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From: Orange County, CA, United States
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Hirax Posts Tour Trailer

U.S. Bay Area thrash group Hirax recently announced upcoming summer tour dates in Europe alongside Raven and Kill Ritual kicking off on June 7th in Belgium.

Today, Hirax has unleashed a teaser video for the tour, which can be seen below. Catch these upcoming Hirax 2017 tour dates around the world:

w/ Raven and Kill Ritual
June 07 – Roeselare (BEL) “De Verlichte Geest”
June 08 – Essen (GER) “Turock”
June 09 – Hamburg (GER) “Bambi Galore”
June 10 – Rotterdam (NLD) “Baroeg”
June 11 – Tilburg (NLD) “Little Devil”
June 12 – Osnabruck (GER) “Bastard Club”
June 13 – Dresden (GER) “Chemiefabrik”
June 14 – Dornbirn (AUT) “Schlactaus”
June 15 – Florence (ITA) “Circus Club”
June 16 – Milan (ITA) “Blue Rose Club”
June 17 – Montbeliard (FRA) “Atelier des Môles”
June 18 – Hellfest (FRA) More...

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Hirax To Tour With Raven, Kill Ritual

U.S. bay area thrash crew Hirax will share the stage with the British group Raven on a summer tour in Europe. Kill Ritual further joins the tour as special guests, and dates for the trek are as follows:

07-Jun Roeselare (BEL) "De Verlichte Geest"
08-Jun Essen (GER) "Turock"
09-Jun Hamburg (GER) "Bambi Galore"
10-Jun Rotterdam (NLD) "Baroeg"
11-Jun Tilburg (NLD) "Little Devil"
12-Jun Osnabruck (GER) "Bastard Club"
13-Jun Dresden (GER) "Chemiefabrik"
14-Jun Dornbirn (AUT) "Schlactaus"
15-Jun Florence (ITA) "Circus Club"
16-Jun Milan (ITA) "Blue Rose Club"
17-Jun Montbeliard (FRA) "Atelier des Môles"
18-Jun Cisson (FRA) "Hellfest" (HIRAX only) More...

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Hirax Working On Album

Alpha Omega Management is extremely delighted to announce the signing of the legendary U.S. Bay Area thrash group Hirax. Lead vocalist Katon W. De Pena states:

"After an outstanding reception at this year's Maryland Death Fest We are happy to announce our partnership with Alpha Omega Management! With their knowledge and guidance we know that we will make a big impact on the world of thrash metal/heavy-metal worldwide.... They will work with us on planning international tours as well as the upcoming new Hirax studio album! Let the music world be warned, Hirax is coming...."

The management group adds: "We have a huge pleasure to welcome Hiraxand its charismatic Frontman and founding member Katon W. De Pena to our Family! The band has no need of long introductions, as being one of the pioneers of the Bay Area thrash metal scene! We're looking forward to bring HIRAX on new international tours, blasting stronger than ever before!"

The band's latest album "Immortal Legacy" is available on SPV Records and work is underway on a new release. You can also catch the band live September 4th at the Rainbow Bar And Grill in West Hollywood, California on the Sunset Strip Outdoor big stage. More...

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Petition Launched For Lemmy Statue

Katon W. De Pena from Hirax has launched an online petition seeking support to build a statue of Lemmy Kilmister to be placed at the the Rainbow Bar & Grill in California.

As of this writing, the Change.org petition - available here - has just under 3,600 signatures. The petition reads:

"People around the world would like to have a statue to pay respects for this rock n roll legend. He frequented this well known restaurant and would serve as a memorial. We the undersigned are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now."

The legendary Motorhead frontman passed away at the end of December at the age of 70. You can read our tribute to the iconic singer here, and footage from his last show ever is also online at this location.

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Maryland Deathfest Names 45 More Acts For 2016

Promoters for Maryland Deathfest have announced 45 more acts for the 2016 edition of the annual Memorial Day festival bash. Among the list - U.K. doom metal legends Paradise Lost, U.S. doom metal upstarts Crypt Sermon, the reformed Swedish death act Centinex, U.K. legends Discharge, U.S. thrash legends Hirax, soon to be defunct legends Nuclear Blast, U.K. classic metal legends Satan and the mighty Bay Area thrash act Testament.

