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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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Havok Posts New Lyric Video

Candlelight Records has premiered a special pre-release lyric video for Havok's latest single, "Give Me Liberty... Or Give Me Death," taken from forthcoming new album "Unnatural Selection." The video can be viewed below.

"Unnatural Selection" is set to be released in North America on June 25th and is currently available for pre-order. "Unnatural Selection" was produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones) and was mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death).

Havok just completed a second European tour and will perform three special "hometown" pre-release shows June 21-23. The band will kick off a first headline tour of North America on July 22nd.

More dates have been confirmed on the tour now stretching through early September. Dates and ticket info is available at Facebook. More...

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Havok Offering Single For Free Download

Denver thrashers Havok are gearing up for the North American release date of the band’s third full-length, "Unnatural Selection."

Candlelight Records today makes the “Give Me Liberty…Or Give Me Death” single available as a free download at the label’s official Bandcamp page.

Currently touring Europe with Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage, Havok will kick off North American touring just after the June 25th release of "Unnatural Selection." Set to begin July 22nd, the headlining tour will see the four-piece journey through the southern states, travelling up the eastern seaboard before making a debut performance at Montreal’s annual Heavy MTL festival on August 11th. More...

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Havok Announces Headlining Tour

Denver thrashers Havok today announce their first headlining tour of North America. Dates are set to commence July 22nd and will see the band journey through the southern states, travelling up the eastern seaboard before making a debut performance at Montreal’s annual Heavy MTL festival on August 11th.

The tour will be in support of the band's forthcoming new album, "Unnatural Selection," set for release June 25th.

"Unnatural Selection," the band’s third full-length album for Candlelight Records, was produced by guitarist David Sanchez and mixed by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones). The album features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (Slayer, Mastodon) and was mastered by James Murphy (Aborted, World Under Blood, Abigail Williams). More...

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Havok Reveals New Album Details

Candlelight Records confirms June 25th as the North American release date for "Unnatural Selection," the new studio recording from Denver thrashers Havok.

The ten-song album was produced by David Sanchez with mixing handled by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones). "Unnatural Selection" features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (Slayer, Mastodon) and was mastered by James Murphy (Aborted, World Under Blood, Abigail Williams).

“Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” the first single from Unnatural Selection, will hit Loud Rock/Metal radio on May 27th.

“I am super pumped on how the drums came out,” chimes drummer Pete Webber. “We recorded the drums in a theater to get a huge sound. It was a challenging experience for me between time constraints and the drum parts having much more feeling in them. I believe the added pressure made for some really awesome stuff. I can't wait to unleash this album to the world.” More...

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Cephalic Carnage Announces Tour, Album

Rocky Mountain act Cephalic Carnage has announced a month long European Tour as direct support for death metal legends Suffocation. The tour kicks off on May 9th in Geneva, Swiztzerland and runs through June 8th in Munich, Germany. A complete listing of dates is included below.

Cephalic Carnage has also begun writing new material for a 7th full-length album. More details on this process will be announced shortly. The entire Cephalic Carnage discography is also currently available for streaming via Bandcamp here.

Guitarist Steve Goldberg commented on the upcoming tour:

"We are extremely excited to get back to Europe with our good friends in Suffocation, and to be out there with our local buddies in Havok. There are a few stops we haven't been to in a very long time, and a few places we have never been to. This tour will be brutal!" More...

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Havok Releases "From The Cradle To The Grave" Clip

Denver thrashers Havok have premiered their latest video for the song “From The Cradle To The Grave," taken from the 2012 EP, "The Point Of No Return." Check out the clip below.

The video, directed by Roy Warner, was filmed on location in Detroit during the band’s final tour of 2012 alongside Skeletonwitch. The premiere coincides with the band’s continued work on an upcoming third full-length album.

Discussing the song’s lyrical inspiration, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez says, “‘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.” More...

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The Casualties Announces Tour With Goatwhore

Infamous New York City street punks The Casualties have announced their first U.S. headlining dates of 2013. The band will co-headline a string of southern and west coast dates with Goatwhore in March and April. Additional support will come from Havok.

The trek starts on March 27th, in Houston, TX and runs through April 9th, in Seattle, WA. A full listing of confirmed dates is below.

The Casualties is touring in support of latest album, "Resistance" (released by Season of Mist September 2012). The Zeuss-produced effort is the band's ninth full-length album and can be streamed here.

3/27 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
3/28 Corpus Christi, TX @ Zeros
3/29 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
3/30 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
4/1 Albuquerque, NM -2H Launchpad
4/2 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
4/3 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory (also with DR. KNOW)
4/4 W. Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
4/6 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
4/7 Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/8 Portland, OR @ Branx
4/9 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven More...

