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Hirax has pushed back the release of new studio album "Immortal Legacy" to 2014. Singer and mastermind Katon W. De Pena comments:
"We are sorry for the delays as we know that the fans are waiting desperately for the album, but we have had some unexpected delays in the studio and we do not want to release a half hearted album. Our fans deserve only the best, so watch out for one of the best thrash metal records released in a long time. We are also sorry that the Flotsam & Jetsam / Hirax European tour is cancelled, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to pull the plug. We are planning a full scale US tour in March, and have further plans to return to Europe. As a little compensation, we will release a digital single for the song 'Hellion Rising' on November 22nd. Thanks for all your understanding and patience, and be sure that 2014 will be a killer year for Hirax. Horns Up!"
The album will be released now in Germany on February 21st, in Europe on February 24th and in the US/Canada on March 4th through SPV/Steamhammer as CD, gatefold coloured LP and download.
The new album is produced by Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Armored Saint, W.A.S.P., Sacred Reich) and the cover was drawn by Philip Lawvere (Kreator/Celtic Frost). Guest guitar players on the album are Jim Durkin (Dark Angel), Juan Garcia (Agent Steel/Evildead), and Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies/Fishbone). The track listing is as follows: More...
Flotsam and Jetsam has posted the following message online about canceling upcoming European tour dates:
"Jeff Keller Management LLC, the management company for Flotsam & Jetsam and Hirax, has announced that due to circumstances beyond the bands and management’s control, the 'Metal Apocalypse' European tour that was scheduled to feature both artists will now be cancelled."
Jeff Keller states: "Unfortunately, it was in both bands best interest to not continue with the tour at this time. We apologize to the fans for this unfortunate circumstance, and I can assure the fans that both bands will be in Europe in 2014 for other touring and festival appearances."
Thrash act Hirax is about to release new studio album "Immortal Legacy." Singer and mastermind Katon W. De Pena says:
"We recorded the new album with legendary producer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, W.A.S.P., Armored Saint, Cirith Ungol and many others). This is our most epic sounding record to date, sonically powerful and over-the-top. 14 new raging thrash metal songs that will make you bang your head!!!"
Philip Lawvere, the artist behind such classic album covers as Kreator's "Pleasure to Kill" and Celtic Frost's "Emperor's Return" has designed the new Hirax "Immortal Legacy" album. Hirax's front man commented: "We couldn't be happier to have Philip Lawvere illustrating the cover of our new album; after getting Bill Metoyer to produce it, this is truly the icing on the thrash metal cake!"
The album will be released in Germany on October 25th, in Europe on October 28th, and in the US/Canada on October 22nd worldwide through SPV/Steamhammer as a CD, gatefold coloured LP, and download. The track listing is: More...
U.S. thrash metal veterans Hirax unveiled the album artwork for the upcoming new LP "Immortal Legacy." The album is scheduled for release on September 20th (Germany), September 23rd (EU) and September 24th (North America).
The album's artwork was created by Philip Lawvere. Check it out here:
The 2013 installment of the The Power Of The Riff festival in Los Angeles is right around the corner, this being the fourth annual occurrence of the massive event. It will take place August 9th & 10th 2013 at The Echo & Echoplex, and the lineup is available below. The following press release was also issued about the fest:
"Curated and organized by Greg Anderson and Sam James Velde, The Power Of The Riff honors fans and musicians of all ages from within all walks and lifestyles under the umbrella of the heavy music underground. Tapping into a lineup that represents forefathers, milestones and current touring acts, while shedding light on up and coming bands and local acts, The Power Of The Riff festival is an all-day, all-ages event. The festival also includes an on-location record swap-meet of local stores and features pop-up stores by independent record labels and vendors, DJ sets between performances, a gourmet food truck court with some of Los Angeles' best purveyors of street food dining, and more.
"The fourth annual The Power Of The Riff is spreading it's wings a bit more this time around, this year adding a pre-party on Friday, August 9th at The Echo. The massive full-day lineup the next day, Saturday, August 10th, at both The Echo and Echoplex, offers another stellar lineup of classic heavyweights, and crushing newcomers. The combined events offer 26 bands in total." More...
American thrash metal veterans Hirax have posted an update regarding their new studio album, "Immortal Legacy," which will be their first release through their new record label, SPV Records.
A message from vocalist/founding member Katon W. De Pena reads as follows: "We record the new album with legendary producer Bill Metoyer. This is our most epic sounding record to date, sonically powerful and over-the-top. 14 new raging thrash metal songs that will make you bang your head!!!"
