Oct 242013

Dave Sanchez of HAVOK performing at The Social in OrlandoHAVOK came to Orlando with legendary Sepultura founder, Max Cavalera, and his band, Soulfly. I caught up with David for a quick interview out on the loading area behind The Social to talk about the current state of metal, world politics, heavy metal inspirato, and horror movies among other things.

HAVOK is a seriously bad ass thrash band that seems to have absorbed all that is great about classic metal, mixed it up, and spit it out with attitude, originality, and authenticity. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. The geo-political and economic state of the world is screaming for good metal and punk, but I just haven’t found many bands that resonate. Indie music and hip hop are growing tiresome, but nothing heavy outside of alternative bands like Queens and the Pumpkins do anything for me. Mastodon is OK, but just a little too prog-y. New or Nu metal is too math-y and just lacks the chunky bite of colossal riffage that drew me to heavy metal to begin with. I just end up falling back on the greats: Slayer, Sepultura, pre-91 Metallica, Anthrax, and the like. HAVOK is the real deal: