Havok
Burn


2.5
average

Review

by facupm USER (21 Reviews)
July 7th, 2013 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Harmless Thrash

It is of common knowledge that Thrash genre is dead. Nowadays, I am afraid to say, the world seems to focus more on other genres which overshadow our beloved Thrash, and the worst part is that there is nothing we can actually do about it. Old Thrash giants producing hit or miss albums which just can't live to their golden past is something natural today. It hurts, but it is that way.

However, over the last few years, there has been a movement called Thrash Revival or Neo Thrash, what means that there is new generation of bands trying to revive this genre. Havok, born in Denver, Colorado in 2004, is one of this wave of new Thrash Metal bands, and it is also one of the most renowned in this movement, along with other bands such as Vektor and Warbringer.

Their debut album, Burn, released on 2009, displays a classical Thrash approach, with harsh vocals, tight riffing and some fast drumming. You will find some really good moments scattered throughout the album, for example the riffing of The Roots of Evil, or the straightforward closer Afterburner. However, the albums fails on its consistency. Among the fine headbanging parts, there are plenty of periods of time when the music just seems to be forced, and the riffing feels uninventive and fails to attract. This, plus some really average vocal performance and sub-par lyrics brings down the album quite a lot.

There is no doubt about the instrumental proficiency of the members: while nothing out of this world, guitar parts are well executed, drums are decent, and you can hear the bass doing its job here and there. Despite of this, there is a great lack of originality present on the album, what is evidenced by weak songwriting for the most part.

Overall, Havok’s debut is an album which fails to be considered as a Thrash Revival act, for it falters on energy and innovation. It brings nothing new to the genre’s scene, giving proof that, sadly, Thrash Metal is a genre where there is nothing or little more to be said. However, there are moments on the album which give a hint about this band’s general ability, and leaves quite a lot of room for improvement. If the band succeeds on enhancing their songwriting and polishes some details which separate good bands from average ones, then we could be talking about a true Thrash Revival band. But for the time being, we can only hope.



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facupm
July 7th 2013


7687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is the album i got on the review a random album game

i was a bit disappointed but well

Chortles
July 7th 2013


17957 Comments


nice review rip thrash

Geadom
July 7th 2013


2812 Comments


pos, informative review. Only heard Time´s up from these guys, think is DECENT at best, so ill skip this.

manosg
July 7th 2013


6093 Comments


I'm not a friend of most revival stuff including thrash. You did a good job covering something that you're not so keen on though. So have a pos Facundo.

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ViperAces
July 7th 2013


12430 Comments


"out from this world"
i would use out of this world. not really sure though

good review, im really digging this atari thing

Mister Twister
July 7th 2013


1568 Comments


"If the band succeeds on enhancing their songwriting and polishes some details which separate good bands from average ones, then we could be talking about a true Thrash Revival band."

They don't.

bloc
July 7th 2013


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What are we expecting from today's thrash?

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Mister Twister
July 7th 2013


1568 Comments


Quality.

facupm
July 7th 2013


7687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks dude

@Viper yeah gonna change that ty

KILL
July 7th 2013


71795 Comments


yea fuck this band

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2013


5827 Comments


Nice review, facupm. Haven't checked out this album yet. Not sure I want to anymore though...

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facupm
July 7th 2013


7687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks!

bloc
July 7th 2013


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Judio you dug Unnatural Selection so it's pretty likely you would enjoy this very much I'd say.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2013


5827 Comments


Hmm...what the hell, I'll give it a listen. Can't hurt.

facupm
July 7th 2013


7687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is the only album i heard by them. the roots of evil is enjoyable and the last song too

Mister Twister
July 7th 2013


1568 Comments


Yeah, Time Is Up was tolerable if you listened to like one song at a time. Fatal Intervention is pretty cool. Unnatural Selection is just insufferably boring.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2013


5827 Comments


I liked Time Is Up and Unnatural Selection pretty much the same, I didn't find anything even remotely boring about either.

KILL
July 7th 2013


71795 Comments


check heathen dude

apert
July 7th 2013


3031 Comments


havok suck, pos'd

Geadom
July 8th 2013


2812 Comments


check Vektor dude



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