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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Between October 2010 and February 2011, Metalhit.com launched a series of six free monthly music samplers showcasing various genres of extreme metal: Thrash, Death, Folk, Gothic, Doom and Black Metal.
The "Metalhit Free Download Series" was made available exclusively in the USA via Amazon.com and to eMusic subscribers worldwide. Metalhit now has the compilations posted online and available for free download worldwide.
Some select artists featured on the samplers include:
Abominable Putridity, Asphyx, Behexen, Diathra, Doom:VS, Evoken, Hirax, Inquisition, Lifelover, Manegarm, Moonspell, Nunslaughter, Obtest, Ophis, Pathology, Possessed, Sacred Reich, Sig:Ar:Tyr, Sinister, Skepticism, Skyforger, The Howling Void, Urgehal, and many more.
Thrash metal act Hirax has announced the band's first appearance in Brazil at the Marreco’s Fest 2011, on 18/06/2011. Additional details on the show are available here. You can also check out a video clip of Hirax talking about heading to Brazil in the player below.
SearchNDestroy.net has posted a video interview online with Katon de Pena from Hirax, which was shot in Mexico City on September 11th, 2010. You can check out the video clip below.
Hirax has posted a Japanese tour video diary online, which can be viewed in the clip below.
Metalhit.com has made a thrash metal compilation available for free download via Amazon MP3. Here's the tracklisting for the free compilation:
1. Nocturnal "Hellhunt" (2:35)
2. Victimizer "Tyrants Genocide" (4:22)
3. Atomizer "These Hands Will Never Be Clean" (3:21)
4. Sacred Reich "The American Way" (3:41)
5. Sacrilege "The Fear Within" (4:35)
6. Hirax "Eradicate the Mind" (3:39)
7. Morbid Scream "Morbid Scream" (2:44)
8. Violated "No Chance in Hell" (4:09)
9. Nunslaughter "Raid the Convent" (2:16)
10. Sacrilegio "The Traitor" (4:44)
11. Aggression "Better You Run" (3:10)
12. The Possessed "Pentagram" (live) (3:59)
Roxx Records and the Christian Metal Realm recently announced the details on their long in the works tribute album celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Southern California Christian Thrash legends Deliverance.
"Temporary Insanity – A Salute to Deliverance" is set for release this August and hosts a variety of artists paying tribute to the band, some current, some past and even some special reunions all came together to lay down tracks for the disc! Including current and former members of bands such as The Crucified, Vengeance Rising, Deliverance and Hirax just to name a few; and special reunions from Oil and Eternal Decision all coming together just to contribute tracks for this project.
Arttie Parker owner of the Christian Metal Realm says “This CD started out in our online forum well over a year ago when some of the bands that frequent the board wanted to do a few tribute songs to ‘D’, then I started talking with Bill over at Roxx Records about it and it morphed in to a full on tribute CD with tons of artists in the mainstream Thrash and Christian Metal scenes all wanting to contribute to this project and give props to Deliverance as you can easily see by looking at the list of bands and artists we have lined up!”
Here's the tribute's lineup and tracklisting: More...
Hirax will be touring Japan this fall. Here are the dates so far, as well as support:
XANADOO (SINGAPORE/ONLY OSAKA SPECIAL GUEST]
MARKED FOR DEATH (OSAKA)
HELL AND HELL (AICHI)
NOV.3rd (WED/NATIONAL HOLIDAY)
GENOCIDE NIPPON (FUKUI)
Thrash metal has grown to become one of the most popular sub-genres in the history of metal. It has it's stars of course such as Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer and it has the band's with more of a large cult following such as Exodus and Testament. But like any other movement, it also has it's forgotten heroes. When researching the original thrash metal scenes, one will inevitably stumble upon a band named Hirax, one of the most dedicated and unique bands in the field.
