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The Havoc

The Havoc: Our Rebellion Has Just BegunOur Rebellion Has Just Begun (2003)
Punkcore Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: JanelleJJanelleJ
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This is a great album if only for the unbelievably powerful and affecting one-two punch of "We're All to Blame" and "Worthless Words". No, but seriously, The Havoc's entire debut full-length is sick - it's tough, manic, hard-as-hell, rabble-rousing, defiant punk. Speaking of which, their sound is .
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This is a great album if only for the unbelievably powerful and affecting one-two punch of "We're All to Blame" and "Worthless Words". No, but seriously, The Havoc's entire debut full-length is sick - it's tough, manic, hard-as-hell, rabble-rousing, defiant punk. Speaking of which, their sound is comparable to Defiance, Varukers, A Global Threat, and The Unseen.

Our Rebellion Has Just Begun is comprised of anthemic punk with gang vocal choruses that make you want to raise your fist in the air. Just see "Never Say Never", "Nothing to Prove" with its collective cries of "We won't take it, no we won't take it!," and "Another Cause", to name a few. Each track - well, especially the first nine - has an overt sense of urgency, not only because of the breakneck speed, blistering guitars, pulverizing drums, and driving bass, but also because of the feral, hectic vocals that really add to the immediacy.

The Havoc, who formed in 2001 and have previously released the four-song EP "Who's Gonna Die?", touch on a few themes here, including the uselessness of the waste of life as on the opener "Death Comes Fast", the superb anti-drug scorcher "Live or Die", and "More Than This", as well as rebellion like in the last two songs "Cause for Rebellion", which goes directly into "Another Cause", in turn mirroring the lyrical and thematic continuity between the two. However, the truly pervasive idea on this record is about being yourself and individuality - not caring what others think of you, which of course is the greatest principle of punk. The Havoc also hint at their spirituality as on "More Than This" and "Never Say Never", where they claim, "Even when we found God you never trusted us." And of course we get a stab at the political climate with the anti-war sentiments of "Selective Service", during which pleading echoes of "Don't brainwash me" ring through.

The final three songs stray a bit from the sheer brutality evident on the preceding nine tracks. They're (slightly) more sedate - not as hard or fast - but still feature vocals full of earnest conviction. It's just too bad The Havoc didn't make the CBGBs show supporting The Threats in July. They probably play a killer live set.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 27, 2006)

i love this band. christian or not. whther they dress "Punk" or not. who gives a flying fuck. they sound great, and thats what matters. does bad religion dress punk? no. does pennywise dress punk? no. does nofx dress punk? no. now, i know that these guys are more in that street punk sound thats a bit harder than the 3 bands i just mentioned, but im just making a point here. who cares what they are wearing. punk isnt about clothes, its not a fucking fashion statement. and if u dont like the band, go bitch somewhere else. what the hell are you doing bitching online anyway?

Anonymous (November 10, 2005)

u guys r HARDCORE!! all those guys that talk shit r emo fucks!!!"true punkrocker" wut the hell is that? thers no such thing as a true punk!!!!its just music!!!! if u dont like it dont talk shit just listen 2 sumthn else!

Anonymous (November 10, 2005)

U guyS are fucken pimps ur most bad ass songs r road warrior and cause 4 rebellion fuck those posers that talk shit about youse guys

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

as far as being "cliche" punks, they are not cliche. A cliche punk does not put up with idiot jocks in highschool when they throw food at you during lunch, just because they dont like what you wear & the music you listen to.

i know this because i was there with jason in that lunch room. and he will forever be a true punkrocker.

Russe11 (July 22, 2005)

how are they not cliche fashion punks? Explain.

Anonymous (April 28, 2005)

I love these guys, being a Christian punk myself I really look up to the Havoc and can’t wait to see what’s next.

Check out there new EP “Road Warrior”

Best,

Jay OI!

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

The havoc have that sound that reminds you of when u first fell in love with hard music and punk. They play their songs like true masters of their trade... these are no casualties clich'e fashion punks,....these guys know what they belive and they are in your face about it. takes more guts to be a christian punk than a punk. Everyone gives you shit and this is one christian punk that says OI! to the havoc. keep it up.

Anonymous (September 30, 2004)

The Havoc fucking suck.

Christianity and punk DOES NOT MIX. Fuck you all.

(And have a nice day.)

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

this cd is the fucking shit it has a kickass drums sick like guitar dope bass what more can you ask for this the best cd that has came out this year on punkcore cheap sex was ok defiance was haha fuck those casualties on the warped tour and shit fucking touring with fuck so call pop punk and emo all those bands good go suck a there gay dads dick!!!! oi! oi! oi!

