In the nine years since their started, this Denver-based thrash band have already turned out two fairly successful albums and have gone on to worldwide acclaim as one of the metal acts to watch for. Their latest release, Unnatural Selection, cracked the Billboard Top 200 list in its first week and solidified Havok as a solid player in the metal field.
Opener “I Am the State” rages with anger, the riffs have heft and intensity and the simple chorus hits hard. “Give Me Liberty…or Give Me Death” kills with in-your-face, razor-sharp riffing, and timely lyrics. “Worse Than War” has a killer lead riff and sticks in your head. Some other songs that stood out were “Is It True?,” “Chasing the Edge,” and the BLACK SABBATH cover of “Children of the Grave.” As musicians, they are first-rate with David Sanchez and Reece Scruggs playing the hell out of their guitars, new bassist Michael Leon with his rumbling lines, and Pete Webber smashing away behind the kit. Sanchez is a good thrash vocalist, and his cleaner style on here really adds to the power of the music with the lyrics being clearer.
The lyrical content is what really gets me about this record, and most of all. it’s a pretty focused effort lyrically. It’s great to hear lyrics that actually took some thought to write. The whole record is well-thought out and really put together down to the last detail.