Will Haven might be best known for their deep ties to Deftones (Chino Moreno co-produced 2007's The Hierophant and Stephen Carpenter riffed on 2018's "El Sol") and Slipknot (Chris Fehn played bass on 2011's Voir Dire), but the Sacramento noise-metal crew deserve to be celebrated in their own right.
From their 1996 self-titled EP to 2022 single "Wings of Mariposa," vocalist Grady Avenell and Co. have distinguished themselves with dark, scathing music of the highest order.
Today (May 5th) comes "5 of Fire" — Will Haven's first new music in almost exactly a year, and a harbinger of the band's impending seventh album — a screeching, lurching, unhinged rager not far flung from Deftones at their most acidic, but way more evil-sounding. Blast it above via YouTube.
"'5 of Fire' is to me the blueprint for this record," guitarist Jeff Irwin commented. "It's heavy, chaotic, with different moods and tempo changes. We wanted to challenge ourselves by writing live in real time, and this song was the one to set that off. I love how it came out and I find myself going back and listening to it over and over again. I still find something new every time I listen."
The full-length follow-up to 2018's Muerte is on the horizon, with details to follow shortly. Stay tuned.