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  • Audio CD (24 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B00CUC9ZTI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maxy on 17 Sep 2013
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I've had the album for over a month now and have to say, i'm kinda in the middle on how good it is. I shouldn't judge the album in comparison to 'Time Is Up' because that would be unfair however the only reason i do is because the time difference between the 2 albums is only about 2 years, and thats not a lengthy amount of time for a band that play and travel quite a bit. So surely it might sound similar in this case? No, The Havok sound appears to be here but just held back a tiny bit. The instrumentation just isnt as technical, which isnt a bad thing as 'Under The Gun' proves that not all there songs should be technical for them to sound good and catchy. As for a new Thrash Band is seems as though the band held back on double timing for the majority of the album, however the title track 'Unnatural Selection' proved to be an absolute killer and was clever positioning on the album.

Production wise the albums sound seemed pretty thin compare to 'Time Is Up' which was pretty full however shares similarities with the first album 'Burn's production, So if you liked the sound of that album this one shouldn't bother you.

Overall i think the album is O.K it had potential but due maybe to company deadlines the album does seem rushed, maybe another 3-4 months working on recording ideas and production could of given this album the wow factor that 'Time Is Up' had. Though i do have to admit this album wiped the floor with Evile's 'Skull' album though that album didn't set the bar very high. I would advise picking up 'Time Is Up' first before any other of there albums. Great band.
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Thrash metal the way it should be!!! Not only goo on cd, but an awesome live band as well. Seen them twice this year and hope to see them again. If you area a fan of old skool thrash buy this. You won't be disappointed.
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By BEAR! on 3 July 2013
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Album nr. 3 (not incl. EP) from HAVOK. I`ve liked them from the first time i heard them. Cool Thrash - Period !!!
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By James Cairns on 12 Aug 2014
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Unnatural Selection: a natural progression. 23 Sep 2013
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
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Havok have been wrecking necks for nearly a decade now, and they are not showing any signs of slowing down. Having released three full-length albums in the last five years as well as a killer four-track EP (2012's Point of No Return), it is amazing that Havok have found the time to tour as much as they do: practically nonstop. These Colorado-based thrashers are set to be on the road for ten months this year alone! But with good reason- their music is outstanding, and their live shows are vicious, high-energy affairs.

Not to mention they have yet another beast of an album to promote.

2013's Unnatural Selection is the third full-length studio release from Havok, and it does not disappoint. While 2009's Burn gave the impression frontman David Sanchez's only real interest in life is breaking stuff at high speed and 2011's Time Is Up mostly carried the same torch (but with an added touch of political frustration/commentary), Unnatural Selection is an altogether more mature and diverse effort. The blistering riffs have taken a backseat to a more controlled, melodic approach. Not every solo attempts to break the sound barrier; not every riff seeks to induce the listener to smash things in the street. In line with these other changes, Sanchez drops some clean vocals for the first time ever on Unnatural Selection.

To some, these changes might be alarming. I have to admit, I was surprised when I first listened to Unnatural Selection. The thrash massacre I've grown accustomed to experiencing since discovering Havok in 2005 seemed to be missing. My mistake was expecting Unnatural Selection to slap me across the face like Burn did when its true aim is to lure the listener in so that it might wrap you up and strangle you slowly. In that regard, Unnatural Selection is a thrash boa: it convinces you to get close, and then it takes you. "I Am the State" leads the album off by whipping the listener around like the Havok of old, and a slew of solos midway through the song serve to showcase both Sanchez's and Scruggs's massive guitar chops. "Give Me Liberty..." is also more of a burner, but it is after the first two tracks that the boa effect occurs. Track three, "It Is True," is the catchiest track Havok have written to date; its main riff is pure filth, and Sanchez's clean vocals in the chorus are wicked. A tasty bass interlude later in the song reminds us that while it is sad former bassist Jesse De Los Santos took off last year, Sanchez is still the mastermind behind Havok- he hired Mike Leon to fill big shoes, and the man delivers.

