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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...
Thrash metal veterans Hirax have posted the following message:
On September 21st, 2007, Hirax had it's first live show in Lörrach at Metal Forces Nights. This event was one of our best events taken place at Altes Wasserwerk ever.
Thanks to Selfmadegod Records, which will release this DVD, and Bomber and the Crew from Vision4 who have filmed both shows - you have now the chance to see the KIT show (KIT IX on November 3rd, 2007 in Lauda) and the Metal Forces Nights show on DVD.
"Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal" will be released on DVD in August. The DVD features footage and interviews with thrash legends ranging from Metallica to Kreator to Hirax. You can read an interview with director Rick Ernst at this location.
The complete list of bands interviewed is as follows:
Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Godsmack, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Testament, Overkill, Death Angel, Shadows Fall, Meshuggah, In Flames, Strapping Young Lad, Stone Sour, Superjoint Ritual, Lamb of God, Vio-lence, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction , Nuclear Assault, Voivod, Chimaira, Biohazard, Fozzy/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sepultura, Kittie, The Haunted, DRI, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage, Heathen, Hirax More...
The Tidal Wave Metal Festival, born from the now defunct "Making Waves Festival," has announced a tentative lineup for the two-days free event. Celebrating it's 11th year of putting on the heaviest, FREE outdoor music festival on the west coast, Tidal Wave showcases the best thrash, doom, grind, punk, old school metal, etc., that the Bay Area, and beyond, has to offer.
The Tidal Wave is free to concert-goers, completely paid for by banner advertising, sponsorship, donations, and volunteers and is truly unlike any other music festival in existence. The free event is like a picnic in the park, with metal. You may bring whatever you want (dogs, food, coolers, cigarettes, mullets etc. are all ok). There will be raffles for merchandise donated from various sponsors and bands all day all day.
Here is the tentative line-up for The Tidal Wave 2008 festival:
Angelo Espino, who has previously played with HIRAX, REVEREND, DISSINTER, UNCLE SLAM, ONCE DEAD, VERMIN and LSN, and many others, has joined OSM recording artists ANGER AS ART.
Commented the band in a statement: "This was a coup for us to get someone of his caliber. We knew that a change was going to happen with Javier [Maruffo]. However, the timetable was moved up very rapidly in March. It came to our attention that Angelo was available and interested, so we made him an offer. Angelo and Dave [Chedrick, drums] played together in what we thought was HIRAX's best lineup — so they have that rhythm section vibe already in place, and it really shows when we play live. We wish Javier the best, and we part as friends and family." More...
The following press release has been issued:
Following last year’s release of HIRAX’s highly acclaimed EP Assassins Of War, the Long Beach thrashers have recorded six new songs with producer John Haddad for their upcoming album, El Rostro de la Muerte. This will be the band’s first full-length since the 2004 release The New Age Of Terror. The album will also include re-recordings of classic Hirax tracks 'Broken Neck' and 'Blind Faith' as well as the bonus track 'Chaos And Brutality' from the European EP released last year.
“Some of the song titles are inspired by the religious fanatics in the United States and the hypocrisy surrounding church and state,” said Hirax vocalist Katon W. De Pena. “There are tracks which deal with morals of mankind, and there is a bit of war influence; naturally, because there is so much of it still going on all over the world. There are a lot of dark subjects on this new album as well, which reflects the overall concept of the music. The title of the album is El Rostro de la Muerte, which in Spanish means The Face of Death. I have no doubt in my mind that this will be our heaviest and most intense record to date!!”
Hirax is in the process of writing of five more songs that will be recorded after their return from an appearance at the Long Live Metal Festival in France on May 10. El Rostro De La Muerte is expected to be released in August 2008 on Black Devil Records and Deep Six Records.
“It has been a great writing process so far, but a lot of hard work,” said De Pena. “Steve, Fabricio and I are very involved in the overall process of compiling and putting the songs together. The guitarists Lance and Glenn have been writing a LOT of riffs for us to choose from. We are only keeping the best and throwing out anything that just does not fit in with what we are trying to create musically. We are being very picky because we want the album to be the best that it can be. “
Coinciding with the full-length release, Hirax will expand the resurging thrash metal brotherhood by collaborating on 3 split 7 inches – Sweden’s F.K.U., Crucifer from Greece and the Malaysian crossover maniacs Sarjan Hassan. The three Hirax tracks will be 'Satan’s Fall', 'Baptized By Fire', and 'Death Militia' respectively. All three 7 inches will be released on Black Devil Records. More...
