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mankvill 08-19-2013 10:02 PM

Havok -- Kansas City, MO -- August 17th, 2013
Havok might just be the most consistent quality band to come out of the thrash metal revival scene that exploded a few years ago. They forgo the Paul Baloff of Exodus style vocals and rely more on harshness, but for every killer riff and thrash break, the band has just as much groove and melody to not only induce headbanging and mosh pits, but impassioned sing-alongs.

The Denver 4-piece played to a good-sized crowd at the Riot Room on a warm Saturday night. Each song of theirs was fast-paced and full of aggression - no room for ballads here. With throwbacks to early Megadeth on songs like "D.O.A." and "Unnatural Selection," Havok shows that they can embody the spirit and musicianship of early '80s thrash metal while keeping a fresh spin on the scene with modern riffing and attitude. A single Havok concert has more riffs than most bands have in their entire discography. Most of the set came from the band's last two albums, but they threw in their heavy metal anthem "Afterburner" near the end that showed just how abrasive and heavy they were back in their early years as a band. The crowd was receptive all night, with multiple mosh pits starting up through the night and lots of headbanging in the whole venue. Havok gave 110% from the first note to the last and the crowd gave it right back. The band is on the brink of exploding, and it might be a while before we see them again in a venue the size of the Riot Room.

A trio of local bands opened the show. First band to play were metalcore veterans The Cast Pattern. They've steadily gotten better and better over the years, and this show was their heaviest yet. Despite only having one guitar, they emulate the riffing and dissonance of similar bands like Whitechapel or Job For A Cowboy. The Cast Pattern is the musical equivalent of getting backed over by a dump truck filled with dirt. In a good way.

The second band of the night was Dogs of Delphi. This band is making waves in the local scene despite their relative underground popularity. They pulled in a pretty big crowd early in the night - lots of fans were wearing their shirts. The band plays a style of groove metal that could be a stew of just about every Phil Anselmo-fronted band mixed into one. Very groove-laden and very fun. Dogs of Delphi got the crowd sufficiently warmed up.

Closing out the local bands was deathgrind stalwarts Troglodyte. Troglodyte isn't just one of the best underground extreme metal bands in Kansas City or even in the Midwest, they are honestly one of the best-kept secrets in American extreme metal right now. They play supremely catchy yet brutal deathgrind that can incite as much headbanging as the giants of the genre, such as Origin (whose bassist, Mike Flores, also plays bass in Troglodyte!) The band has a great sense of humor that flows right into their B-Movie soundtrack of songs all about Bigfoot, murder, and Bigfoot murdering. If you haven't seen Trog yet, you're missing out!


Covering Fire
Point of No Return
Give Me Liberty...or Give Me Death
Scumbag in Disguise
Under the Gun
I Am the State
From the Cradle to the Grave
Unnatural Selection
Time Is Up

My own personal notes:

Havok was awesome. Might have been the best time I've seen them but I wish they'd play more off their first album. The stuff from the new album sounded great.

Trog was amazing. New guitarist and with Mike back from the Origin tour, they sound just fucking tits.

Dogs of Delphi was really bad. They want to be on 98.9 and nothing else. I'm sure there are lots of fans of that style of music, but I'm not one of them.

The Cast Pattern does the metalcore/deathcore kinda sound better than most other bands. For having one guitar, they make the three guitars in Whitechapel look like pussies

Havok: 9/10
Troglodyte: 9/10
Dogs of Delphi: 5/10
The Cast Pattern: 7/10

DisposableJustice 08-19-2013 10:39 PM

Glad you had a great time, and you are right on about them exploding in a big way; I can see them in 1-2 years doing something like headlining the second stage on the Mayhem Festival or another big traveling tour. All I have heard is great things from members from this board and elsewhere who saw this tour. My biggest hope is that they can get to the point where they can play 14-18 songs and I know they would still be able to give 110%:blaze:

anomynous 08-20-2013 02:08 AM

Jealous you guys got Under the Gun & FTCTTG. St. Louis had four locals on the show, and three of them sucked and one was mediocre. As a result, Havok cut those two songs. I was pissed, because Under the Gun is my favorite song off Unnatural Selection.

jpaut 08-20-2013 07:47 AM

What time did Havok hit the stage? I'm not sure I can get to their show on Sunday, but if they don't start until after 9:00 then I probably can make it.

TheNobleFaceHumper 08-20-2013 12:39 PM

Have they not been closing with Fatal Intervention as their encore most of the tour? They did at my date.

anomynous 08-20-2013 01:25 PM

Didn't at mine.

Havok went on around 11:30ish at my date.

Bengals279 08-20-2013 06:36 PM

How many people were there?

mankvill 08-20-2013 06:40 PM

[QUOTE=Bengals279;538532]How many people were there?[/QUOTE]

Pretty thick crowd, especially since Havok didn't take the stage until about 12:15.

Bengals279 08-20-2013 08:52 PM

Never been in the riot room so about how many is a thick crowd? Less then 150? And I saw trog put your review on their Facebook

Palabra de Dios 08-21-2013 04:06 AM

Well the place only holds a little over 200 people, and there is a substantial bar area. So a thick crowd at the stage area is probably 100 or so, given that it gets really hot and sweaty when that place is at capacity.

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