Like many other thrash metal bands in the 1980s, they were signed to Metal Blade Records, through which they released two studio albums. "Raging Violence" in 1985 and "Hate, Fear And Power" the following year. The second album was a rushed release thanks to pressure from the label and clocked in at just over sixteen minutes, featuring only eight songs. Frontman Katon De Pena left the band not long after, due to internal tensions and what he saw as bad label management, forming the short-lived band Phantasm with original Metallica bassist Ron McGovney and Dark Angel drummer Gene Hoglan. Hirax themselves replaced Katon with former Exodus frontman Paul Baloff, though they decided to call it a day not long after.
The band would reunite with the original lineup in 2000 and released the "El Diablo Negro" EP the same year, however the reunion was not to last as by the next year, Katon De Pena was the only original member left in the band. Since then he has kept Hirax going strong, releasing several EPs and two studio albums, "New Age Of Terror" (2004) and "El Rostro de la Muerte" (2009), as well as building up a strong fan base in South America. More...
American thrash metal veterans Hirax has posted a new music video online for the song, "El Rostro de la Muerte" (The Face Of Death.) You can check it out below. The song is the title track from their latest studio album which was released last year and is the band's first viral music video. More...
Swedish metallers Decadence have issued the following update about playing two shows in Venezuela:
"The rumors have been circling around for the past couple of weeks…! Now, we finally announce that Decadence is confirmed for two summer concerts in Venezuela, as co-headline with bay area Thrashers Hirax, at Invasión Thrash - proudly presented by Mattey Magazine!
"Event: Invasión Thrash Dates: - Fri, June 18, 2010 in Caracas, Venezuela - Sat, June 19, 2010 in Coro, Venezuela , Co-headline: Decadence – Hirax Organizer: Mattey Magazine
"Along with all the faithful fans, Mattey Magazine has been Decadence biggest support in Venezuelan press and we are proud and happy to come to Venezuela for the first time on Mattey’s own Invasión Thrash! Stay tuned for more news!"
British thrash metal outfit Evile has announced two special memorial shows which will take place next month in England, in honour of their bass player Mike Alexander, who sadly passed away last month after suffering from a pulmonary embolism (blood clot on the lungs) while the band were on tour with Amon Amarth in Sweden. A message from the band reads as follows:
"The entrance fee will be £5 minimum as a donation to Mike’s family. To raise more for Mike's family we will be holding a tombola/raffle - Items will include gifts from bands from around the world; EXODUS, OVERKILL, HIRAX and many more being confirmed every day. Raffle tickets will be £10 with all takings going to the family."
The show dates are as follows: More...
American thrash metal veterans Hirax has posted their new music video online for the song, "El Rostro de la Muerte" (The Face of Death.) You can check it out below. The song is the title track from the bands forthcoming new studio album which is the follow up to the 2004 full length release, "The New Age Of Terror." More...
American thrash metal veterans Hirax has posted three new songs online from their forthcoming new studio album, "El Rostro de la Muerte" for fans to download for free. You can download the title track as well as the songs, "Broken Neck" and "Eradicate Mankind" by heading over to the bands official website, Black Devil Records.
Metal Maniacs Magazine has been relaunched in a new online format after closing the doors to its print operation in February 2009.
Resurrected by the owner of Metalhit.com, with a site developed by Reh3 Design, the new Metal Maniacs features regularly updated content and features from the latest in underground metal.
The site boasts an exhaustive Mp3 store featuring more than 13,000 songs available for preview and purchase as well as a new forum, monthly contests, a weekly "deadly discovery" showcasing up and coming bands and a monthly free digital music compilation.