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Havok Releases New Music Video

Havok’s latest video has premiered today via Bloody Disgusting. “Point Of No Return” is the title track to the band’s EP, released last Spring as a tide-me-over while the band continued non-stop touring.

The video was directed by Roy Warner and filmed on location in Detroit, Michigan and can be viewed right here or in the player below.

Discussing the video, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez elaborates, "The lyrics of ‘Point Of No Return’ are highly interpretable, but the message of the video pretty simple: The world as we know it is a delicate place and we have never had such a high capacity to destroy the human race as we do now. At some point, our self-made concoction of nuclear/biological weaponry, ancient superstitious beliefs, nationalism, corruption, ignorance, and conflicting ideologies is going to become lethal, on a global scale. We live in a time like no other and it’s obvious that if we don’t change our behavior, it’s only a matter of time before the world is extinguished at the hand of fanatics. It’s literally within everyone’s power to leave the world a little nicer than we found it. Don’t believe everything you’re told: Think for yourself.”

Director Roy Warner notes, “Working with the guys from Havok was great. They had awesome ideas to start out with and build from; wanting to showcase real life as the concept. It really illustrates the depths of human depravity in the past, present and what we can expect from the future if attitudes don’t change.” More...

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Exodus And More Confirmed For Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:

"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!

"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

- The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

- The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...

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Havok Kicking Off U.S. Tour

Denver thrash warriors Havok will kick off a massive U.S. tour this week with headliners Skeletonwitch. The U.S. Abomination Tour will commence on September 14th in Athens, Ohio and run through nearly two months of shows, coming to a ceremonial close on November 17th in Cleveland, Ohio. Additional support will come from Early Graves and Mutilation Rites.

Comments guitarist Reece Scruggs: “We’re pumped as hell to be going out on the road with Skeletonwitch. The two of us along with Mutilation Rites and Early Graves touring together just seems to fit and make perfect sense. There will be plenty of dates, pretty much covering the entire U.S. So there is no excuse to miss this shred fest! BE THERE OR BE 100% SQUARE.”

Upcoming Havok tour dates are as follows: More...

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Shockwave Festival Canceled

After Fear Factory just recently announced the band was dropping off the Shockwave Festival, which was set to kick off on July 6th, the organizers of the tour have now issued the following statement about the entire run being shut down:

“It is with great disappointment that we have to make this announcement. With the recent departure of Voivod from the Shockwave Festival lineup, as well as low advance tickets sales we have decided to pull the plug on the Shockwave Festival.

"For purchases made with a credit card, your card will automatically be refunded. All other refunds are available at point of purchase.

"We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused."

For more info on the Shockwave Festival, head over to the tour's official Facebook profile here. More...

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Shockwave Festival Tour Adds More Dates

Today the coordinators of Shockwave Festival Tour 2012 have announced four new dates in the inaugural North American takeover: Calgary, Amityville, Columbus, and Joliet. See the updated itinerary below. The following press release was also issued:

"Established to give metal fans a lower cost festival option this season, Shockwave Festival Tour 2012 stands among one of the most diversified metal tour packages of the Summer! The trek will commence on July 6 in Seattle, Washington, and feature an assorted lineup of artists including futuristic metal conjurers Fear Factory and sci-fi thrash legends Voivod as well as Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, Havok, Dirge Within, Last Chance To Reason, Vildhjarta, The Browning, and Forged In Flame.

"Presented by Full Metal Jackie with further sponsorships by EVH, DDrums, Intune Guitar Pics, Indie Merch, Earsplit PR, Skateboard Marketing, Burning Angel, Yetibite, The PRP, Rockin Wellness, Dirtycheese Design & Development and Blank TV, the caravan of chaos will run through August. Tickets are on sale now at this location." More...

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Sepultura Is Still Sepultura

“That’s not the pass for tonight,” muttered the venue staffer checking IDs, wearing a dismissive expression suspiciously resembling a dildo. “I don’t know what to tell you.”

I’d just conducted interviews – coming soon – with guitarists Andreas Kisser (of Sepultura) and Moyses Kolesne (of Krisiun) backstage at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont. With no additional press to handle, Sepultura’s tour manager had scrapped the planned guest list, handing me instead a photo/access pass from a prior show. As this straightforward story was received with borderline indifference and a blasé shrug, I was pulled aside to allow lucky ticketholders entry. There I stood waiting under the gatekeepers’ stone cold gazes, like a failed freeloader – the lowest form of tool at a concert. More...

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Shockwave Festival Tour Lineup Announced

Metal Blade Records has issued the following announcement about the lineup for the upcoming Shockwave Festival tour:

"This summer, one of the most diversified metal tour packages will batter its way through North America! What will be a yearly event, the inaugural Shockwave Festival Tour 2012 is coming for you! Established to give metal fans a lower cost festival option this season, the tour will commence on July 6 in Seattle, Washington, and feature an eclectic lineup of artists including futuristic metal conjurers Fear Factory and sci-fi thrash legends Voivod as well as Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, Havok, Dirge Within, Last Chance to Reason, Vildhjarta, The Browning, and Forged in Flame.

