hA­vOK

DARK­EST hOUR/ CEPhALIC CAR­NAGE

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Lives - LUKE MILNE

UN­DER­WORLD, LONDON Sound­ing the klaxon on a triplethre­at brawl of US acts, Den­ver’s

CEPHALIC CAR­NAGE [8] blend bru­tal­ity with hu­mor­ous chat­ter, vo­cal­ist lenzig leal speak­ing con­fi­dently – and en­ter­tain­ingly – on mar­i­juana, mas­tur­ba­tion and “snack metal” through­out an ex­plo­sive ar­ray of death-grind riff-ri­ots. Though sharp and tightly or­ches­trated, DARK­EST

HOUR’S [7] modern met­al­core of­fer­ing falls com­par­a­tively lighter. A sucker-punch cover of The Dead Kennedys’ Nazi Punks

Fuck Off pro­vides a no­table ex­cep­tion, stir­ring en­thu­si­asm be­fore the head­line act. Spit­ting po­lit­i­cal fuel from the off­set,

HA­VOK [8] front­man David Sanchez opens with scream-fest

Hang ’Em High, ig­nit­ing a wave of fist-pump­ing shred fa­nat­ics. Amid the lyri­cal an­i­mos­ity and groovy riffs of F.P.C. and Ing­soc, the set comes framed with doom­say­ings of strong anti-po­lit­i­cal rhetoric. less ‘un­der­ly­ing mes­sage’ and more ‘boot to the face’, the Colorado quar­tet are most def­i­nitely on a warpath.

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