Back from hiatus, Swedish label Stormbringer Records reports:
"After being on hiatus for a couple of years, Stormbringer Records is back with another release lined up for 2008 - a 7" with US legends HIRAX!
This will contain the very first recording the band did, the classic 1984 demo recording. The 7" will be on colored vinyl, come with an insert with photos from original Hirax guitarist Bob Savage's own collection and include liner notes written by Laurent Ramadier from Snakepit Magazine. Stay tuned for more info!"
California thrashers HIRAX have issued the following update:
"Hello Hirax Maniacs!!
Right now we are preparing for our first ever concert in Colombia! We are REALLY looking forward to this show! The response from the Colombian headbangers has been GREAT!! We will be playing songs from each Hirax album / EPs and have special surprises planned! To the heavy metal legions of Colombia, spread the word...Hirax is coming! Prepare to thrash!"
"¡Hola Maniacos de Hirax! ¡En este momento nosotros preparamos para nuestro primer jamas concierto en Colombia! ¡Esperamos REALMENTE esta exposición! ¡La respuesta de los fans de heavy metal colombianos ha sido GRAN!! ¡Estaremos jugando las canciones de cada álbum / EPs de Hirax y tenemos las sorpresas especiales planeadas! A las legiones pesadas del metal de Colombia, propague la noticia... ¡Hirax viene! ¡Prepare para thrash!"
The show will take place on January 19th in Bogota, Colombia at Teatro Astor Plaza.
Fan-filmed video footage of veteran California thrashers HIRAX performing the song "Hostile Territory" on November 3, 2007 at the Keep It True IX festival in Dittigheim, Germany can be viewed below.
The California thrashers played two successful shows in September in Germany and France with new second lead guitarist Tim Thomas, formerly of STEEL PROPHET and AGENT STEEL, as well as returning drummer Fabricio Ravelli.
HIRAX's new EP, "Chaos and Brutality", was released in October throughout Europe on Poland's Selfmadegod Records. The four-song EP was recorded in February 2007 at Shiva Industries in California. It includes the title track along with a re-recorded version of "Walk with Death" from the band's 2001 EP "Barrage of Noise", the instrumental "100,000 Strong" and "Lucifer's Infierno Reprise", an arrangement which HIRAX recently revamped and plays live.
HIRAX's "Assassins of War" CD/12” vinyl is now released in five countries — Holland, Poland, Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S. and is available worldwide through all major distributors including Century Media, Relapse, Ebullition, and The End Records.
HIRAX is currently writing and rehearsing new material for a full-length album titled "El Rostro de la Muerte" / "The Face of Death". The album's cover will feature artwork by Ed Repka, the undisputed king of thrash metal art. A 10-country European tour is also in the works for May 2008, including a headlining appearance at Long Live Metal!!! festival Chaptire 2 in Wattrelos, France. More...
California thrashers HIRAX will be touring Mexico in late November/early December. The dates include:
29 - Metal Radio Show/Clinic Diafragma
30 - Bar Bulldozer - Ciudad Neza
1 - Circo Volador - D.F
2 - Brutal Masacre Fest - Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Factores Mutuos
California thrashers HIRAX have a bunch of new merchandise available for purchase online.
Hats, mugs, t-shirts and much more available at this location
Hirax recently posted a short, professionally shot clip of the new track 'Assassins Of War' live at the Metal Forces Festival which took place on September 29th at Altes Wasserwerk in Lorrach, Germany. Click below to view. More...
HIRAX and SACRED STEEL are among the confirmed acts for the Long Live Metal Festival, set to take place Saturday, May 10, 2008 at La Boite à Musiques in Wattrelos, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
SACRED STEEL (GER)
THE BOTTLE DOOM LAZY BAND (FRA)
RELEASED ANGER (GRE)
HIRAX played two successful shows last month in Germany and France with new second lead guitarist Tim Thomas, formerly of STEEL PROPHET and AGENT STEEL, as well as returning drummer Fabricio Ravelli.
