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Below is our complete Hirax news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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.
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!"