Band Photo: Havok (?)
From: Denver, CO, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Latest Havok News
Below is our complete Havok news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Thrash outfit Havok just unleashed another new track off upcoming record "Conformicide." The song, titled "Ingsoc," is the longest running track on the new album and lyrically takes heavy influence from the classic George Orwell novel, "1984."
Speaking about "Ingsoc", Havok lead guitartist Reece Scruggs states, "This is one of my favorite tracks on the record, and a bit left field compared to most Havok tracks. Full of slamming riffs and burning lines; it's still 100% us but a bit progressive. I fully believe this song display the best in each of us and comes together to be a ripper!"
Adding his thoughts on the writing and thematics behind the song, David Sanchez (vocals, guitar) comments:"'1984' takes place in a socialist hell wherein there is perpetual war, government-sanctioned propaganda, massive gaps between the rich and poor, and Big Brother spies on every citizen. It appears that Orwell was not just a novelist, but a prophet; as 'Ingsoc' has become all too real. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." More...
Colorado based thrash metal outfit Havok is now disseminating the first new track off upcoming album, "Conformicide."
The song, titled "Hang 'Em High," can be heard via the lyric video below and is the first instant grat track for those who pre-order the new album on Amazon and iTunes. "Conformicide" will see a March 10th release on Century Media Records.
Speaking about the message behind "Hang 'Em High" and the accompanying lyric video, David Sanchez (lead vocals, guitar) comments: "In our current political atmosphere, corruption runs deep. This is our response. It's time to wake up." More...
Thrash-metal stalwarts Havok are thrilled to announce the details of the upcoming new studio album, titled "Conformicide." The Denver based group will unleash the fourth full-length record on March 10th via Century Media, along with touring in both North America and Europe next year to support the release. "Conformicide" is the follow up to the band's 2013 effort, "Unnatural Selection."
Discussing what fans can expect from the new record, David Sanchez (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) comments: “‘Conformicide’ is our most dynamic, heavy, thoughtful, musical, and sonically-crushing album so far. All four members feel that this is the best Havok album to date. There are a lot of 'truth bombs' being dropped on this record and the music absolutely rips!”
Building on Sanchez's comments, Reece Scruggs (lead guitar) adds: "This album swings for the fences in every way. Sonically stunning, technically proficient and lyrically pissed, we've never been represented at our best until this moment in time. We cannot wait for the world to react to Conformicide." More...
This September and October, Swedish metal group Amon Amarth will return to the U.S. as direct support to Megadeth.
The tour, which runs from September 20th through October 16th, will also include Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok.
Comments Amon Amarth of the upcoming trek: "We are proud to be supporting the legendary and mighty Megadeth on their US tour in September! Sharpen your blades and bring out your drinking horns, because this will be a brutal show that no true metalhead should miss. Raise your horns!"
During the journey, Amon Amarth ill also join the likes of Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, and more on Sunday, September 25th as part of the annual Knotfest. See all confirmed dates below. More...
Havok has officially announced the band's Century Media debut album along with a special pre-order opportunity that is 100% focused on the fans. Front man David Sanchez comments:
"For the past months, we've sharpened our skills and gone to work - all so we can deliver our best music to you. With the new record in the works, we wanted to make the pre-order experience rad and special for YOU."
Launched exclusively via PledgeMusic, Havok will give fans ultimate access to behind-the-scenes content including a digital download of the album with every pre-order. Through the crowd funding campaign here, fans have a chance to come record vocals with the whole band, get their hands on limited edition signed gear, bar hop, and more with their favorite thrashers in celebration of this forthcoming release. More...
Denver's very own thrash metal stalwarts from Havok are proud to offer up a live video for "Claiming Certainty," which will appear on their forthcoming Century Media debut album (release information to come soon).
The band comments: "'Claiming Certainty' is a pounding new song from our upcoming 4th record. This cut of the song was filmed/recorded live in in our hometown at the Denver Black Sky Festival inside the Gothic Theatre. We decided to play this high energy tune live because it gets the adrenaline pumping and never lets up.