Tickets for the event will be available soon. Head over to this location for more information.

The freshly named act list is:

The Afternoon Gentlemen (UK)
Buzzov*en
Centinex (Sweden)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin (Italy)
Crypt Sermon
Dehumanized
Demonical (Sweden)
Demonic Christ
Deranged (Sweden)
Discharge (UK)
DOOM (UK)
Dopethrone (Canada)
Dragged into Sunlight (UK)
Gets Worse (UK)
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Thrashback Thursday: Unleash The Dogs Of War

Hirax are truly one of those old school thrash bands that define the term, "hidden gem." Beneath the big names of Anthrax and Slayer and the not quite as famous names such as Testament and Death Angel, there's some excellent groups to be found, and one of the first that I found in my search for more thrash, as well as one of my personal favourites, was Hirax. They were formed in Orange County, California in 1984 and were led by their charismatic singer, Katon W. De Pena, unique for not only being one of the few black musicians in the thrash scene, but for his one of a kind singing voice, with a cadence all of his own. They released two albums, "Raging Violence" and "Hate, Fear and Power,"before losing their record deal, independently releasing a demo entitled, "Blasted In Bangkok," before Katon left the group to start a new outfit called Phantasm with Gene Hoglan and original Metallica bass player Ron McGovney, while Hirax brought in former Exodus singer Paul Baloff for a brief period before disbanding altogether.

Over time, underground interest had built up and in 2000, Katon decided to bring the band back, convincing original members Scott Owen, Gary Monardo, and John Tabares to join in as well and release the "El Diablo Negro" EP later that year. Within time, there was a major lineup shift and Katon was left as the sole original member, putting together an all new lineup in time to record and release a new album, "The New Age Of Terror" in 2004. It was an excellent return for the band, cited by some critics as the best in their catalogue and featured some fantastic tracks such as, "Hostile Territory" and "Hell On Earth," but the song which stood out for me, was the closing, "Unleash the Dogs of War," which contains one of the catchiest chouruses in thrash metal history and a punishing intro. It also showcases Katon's voice perfectly and was a big part of what made "The New Age of Terror" not just a great album, but a great statement that the old thrash metal bands who had returned or were considering returning, could still rock out as hard as ever and teach the young guns a thing or two. More...

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Hirax Releases "Hellion Rising" Music Video

California old school thrash legends Hirax have released a new music video for the track "Hellion Rising."

The song appears on the band's latest effort "Immortal Legacy," which is available now through SPV/Steamhammer Records. Check out "Hellion Rising" here:

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Hirax Touring With Nervosa

Nervosa will be coming over to Europe this Summer to go on tour with Hirax and play at the Summer Breeze festival. Confirmed dates for the trek are as follows:

09.07 - Trutnov (CZH) “Obscene Extreme”
11.07 - Gdansk (POL) “Atlantic Club”
12.07 - Szczecin (POL) “Slowianin Club”
13.07 - Warsaw (POL) “Progressja”
14.07 - Berlin (GER) “SO36”
16.07- Kosice (SVK) “Colliseum Club”
17.07 - Pohori (CZH) “Agressive Fest”
18.07 - Balingen (GER) “Bang Your Head” HIRAX ONLY
19,07 - Egelsee (GER) “Schwarzer Adler”
21.07 - Tolmin (SLO) “Metal Days”
22.07 - Dornbirn (AUT) “Conrad Sohm”
23.07 - Kassel (GER) “K19”
24.07 - Hörnerkirchen (GER) “Headbangers Open Air” HIRAX ONLY
25.07 - Steenwijk (HOL) “Stonehenge”
26.07 - Ostend (BEL) “JH OHK” More...

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Hirax Posts Full Album Online

Hirax will release new album "Immortal Legacy" tomorrow via SPV/Steamhammer in North America.

Starting today, Loudwire.com is giving fans the chance to hear "Immortal Legacy" from front to back. Check out the full stream below.

