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Review: Havok - Time Is Up
Time Is Up

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 42:05
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: February 16, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.77/5 (75.45%) (22 Votes)

This band's last album, Burn, was an entertaining but not gripping album of retro Thrash. This time out, I am happy to say, havoc have ripped the everliving fuck out of it and made an absolutely killer album that new wave Thrash fans can hold up with pride alongside the greats of yesteryear.

Time Is Up takes all the good things about 80s Thrash and brews them together into a 200 proof dose of whupass that will knock you right the fuck out. This is rampantly and shamelessly heavy, yes, but it has actual riffs. Real, solid, kickass Thrash riffs, not groove crap or half-assed core bullshit – real riffs. The songs are fast, furious, and aggressive as hell. The guitar work is tight and shredding, the drums are absolutely awesome, and vocalist David Sanchez has really stepped up his game. He sounds like a mix of the best parts of Bobby Blitz, Tom Araya, and Paul Baloff, turning in a fevered and unmistakably Thrash performance.

This is the best Thrash album I have heard in ages, like a cross between Bonded By Blood, Show No Mercy, and The Ultra-Violence. Yeah, there is nothing original about this, but most of the bands this band is aping haven't produced anything nearly this good in decades. Killer, just fucking killer as hell.

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