9. Havok – Conformicide
Proving once and for all that innovation is the mother of invention, Havok may have polarised opinion with Conformicide but we sit firmly on the side of the fence that loves this album for its bloody-minded belligerence and technical audacity.
Mind-bending rhythmic shifts jostled with the kind of crushing thrash riffs you’ve come to expect from David Sanchez and expectations were confounded at every turn.
Home to some of the finest bass-work we’ve heard in an age, elements of Blind Illusion merged with the technicality of prime Megadeth as acoustic passages, funked-up slap bass, moments of loose, free-flowing jazz and heads-down thrashing combined seamlessly.
Time Is Up remains Havok’s finest moment but Conformicide has revitalised the band, signalling a future that will surely result in technical thrash supremacy!