The new album is expected to hit the shelves on September 23rd in Europe (September 20th in Germany) with a North American release of September 24th to follow.
Legendary U.S. thrash band Hirax has inked a worldwide deal with Steamhammer/SPV. The band is expected to enter the studio in early 2013 with a new album expected in September followed by a world tour. The last studio release from the band was in 2009 with "El Rostro de la Muerte."
Frontman Katon W. De Pena commented on the signing: "We are honored to now be a part of the SPV Records family and we appreciate their total support of our thrash metal music. Together we are going to bring the heavy metal music world one hell of a skull crushing album in 2013".
Steamhammer/SPV's A&R head Olly Hahn added:" It´s an honor to have Katon and Hirax on our label. Through all the years Katon held the flag of metal high and also played places of the earth where nobody would. It´s time for another raging violence!"
Upcoming live dates for the band are as follows:
12/22: US-Los Angeles,CA - Key Club (together with Agent Steel)
2/16: MEX-Mexico City - Circo Volador (together with Malevolant Creation)
Philip Lawvere, the artist behind such classic album covers as Kreator's "Pleasure to Kill" and Celtic Frost's "Emperor's Return," has come out of retirement and will design the as-yet-untitled new Hirax album, which is scheduled for a Spring 2013 release. Visit Philip Lawvere's Facebook page to check out his work at this location.
Lawvere had done stunning illustrations for numerous albums and is best known for a slew of thrash metal offerings released on Noise Records. Hirax frontman Katon W. De Pena commented: "We couldn't be happier to have Philip Lawvere illustrating the cover of our new album. After getting Bill Metoyer to produce it, this is truly the icing on the thrash metal cake!"
In other news, Hirax is pleased to announce that new single "La Boca de la Bestia (The Mouth of the Beast)" is now the most downloaded song from the band in its storied history.
Beefy funny man, Billy Milano once said “Skinheads and bangers and punks stand as one Crossover to a final scene.” This insight he offered on S.O.D.’s 1985 release “Speak English or Die” would serve as a rallying cry for hardcore punks and metal heads to come together. Not only did this song help create a mindset for bringing together two scenes; it also constructed a formula for the two styles to merge. Known simply as metalcore or crossover, the term came to describe how hardcore bands added metal’s solos and heft to their arrangements, while thrash absorbed the speed, attitude and brevity of hardcore to their compositions.
Milano also claimed “It’s not the way you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside of you.” Even though these words ring true twenty-seven years after publication, and so often we see the two lines blurring together, hair styles have pretty much remained the same (minus poodle hair and mullets). Short hair, often bald or spiky, is still relegated to punks, while long hair is a feature of head bangers. Regardless of attitude and opposition to the mainstream, many punks and metal heads prefer to segregate.
After hearing an inspiring hardcore/crossover album from "The Casualties" and attending festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and Chaos in Tejas that mesh metal and hardcore in the last year, I felt the need to research and write an article on the history of this topic. Through the usual resource of the Internet, Ian Christe’s book “Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal” and a first person source, I hope to shed light on this phenomenon. In the following article, we will look at the interchangeable qualities of punk and metal, as well as delving into each style’s social constraints. We will look at the bands that started this movement and analyze how the art form has evolved. Ready yourself for a crash course on punk-thrash crossover movement. More...
Legendary thrashers Hirax have announced the release of a new single "La Boca de la Bestia (The Mouth of the Beast)" on December 14th through iTunes and other digital retailers worldwide. A very special limited edition 12" vinyl version of the single with bonus tracks is also planned for a December release on Black Devil Records. The single will be included on an as-yet-untitled new full-length album tentatively scheduled for a spring 2013 release. "La Boca de la Bestia (The Mouth of the Beast)" was recorded, produced and mastered by Bill Metoyer at Skull Seven Productions. A promotional video that includes the song and a comprehensive photo slideshow can be found below. "La Boca de la Bestia" (The Mouth of the Beast)" details:
Part I: The Conquest - Guitar Intro
Part II: Thunder Roar
Part III: La Boca de la Bestia (The Mouth of the Beast)
Hirax has posted the first part in a new video diary series online from the band's time in the studio working on a new full-length album. Check out the footage below, taken from Skull Seven Studio in North Hollywood, CA.