Anonymous (August 24, 2004)

This is a real kickass album back by a real great bunch of guys... If anything out there even remotely comes close to the original meaning of punk, this would be it... They're attacking the mainstream conception with views that are out of the norm and doing a damn fine job of it, hence "Our Rebellion Has Just Begun"... In case anyone was wondering what the album cover really meant... Great album, pick it up...

-Sean Ripper

Anonymous (May 16, 2004)

i thought they were ok, until i found out they're christian. i love punk guys that are spiritual. heh..

Anonymous (May 11, 2004)

This album was freaking awesome! It wasnt your typical lets complain about everything punk.. It stated actual problems that people Go through!! Who cares if they sound like another band.. weve played with this band and they are as real as it comes! so back off and quit judging before you know what The Havoc stands for .. Keep the Faith alive guys.. I think its awesome what They stand for!!

Anonymous (May 6, 2004)

Hey for the dumb ass that asked if te band was named after Davey from afi... NO! his last name is spelt different. who would wanna name their band after that bitch ass? The Havoc Rocks. i send 3 days with them. they're awesome.

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

These guys are one of the best bands around. reminds me alot of Defiance, but not a rip off.

Anonymous (April 4, 2004)

look for you dumbasses who are saying this band sucks and all that bullshit, why do you even care if you liked them thats great and you should put something good but if you didnt then thats youre problem and dont go bitching about how they suck or how they dress

Anonymous (March 15, 2004)

i mean these guys are good but it still looks like punk is in the clothes...must you dress the "punk" way...it makes it seem like that all u need to pe a punk...screw that...but good album..but lose all the clothes...it loos like ure trying to hard...pz an love
Carlos

THE INSOLENT

Anonymous (December 25, 2003)

Very good album!! It's an awesome album, quality is a little iffy but the songs are friggin awesome!!!

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

Did you know they are all Christians?

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

Absolutely terrible. Blatently rips off riffs from Self Destruct and Defiance. Write your own fucking music douchebags.

Anonymous (September 17, 2003)

Janelle have my sweet streetpunk babies.

Oh and this album rips.

dignin (September 16, 2003)

I heard BSD eats pooh.

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

anti-drug and "hints of spirituality," FUCK YES!

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

Not really... Let me think... Nope. And I don't see the point of asking me that. I simply find most modern punk either too derivative or just plain crappy.

-BSD

FortyMinutesWest (September 14, 2003)

BSD likes the new Throwdown, you heard it here first.

funkisdead (September 14, 2003)

fucking double posts
would this make it a triple post?

funkisdead (September 14, 2003)

BSD - Sorry, i was asking if there is anything released that you enjoyed by a current band, rather than just a collection of songs from the late 70s.

funkisdead (September 14, 2003)

BSD - Sorry, if there is anything released that you enjoyed by a current band, rather than just a collection of songs from the late 70s.

Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

this is some of the best work Davey has released yet. He should make this his full time band. Afi is nothing compaired to this.

Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

The Complete Testors double CD set was excellent, released earlier this year. I suggest anyone remotely interested in ANY form of punk should get it. The Testors seriously rock, and they made great anthems like "Don't Tell Me" and "Let's Get Zooed Out" without imitating British guys. They even have some slower songs, which are just as good as the basic 3-chorders.

-BSD

funkisdead (September 13, 2003)

bsd
when was the last record you liked released?

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

Well, if you mean Christian...I don't know a christina band...

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

is thsi that christina band thathas been at cornerstone a few times?

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

I think I'm in love with Janelle...

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

Was this band named after that singer from afi? That chick is so fucking hot !

MrOhio (September 12, 2003)

Awesome band.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

Eh... I saw them live, and their performance was definitely not a ten, but maybe they were "off" that night... The music to me is just too slow and ploddy for what they're trying to do... It doesn't help that they're also the funniest looking band ever. Oh well, at least this a band that you could actually classify as "punk".

-BSD

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

This album fuckin rocks! Total old school UK 82 stylee. If you like Defiance, GBH or Uproar this is the shit!

-Frank Wank

musical-monkey (September 12, 2003)

"The cover art/name of band/title of cd totally makes me never ever want to listen to these guys."

Don't forget about the label name.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

For an interview with Jason, check out:
http://www.rebelnoise.com/viewinterview.php?id=33&PHPSESSID =2609fbd9c4c6b8e619a01736d3212f0c

-Janelle

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

The cover art/name of band/title of cd totally makes me never ever want to listen to these guys.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

I might check this out, but come on "Our Rebellion Has Just Begun"?

How fucking cliche' can you be?

-sickboi

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