"Our new album is full of bangers like this with even more attitude, dynamics, and musical intricacy. Fans of Havok and fans of metal will not be disappointed in our newest record. Every member of the band is positive that the 4th Havok album will be the best one yet!"
Suicidal Tendencies has announced that former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo will be playing drums during the band's upcoming tour with Megadeth, Children Of Bodom and Havok.
States the band: "SxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave Lombardo will be playing drums for Suicidal on the upcoming Megadeth tour! You know what that means....it's gonna be CYCO and BRUTAL!!!"
Megadeth premieres a new animated music video for the band's latest single "The Threat Is Real", taken from the upcoming new album "Dystopia", which will be out in stores January 22nd.
Check out now "The Threat Is Real" below.
Megadeth will be out on a North American tour coming February with Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok. Check out all dates below: More...
Tonight, Battlecross will kick off the second installment of the Winter Warriors Tour launched to honor American armed forces veterans.
Sponsored by Metal Injection, the six-date trek will commence later this evening in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and run through December 18th in Flint, Michigan. Support will be provided by Havok, Nekrogoblikon and Black Fast. The latest journey follows the band's recent North American takeover supporting labelmates Gwar.
Battlecross has united again with the Veterans Ticket Foundation to provide armed forces veterans with free admission to The Winter Warriors Tour. Service members can sign up at this location. Advanced ticket buyers for these shows will be entered to win a guitar, and a portion of the proceeds from the band's tour shirts will be donated to VetTix to help veterans and their families attend concerts and other events in their area, free of charge.
12/11/2015 Cattivo - Pittsburgh, PA
12/12/2015 Bada Brew - Crest Hill, IL *Battlecross and Black Fast only
12/13/2015 Rockstar Pro Arena - Dayton, OH
12/14/2015 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
12/17/2015 The Garrison - Toronto, ON
12/18/2015 The Machine Shop - Flint, MI *3rd Annual Battle Christmas More...
Havok will kick off the band's first major North American tour of 2016 supporting Megadeth February 20th in Dallas, Texas on the "Dystopia World Tour." Vocalist / guitarist David Sanchez comments:
"Every member of Havok is beyond stoked about this upcoming tour that'll have us playing alongside legends. Fans of metal will not want to miss this amazing lineup, as it's one of the best tour packages to hit the continent in years.
"Each of us has dreamt about playing with all three of these bands since we were teenagers and to see it coming to fruition is absolutely unreal. Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, and Children of Bodom have all influenced Havok's sound and we cannot wait to rip with these stellar bands. This is a dream come true."
Havok will also make the band's Century Media album debut in early 2016, stay tuned for more details and catch the band live: More...
Denver, Colorado's thrash maniacs from Havok have announced the addition of bassist Nick Schendzielos (Job For A Cowboy, Cephalic Carnage) after parting ways with Mike Leon.
Leon, who spent two years with Havok and appeared on the band's 2013 release "Unnatural Selection," will be joining Soulfly on an upcoming North American tour.
Havok vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez comments on Mike's departure: "Mike is an amazing musician and rock-solid performer! I would like to thank him for lending his talent to the band for two years. I will always love the music he writes and appreciate his abilities."
The newly indoctrinated Schendzielos will record bass on Havok's upcoming fourth studio album and take part in the band's upcoming North American headlining tour. The bassist comments:
"I'm incredibly excited to be working with Havok. Been friends with the dudes forever, always have a blast with 'em, and now I get to thrash with 'em! I have big shoes to fill...Mike is a really, really solid player, but I think my playing style will mix in really well and fans will dig it. The new music is by far the coolest Havok I've ever heard. Can't wait to release it!" More...
Former lead guitarist of Denver, Colorado thrash metal outfit Havok, Shawn Chavez, has passed away. He was only 30-years-old. Chavez was a member of Havok from 2004 - 2010.
Frontman David Sanchez has issued the following statement:
"It is with deep regret that I must inform fans, friends, and family of Havok that Shawn Tyler Chavez, the former lead guitarist of Havok, passed away on April 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 30 years old. Shawn was the very first lead guitarist of Havok and helped forge the band's sound in the early years. Without Shawn's dedication during the first 6 years of the band, Havok would not be where it is today. More...