The debut launch features a 24 song compilation with the following free downloads:
VADER “Rise of the Undead”
FETID ZOMBIE “Graced by Gore”
ASPHYX “Death, the Brutal Way”
BLACK ANVIL “Ten Talons Deep”
IMPENDING DOOM “The Serpent Servant”
DAATH “The Worthless”
MERRIMACK “In the Halls of White Death”
GOREAPHOBIA “Mortal Repulsion”
LEAVES’ EYES “My Destiny”
MERAUDER “Built on Blood”
ORTHRUS “Thy Fate in Damnation”
SKELETONWITCH “Crushed Beyond Dust”
SUICIDE SILENCE “Wake Up”
WEAPON “Serpentine Ayat”
BONE GNAWER “Cannibal Cook-out”
WEEKEND NACHOS “Shot in the Head”
SEANCE “Prisoner 666”
You can download the entire compilation here.
In this issue: More...
Thrash metal veterans Hirax has announced that they will release their brand new studio album, "El Rostro de la Muerte (The Face Of Death)" in August through Black Devil Records. The album will feature ten new tracks along with a bonus track from the bands "Chaos And Brutality" EP.
“The combination of Haddad and Rozen’s recording and production are perfect for the vision that we had for the sound of this album,” said Hirax vocalist Katon W. De Pena. “We worked with Haddad on the last 2 Hirax EPs, Assassins of War and Chaos And Brutality. He has a great understanding of the power and speed of Hirax, and he knows how to bring the best of our talents to the surface. We have a lot of respect for him. Hirax first worked with Michael Rozen back in 2004 on The New Age of Terror album and it’s great to be working with him again. His experience in mixing and production are what we need to complete the mega-epic sound that we are striving for. It’s the first time Hirax has ever brought two of our producers together, but it seemed like the logical thing to do since they both have an ear for detail and a certain work ethic which brings out the best in the band. Musically, it combines everything that Hirax is known for and much, much more! True thrash metal!!”
On Saturday August 1st, the Thrashocalypse festival will be held in Modesto, California. Thrash fans will be in for a treat as the event will be co-headlined by Sadus and Orange County based vetarans Hirax. There will also be games, pizza and an all ages soda bar for under-age patrons. The show costs $15 with doors opening at five in the evening.
Thrash metal legends Hirax will be heading out on the road later this, particularly in South America where they will perform special Record Release shows for their forthcoming new studio album, "El Rostro De La Muerte"
The tour dates are as follows:
May 3- San Francisco, California
June 5- Bogotá D.C., Colombia
June 6- Bucaramanga, Colombia
June 7- Tunja or Barranquilla, Colombia
Bay Area based thrashers Hirax has posted the following message online:
"Hello Metal Friends
"We hope all is well with you! We are taking time out to send you some gifts and updated news about the band. Hirax is in heavy writing mode to finish up our new epic CD/vinyl release El Rostro de la Muerte (The Face Of Death). This will be the heaviest album that Hirax has ever recorded.We are very excited because the new songs are some of the best work that we have ever done! Expect El Rostro de la Muerte to be released Spring 2009.Then the band will hit the road and the touring will begin!!
"Thank you to everyone for all of the support! We look forward to seeing all of you in the upcoming year 2009!"
DEATHRIDERS has posted a second new song, "Riders Of The Apocalypse," available for streaming on MySpace.
DEATHRIDERS new album "Back With A Vengeance" is currently being recorded and mixed by Ken Orth at Alpine Sound in Mesa, Arizona. "Riders Of The Apocalypse," which is a rough mix, is a new song from DEATHRIDERS forthcoming album "Back With A Vengeance." All Words and Music by Neil Turbin. DEATHRIDERS have already been performing the song live at festivals and concerts in Europe, Japan and the US. "Riders Of The Apocalypse" features the Swedish guitarist Jonas Hornqvist of the band Treasure Land in collaboration with DEATHRIDERS which also features DEATHRIDERS guitarists Dave Watson and Mike Guerrero. More...
Hirax have been confirmed to perform at Clash Of The Headbanger's Metaleros in Hollywood, California on the 23rd of August. The band have posted the following update:
"Hirax is excited and ready to play this concert! We have been notified by the promoters that the advance ticket sales have been GREAT!! So we expect this show to be TOTALLY CRAZY!! More...