Denver thrash assault HAVOK will kick off their latest run of dates with Sepultura, Death Angel, and Krisiun in Santa Ana, California tonight. The North American Kairos Tour 2012 will make its way through nearly three weeks worth of shows, coming to a close in New York City on April 30.
Comments vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez: “We’re hitting the road with Sepultura – Holy shit!! It’s a dream come true. This tour is going to be absolutely insane. All the bands totally rule and we’re expecting to see some rowdy crowds. Prepare to have a sore neck and remember, no karate in the pit!”
Adds drummer Pete Webber: “I can’t wait to start the upcoming tour with Sepultura, Death Angel and Krisiun! Sepultura was one of my very first influences in metal and in drumming! Catch HAVOK destroying a club near you!”
In the meantime, check out footage of the road dogs’ fiery performance in Puerto Rico late last month at THIS LOCATION.
Upon their return, HAVOK will unleash their new EP titled Point Of No Return. Set for release on May 22 in North America, the EP was recorded by the band with final touches by James Murphy (Death, Testament) and contains two new songs plus two HAVOK-ized cover tunes. The Point Of No Return precedes the band’s first European adventure beginning early May with Goatwhore, Angelus Apatrida and headliners 3 Inches of Blood.
Point Of No Return Track Listing
1. Point Of No Return
2. From The Cradle To The Grave
3. Arise (Sepultura cover)
4. Post Mortem/Raining Blood (Slayer cover)
5. Covering Fire (video)
6. D.O.A. (video)
HAVOK w/ Sepultura, Death Angel, Krisiun:
4/10/2012 Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA
4/11/2012 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/12/2012 Branx – Portland, OR
4/13/2012 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/14/2012 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
4/15/2012 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
4/16/2012 Manny’s – Billings, MT
4/17/2012 The Exchange – Regina, SK
4/18/2012 Pryamid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
4/20/2012 Majestic Theater – Madison, WI
4/21/2012 Mojo’s – Joliet, IL
4/22/2012 Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/23/2012 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/24/2012 Imperial Theater – Quebec City, QC
4/25/2012 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
4/26/2012 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
4/27/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
4/29/2012 Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
4/30/2012 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
“HAVOK kicks your ass from the moment you hit play, and doesn’t ever let up” — Metal Underground
“…assaulting on all fronts with every gun blazing and superb songwriting.” — Blabbermouth
“In a time when so much new thrash borrows from that current Exodus/Testament sound, HAVOK comes out with something that sounds so fresh and unique.” — Popdose
I have to admit that I had no idea what to expect from the band, Adrenaline Mob. I figured the music would be good with Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and Russell Allen (Symphony X) involved. I have been a fan of Portnoy’s and Allen’s music for quite some time (I am still waiting for another Allen/Lande record). The real X Factor and surprise of Adrenaline Mob, is guitarist Mike Orlando. I knew nothing of Mr. Orlando prior to Adrenaline Mob. Needless to say, I am extremely impressed with his guitar work on this album. The music style ranges from modern hard rock to more classic styles (sorry, no prog rock here). There are some blood pumping hard rockers and a couple of slower numbers. Every song rocks and the riffs of Mike Orlando really make this album. Of course, Mike Portnoy’s drums are excellent, and Russell Allen’s vocals are top-notch, but it is Orlando’s fret work that really surprised me.
The opening number “Undaunted” (see video below) has a very modern feel that sounds like a blend of Godsmack and Disturbed. This is a heavy tune, and deserves a place on rock radio everywhere.
The next two tracks “Psychosane” and “Indifferent” are amongst my favorites on Omertà. “Psychosane” is a pretty catchy headbanger. When Orlando cuts loose on this song, look out! There are some impressive riffs on this tune. I liked the use of the voice coder too.
“Indifferent”isn’t quite as heavy as “Undaunted” or “Psychosane”, but it still a great song, and ought to be released as a single by Adrenaline Mob.
