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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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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."

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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:

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”
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.

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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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Hirax Announces 2009 Tour Dates

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

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Hirax Finishing Work On New Album

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!"

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Deathriders Posts New Song Online

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...

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Hirax Confirmed For Hollywood Metal Festival

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...

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Hirax Reveals Live CD/DVD Tracklisting

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.

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"Get Thrashed" DVD Release Date Announced

"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...

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The Tidal Wave Metal Fest Line Up Announced

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:


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Anger As Art Part Ways With Bassist

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...

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Hirax To Release New Album In August

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...

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New Hirax 7" To Be Released

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!"

Check out HIRAX' 'Believe In The King', streaming at Stormbringer Records' MySpace page. More...

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Hirax Announce First Columbian Show

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.

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