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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.
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!"
Drummer Fabricio Ravelli has officially left Los Angeles thrashers HIRAX. His statement on the matter is as follows:
"I joined the band around a year ago and by that time, I had just came from Brazil to U.S. I definitely had some good times playing with HIRAX but I do believe that there's a time on life that you have to make decisions about what you want for your life, [and] I chose to have some self-respect. I wish good for the band but I came here to U.S to make it in music and this is my dream and I'm moving foward with my career. It's gonna be hard for me to find myself in a situation harder than the situations that I had to go through when I first got here like, living in my car or living in in numerous different places every day just because of what I want. So I'm not here to mess around and I'm definitely not stoping now so that means that you're gonna hear from me REALLY soon. I'm just glad that now I also can get to play my drums more freely 'cause there was a lot of elements that with HIRAX [that] just didn't fit. Yeah, I do love fast double bass and fast beats but I also grew up with all kinds of metal and some really heavy-ass Brazilian percussion, among other drumming stuff. It's like that saying from the great Muhammad Ali, you know, 'He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.' More...
ONCE DEAD, the Christian metal band featuring former members of VENGEANCE RISING, has inked a deal with Open Grave Records. The group is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its debut album, "Visions of Hell", tentatively due this summer.
According to a press release, "ONCE DEAD boasts a refreshing dose of old-school thrash metal, combined with a triple guitar assault and a lineup of seasoned musical veterans. All of the members have impressive musical resumes, with high-profile acts under their belts such as DELIVERANCE, FASEDOWN, HIRAX, SIRCLE OF SILENCE, THE BLAMED and THE CRUCIFIED." More...
JAAH Productions presents Metal Legends Festival, scheduled for May 4th in Torreón, Coahuila, México.
Acts confirmed to play the festival currently include: OBITUARY, SADUS, HIRAX, ARMORED, HACAVITZ, CANSERBERIA, PACAL, INHERTED, SOLITUDE, EVIL ENCOURAGE.
More acts to be confirmed. Stay tuned for updates.
INTO ETERNITY will kick off 2007 as direct support to the legendary Destruction, which kicks off at the Seattle Metalfest at The Showbox on Jan. 20th. This trek also marks the addition of new members Steve Bolognese (ex-Beyond The Embrace) on drums and Justin Bender on guitars. This is the group's second run for this album's touring cycle, and fans can expect a blistering 40+ minute set. Municipal Waste and Hirax will also be joining the package for certain dates.
Tim Roth (guitars, vocals) states: "We are pleased to announce our latest tour in support of thrash legends Destruction! I grew up on thrash metal, so it will be amazing to tour with the Destruction guys. It will be our first tour of 2007, and I can't think of a better way to get started. This going to be a high-energy package, and we can't wait to see everyone on the road. Keep it metal!"
The group's stunning new video for the track "Severe Emotional Distress" was shot by up-and-coming director Kevin Wildt (Set Your Goals, The Warriors). You can check it out on YouTube.com
Here are the Into Eternity tour dates: More...
Candlelight Records USA has posted DESTRUCTION's remake of their classic ‘Mad Butcher’ to the label's official MySpace site. Bring your browser to http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa for a listen.
‘Mad Butcher’ comes from the band's forthcoming “Thrash Anthems” album, set to hit US stores on January 23. Alongside 12 other remakes, “Thrash Anthems” contains two brand new songs, ‘Deposition/Your Heads Will Roll’ and ‘Profanity’.
A new HIRAX track, entitled "Lucifer's Inferno", is available for download at this location. "Lucifer's Inferno" and "City of the Dead" are slated to appear on the compilation "Speed Kills Again", to be released on Heavy Artillery, a subsidiary of Punk Core Records. Three other tracks, "Summon the Death Dealers", "Assassins of War", and "Invasion", will tentatively be released on limited edition vinyl through Black Devil Records. The compilation will also feature two songs each from MERCILESS DEATH, WARBRINGER, VIOLATOR, ENFORCER, MELTDOWN, and AVENGER OF BLOOD.
