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Formed: 2004
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.

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Killswitch Engage, Anthrax Announce Killthrax II

Killswitch Engage and Anthrax have announced "KillThrax II," a 29-city tour of North America presented by SiriusXM that kicks off January 25 in Montreal, Canada and will zig-zag across the continent to wind up in Portland, Maine on March 4th. Confirmed tour dates are below. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 20t at 10AM local time - go to www.anthrax.com for all ticket purchasing and VIP packages info.

Havok will serve as the opening act for the entire tour.

Said Anthrax's Frank Bello, "After playing so many amazing shows last year with our friends Killswitch Engage, I'm psyched for round two of KillThrax, and we're adding Havoc to the heaviness!!" Added Charlie Benante, "The shows were great, the audiences were great and we all felt great about the whole thing, so why not do it again?"

"We are looking forward to the next leg of the 'KillThrax' tour," said KsE singer Jesse Leach. "We had a blast on the first one and we enjoyed sharing the stage with the humble legends Anthrax! There is such a synergy between the two bands and a certain unity that is infectious, so it was a no brainer to put this package back together and hit the road. It's an honor and we are excited for these shows, the fans, and the good times! KillThrax is gearing up for round two, so let's keep the party rolling!"

As with the inaugural KillThrax tour, Killswitch Engage and Anthrax will rotate the show's closing slot on "KillThrax II."

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Havok Gearing Up For Heavy Summer / Fall Touring

Modern thrash metal crew Havok will return to the states with a pair of U.S. tours in the summer and fall.

The band joins metalcore titans Darkest Hour on the "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora" tour in July. Following this run, Havok is thrilled to be a part of the seventh annual "Metal Alliance" tour, which is led this year by thrash legends Overkill and Crowbar.

Speaking about the band's upcoming shows, Havok lead vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez states, "After two months off, we're excited to get back on the road to play some new songs! Expect to hear some fresh material from 'Conformicide' this summer. Start stretching out those necks..." More...

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Havok Hits All Time High For First Week Sales

Denver, CO based thrash group Havok recorded the band's best first week sales to date with the release of fourth full-length album, "Conformicide."

The new record, which sold over 2,800 units in its first week, charted #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers & Billboard Current Hard Music Charts, as well as #5 on the Top Hard Music Chart & #23 on the Billboard Rock Chart.

The debut of "Conformicide" on the charts comes at the conclusion of a six week tour from Havok in North America, but look for the band to return stateside later this year.

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the band's latest video for "Intention To Deceive," taken off "Conformicide," at this location.

#67 Billboard Top Current Albums
#4 Billboard Heatseekers
#4 Billboard Current Hard Music
#5 Billboard Top Hard Music
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Havok Releases New Video

With the release of new full-length studio record, "Conformicide," less than two week away, thrash stalwarts Havok today premiere a new music video for the track "Intention To Deceive." Check it out below.

Meanwhile, Havok continues to tour extensively throughout North American and is currently on the "World Gone Mad" tour with Suicidal Tendencies and Crowbar.

Following that run, the band will participate in a brief West Coast trek (w/Warbringer) before beginning European dates. A comprehensively list of the band's tour dates in North America and Europe can be found after the jump. More...

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Havok Streaming "Ingsoc"

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...

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Havok Posts "Hang 'Em High" Video

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...

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Havok Unleashes "Conformicide" Details

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...

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Amon Amarth Announces Tour With Megadeth

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...

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Havok Launches PledgeMusic Campign For New Album

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...

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Havok Posts "Claiming Certainty" Video

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!"


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Suicidal Tendencies Tap Ex-Slayer Drummer Lombardo

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!!!"

Pictured...Dave Lombardo and Mike Muir. Photo by Pep WilliamsSxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave...

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Megadeth Premieres New Animated Music Video

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...

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Battlecross Kicking Off Winter Warriors Tour

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...

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Havok Joining Megadeth On Tour

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...

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Havok Announces New Bassist

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...

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Ex-Havok Guitarist Shawn Chavez Passes Away

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...

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Havok's David Sanchez Issues Update On Injury

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!"

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Havok Vocalist Breaks His Wrist

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:

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

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Havok Drummer To Sit Out Upcoming Shows

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!"

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Havok Announces New Tour Dates

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...

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