From the opening second of first track ‘Losing Everything’, the new 4-track EP ‘New Life’ by Exeter’s Cry Havoc grabs your attention and doesn’t let go for the next 15 minutes. Kicking headfirst with this previously mentioned opener; with heavy chugging guitars, it just makes you want to headbang along to it and its a fantastic opener and reflection of what is yet to come with ‘New Life’.
‘Ignition’ follows and shows a lot more of a flourish in the musicianship. This track sees the band at their best; solos aplenty provided by guitarists Tris and James, solid rhythms from bassist Billy and drummer John and a wide range of vocals. Lead singer Gav manages to sound like a very raspy Phil Anselmo inspired sound, to a very clean melodic sound throughout the full EP. It gives both that heavy thrash metal inspired sound, but also can lead to a soaring, anthemic feel on the tracks. It keeps the interest high throughout all the tracks.
‘Alone’ starts with a very distorted bass riff slowing the pace down, before a sudden burst with guitars the guitars kicking back in, keeping the same energy built up on the first two tracks before heading into title track, ‘New Life’, starting with a very clean guitar pattern, before again coming back with the raw heaviness. The track does again flow between this heaviness and the melodic interlude of the opening guitar pattern, but it allows the band to show they’re capable of seamlessly mixing from a quiet passage to pure metal noise. If anything, this track seems heavily inspired by Pantera. A solid way to close the EP.
Self-described as ‘thrash ‘n’ roll’, Cry Havoc have certainly manage to deliver four kickass songs in the space of just only 15 minutes. It only leads to imagine what they could deliver with a full album. A stunning debut from a promising up-and-coming act.
Written by Kieron Chastney
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