KNAC.COM will play several of the new studio songs during their radio interview with the members of HIRAX on Sunday, December 10, between 3 and 5 p.m. PST.
HIRAX's highly anticipated East Coast tour will begin on November 10 at The Barbary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Hirax have added the following dates to their upcoming tour:
October 14 - Tijuana, MEX @ Palladium Hall
October 29 - Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador
November 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Boiler Room
November 14 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
November 17 - Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel
November 18 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
December 9 - Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogz
December 16 - Hollywood, CA @ Safari Sam's
Underground metal champions HIRAX will tour Mexico beginning in Tijuana on October 14, followed by a highly anticipated East Coast tour in November.
"The fans in Mexico are unbelievably supportive," said vocalist Katon De Pena. "To them, heavy metal is religion. The East Coast has been supporting our music since the very first album came out in 1985. We are looking forward to hitting all of the cities and playing for the headbangers!! We did one-offs back East over the past two years to test the waters and all of the shows over there were very successful."
On August 26, HIRAX co-headlined the Minneapolis Mayhem III Festival, where they played a new song, titled "Lucifer's Inferno", which will be on their forthcoming record, "Assassins of War", to be released on Black Devil Records in early 2007. The band has five songs completed and they are hard at work writing and rehearsing in between tour dates. More...
More dates have been released for HIRAX's upcoming east coast tour:
November 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ North Six w/ Anal Cunt
November 12 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
November 15 - Cleveland, OH @ @ Jigsaw Saloon
November 16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose
November 19 - Wallingford, CT @ Legion Hall
ANAL CUNT and HIRAX will be playing together on November 11th at North Six in Brooklyn, New York. This is expected to be part of a full east coast tour. More details are expected to be released shortly.
In related news, here is Seth Putnam's latest update:
"ANAL CUNT will be releasing "Defenders of the Hate" on CD later this year on Menace To Sobriety Records. It will also include the songs from the "Thrash of the Titans" comp lp, the split 7" with FLACHENBRAND, and the songs from the "13 Bands Who Think You're Gay" comp lp.
The new tentative title for the next ANAL CUNT CD is "Assholes and
Troublemakers," named after an article written about us in Doll magazine from Japan with the same title.
Glenn Rogers has announced that he has joined Once Dead which features the former members of Vengeance Rising. They are currently working on songs for their upcomming CD. The message on the band's official site reads:
"Glenn as most of you know was one of the original founding members of Vengeance, and had written many of the songs with us prior to Roger Martinez, Larry Farkas and Glen Mancaruso joining the group. Glenn left our group to join Deliverance, and then later joined Hirax."
"The addition of Glenn offers us an incredibly talented guitarist, an awesome song writer, as well as a longtime friend. We are very excited about Glenn joining us and we look forward to working with him on the upcoming album, but that will be on another thread."
Once Dead is working on their debut album and are in the process of writing the new material, recording demos, choosing a studio, producer etc. Once Dead are also booking shows for this coming summer. Contact them ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in booking Once Dead.
Blabbermouth.net reports that former HIRAX guitarist Glenn Rogers sent the following statement:
"It seems there is some confusion on who cancelled the HIRAX tour of Japan. So to set the record straight, here is the story:
"On Saturday, Nov. 19th I received a message from Katon W. Depena [HIRAX frontman]. The message said, and I quote, 'I'm cancelling the tour. It's nothing against Dave Watson [guitar] or you, but I can't work with the other guys [bassist Angelo Espino and drummer Dave Chedrick]. I'm not happy with them, and I need to spend some time away from the band.' Katon refused all phone calls and e-mails to try to work this out. He never contacted the promoter (Sub Effect Records) to let them know the tour was cancelled.
"Due to the fact that Katon would not communicate with his own band, we had to cancel our flight plans. As a result, we as a band felt we could not continue as members of HIRAX. We will however seek a new singer, and carry on."
HIRAX's most recent full-length CD, "New Age of Terror", was issued in May 2004 via Black Devil Records. A new six-song CD/DP, entitled "Assassins of War", was recently completed but has yet to receive an official release date.