David Sanchez from Havok has checked in with the following health update after breaking his wrist:
"As many of you know, I broke my left wrist a few months ago and we had to cancel a week of shows on our tour with Crowbar.
"Well, here's some GOOD news... It has been about a month since my wrist surgery, so I figured I would update everyone on my status. The surgery went well and I have been working hard to rehabilitate myself quickly. The doctors have even told me that I am healing much faster than average!
"That means that once this thing is fully healed, I will be back to playing guitar like normal and we will wrap up the writing on the new HAVOK album. We plan to record the new album later this year. You guys are gonna love what we've got cookin'... Prepare for massively heavy, evil riffage!
(We will make up those cancelled dates as soon as possible.)
"Thanks so much for your continued support of the band. I love and appreciate you all!"
Havok vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez has broken his wrist and the band will be forced to miss several dates on the current tour with Crowbar, Revocation, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed for Apocalypse.
The band will rejoin the tour in California in early October with Revocation's Dan Gargiulo will be filling on guitar while Sanchez returns on vocals.
Here's more in Sanchez's own words:
While hiking in Boulder, Colorado, I took a pretty nasty fall and ended up shattering my left wrist. Since I'm currently unable to play guitar, our friend Dan Gargiulo from Revocation has offered his 6-string services and will be laying down the riffage for the rest of our stint in the USA. I will still be doing vocals on the remainder of the upcoming shows and I cannot wait to get back on the road!
I'd like to apologize to anyone that was looking forward to seeing HAVOK in these coming days. We will definitely make it up to you. In times like these, one must remember the ancient American proverb, "Shit happens." See you on the road!!
One last thing! Here is some good news for a change. Pete's mom is making a full recovery from her recent accident and that means Pete Webber will be back behind the kit rejoining the tour in California. We want to thank Marshall Wieczorek from Wretched for stepping in on drums and doing an awesome job on such short notice.
The latest Havok tour dates are as follows:
"Symmetry in Black" tour dates feat. HAVOK w/ CROWBAR, REVOCATION, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE
Oct. 2 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
Oct. 3 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
Oct. 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos
Oct. 5 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
Oct. 6 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
Oct. 8 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
Oct. 9 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Oct. 10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
HAVOK live in Mexico
Oct. 11 - Ciudad Juarez - Hysteria Bar
Oct. 12 - Chihuahua - Club Bolivar
Oct. 16 - Durango - Fir
Oct. 17 - Monterrey - Morfos Bar
Oct. 18 - Mexico DF - Eyescream Metal Festival
Oct. 19 - San Luis Potosi - Bunker Bar
Oct. 23 - Queretaro - Black Flag
Oct. 24 - Aguascalientes - Seven Sins
Oct. 25 - Mexico DF - Hell & Heaven
As previously announced, Havok will return to North America this Fall, starting with a USA/Canadian run alongside Crowbar and Revocation, followed by a headlining trek in Mexico.
Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, Pete Webber (drums) will sit out select dates on this upcoming tour, with Wretched's Marshall Wieczorek filling in temporarily. Pete comments:
"As some of you may have heard, my mother was in a tragic accident and is in very serious condition in the ICU in Boston. This unfortunately means I will have to miss out on at least a portion of our future shows. I must be by mom and family's side during these difficult times...Our pal Marshall from Wretched will be filling in on my duties.
"He is a good friend of ours and a great drummer! I know he will do an awesome job in my absence! I hope everyone understands and keeps my mom in their positive thoughts and prayers. It helps in a big way to have the support! I will return as soon as I can to my bros in Havok and wish them all the best on this next run!"
Catch the band live on these dates: More...
After recently completing an extensive tour of Europe and signing with Century Media, Havok is ready to return to North America this Fall, starting with a USA/Canadian run alongside Crowbar and Revocation, followed by a headlining trek in Mexico.
