Havok have nailed 21st century thrash with new album V

Denver thrashers Havok’s new album V is where old school thrash speed meets new school thrash attitude

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Havok’s fifth is the sound of a band weaponising their accumulated experience. Multiple layers of guitar and bass complement and battle each other in a dizzying barrage that still adheres to the standards established by their 80s thrash forebears.

The straight-forward attacks of Fear Campaign and Merchants Of Death are built around savage riffs and brazen choruses, but the slow-burn Interface With The Infinite and Panpsychism’s journey through gnarled basslines, gang shouts and pulsating riffs offer more intricate assaults. Although retro-
minded, Havok sound sharp and as furiously relevant as ever even as we struggle onward through difficult times.