Colorado-based thrashers Havok are back! After a whirlwind yet rewarding cycle for 2017's Conformicide effort, the high-octane outfit have emerged from the studio victorious with their new album, V. A sucker punch to the gut and a heady challenge to the status quo, Havok's 11-song rager undeniably sets fresh standards. V extols the virtues of Havok's past and yet celebrates with staccato brilliance where the group are at today. Indeed, the quartet are refining their craft, writing better, catchier songs, and pushing the sonic envelope without sacrificing the aggression, the attitude, the smarts, and the intensity that commanded Time Is Up (2011) and Unnatural Selection (2013) to circle-pit infamy. The same processes that informed the transformations of Slayer (South of Heaven), Testament (Practice What You Preach), and Death Angel (Act III) is heavily at work on V. From opener "Post-Truth Era" to closer "Don't Do It," Havok deliver a bonafide, modern-era thrash classic.