Hailing from neighboring Colorado, Havok play thrash metal. Although the band emphasizes a technical approach, it is able to maintain that punch-to-the-throat style that keeps fists pumping. Havok’s latest full-length studio CD is titled Unnatural Selection. Take Five caught up with guitarist and backing vocalist Reece Scruggs, who had the following to report.
Please introduce your band and describe your musical approach.
Reece Scruggs: “We’re Havok from Denver, Colorado, and our musical approach is to make good metal music—full of riffs, solos, hooks. All the good stuff.”
Tell me about your latest full-length studio CD, Unnatural Selection. What can listeners expect to hear?
Reece Scruggs: “Listeners can expect groove, mid-paced slammin’ tunes, and breakneck fast stuff that we’re known for.”
Tell me about the track “Worse than War” from Unnatural Selection. What inspired the lyrics and how to you go about taking them from your head and onto paper? Oh, what inspired the band to cover Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave” for this CD?
Reece Scruggs: “The lyrics are just observations of what we see and hear in the real world. ‘Children of the Grave’ is just a great heavy song with a good message that can be really adapted today.”
You’re scheduled to perform at Albuquerque’s Sunshine Theater on November 1 (along with Soulfly). I know that you have been to Albuquerque before—how to you like the fans here and what do you think of the venues around town?
Reece Scruggs: “It’s a great town with awesome, loyal fans. Always great to be back there.”
What’s the best part of being a touring band? What is the worst?
Reece Scruggs: “Best part is playing, performing the songs you help create. Worst part is missing home, family and friends. Also having to deal with three completely different people from yourself. Hard to keep a friendly, non-confrontational attitude sometimes.”