Hirax has posted a new rehearsal track for the song "La Boca de la Bestia." This is the first time Hirax has released a rehearsal recording since 1986, filmed on an old school zoom mp3 recorder with raw sound quality. Hirax will officially enter Bill Metoyer's Skull Seven recording studio in June to record its fourth full-length album.
Los Angeles thrashers Hirax will enter the Skull Seven Studio in Hollywood, CA in the beginning of June 2012 to record their fourth studio full-length album. Bill Metoyer (Slayer, D.R.I., C.O.C.) will produce and engineer the album. Black Devil Records will release the album worldwide.
The yet-untitled recording follows their 2009 effort, "El Rostro de la Muerte."
Hirax has scheduled a brief South American tour in April, including a special show with German thrashers Sodom. See the dates below. More...
Day one of The Goregrowler’s Ball came and went without any hitches. Day two promised even more gore-gurgling delights. This day started earlier than Friday’s 5:30 start time. Originally scheduled for a 1:30 start time, the promoter pushed the start time back to 2:30. Prog death artists, Vex took this early slot, which we unfortunately missed. Comatose Records was on full display, as it was throughout the weekend, with Atrocious Abnormality. Said band played a brutal slab of unmerciful, brutal death metal featuring label head, Steve Green.
Ibex Moon Records, owned by John McEntee of Incantation, also made its presence known on the second day. Cardiac Arrest produced grimy, churning death metal in the vein of Autopsy and Grave. The Chicago act switched between rotten-limb-stiffening slow jams and all-out-blast fests provided by new drummer Nick Gallichio. Adam Scott, Tom Knizner, Dave Holland joined low and mid-range scathing voices to narrate grisly tales from the group’s three recordings. Set highlights include the frantic pace of “Insanity’s Grip,” and the ominous, full-moon-blooming groove of “Affliction of the Beast.”
Fellow Ibex Moon label and former tour mates, Hod took the hell-raising chaos outside. Hod was in fine form, performing its perfected blend of death, thrash, black, speed and all-things-metal (“We’re Hod and we play fucking metal”) style. The Central Texas act showcased material from its sole album, “Serpent.” The said album has been out for two years, so one would expect new material. Locals familiar with Hod knew the band well, so their new songs came without surprise. However, those from out of town delighted in hearing new tracks such as “Den of Wolves.” Look for a new record in 2012. More...
American thrash metal veterans Hirax has posted their new music video online for the song, "Broken Neck." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "El Rostro De La Muerte," which was released in 2009. More...
Thrash old-schooler Katon W. De Pena and his current line-up of Hirax have released a video shoot promo for the official video the band is filming for "Broken Neck." That track came from the band's last full-length, "El Rostro de la Muerte." Hirax is also currently writing new material as well as gearing up for two 2012 tour dates in Peru - the 29th of March in Lima and the 31st in Arequipa. More...
U.S. thrashers Hirax have announced the "Pozerkill 4ever" Poland Tour with Germany's Assassin as support. Confirmed dates are:
November 4, 2011 (PL) Warschau, Klub Progresja
November 5, 2011 (PL) Bydgoszcz, Estrada Stagebar
November 6, 2011 (PL) Kattowitz, Megaclub
Goregrowler Entertainment has announced the addition of tech-death icons Cephalic Carnage to the 5th annual Goregrowler's Ball.
The steadfast Relapse Records artist joins Suffocation, Aborted, Hirax, Exhumed, Internal Bleeding, Goatwhore, Deceased and many other artists. The Goregrowler's Ball 5 takes place at Korova in San Antonio Texas on November 18th - 20th, 2011.
You can find more information on the Goregrowler's Ball by heading over to the Goregrowler Entertainment website at this location.
Goregrowler Entertainment announced the addition of old school thrashers Hirax to the fifth-annual Goregrowler's Ball on November 19th, 2011 in San Antonio,Texas. Hirax will co-headline the Saturday show with Swedish death metal morticians, Aborted. This appearance marks the band's first visit to San Antonio.
Forming in 1984 among California's emerging thrash scene, Hirax became one of the more respected and steadfast punk-crossover-thrash bands.
Other artists on the three-day bill include Suffocation, Exhumed, Woods of Ypres, Hod, Lair of the Minotaur and Internal Bleeding.
Additional details on the Goregrowler's Ball are available by heading over to the festival's official website at this location.
Thrash metal veterans Hirax have uploaded a new documentary clip of its recent trip to perform at the Metal In The Forest festival in Toluca, Mexico. You can view the footage in the player below.