Next up is "Under the Gun," a pretty standard track with subpar lyrics but catchy nonetheless. Anchoring the middle of the album are a handful of meaty tracks. "Waste of Life" showcases more demented clean vocals from Sanchez and mind-numbing melody from Scruggs; "Living Nightmare" is a playground for Pete Webber on the cans and features what is, in my opinion, the best solo on the album. Another chugger with an ultra-catchy chorus, "Chasing the Edge" warms us up for "Worse Than War," a fitting counterpart that channels both Megadeth and Sepultura. Havok's cover of Black Sabbath's "Children of the Grave" is great, but it does not fit well in between two Havok originals. The title track closes out the album Havok-style: a drum onslaught, both melodic and blistering riffs, and a beast of a solo.

As usual, the mix is top-notch. All the bass lines are easily distinguished and the guitars and drums are crisp. Speaking of the drums, Pete Webber deserves an award for his work on this album. The man absolutely whales on the cans all album long, inserting fill after killer fill into all the right places. His discretion is profound; he knows when to get creative, when to take it easy and allow the guitars to take center stage, and when to unleash a furious barrage of double-bass beats. In short, the man does exceptional things.

While Unnatural Selection is marked by an overall more controlled, melodic approach than Havok's previous two efforts, no one needs to get too animated- there is still plenty of thrash on this album. By Havok's standard, "slower" is still pretty damn fast. A wide variety of speeds and Sanchez's clean vocals keep things interesting for the duration. Although Unnatural Selection is still plagued by some cheesy lyrics (which seems to be a recurring theme with Havok) and a handful of stock thrash riffs, there is no denying its overall quality. Havok are making the music they want to make, and it sounds great. Unnatural Selection is different from Havok's previous two releases, but it is a natural progression and maturation of the band's sound. You would do well to add it to your collection.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
havok rules!!!!! 25 Jun 2013
By stilwell1386 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The new havok really kicks ass. No filler here.
I am the state- the opening track has some great moments a lot of head banging for this one. Plus an awesome drum solo.
Give me liberty... Or give me death- the lead single off the album does waste anytime to get you head banging. And really great bass and drums in this track. Great political lyrics.
It is true- this song is very groovy mini drum solo kinda parts and bass soloish part. When the singing starts reminds me of slayers' temptation. This song also reminds me a lot of megadeth from so far so good so what.
Under the gun- this song is brutal heavy and groovy.
Waste of life- a very strong track. Very havok like but more progressed as you can tell the songwriting is really improving.
Living nightmare- just think warbringer but havok style lyrics.
Chasing the edge- very groovy track and thrashy. Could do with out the noise at the end of song.
Worse than war- politically charged and a kick ass tune. A little slower passed but it rips.
Children of the grave- black Sabbath cover enough said. Havok really does great jobs with all there covers.
Unnatural selection- one last final ass kicking head banging ripper. Great drums and kick ass vocals.
All in all one hell of an album. If you don't have it your missing out. Great performances by all members of the band and great guitar soloing in every song. This is the thrash album of 2013. This also separates havok from the other retro thrash metal bands.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
And the thrashing continues.... 25 Jun 2013
By hdcp - Published on Amazon.com
Terry Date's involvement with this album was a smart move. This is, by far, their best sounding album, and it may even be their best album to date (no pun intended). I had high hopes for Havok since their debut, and they have not disappointed with their 3 full albums and EP. Thrash on, my friends!

UPDATE: Yes, I can now say that this, for me, is Havok's best album to date. Still playing nonstop!
Buy this album if you love thrash metal 8 Nov 2014
By Ananymous - Published on Amazon.com
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Pure, solid head-banging thrash. Great album from a great band, one of the best newer thrash bands. The riffs are great, my favorite being Give Me Liberty... Or Give Me Death, It is True, Waste of Life and Chasing the Edge. Solos are good, on par with the thrash metal of old but nothing revolutionary - good shred, some arpeggios, and there is definitely some bluesy style in there. The bass guitar is very noticeable, which is awesome hearing the low thud and 2000 hz twang firing away during the songs, definitely mixed a lot better than a lot of other metal songs that practically mix out the bass. Vocals are good with more variation from Havok's previous albums. They also have more of a libertarian message in the lyrics, which is cool. Great job guys, keep it up, I will buy your next album.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
They have officially created their own Rust in Peace... 27 Jun 2013
By Kelsie LeCrone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll keep this short and to the point. No need to say much of anything else.
Havok has officially created their own Rust in Peace.
This album is the best album they have released to date.

GO BUY IT!!!

You will NOT be disappointed. Every song is fantastic.
Definitely the album of the year, for me.
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