"Presented by Full Metal Jackie with further sponsorships by EVH, DDrums, Ampeg, Intune Guitar Pics, Indie Merch, Earsplit PR, Skateboard Marketing, Burning Angel, Yetibite, The PRP, Rockin Wellness, Dirtycheese Design & Development and Blank TV, the caravan of chaos will run through August with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Artist Arena/fan club pre-sale tickets go on sale today. Public tickets go on sale Saturday May 5 at 10:00am at this location." More...

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ArmyOfOne TV Posts Interview With Havok

Jesse De Los Santos and Pete Webber of the thrash metal band Havok talked to ArmyOfOneTV right after their show at Bogie's in Albany, NY this past April 26th. On this interview they discussed the current activities of the band and also their upcoming EP called "Point of No Return" that will be launched next May 22nd. Havok is currently on Sepultura's North American Kairos Tour, and recently covered the Sepultura tune "Arise."


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Havok Streaming Sepultura Cover

Today the metal-loving web moguls at MetalSucks premiere Havok's rendition of “Arise” by Sepultura. The tune comes off the band’s forthcoming new EP titled "Point Of No Return" (reviewed here).

Set for release on May 22nd in North America, the EP was recorded by the band with final touches by James Murphy (Death, Testament) and contains two new thrash hymns and two cover tracks: the aforementioned Sepultura cover and a Havokeded version of Slayer’s “Postmortem/Raining Blood.”

Check out “Arise” by navigating over to this location. More...

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SXSW 2012 Thrash Show Reverts to Garage Rock

On March 16th, 2012, Motorbreath Entertainment intended to create one of the best lineups featuring bands from the “New Wave of Thrash Metal.” Exmortus, Bonded By Blood, Havok, Speedwolf and Witchaven were on the bill to play Betsy’s Bar at Austin’s annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival. Oregon’s Spellcaster offered a style more in line with the New Wave of Classic Metal scene that has, in a sense, run parallel with the new thrash movement.

Besides Corrosion of Conformity who came to town with their crossover thrash, “Animosity” lineup, thrash metal is an endangered species in Austin during this time of the year. When I saw Motorbreath had organized a lineup of such great, young thrash bands, I had to help with promotion. Unfortunately, a number of mishaps led to Betsy’s Bar canceling the show. However, thanks to Alex Campos of local metal marauders, Beyond The Blood, the show went on! More...

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Havok Comments On Tour Dates

The Denver thrash assault Havok kicked off a run of dates with Sepultura, Death Angel, and Krisiun in Santa Ana, California last night. The North American Kairos Tour 2012 will make its way through nearly three weeks worth of shows, coming to a close in New York City on April 30th.

Comments vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez: “We're hitting the road with Sepultura - Holy shit!! It's a dream come true. This tour is going to be absolutely insane. All the bands totally rule and we're expecting to see some rowdy crowds. Prepare to have a sore neck and remember, no karate in the pit!”

Adds drummer Pete Webber: “I can't wait to start the upcoming tour with Sepultura, Death Angel and Krisiun! Sepultura was one of my very first influences in metal and in drumming! Catch HAVOK destroying a club near you!”

In the meantime, check out footage of the road dogs’ fiery performance in Puerto Rico late last month below.

Upon returning, Havok will unleash a new EP titled "Point Of No Return." Set for release on May 22nd in North America, the EP was recorded by the band with final touches by James Murphy (Death, Testament) and contains two new songs plus two Havok-ized cover tunes. The "Point Of No Return" precedes the band’s first European adventure beginning early May with Goatwhore, Angelus Apatrida and headliners 3 Inches of Blood.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Point Of No Return
2. From The Cradle To The Grave
3. Arise (Sepultura cover)
4. Post Mortem/Raining Blood (Slayer cover)
5. Covering Fire (video)
6. D.O.A. (video) More...

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Krisiun Gearing Up For North American Tour

Brazilian death metallers Krisiun will be returning to North America next week for a tour featuring the legendary Brazilian/American thrashers Sepultura, bay area thrash titans Death Angel, and new breed of thrashers Havok.

In regards to this upcoming trek, Krisiun vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo comments: "Hey everyone!!! We in Krisiun would like to invite all you diehard metal brothers to come on out and support our upcoming shows around the USA and Canada. We are gonna share the stage with our fellow countrymen, the almighty Sepultura, for the first time, plus fucking Death Angel and Havok. We guarantee you this combination of bands will unleash hell every night. See you guys out there!!!"

The complete list of tour dates is below, so check to see when Krisiun will be coming to a city near you. More...

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