This is my inaugural album review here on my blog. I don’t consider myself by any means a “professional” music critic. I am here to share my thoughts on a given album based on what I like/dislike about it.
I am going to kick start this with a thrash metal band that I am currently listening to. Thrash metal happens to be one of my favourite sub-genres of the metal scene. Obviously it’s not the same as it once was back in the late 80s. However after listening to this album and other “new age” thrash metal acts I feel that there is hope for thrash after all.
Havok was formed in 2004 out of Denver, Colorado. The band’s current lineup consists of David Sanchez on lead vocals and guitar, Jesse De Los Santos on bass, Pete Webber on drums and Reece Scruggs on lead guitar. They are currently signed to Candlelight Records.
The album I will be reviewing is their debut album on Candlelight Records, known as Burn. It was released in 2009 and what I believe to be the right push into the direction of classic thrash.
- The Root of Evil
- Path to Nowhere
- Morbid Symmetry
- Identity Theft
- The Disease
- Scabs of Trust
- Ivory Tower
- To Hell
- Category of the Dead
- Melting the Mountain
This album starts off with a brief (albeit great) instrumental with Wreckquiem and then jumps right into The Root of Evil which happens to be one of my favourites from this album. Path to Nowhere has a fantastic bass and drum turn just after the one minute mark. Morbid Symmetry has a “fall from the sky” bass intro which really shows that this band is committed to making the bass player stand out more than other metal acts.
The band stays true to their art in every song, however there are some lighter sounding songs on this album. One that comes to mind is track 5 Identity Theft, which brings David Sanchez’s vocals to a more calm nature as compared to the rest of his vocals on this album. It also features an amazing solo right after the half way mark of the song that really brings out the unique qualities of this band. It’s technical, fast and very pleasing to the ear.
The second half of the album seems to take it up a notch and Sanchez’s vocals gets more aggressive. Which depending on what your preference is, you may enjoy the second half more than the first. Personally I enjoyed the first half of the album better.
There wasn’t many tracks that I didn’t enjoy and overall I would be happy to put most of those songs on my iPod. This album was not perfect but I definitely enjoyed it. Any thrash enthusiast that enjoys the “classic sound” should be thrilled with these guys.
9 songs placed on iPod
3 songs left off iPod