If you’ll be kind enough to indulge for a moment, I’m probably about to sound like the metal Garrison Keillor.

The last few years have brought to the fore what we can only assume is the new generation of thrash. Thirty years removed from it's inception, thrash is showing us a new, young face, one loaded with the promise of upstarts like Havok, out of Denver, Colorado. It is within this unique promise and potential that the band has released their new record "Unnatural Selection." We sat down with frontman and mastermind David Sanchez and discussed his band, their new record, the future of thrash and the scene in the Rockies.

There are two reasons I do this. The first and most important reason is because I love music. The second reason is because every now and again, I am totally and pleasantly surprised.

In recent years, we’ve witness a real revival of thrash as we once knew it. Bullet belts, gallop riff and west coast snarling are back in fashion.

At the rate these albums have been coming out, I need to either invent a time machine so I can go back to 1983 and learn to love thrash, or stick my head in the sand for another three years until a new trend is established.

Despite all its loudly orated trappings to the contrary, metal is very much a genre that embraces the ideas of tradition and legacy. This really isn’t that surprising; all counter cultures recognize their own, and scrutinize members’ inclusion based on a selection of worthy criteria.

One of the things about the thrash renaissance that is most welcome is the remembrance of bands outside the Big Four.

I suppose it was inevitable and we all should have seen it coming. In thrash’s latent, momentous revival, we’ve come up with new names to buffer the genre and kept the lion’s share of the classics alive as well.

As is our custom, we close the annual Tribute Project with submissions and thoughts from around the metal sphere, as promised.

Speaking of Queensryche songs, if you ever really want to make a serious ‘Ryche fan angrier than all get out, tell him or her your favorite song of theirs is “Jet City Woman.” Watch the reaction. There might even be an eye twitch.