"On our new album we more than ever felt an artistic obligation to our fans to give them a really big-sounding record," says vocalist Katon W. De Pena. "Our philosophy has always been to remember where we come from and stay true to our roots. Our fans know that we will never let them down and that they have helped to raise us up to a level with bands such as Slayer, Sodom, Kreator, Exodus, Overkill, Testament, Annihilator and many others. This record proves that we are at the top of our game musically!" More...

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Hirax Streaming New Track "Hellion Rising"

Legendary California thrashers Hirax are streaming the new track "Hellion Rising" from the upcoming release "Immortal Legacy," which drops in North America on March 4th, 2014 via Steamhammer/SPV.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Black Smoke
2. Hellion Rising
3. Victims of the Dead
4. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca de la Bestia - The Mouth of the Beast
5. Earthshaker
6. Tied to the Gallows Pole
7. Deceiver
8. Immortal Legacy
9. S.O.W. (intro)
10. Violence of Action
11. Atlantis (Journey to Atlantis)
12. The World Will Burn
13. Mephistopheles (Digital Only Bonus Track)
13. Mass Hysteria (Vinyl Only Bonus Track)

Check out "Hellion Rising" here: More...

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Hirax Announces Tour With Bonded By Blood

California thrashers Hirax are gearing up to release new album "Immortal Legacy" (due out March 4th in North America and February 24th in Europe).

Now the band has also announced an upcoming tour with Bonded By Blood, Nuclear, and Methedras. Dates are as follows:

24.04. E-Zaragoza - Utopia
25.04. E-Gijon - Otto
26.04. PT-Barroselas - SWR Barroselas Metalfest
27.04. E-Madrid - We Rock
28.04. E-Valencia - Lala
29.04. E-Barcelona - Estaperlo Club
30.04. F-Toulouse - Terre Blanque
04.05. I-Brescia - Circolo Colony
05.05. I-Rome - Traffic Club
06.05. I-Bologna - Freakout
07.05. SLO-Skofja Loka - Pri Rdeci Ostrigi
08.05. A-Vienna - Metal Escape
09.05. D-Cottbus - Gladhouse
10.05. D-Essen Turock
11.05. D-Darmstadt - Steinbruch Theater
12.05. CZ-Brno - Melodka Club
13.05. D-Hamburg - Bambi Galore
15.05. NL-Arnhem - Willemeen @ The Move
16.05. NL-Drachten - Iduna
17.05. B-Luffinge - Huggins Awakening Fest More...

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Hirax Announces Album Release Date

Hirax has now revealed that new album "Immortal Legacy" will be available March 4th, 2014 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer.

"On our new album we more than ever felt an artistic obligation to our fans to give them a really big-sounding record," says Katon W. De Pena the vocalist of the American thrash metal act. "Our philosophy has always been to remember where we come from and stay true to our roots. Our fans know that we will never let them down and that they have helped to raise us up to a level with bands such as Slayer, Sodom, Kreator, Exodus, Overkill, Testament, Annihilator and many others. This record proves that we are at the top of our game musically!"

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Black Smoke
2. Hellion Rising
3. Victims of the Dead
4. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca de la Bestia - The Mouth of the Beast
5. Earthshaker
6. Tied to the Gallows Pole
7. Deceiver
8. Immortal Legacy
9. S.O.W. (intro)
10. Violence of Action
11. Atlantis (Journey to Atlantis)
12. The World Will Burn
13. Mephistopheles (digital only bonus track)
13. Mass Hysteria (LP only bonus track) More...

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Hirax Pushes Back Album Release

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...

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Flotsam And Jetsam Cancels Tour Dates

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."

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Hirax Unveils "Immortal Legacy" Details

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...

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Hirax Unveils "Immortal Legacy" Album Artwork

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:

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Power Of The Riff 2013 Lineup Announced

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...

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Hirax Frontman Posts New Album Update

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.

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Hirax Signs With SPV, Hits The Studio Early 2013

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)

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Hirax Enlists Famed Illustrator For Upcoming Album

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.


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