CMU Approved

Approved: Will Haven

By | Published on Wednesday 20 July 2011

Will Haven

Formed in 1995, Will Haven first came to my attention two years later when I heard their track, ‘I’ve Seen My Fate’. That song remains one of my favourite metal tracks from that period, and coupled with memories of seeing a couple of their amazing live shows around that time, I always get a little rush of excitement when the band announce something new. But their latest release is a little bit more special than usual, as it’s the band’s first new material since frontman Grady Avenell rejoined the band in 2009, after being replaced by Jeff Jaworski for 2007’s ‘The Hierophant’.

The band announced the release of their fifth album, ‘Voir Dire’, last week. The first track to be released from it, ‘Mira’s Secret’, was unveiled on the ‘Radio 1 Rock Show’ on Monday night, before a stream was made available to fans in return for a ‘like’ on Facebook. And that click is well deserved. The song finds them on top form. If not quite as brutally heavy as their early material, it nonetheless matches it in intensity and makes subtle but excellent use of strings.

The album’s not due until October, though, which suddenly seems a long way away.