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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 22 and will see the band journey through the southern states, traveling up the eastern seaboard before making their debut performance at Montreal’s annual Heavy MTL festival on August 11. The tour will be in support of their forthcoming new album, Unnatural Selection, set for release June 25.

Reported last week, 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). Lead single, “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” is set to impact Loud Rock/Metal Radio May 27. The topical thrash anthem delivers the young band’s classic thrash and old school metal sound.

Candlelight Records launched the CD-only pre-order last week at the label’s official webstore HERE. The band has launched exclusive bundle packages via their official store. All bundle customers will be entered to win a golden ticket contest. One winner will be picked at random and will receive an autographed Charvel guitar, and one of everything in the Havok merch store. Go HERE for further details.

Currently on tour in Europe alongside Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage, Havok’s headlining tour follows their recently announced trilogy of release performances. Tickets are on sale now at venue box offices and companion ticket agencies. A copy of Unnatural Selection will be included with ticket purchases to June Colorado shows. For a full list of dates on their European tour visit the band’s official Facebook page HERE.

Havok, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose, released their full-length debut, Burn, in 2009. Time Is Up would follow in 2011. “Havok have hit their stride,” said Decibel Magazine. “Havok is everything that is great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. In 2012, the band released their EP Point of No Return; videos for the EP’s two original songs were released earlier this year. The videos have had over 200,000 views since release. The band plans three new videos for Unnatural Selection; details forthcoming. Confirmed Havok dates at press time are included below.

Havok:

  • 6/21/2013 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (release show)
  • 6/22/2013 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO (release show)
  • 6/23/2013 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO (release show)
  • 7/22/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
  • 7/24/2013 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
  • 7/25/2013 Three Links – Dallas, TX
  • 7/26/2013 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
  • 7/27/2013 Zero’s – Corpus Christi, TX
  • 7/28/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
  • 7/29/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 8/01/2013 Orpheum Theater – Tampa, FL
  • 8/02/2013 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
  • 8/03/2013 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
  • 8/04/2013 Blue Fox – Winchester, VA
  • 8/05/2013 Empire – Springfield, VA
  • 8/06/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
  • 8/07/2013 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 8/08/2013 Church of Boston – Boston, MA
  • 8/09/2013 Backstage at Champs – Trenton, NJ
  • 8/11/2013 Heavy Mtl – Montreal, QC
  • 8/16/2013 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
  • 8/17/2013 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

Havok is guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber. The band uses/endorses ESP Guitars, Charvel Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Peavy Amplification, Pearl Drums, Trick Drums, and Sabian Cymbals.

 

HAVOK: Unnatural Selection Set For Release

Candlelight Records confirms June 25 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 27. The topical song is a furious and urgent anthem that displays the band’s classic thrash and old school metal sound. Vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez ignites the fret board and barks the righteous lyrics while drummer Pete Webber punishes his immense kit. The song’s towering sound benefits from the unique acoustics of the old theater that was utilized as one of the many recording locations for the album. “I am super pumped on how the drums came out,” chimes 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.”

Unnatural Selection bears a far more mature collection of songs when compared to Burn (2009), and Time Is Up (2011). Havok has truly hit their mark with a sound that will please fans new and old. Additional album standouts include album opener “I Am The State,” “Chasing The Edge,” and the band’s rendition of the Black Sabbath classic “Children of the Grave.”

Unnatural Selection Track Listing:

  • 1. I Am The State
  • 2. Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death
  • 3. It Is True
  • 4. Under the Gun
  • 5. Waste of Life
  • 6. Untitled
  • 7. Chasing the Edge
  • 8. Worse Than War
  • 9. Children of the Grave
  • 10. Unnatural Selection

Havok will premiere material from Unnatural Selection tomorrow when they take the stage for the start of their European tour with Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage. The 28-city tour begins in Genève, Switzerland and will conclude in Munchen, Germany on June 8. Before departing for Europe, the band performed at a Denver Benefit. Sanchez comments, “We were honored to be part of HaneyStock. The show was a benefit for Chris Haney who was a bartender at the Gothic Theatre in our hometown who was senselessly murdered trying to break up a fight. All proceeds from the show are going to his young daughter. It was a great event that celebrated the life of an outstanding individual.”

