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Hirax

From: Orange County, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Hirax News

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.

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Hirax Announces Polish Tour Dates

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

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Cephalic Carnage Added to Goregrowler's Ball

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.

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Hirax Co-Headlining Goregrowler's Ball 5

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.

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Hirax Posts Footage From Mexican Performance

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.

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Metalhit.com Completes Free Download Series

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.

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Hirax Headed To Brazil

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.

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Video Interview Posted Online With Hirax

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.

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Hirax Posts Japanese Tour Video

Hirax has posted a Japanese tour video diary online, which can be viewed in the clip below.

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Free Thrash Compilation Available For Download

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)

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Deliverance Tribute Album In The Works

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...

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Hirax To Tour Japan

Hirax will be touring Japan this fall. Here are the dates so far, as well as support:

OCT.30th (SAT)
OSAKA-SOMA
HIRAX (US)
XANADOO (SINGAPORE/ONLY OSAKA SPECIAL GUEST]
RIVERGE (OSAKA)
IMPALER (KAGAWA)
BADMOTORFINGER (OSAKA)
MARKED FOR DEATH (OSAKA)

OCT.31th (SUN)
NAGOYA-TINY 7
HIRAX (US)
RIVERGE (OSAKA)
SABBAT (MIE)
DISGUST (AICHI)
HELL AND HELL (AICHI)

NOV.3rd (WED/NATIONAL HOLIDAY)
TOKYO-SHINJYUKU MARZ
HIRAX (US)
RIVEGE (OSAKA)
GENOCIDE NIPPON (FUKUI)
FASTKILL (TOKYO)

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Sunday Old School: Hirax

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...

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Hirax Posts New Music Video Online

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...

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Decadence Announces Venezuelan Shows

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!"

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Evile Announces Memorial Shows

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...

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Hirax Posts New Video Online

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...

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Hirax Posts Three New Songs Online

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.

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Metal Maniacs Launches As New Webzine

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:

LIFELOVER “Shallow”
VADER “Rise of the Undead”
FETID ZOMBIE “Graced by Gore”
NOCTURNAL “Hellhunt”
AUGURY “Aetheral”
HANDS “Resistance”
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”
HOWL “Oma”
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”
ARGHARUS “Pleistas”
CEREBRUM “Scatter-brain”
SEANCE “Prisoner 666”

You can download the entire compilation here.

In this issue: More...

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Hirax To Release New Album In August

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!!”

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Hirax And Sadus To Headline Thrashocalypse 2009

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.

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