments on the album.

Powerful tracks follow it too, and tracks such as Covering Fire and Scumbag In Disguise provide technical thrash assaults you'll be familiar with by this point, and the latter doing a catchy riff unlike those from earlier in the album. The final few tracks change pace quite seriously, with The Cleric and Time is Up starting at a slower pace yet being just as heavy as earlier tracks in the album, with the title track bringing some Annihilator influences to the table.

Unfortunately, the constant aggression could be considered a weakness in this album, as there are a number of tracks that get a little repetitive with the meatbeat of Pete Webber, as well as the occasionally stale riff such as the one in Prepare For Attack. Luckily there is enough variation to keep you on your toes though, and a variety of different influences are clearly displayed on each track.

Overall Time Is Up provides a new school thrash album with some old school flavor and influence. It's not the most progressive or experimental thrash album but it certainly provides ample aggression and skill to be one of the most entertaining albums so far this year, and a contender with Warbringer's Waking Into Nightmares as one of the best New Wave Of Thrash albums.

Recommended Tracks:
D.O.A.
Time Is Up
Scumbag In Disguise



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DoubtGin
July 28th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m/

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2011


6143 Comments


Your summary has got me amped. Will read later.

Digging: Raven Throne - ???????? ?????????

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2011


6143 Comments


manages to be by far the greater album


manages to be their best effort to date (maybe?)





good review, have a pos.

Madbutcher3
July 28th 2011


1145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thanks!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2011


6143 Comments


i see in the band's page in metal archives that the band members are quite young.



Youth and thrash go along, right?

Madbutcher3
July 28th 2011


1145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Seems so, considering many metal bands from the 80s like Death Angel had pretty young members.

Wizard
July 28th 2011


19437 Comments


Blah, thrash is still a joke for the most part but some of this stuff is ok (besides Toxic Holocaust who seems to be the best at this thrash revival). Good review dude.

Digging: Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus

RangerTaffles
July 28th 2011


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This stuff rules! Needs more exposure.

Nice review btw.

Pyosisified
July 28th 2011


2450 Comments


"Blah, thrash is still a joke for the most part"

?

Dummit
July 28th 2011


353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I heard Covering Fire on SiriusXM Liquid Metal the other day, i cranked that shit up real loud.

TheSpirit
July 28th 2011


17879 Comments


may check this out

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ZombicidalMan
July 28th 2011


1826 Comments


This band sounded pretty good from what I listened too, but shit, it's nothing we haven't heard before. Seriously, do the bands all share one vocalist or something?

Album's still better than most of the new thrash out there, but I can see it wearing off after two or three listens.

gabethepiratesquid
July 28th 2011


4521 Comments


These guys and Fog of War are the only thrash bands I like.

KILL
July 28th 2011


71839 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

fade didnt you know wizard doesnt dig thrash its not boring enough

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TheSpirit
July 28th 2011


17879 Comments


only repetitive enough

YetAnotherBrick
July 28th 2011


4453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thrash til death and then some

Wizard
July 28th 2011


19437 Comments


Thrash is still beginner level metal. I've heard too much and I got really bored of the genre.

lobby
July 28th 2011


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this was the last thrash album i'm going to listen to in a long time

Ticondaroga
July 29th 2011


231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Exceptional album a bit overproduced but if you can get past that this chills you(dead).

Ticondaroga
July 29th 2011


231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"prepare" rips off a riff from the first doom game and lvl also lol



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