METAL HAMMER ALBUM REVIEW: HAVOK ‘UNNATURAL SELECTION’

9 08 2013

Here’s a reprint of my review of the Havok record that ran in Metal Hammer.

HAVOK

UNNATURAL SELECTION

CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

In many ways trying to top their universally lauded second record Time Is Up was always going to be a tricky task for Denver thrashers Havok. However, while some of the material on Unnatural Selection does comes across as plodding when compared to what came before, the four-piece make a good stab of things and their new album sees them put extra focus on dynamics and melodies (Under The Gun) and there’s a real growth in terms of song-writing (Give Me Liberty…Or Give Me Death). New recruit Michael Joseph Leon really makes his presence felt with some wonderful, rumbling basslines and the politicised subject matter makes a refreshing change from the cheesy, novelty-based zomedy lyrics that’s currently in vogue with their modern day thrash contemporaries, adding a real bite to the likes of I Am The State. Yes, we could do without the cover of Sabbath’s Children Of The Grave but for the most part mid-paced brooders such as Living Nightmare prove they’re more than just a one trick pony and point towards a bright future ahead. [7]

EDWIN McFEE 

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