Havok Unveil New Music Video
Havok are a thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado that have been consistently building their profile. They’re part of the retrothrash movement which is a notoriously difficult genre to stand out in, as not only are you attempting to create new music, but to also ape the classics that helped form the foundation of the metal we know and love today, so ultimately you’re facing two very different competitors. It’s hard to truly innovate as well, as the name retrothrash pretty much specifies that you need to sound enough like the old guys to be classified as such. Regardless, Havok are a band that are really beginning to stand out from the pack.
Their second album Time Is Up was released in 2011 and received critical praise and some limited success. Last year they released a short EP titled Point Of No Return, which the track “From The Cradle To The Grave” (the song this video is made for) featured on. It’s a mid-pace thrash number, with moments that seem to threaten speed where things start to ramp up before quickly tapering off. I’m no thrash expert and honestly, I prefer my thrash metal to be faster, but it’s clear that Havok are comprised of very capable musicians and have a strong passion for their music.
The music video itself is impressively shot, featuring the almost always standard performance footage juxtaposed with scenes of a serial killer carrying out his work, which is the subject matter of this particularly grisly song. It must be said that the contrast between the period footage and performance footage is impressively lit and there are some really nice performance shots that adequately showcase the impressive guitar feats – a must for any thrash metal video. The frontman of the band, Dave Sanchez had this to say about the lyrical inspiration of the song:
From The Cradle To The Grave’ is about America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. In the late 1800s, in Chicago, Holmes built a hotel specifically with murder in mind. It included doors that opened up to brick walls, staircases that lead to nowhere, and one-way rooms that once you entered, you never came out. He was a religious man and firmly believed that since he was born, the Devil was at his side. That being said, bang your head.
Shooting this video on location in Detroit is the first thing that the band have done together with new bassist Mike Leon after Jesse De Los Santos split from the band amicably. Sanchez went on to say this about the change in line-up:
As many people have already heard, we recently parted ways with bassist Jesse De Los Santos. It was a mutual split and we wish Jesse all the best. I’d like to thank Jesse for the four years of killing it in studio and on stage. With that being said, we’d like to introduce our new four-string monster, Mike Leon. Mike is a fantastic bassist and a veteran of the road from his years of touring with The Absence. We are very happy to have him on board.
Leon also went on to comment about what it feels like to join a now established act and how he feels about stepping into the big shoes that Santos left behind:
I’m completely honoured to be a part of such a well-oiled machine and to have the opportunity to play with these dudes is a dream come true! Not only is HAVOK one of my favourite new heavy metal bands out in the scene, but the guys in the band are a few of the best dudes I know! You can definitely look forward to us kickin’ lots of ass together this year, and for many years to come.
Havok will be announcing new details for their third album in the coming weeks.
Are you guys excited about Havok? Do you think they’re a good re-thrash band? What do you think of the retrothrash movement? Is thrash dead? Sound off in the comments!