Havok has planned three special record release performances. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at venue box offices and companion ticket agencies. A copy of Unnatural Selection will be included with ticket purchase to these area performances. Havok is planning a full North American tour for early summer. Details will be announced shortly. For a full list of dates on their European tour visit the band’s official Facebook page HERE.

Havok:

  • 6/21/13 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
  • 6/22/13 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
  • 6/23/13 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO

Havok, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose, released their full-length debut, Burn, mid-2009. The record found an immediate fan base and the curiosity of media around the globe. Time Is Up would follow in 2011. “Havok have hit their stride,” said Decibel Magazine in review of the album. “Havok is everything that is great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. In 2012, the band released their EP Point of No Return; videos for the EPs two original songs were released earlier this year. To view “Point of No Return” click HERE. To view “From the Cradle to the Grave” click HERE. The videos have had over 200,000 views to date. Metal Underground says, “Havok kicks your ass from the moment you hit play, and doesn’t ever let up.”

Havok is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber. The band uses/endorses ESP Guitars, Charvel Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Peavy Amplification, Pearl Drums, Trick Drums, and Sabian Cymbals.

Unnatural Selection is available HERE for PRE-ORDER.

 

HAVOK: Premiere New Video As They Continue Work On New Album

Denver thrashers Havok have premiered their latest video for the song “From The Cradle To The Grave” from their 2012 EP, The Point Of No Return, via the band’s official Facebook page. 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 their anticipated Terry Date produced third full-length album.

To view “From The Cradle To The Grave” click HERE

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.”

Havok will hit the road next week, teaming with Goatwhore and The Casualties. The dates will feature new bassist Michael Joseph Leon. Sanchez notes, “as many people have already heard, we recently parted ways with bassist Jesse De Los Santos. It was a mutual split and we wish Jesse all the best. I’d like to thank Jesse for the four years of killing it in studio and on stage. With that being said, we’d like to introduce our new four-string monster, Mike Leon. Mike is a fantastic bassist and a veteran of the road from his years of touring with The Absence. We are very happy to have him on board.”

Leon comments, “I’m completely honored to be a part of such a well-oiled machine and to have the opportunity to play with these dudes is a dream come true! Not only is Havok one of my favorite new heavy metal bands out in the scene, but the guys in the band are a few of the best dudes I know! You can definitely look forward to us kickin’ lots of ass together this year, and for many years to come.”

Havok expect to complete all work on their new record in the coming weeks. Album information and special pre-order details will be announced shortly.

Havok w/ The Casualties, Goatwhore:

  • 4/01/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
  • 4/02/2013 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
  • 4/03/2013 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
  • 4/04/2013 The Vex – Los Angeles, CA
  • 4/05/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Goatwhore only
  • 4/06/2013 The Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
  • 4/07/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
  • 4/08/2013 The Branx – Portland, OR
  • 4/09/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
  • 4/11/2013 The Venue – Boise, ID w/ Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings of Saturn
  • 4/13/2013 In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Suicidal Tendencies
 

HAVOK: New Video Premieres Today

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 their non-stop touring. The video was directed by Roy Warner and filmed on location in Detroit, Michigan.

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.”

To view “Point Of No Return”click HERE.

Havok, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose, released their full-length debut, Burn, mid-2009. The record found an immediate fanbase and the curiosity of media around the globe. Time Is Up would follow in 2011. “Havok have hit their stride,” said Decibel Magazine in review of the album. “Havok is everything that is great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. Now with the band busy at work recording their new full-length, anticipated for early summer release, Havok fans can expect the Denver-based thrashers to keep an active schedule for 2013. Sanchez says, “We’re currently wrapped up in the studio writing our new album. We should be finished recording in March and then, in usual Havok fashion, we’ll tour practically all year! There are lots of exciting things coming up in 2013. Keep an eye out for tour dates and we’ll see all of you on the road soon! Until then, spread the word and support heavy metal.”

Havok is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Jesse de los Santos, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webb.

 

CANDLELIGHT: New Signings

NEW SIGNINGS: We are proud to announce a number of new signings to the label.