HIRAX's new EP, "Chaos and Brutality", has just been released throughout Europe on Poland's Selfmadegod Records. The four-song EP was recorded in February 2007 at Shiva Industries in California. It includes the title track along with a re-recorded version of "Walk with Death" from the band's 2001 EP "Barrage of Noise", the instrumental "100,000 Strong" and "Lucifer's Infierno Reprise", an arrangement which HIRAX recently revamped and plays live.
HIRAX is currently writing and rehearsing new material for a full-length album titled "El Rostro de la Muerte" / "The Face of Death". The album's cover will feature artwork by Ed Repka, the undisputed king of thrash metal art.
HIRAX played two exclusive dates in Europe at the end of last month, including a September 30 appearance at La Boite À Musiques in Wattrelos, France.
As previously reported, HIRAX are now confirmed for the Keep It True IX festival and will perform on Saturday, November 3, 2007 in Dittigheim, Germany. LEATHERWOLF, SACRED OATH, PAGAN ALTAR, STEEL ASSASSIN, PORTRAIT, ENFORCER will round out the day of metal.
The California thrashers played two successful shows last month in Germany and France with new second lead guitarist Tim Thomas, formerly of STEEL PROPHET and AGENT STEEL, as well as returning drummer Fabricio Ravelli.
“The festival’s promoter contacted us and offered Hirax the co-headlining slot,” said De Pena. “Needless to say, we’re honored to do it because Keep It True is one of the MOST respected festivals in Europe. The opportunity to play in front of the German headbangers once again is something we take very seriously. They are truly DIEHARD! There is NO PLACE ON EARTH like Germany. HEAVY METAL IS THE LAW!!!”
Hirax’ new EP, Chaos And Brutality, will be released today throughout Europe on Poland’s Selfmadegod Records. The four-song EP was recorded in February 2007 at Shiva Industries in California. It includes the title track along with a re-recorded version of 'Walk With Death' from the band’s 2001 EP Barrage Of Noise, the instrumental '100,000 Strong' and 'Lucifer’s Infierno Reprise', an arrangement which Hirax recently revamped and plays live.
Selfmadegod Records will also release Thrash Metal Warriors, a compilation conceived by Katon W. De Pena. The thrash metal compilation features the Hirax track 'Chaos And Brutality' as well as TOXIC HOLOCAUST, SABBAT, KAT, SLAVER, STRIKE MASTER, EXECUTION, and HATCHET.
Assassins Of War CD/12” vinyl is now released in 5 countries – Holland, Poland, Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S. and is available worldwide through all major distributors including Century Media, Relapse, Ebullition, and The End Records.
Hirax will return to their favorite stomping grounds of Mexico for 3 dates - November 30 to December 2. There will also be a meet and greet with the band at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 1 at El Chopo indoor metal market, the biggest one in Mexico City.
Hirax is currently writing and rehearsing new material for a full-length album titled El Rostro De La Muerte / The Face Of Death. The album’s cover will feature artwork by Ed Repka, the undisputed king of thrash metal art.
A 10-country European tour is also in the works for May 2008, including a headlining appearance at LOng Live Metal!!! Festival Chaptire 2 in Wattrelos, France.
Hirax tour dates:
3 - Keep It True IX – Sporthalle, Dittigheim
30/07 Fri. Bar Bulldozer, Ciudad Neza
1 - 1:00 pm Meet and Greet at El Chopo metal market, Mexico City
1 - Circo Volador, Mexico, D.F.
2 - BRUTAL MASACRE FEST 3 - Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
10 - La Boite à Musique, Wattrelos
Organizers for Germany's Keep It True IX Festival have announced that Danish metalheads EVIL have been forced to cancel the show due to drummer Freddie Wolf's recent wrist injury that will keep him side-lined for at least four weeks. Los Angeles-based thrashers HIRAX will step in as replacements.
The final running order is as follows::
15:30 - 16:15
16:35 - 17:20
17:40 - 18:25
18:45 - 20:00
20:20 - 21:35
21:55 - 23:10
23:30 - 01:00
The Keep It True IX Festival is scheduled for November 3rd in Dittigheim at Sporthalle. The festival has been sold out since April.
