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.

As previously reported here at Stargazed Magazine, Colorado-based thrashers Havok will release their new studio album, “V”, on May 1st, 2020 via Century Media Records.

The album track “Phantom Force”can be heard below in a video directed by K. Hunter Lamar / Digital Myle.

Havok guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez added the following in regards to the lyrics: “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…”



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.”


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…


“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.). The pre-sale for “V” in its various formats has now started.

“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.