cry havoc - new lifeI read a quote the other day that said, “Music is what feelings sound like”. How true! Music can transport you to another world or take you on a stroll down memory lane. Music can invoke certain feelings in you when you listen to it or convey what the artist was feeling at the time. Conveying those feelings is a skill in itself and not very many bands can do it and do it well.

Cry Havoc may be on to something because I get the overwhelming feeling of pissed off, fired up, and ready to kicks some ass when I listen to their debut EP; “New Life”, that is set for release April 15, 2013 via iTunes, Amazon, and most major download sites, as well as the bands online store .

Cry Havoc come flying out of the gates right away on the E.P. with solid riffage, some double kicks, and even a little melodic chorus for the ladies before they tell you to “Shut The Fuck Up!” on the opening track ‘Losing Everything’. ‘Ignition’ continues with more contagious hooks, chunky riffs, and beer-raising shout along chants.

Cry Havoc fools you into thinking they might ease up with the intro to the next track ‘Alone’. Instead, they come at you with the most aggressive guitars, vocals, and drums thus far. The title track closes out the E.P. with more of the same alcohol fueled aggression. There is a flash of their tender underbelly with a short guitar interlude/bridge, but then they close out the song with a killer solo.

“New Life” is series of four stiff jabs of infectious party metal right to the face. You have no choice but to do a shot, chug a beer, shoulder check your buddy, and bang your head when you hit play. I don’t think I’ve felt this much white trash angst since “Appetite for Destruction”. Maybe that is why the press release for Cry Havoc dubs them the “illegitimate child of Pantera and Guns N’ Roses”. Those are some pretty serious accusations. If that is true, and these guys put out an entire album, we could all have kidney failure before it’s over.

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