Earth Crisis (World): No hardcore or metal fan can be unaware of Earth Crisis or the contribution the Syracuse-based band has made to heavy music since their founding in 1989. Now in 2013, the band begins a new chapter with a new record, a new label, a new quest to deliver music as only they can. Expected to begin recording late spring, watch for updates as the five-piece prep for an active and productive year.

Palehorse (World): Terrorizer Magazine call this UK bevy, “a band who marry a palpable viciousness of delivery with a desire to sidestep heavy amplification convention in search of a more unsettling and uncompromising onslaught.” Together since 2000, the band have released two full-length albums; both overwhelmingly received by media. Now for album number three, the band expects to turn even more heads.

Demon Lung (World): The Las Vegas-based quartet have completed recording with Billy Anderson and are anticipating a late spring release. The band notes of the recording adventure, “recording with Billy was an amazing experience creatively and personally. Having never met him before, we were a bit intimidated by his resume and the fact that he has recorded some of our favorite albums. But within the first three minutes we knew we were in good hands.” Anderson notes, “it’s going to be an epic album by an epic band.”

Voices (World): Featuring Akercocke/My Dying Bride drummer David Gray with Akercocke’s Peter Benjamin and Sam Loynes, this new UK-based black metal band is set to release their debut via Candlelight in the coming months. From the Human Forest Create A Fugue of Imaginary Rain was recorded at London’s Legacy Studios and was produced by Dan Abela. Terrorizer has already called the record “a unique beast brimming with ultra-blasts and dextorous riffing.”

Cnoc Un Tursa (World): The epic sounds of this Scottish quartet will impress those that enjoy the diversity of the current pagan/black/folk metal explosion. The band’s Candlelight debut, The Giants of Auld, was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales by acclaimed producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard). It is set for North American release late March. Heathen Harvest calls the album “a potent mixture of black metal riffage and rousing, epic atmosphere.”

Non Existence (World): The Austria-based band fronted by Philip Santoll is ready to unveil their second album via Candlelight this spring. Antarctica combines the familiar bombast of Dimmu Borgir with Arcturus-like avantgarde, and the melancholy of My Dying Bride. The band says the album is cold and massive as it is beautiful and raw. The album follows up the band’s 2007 debut, Nihil.

Mael Mordha (World): With three full-length albums already to their credit, Ireland’s gaelic doomsters now join forces with Candlelight for their next chapter. The quintet is currently busy working on the follow-up to 2010’s Manannan. The band recently performed alongside Primordial at the Redemption Festival in Dublin. Rotting Christ, Solstafir, and labelmates Winterfylleth were also featured on the bill.

Hopeless Youth (World): These Canadians have been stumbling between basement shows and venues as they strive to bring fast aggressive music to everyone. After self releasing their own self-titled ep, Hopeless Youth have proved that they have what it takes to go to the next level. Now signed to Candlelight, the five-piece will be releasing a full length with plans to tour the world. Whether it’s beer soaked or sober, they’ll stop at nothing to play everywhere.

Shade Empire (World): Finland-based symphonic black metal band are set to silence a four year hiatus with a new record via Candlelight Records. Metal Observer calls the band, “a smorgasbord of melodic thrash, technical death metal, and synthesized chaos with an industrial sheen.” Chronicles of Chaos call them, “a veritable melting pot of metal genres.” It will be exciting to hear what this six-piece have in store for fans in the coming months.

Armed For Apocalypse (Europe): The Sacramento band is hard-at-work on album number two. It is expected for release late spring. Featuring former members of Will Haven, the four-piece has performed alongside a wide-range of artists including Unearth, The Used, Static-X, Helmet, Lazarus A.D., and The Funeral Pyre.

Wounded Kings (World): From the misty moors of Dartmoor, the respected quartet now call Candlelight their home. Roadburn alumni, Wounded Kings have a sizeable world following and their new record is already eagerly anticipated. Aquarian Weekly says the band’s “riffs are so locked in doom lore that you can almost imagine there was a thin sheet of dust on the two-inch tape this was plainly recorded on from the irregularly dusted castle it was plainly recorded in.”

