So I've often wondered what would happen if you threw in a bunch of '80's thrash metal with a pinch of progressive metal into a still and bottled it up, how would it turn out? Well it's like putting Havok and Revocation on the same stage. You get a show of mind melting leads broken up by some face smashing rhythms that's guaranteed to get you moving.
Lets start off with Havok. It was a grand welcome home show for one of Denver's best metal bands in years. They put on a show packed with killer thrash metal that I haven't seen the likes of in a while. With it being a show at the Marquis Theater, the crowd was up close and personal feeding the band with tons of energy making for a show worthy of greatness. If you are from or live in Denver and into metal check these guys out, they won't let you down.
Now for Revocation. There's a reason Metal Sucks named David Davidson “Best Modern Metal Guitarist”. You can listen to their albums and not fully understand the talent this band puts out until you see them live. Once you see Davids hands flying up and down the fretboard and all the little technical bits of genius in their songs you understand why he beat out the likes of John Petrucci from Dream Theater, Jeff Loomis from Nevermore, and Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders. These guys are in a league of their own with a style nobody can lay a finger on somewhere in the realm of progressive thrash metal.
I have to say this is the best show I've seen all year. If anybody out there gets a chance to see either of these bands, do it, you won't be let down. Till next time, keep up the path of destruction.
Pics by Matthew Zinke