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HAVOK HIFI BAR SYDNEY LIVE REVIEW 2014

HAVOK LIVE AT THE HI-FI BAR, SYDNEY FENRUARY 6 2014

HAVOK
THE HI-FI BAR, SYDNEY
6 FEBRUARY 2014

When Colorado thrashers Havok announced a headlining tour of Australia, it surprised the hell out of me considering that the band are still fairly underground. Feeling more like a local gig than anything else, it was still amazing to see one of the best of the modern thrash era pulverize the small but appreciative crowd.

Before we get more into their set, the supporting bands must be mentioned as they really gave our money's worth for the night. Opening band Gutter Tactic came out with their death metal inspired stuff, a decent performance from the local heavy hitters. Bastardizer up next were definitely a highlight as they blasted their blackened thrash old school style. Think early Venom and Slayer but with harsher vocals, a real treat for the old schoolers. Melbourne thrash band Desecrator are always a pleasure to see, having seen them numerous times in both Melbourne and Perth. Always putting on a good show no matter where they play, they completely caught the attention of the Sydney crowd with their Big 4 of thrash sound. Anyone who had not been aware of this band before would certaintly be a fan now as they tore the crowd a new one with the tightest riffage of the night. Also hailing from Melbourne and having earned a pretty solid reputation as one of the best extreme metal bands in Australia, King Parrot are certaintly something to behold. The chaos and sheer heaviness of the band is pure entertainment with "Youngy" on vocals an absolute highlight of the band, brandishing a mix of Phil Anselmo aggressiveness and Barney Greenway nuttiness on stage and off stage too! If you get a chance to see King Parrot, by all means do so!

 

Havok came on stage next at a late-ish 1130pm start time and came out firing on all cylinders kicking things off with "Covering Fire" off their critically acclaimed album "Time Is Up". It was on and on from there as the band launched into tracks from all 3 albums and the "Point Of No Return" EP. "Under The Gun" off their latest album "Unnatural Selection" was blistering as was "D.O.A." with it's 100 mile an hour outro and "Afterburner" which was the only track played off their debut album "Burn". The intro to "From The Cradle To The Grave" still gives me goosebumps and a perfect example of pure speed metal, drummer Peter Webber an absolute machine on the drums, keeping perfect time and never skipping a beat. Vocalist David Sanchez didn't give a lot of crowd banter but did have a few words to say about a lot of the songs before launching each attack. Personally I was waiting for the title track off "Time Is Up" which is a staple on their setlist and of course, it was the show closer of the night. A mesmerizing fury of double bass and tight riffing that melts your face on every listen. A perfect way to end the show really and aside from the mediocre sound of the venue which had far too much echo in the room, it was a class act.

 

by Andrew Schizodeluxe February 2014

 

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