Sadgiqacea (World): Heavy Planet says, “while destroying everything in their path, Philadelphia-based Sadgiqacea creates an inspiring assault of beauty meets devastation. Crushing riffs and ambient beauty swirl as the vocals bark… epic and full on sludge.” Fueled by the duo of Evan Schaefer and Fred Grabosky, the band recently completed their Candlelight debut. Expect an April release.

Hybris (World): Weaving technical thrash with classic heavy metal and strong hints of progressive, these London thrashers are set to unveil their debut album late spring. Band founder/leader Federica proves that girls can truly thrash. The band has been regulars to the stage, playing alongside Municipal Waste, Helstar, Volture, and others.

NEW RELEASES: See below for confirmed releases as well recordings in progress.

Orange Goblin (World): Ready for what could be the biggest year in their career, the Orange Goblin boys are ready to hit the road to support their forthcoming A Eulogy for the Fans/Orange Goblin Live 2012. The CD/DVD will hit North American stores on March 12; just as the band begins their first stateside tour in many a year. Teaming up with Clutch, the band will visit cities all over the US and Canada playing fan favorites from their extensive recording registry. Confirmed tour dates are noted in the tour section below.

Ihsahn (World): The former Emperor vocalist/guitarist is set to touchdown on US soil for this year’s Maryland Death Festival. This will be only the second time the highly respected musician has performed as a solo artist since setting out on his own (following the 2001 demise of Emperor). He is already feverously working on new material which he plans to record in the coming months; songs to be included on his fourth solo recording anticipated for late year.

Havok (World): The Denver thrashers are getting ready to hit the studio to record what is expected to be a highly anticipated album. Planned for release late June, the still untitled album will follow Time Is Up; the album that really opened doors for the still young quartet. The band was a performer on Barge to Hell (alongside At The Gates, Napalm Death, Behemoth, and labelmates Corrosion of Conformity, among others). Watch for more recording details in the coming weeks.

Woe (World): The third record from the Philadelphia black metal band is set to be released this spring. Hailed by media since their debut, A Spell for the Death of Man, in 2008, Woe has slowly build a solid fanbase with Metal Sucks saying, “this is the sound of black metal to come.” Teeth of the Divine note, “Woe carve out their own niche amid the US black metal scene without bowing down to either forced brittle Scandinavian worship, post rock injections or self loathing depression.”

Meads of Asphodel (World): Finishing up work on Sonderkommando, their second album for Candlelight, the UK-based black metal medievalists, plan to take their loyal fanbase on another dynamic adventure. Stereogum notes, “it’s impossible to nail their sound without just diving in,” when detailing the band’s unique sound. It is hard to pinpoint when you consider the band have covered Stiff Little Fingers, Discharge, the Stranglers, Conflict, Skeptix, the Kinks, and completed a split recording with Mayhem in 2002.

Also coming… new recordings from Altar of Plagues (Europe), Limbonic Art (World), and Abigail Williams (World).

TOURING:

Orange Goblin
03/08/13 – Bogarts, Cincinnati OH (supporting Clutch)
03/09/13 – Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN (supporting Clutch)
03/10/13 – Pop’s, Sauget IL (supporting Clutch)
03/11/13 – Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom, Little Rock AR (supporting Clutch)
03/12/13 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK (supporting Clutch)
03/14/13 – Palladium Ballroom, Dallas TX (supporting Clutch)
03/18/13 – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs CO (supporting Clutch)
03/19/13 – The Depot, Salt Lake City UT (supporting Clutch)
03/21/13 – House of Blues, West Hollywood CA (supporting Clutch)
03/22/13 – The Marquee, Tempe AZ (supporting Clutch)
03/23/13 – Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas (supporting Clutch)
03/24/13 – House of Blues, Anaheim CA (supporting Clutch)

Vision of Disorder
01/26/13 – Dingbatz, Clifton NJ
01/27/13 – The Chance, Poughkeepsie NY
02/01/13 – Studio Seven, Seattle WA
02/02/13 – Whiskey a Go-Go, Hollywood CA

Demon Lung
02/10/13 – Bunkhouse Saloon, Las Vegas NV (supporting Castle)
03/16/13 – Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas NV (supporting Gravehill, Avenger of Blood)