While “All On The Line” is one of the slower songs on Omertà, it might be the best song I have heard in 2012. This ought to be a huge hit for Adrenaline Mob.
The lyrics on “Feelin’ Me” are kind of silly (The main lyric is “Are you mother fuckers Feeeeeeeeeeeeelin Me”), but I still don’t dislike this song. It still rocks.
I have to admit that I am not a big fan of the Duran Duran song “Come Undone”. This song has been covered by far too many bands already, and I didn’t like it that much when Duran Duran did it. Adrenaline Mob’s version of this cover features the monster vocals of Lzzy Hale (from Halestorm). While this version is pretty cool, I still don’t love this song. Lzzy’s vocals do make it listenable though.
“Believe Me” is another song that falls into that modern hard rock style. It is Mike Orlando’s riffs that takes this song up a couple notches. If it wasn’t for his riffs, this song might get lost in a sea of modern rock sound alike tunes that you hear on most FM rock radio stations.
Another stand out tune is “Angel Sky”. This song has it all. Big riffs, big vocals, and yet it is probably the least heavy of all of the songs on Omertà. Russell Allen’s vocals truly shine on “Angel Sky”.
The bottom line – Omertà is easily one of the best hard rock releases this year, will easily find its way into my top 10 at the end of 2012. Don’t miss this!
You can pick up a copy of Omertà at this link!
Rating: Out of 10
04. All On The Line
05. Hit The Wall
06. Feelin’ Me
07. Come Undone
08. Believe Me
09. Down To the Floor
10. Angel Sky
11. Freight Train
Adrenaline Mob is:
Russell Allen – vocals
Mike Portnoy – drums
Mike Orlando – guitars, bass
Maryland rockers CLUTCH are kicking off their North American tour tonight in Norfolk, VA at The Norva. CLUTCH’s upcoming tour features headlining shows, co-headlining dates with HELLYEAH and a radio festival appearance. A complete list of dates can be found below.
CLUTCH is hitting the road in support of their double vinyl edition of Blast Tyrant which is available via Weathermaker Music. This 180+ gram expanded vinyl contains 16 songs and includes six mini-posters taken straight from Blast Tyrant’s “Atlas of the Invisible World”. Each illustrated poster is sized (8.5″ x 11″) and depicts one of the various characters featured within the Blast Tyrant storyline. CLUTCH will also be releasing a picture disc single of the new track “Pigtown Blues” on June 19th. This is the first new studio material from CLUTCH since 2009’s Strange Cousins From the West.
CLUTCH will also be returning to Europe this festival season. The band has been confirmed for the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid Spain on May 26th and the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden on June 29th. Additional festival appearances are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
CLUTCH AND HELLYEAH CO-HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
4/10 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa* – TICKETS
4/11 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club* – TICKETS
4/12 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights* – TICKETS
4/13 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s – TICKETS
4/14 Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues – TICKETS
4/15 Huntington, NY @ Paramount Theater – TICKETS
4/17 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater – TICKETS
4/18 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall – TICKETS
4/20 Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero – TICKETS
4/21 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s – TICKETS
4/22 Toledo, OH @ Headliners – TICKETS
4/23 Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock* – TICKETS
4/24 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater – TICKETS
4/25 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s – TICKETS
4/27 Fargo, ND @ The Venue – TICKETS
4/28 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre – TICKETS
4/29 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater – TICKETS
5/01 Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater – TICKETS
5/02 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion – TICKETS
5/03 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom* – TICKETS
5/04 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s – TICKETS
5/05 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 – TICKETS
5/06 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre* – TICKETS
5/08 Libertyville, IL @ The Fuel Room at Austin’s Saloon – TICKETS
5/09 Sioux Falls, SD @ WH LYON Fairgrounds – “Krrofest”** – TICKETS
5/10 Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company* – TICKETS
5/11 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes – TICKETS
5/12 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall* – TICKETS
5/13 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop* – TICKETS
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