September 19, 2021
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Colorado-based thrashers Havok are starting the campaign for their upcoming new studio album “V”, which will be released worldwide on May 1st, 2020 via Century Media Records, today with the launch of its first single…

Check out the track “Phantom Force” in a video directed by K. Hunter Lamar / Digital Myle here:

Havok lead guitarist Reece Scruggs commented about the song as follows: “Somewhere in the middle of writing “V” we all came together and made the decision that we needed a full blown face peeler track. I remember David saying “Reign In Blood tempo”, so I came up with something almost immediately and sent it over to the guys. And aside from some subtle stylistic details it stayed pretty true to that original concept. “Phantom Force” as a first single will assure our fans and skeptics that we haven’t lost a step in making vicious, straight forward, non-gimmicked heavy metal.”

And Havok guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez added the following in regards to the lyrics of the track: “Phantom Force” is about the mysterious deaths that happen during sleep paralysis in the Hmong people. These people fled their war-torn homeland and could not seem to escape a terrifying fate. The goal with this video was to visually represent the fear and panic that people must’ve felt just before their sudden nocturnal demise. Watch at your own risk…”

The track has now also been added to the “Thrashers” playlist on Spotify, which features Havok on its cover:

“V”, Havok‘s 5th studio album and relentless follow-up to 2017’s “Conformicide” effort, was engineered, mixed, mastered by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, etc.) and showcases stunning artwork by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed, etc.). Here is the complete track-listing for the release:

Havok – “V”
1. Post-Truth Era
2. Fear Campaign
3. Betrayed By Technology
4. Ritual Of The Mind
5. Interface With The Infinite
6. Dab Tsog
7. Phantom Force
8. Cosmetic Surgery
9. Panpsychism
10. Merchants Of Death
11. Don’t Do It

“V” will be available as limited edition Digipak CD including a Havok logo-patch in its first pressing and as LP on 180gr.vinyl with A2 poster. Next to the unlimited black vinyl version, there will also be the following limited coloured editions of the release as follows:

. Clear vinyl: 300x (CM Distro / Webshop Europe)
. Light blue vinyl: 200x (EMP & Nuclear Blast in Europe)
. Neon yellow vinyl: 200x (Band exclusive in Europe)
. White vinyl: 200x (Revolver Magazine USA)
. Crystal clear and coke bottle swirl vinyl: 200x (CM Onlineshop USA)
. Sea glass vinyl: 300x (Indie Stores via CM USA)
. Transparent yellow & transparent blue splatter vinyl: 300x (Band exclusive in North America)

The pre-sale for “V” in its various formats is starting TODAY here:

In other news, Havok have announced the first bunch of European festival appearances for this summer as follows:

Havok live 2020:
30.07.2020 Tolmin (Slovenia) – MetalDays
05.08.2020 Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault
08.08.2020 Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) – Into The Grave
09.08.2020 Kortrijk (Belgium) – Alcatraz Festival
15.08.2020 Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze
16.08.2020 Saint Nolff (France) – Motocultor
Many more dates are to be announced very soon…

Havok is:
(from left to right)
Reece Alan Scruggs – Lead Shred
Pete Webber – Lead Drums
David Sanchez – Lead Riffs / Lead Vocals
Brandon Bruce – Lead Bass / Backing Vocals

Havok discography:
Burn – 2009
Time Is Up – 2011
Unnatural Selection – 2013
Conformicide – 2017
V – 2020

Havok online:
Source: Century media