Havok's David Sanchez (lead vocals / guitars) comments: "Earlier this year was our first trip to Mexico and we liked it so much we're coming back again this fall! We're looking forward to seeing our maniacal fans south of the border this October. Mexico, prepare for attack..."
Sept. 11 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
Sept. 12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Sept. 13 - Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop
Sept. 14 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Sept. 15 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Sept. 16 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sept. 17 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
Sept. 18 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Sept. 19 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Hall
Sept. 20 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
Sept. 21 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Sept. 22 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
Sept. 23 - Merriam, KS - Aftershock
Sept. 24 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
Sept. 27 - Spokane, WA - The Hop
Sept. 28 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
Sept. 29 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Sept. 30 - Boise, ID - Crazy Horse More...
Century Media Records is pleased to announce the signing of Denver, Colorado's Havok. The young thrash metal quartet has worked nonstop releasing 3 albums and touring the world the past 5 years and is poised to take its career to another level.
"We're so excited to sign with Century Media!" exclaims guitarist Reece Scruggs. "Their reputation as a front running metal label is obvious. Timeless albums that have influenced us as individuals, and as a band, have been released through the label, and we aim to become a part of that tradition."
"I'm pleased to add Havok to our artist roster," says Century Media President Marco Barbieri. "I have watched the band evolve and progress musically and highly admire their work ethic and commitment to metal and their fans."
Havok just concluded extensive tours of Asia, South America, and Canada and will be starting a month-long onslaught of European shows this weekend, including performing at many of the continent's prestigious festivals, as well as off-dates with Suffocation and Skeletonwitch. More...
The Denver thrashers in Havok have premiered a new video for "Chasing The Edge" taken from the band's third full-length album on Candlelight Records, "Unnatural Selection."
Produced by guitarist David Sanchez, mixed by Terry Date, and mastered by James Murphy, the album features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz. David Sanchez comments on the new video:
"In case you couldn't tell by the video, 'Chasing the Edge' is about space exploration. This song is dedicated to Nicolaus Copernicus and his groundbreaking idea that sparked the modern scientific revolution. Without his bold observations that turned the Church on its head, you might not be reading this text on a computer screen right now! The lyrics are dictated from Copernicus' point of view, but of course, the meaning of the song can be interpreted in many different ways.
"Astronomy is very humbling when you realize that we are an incredibly tiny part of the cosmos. No matter how self-interested our society becomes, it should always be remembered that we are not the center of the universe... There is just SO much out there. Every time I look up at the night sky, I can't help but contemplate the possibility that somewhere out there, there are creatures looking at our star; Wondering, like myself, about the possibility of life near our tiny pinhole of light, which we call the Sun. Peering into the vast ocean of suns above our heads is a mind-expanding exercise and I recommend that people do it more often. What greater fountain of mystery and wonder could you possibly look at with your own two eyes?
"We live in a historic time of human triumph and incredible discovery. It would be a shame to let these advances in understanding go unappreciated. We should be grateful for revolutionary thinkers like Nicolaus Copernicus and always remember, like the song says, 'That an open mind has the biggest impact.'" More...
More than a year has passed since the release of Suffocation's "Pinnacle Of Bedlam." Now the New York extreme metal outfit has announced a return to Europe this summer.
After last years extended “Despise The World European Tour,” Suffocation will be playing several club shows, along with a handful of festivals.
Joining Suffocation for the upcoming road shenanigans will be Denver, CO-based thrashers Havok and Ohio metallers Skeletonwitch. Commented Suffocation on the tour:
“Suffocation will be tearing up Europe again this summer! Our powerhouse tour will have the relenting speed and thrash of Havok and brutal tones of the one and only Skeletonwitch. We hope you all come to the gigs and blow off some much needed aggressions and show how much you love speed, thrash and death metal!!!! Looking forward to seeing you all at the festivals and club shows this summer!” More...
After missing last night's show in South Carolina due to a vehicle breakdown, Havok has now posted the following message about also missing tonight's tour date in Little Rock:
"Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that due to vehicle issues beyond our control, we WILL NOT make tonight's show in Little Rock, AK. We are so sorry and will try to make up the date next year!!"