HAVOK - Being and Nothingness
Released: February 2nd, 2009 | Label: ViciSolum | Rating: 6/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: ViciSolum

01. Avaye Penhan
02. The Monsson
03. A Pyrrhic Victory For Humanity
04. Iniquity
05. Paramount
06. Monologue With the Sky
07. Century of the Deviant
08. Stormfeed
09. The Ambulant Plague of Humans
10. Season of the Locust

The music on Being and Nothingness is diverse. The Swedes find inspiration in such different bands as Deicide, Opeth and Meshuggah. Havok is able to combine these inspirations in a way that makes sense. The songs are varied and has everything from brutal Deicide-like parts to technical elements in the vein of Meshuggah and the moody facets of Opeth. The music works the best when Havok change between the brutal and the more restrained like on "Century of the Deviant" and "Season of the Locust".

On the opposite "Monologue With the Sky" falls short - this piano piece is far too long and annoys more than it works as a tasteful break in between all the brutal. The same thing goes for the irrelevant opener "Avaye Penhan", but in general the band is good at making the music versatile and to some degree also energetic. The bass is often audible and that provides the music with a hint of something organic. A minor issue is the drums - the obvious use of triggers tends to make them sound non-natural. Being and Nothingness is very good for a debut, but it's an effort with its ups and downs. No doubt that Havok already have got their own style, but there's still work to be done before it gets really interesting.

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