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HAVOK
HAVOK
Apathy Esplanade
(self-financed)
32:44min

This is a tricky one, cause there's several bands under the HAVOK banner around. In case of this self made EP we talk about a four-piece, based in the Swedish town Lund. The band already collected some promising reviews in the wellknown Swedish Close-Up Magazine, but let the music do the talking for itself. HAVOK don't sound traditional Swedish in the common old school sense. This deadly dose is more based in the brutal Death Metal camp. The music is probably closer to SPAWN OF POSSESSION or the US based one, but most of all especially newer ANATA rushes through my mind. HAVOK do it technically and brutal, but instead of a total US worship this six tracker comes along with some quite cool experimental atmospheric touches within the guitar work. Imagine some weird melodies and moody type of post Rock elements packed between brutal blasts and freaky kind of riffings. This really gives HAVOK some indivudality. The music still has a dark touch and the extremely long tracks for this type of Death Metal grow with each listening. In terms of concept and artwork this is a lot more in depth and artistic touched than the standard type of blood, gore and pussy shit. There's really something to discover within HAVOK's creations, so don't expect the typical brutal shit that gets boring and repeating after the third song already. Productionwise the drums are a bit too dominant compared to the guitar department, but face the fact that this is a self financed release, so labels are you sleeping out there!?! Don't waste more money on average shit and give Swedish HAVOK a push instead. Take a serious listen at www.myspace.com/sophisticatedkillingmachine or www.havok.se. Promising brutal but original stuff!

Ralf Hauber

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