There’s a new heavy metal band that’s making their mark in the metal music scene that other bands really need to be on the lookout for. Hailing from Denver, Colorado is a band who cleverly call themselves Havok, and after seeing their live performance in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., I can see why.
Out on tour supporting their new album, Unnatural Selection, this band clearly made a statement that they are ready to headline a tour of their own as they without a doubt outplayed headliner, Soulfly. First and foremost, they have a great stage presence which is what fans expect to see when they come to a live show, not just a band standing there singing and playing their instruments. The singing was better, the guitars were better and they constantly interacted with the fans, much to their delight.
Lead singer, David Sanchez makes it clear that he’s in charge, quickly grabbing the fan’s attention with his unique voice. His guitar playing is masterful as is lead guitarist, Reece Scruggs. Bassist, Michael Leon is playful with the crowd as well, following Sanchez’ lead. During their latest hit, the political “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”, fans throughout the venue were fist pumping and screaming out the lyrics along with the band, a sure sign that fans are buying the album. Drummer, Pete Webber is a machine behind his kit keeping the beat incredibly hard and fast. All-in-all they just seemed to enjoy being up on stage performing for the fans and not just going through the motions so they can collect their money. Which is exactly the vibe I got when I watched Soulfly.
A lot of headlining bands need to take heed that there are a lot of up-and-coming bands out there who are hungry to fill their shoes and they are giving fans their money’s worth in a rock show. Any rock fan can listen to great music just by staying home and testing the wattage rating on their home speakers. But when a fan drives for two hours each way to see a band perform, a performance is what they should get.
I look forward to seeing Havok headline in the very near future, hopefully on a bigger stage. They’re only scratching the surface of their full potential, I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Until then, they continue to tour with Soulfly, so be sure to check out their website for dates and cities.