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Review: Havok - Burn

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 49:18
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: January 25, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.19/5 (83.75%) (16 Votes)

This is the debut for Havok, an American band trying hard to conjure up the magic of the 80's Thrash scene, when any four guys with jeans and leather jackets could take over the world if they had enough attitude. Burn is overall a pretty good debut, but it is not going to set the world on fire – if you will pardon the pun. This album is full of energetic if highly derivative Thrash riffs that sometimes add up to cool songs, especially on the killer album closer "Afterburner". But mostly this never really rises much above generic, with tepid songwriting and predicatble riffage. Havoc have an infectious energy, and they never completely lose your attention, but even when they get your full attention, they never do much with it. You'll hear a cool riff, but then it just repeats and never goes anywhere. Vocals are iffy, as when David Sanchez does actual Thrash vocals he's pretty good, but too often he just yaps and screeches his way through the songs, becoming a distraction more often than an asset. This has strong moments, and Thrash diehards will dig it, but Burn is not really that awesome.

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