A first look at brand-new videos from Havok, Gangcharger and Lost Point

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You know how we like our metal bands? That's right: Shirtless, bearded, with ten feet of hair that they whip in a helicopter-like fashion, looking something fierce overall, playing flying V's in fields of fire with random explosions happening all around them. That's how we like our metal bands!

Looks like somebody's been reading our mail, because that's exactly what the dudes from Havok have given us with the first video from their latest record, Time Is Up. The clip for the fittingly titled track "Covering Fire" was shot in Tyler, Texas and directed by Brian Jaynes. Catch Havok, who is getting ready to hit the road with Forbidden, Revocation and White Wizzard, on Wednesday, June 29, when the tour makes a stop at the Marquis Theater.

Westword Music Showcase nominee, Lost Point, a fellow local metal outfit with roughly 98 percent less facial hair and notably fewer locks, also has a new video out. This clip comes with much slicker editing, and cinematography that looks and seems tailor made for heavy rotation on Fuse, all of which serves to complement Lost Point's much more polished brand of metal core. From what we can tell, there's a vague storyline that strives to literall embodies the song's title, "Hollywood Girl," cribbing liberally from the by now hackneyed narrative: Small town girl leaves it all behind for the allure of the bright lights and big city of Tinsel Town. Killswitch Engage make your heart race? This one's for you. Catch Lost Point at the Westword Music Showcase on Saturday, June 18.

The last video of the day, "All My Shirts Are Black," comes from Gangcharger, another Showcase nominee and a band that isn't even remotely metal in any sense of the word. This one has a completely non-linear, throwback flavor that reminds us of something you would've seen back in the day on 120 Minutes: some random, vintage television and seemingly found footage tweaked and looped until its barely recognizable intespersed with other random frames fed through any one of a hundred Photoshop filters, negative, colorized, saturation. Catch Gangcharger this Saturday, May 28, at the Meadowlark with Blue Million Miles and Le Divorce, and then again at the Showcase on Saturday, June 18.


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Maggie Fields
Maggie Fields

LOST POINT has true talent in both instrumental and vocals.  Bonus: they know how to get the crowd going!  One of the best local live performances I've seen.. and I've seen many!  There's something to be said for those that can actually maintain quality sound, capture the crown with stage presence, and pour so much of themselves into their music that it floods their audience with their musical passion!Mis-categorized?  Quite possibly... though this video is only one song in an array of musical fluidity.  I would recommend checking the out a little deeper.  They are playing several gigs coming up.. worth the few bucks cover! Don't want to feel like your "wasting" money on a band you don't know?  Go check out a show for a good cause:Lost Point Headlines - Synergy: Miracles In Motion Benefit Casselman's, June 5thOpen to the Public. This event benefits the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Tickets: $10 presale / $12 at the door

thetruth
thetruth

Please do not categorize Lost Point as Metal...it is formulaic drivel (and not just the video).Dumbed-down power-pop fluff in the pathetic hope of gaining air-play...even the true sell-outsare insulted....

Duder
Duder

Liked the Havok song.  Weird solo, slick audio production and killer drums!  Best of the bunch.  Couldn't make it through Lost Point...who mixed that?

EW
EW

Also check Gangcharger at Bluebird June 10th with Overcasters and A Place to Bury Strangers!

thetruth
thetruth

Maggie:

Intelligent and admirable defense of a band that you (obviously) have an affinity for...To juxtapose Lost Point and Havok in the same article re: "Metal" videos is beyond ludicrous (particularly if you watched the Havok video and can appreciate true metal craftsmanship at work).  I guess some of my venom/invective sould be directed at the author of the aforementioned Westword article...Mr. Herrera needs a metal education.The only thing these two bands have in common is that they just happended to release videos at the same time in musical history.

And for the record, there are plenty of local pseudo-metal bands that have fallen into the obligatory trap I alluded to earlier, i.e, Autumn Burn, Born in Winter, Glass Delirium, etc.all trying to emulate the Avenged 7-fold-5 finger death punch-Nickelback-Evanescence stuff that's been done ad nauseum. 

Lost Point is (most likely) resonably good at what they do...angst-ridden power/pop that mainstream-types will love...just don't call it "metal"....it's insulting to the many local CO metal bands who are true to the genre.

thetruth

Maggie Fields
Maggie Fields

As I said, I was taken aback a bit to see them in this category...As a lover of ALL ROCK, I can appreciate it all.. Still, the problem is those who cross-categorize in non-traditional realms often get tossed into one base or another. 

A little food for thought to ponder, however: Considering the history of "metal".. the roots, where it all formed.. Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, Black Sabbath, Queen, just to name a few... WERE "Metal" and they don't sound like what is typed "Metal" these days.. Thrash, Death, Speed and Punk Metal all have their own likeness in their own right; but constant yelling, shouting and dropped-rasp anger rants that people can't really hear what they say is NOT all there is to metal.

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