Los Angeles-based thrashers HIRAX have announced that their first show in France has been moved to September 30th - more info below. Says the band: "They will be historic events! Expect to hear some songs that we have never played before."
Hirax live dates include:
20 - Goudvishal - Amsterdam, Netherlands
21 - Vera - Groningen, Netherlands
23 - MTC - Köln, Germany
24 - Darkside - Berlin, Germany
25 - Balroom - Hamburg, Germany
26 - Labor - Hannover, Germany
27 - tba - Poland
28 - Rock City - Uster, Switzerland
29 - Metalforces Festival - Lörach, Germany
30 - La Boite À Musiques - Wattrelos, France
According to a posting on his web site, drummer Fabricio Ravelli will rejoin Los Angeles thrashers HIRAX for their upcoming European tour which will kick off on Thursday, September 20 in the Netherlands. Prior to the European trek, HIRAX — with Fabricio behind the kit — will perform at The Vault 350 in Long Beach, California tonight (Saturday, September 15). Also appearing on the bill in Long Beach are SADISTIC INTENT and TRANSMETAL.
Upcoming HIRAX shows:
Sep. 15 - The Vault 350 - Long Beach, CA
Sep. 20 - Goudvishal - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep. 21 - Vera - Groningen, Netherlands
Sep. 22 - Bam - Wattrelos, France
Sep. 23 - MTC - Köln, Germany
Sep. 24 - Darkside - Berlin, Germany
Sep. 25 - Balroom - Hamburg, Germany
Sep. 26 - Labor - Hannover, Germany
Sep. 27 - [to be announced] - Poland
Sep. 28 - Rock City - Uster, Switzerland
Sep. 29 - Metalforces Festival - Lörach, Germany
Fabricio left HIRAX in April 2007.
Poland's Selfmadegod Records released the five-song mini-album from HIRAX, entitled "Assassins of War", in March.
Recorded at Shiva Industries in Santa Ana, CA with producer John Haddad, the mini-album was released in the United States via HIRAX's own label Black Devil Records and Deep Six Records.
"The artwork for both the CD and the 12" vinyl version is incredible," vocalist Katon W. De Pena said. "Jeff Gaither did the artwork. He has drawn album covers for the legendary punk/hardcore band THE ACCUSED, along with many others. HIRAX is some of his best work for sure."
Selfmadegod Records out of Poland have announced the first ever compilation CD to be released by the label. Licensed from Hirax' own Black Devil Records, "Thrash Metal Warriors" is a groundbreaking thrash metal compilation with rare and unreleased tracks from eight worlwide bands. The disc includes both legendary acts such as Hirax (USA), Kat (Poland), Sabbat (Japan) as well as terrific entrants of the genre: Toxic Holocaust (USA), Slaver (Brazil), Strike Master (Mexico), Execution (USA), and Hatchet (USA). The disc contains approximately a half an hour of sincere, raw and to-the-point thrash.
The release date is scheduled for late September 2007.
The complete "Thrash Metal Warriors" tracklisting is as follows: More...
Los Angeles-based thrashers HIRAX have announced these new live European dates in the fall (exact venues to be announced at a later date):
Sept. 20 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept. 21 - Dokkem, Netherlands
Sept. 22 - Wattrelos, France
Sept. 23 - Biebob Belgien
Sept. 24 - Köln, Germany
Sept. 25 - Berlin, Germany
Sept. 26 - Nürnberg, Germany
Sept. 27 - Lebach, Germany
Sept. 28 - Uster, Switzerland
Sept. 29 - Lörach, Germany
Zonda Books has posted this press release:
Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.
Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.
In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.
Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.
Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.
Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!
The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...
And that's just some of the "A"'s!
Los Angeles thrashers, Resistance, issue the following recording updates on their Myspace page:
"We are pleased to announce the addition of Dave Watson, former Hirax guitarist to the lineup. Dave has tracked several solos for Patents of Control and will be performing live with the band this summer."
"Tracking for Patents of Control has finished at Desert Moon, and Paul and Matt have returned from Chicago where Neil Kernon is perfoming the final album mix. Look for the album to be out on Lion Music soon!"