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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.
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.
California thrashers HIRAX have cancelled their previously announced Japanese tour following the apparent departure of Glenn Rogers (lead guitars), Angelo Espino (bass), Dave Chedrick (drums) and Dave Watson (lead guitars).
"Our deepest regrets that the Japan tour is cancelled," Glenn said in a statement. "We were all ready to go. But Katon [W. De Pena, vocals] wanted to commit career suicide. He does not know how to keep his obligations."
The affected dates are as follows:
Nov. 23 - Urbam Square - Kobe, JAPAN
Nov. 24 - Nanba Rockets - Osaka, JAPAN
Nov. 25 - Club Chaos - Yokkaichi, JAPAN
Nov. 26 - Taurus - Nagoya, JAPAN
Nov. 27 - Sanctuary - Tokyo, JAPAN
Over 700 metal fans turned out for the Thrash Against Cancer benefit on July 9 at the Pound amphitheatre in San Francisco. Bands playing the benfit included: TESTAMENT, HIRAX, LAAZ ROCKIT, VICIOUS RUMORS, MUDFACE, AGENT STEEL, IMAGIKA, DEKAPITATOR, KAOS, BROCAS HELM, RIGHTEOUS SIRE, HANGAR 18, NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS (featuring original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin), DREAMS OF DAMNATION (featuring former DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin), ANGER AS ART, MYSTIC RAGE.
Keith Regan, whose family is one of the recipients of the proceeds from the show, was extremely pleased with how the event turned out. “The crew from TAC deserves the utmost respect and praise from my family and everyone who decided to attend the show, “ Regan said. “They were instrumental in every aspect of the behind the scenes and made the day go as smooth as it could be. The show it self was incredible! All the people that approached us had nothing but high praise to say about every band!” Regan is looking into organizing another Thrash Against Cancer show next year, possibly involving different genres of music, in order to raise money for families with children who have pediatric cancer.
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, the new band featuring former HIRAX members Gary Monardo (bass), Johnny Tabares (drums, HIRAX's "Raging Violence" album), and Bob Savage (guitar, HIRAX's 1984 demo), along with ex-WARGOD singer Robbie Perkins, have changed their name to WEAPON 13 to avoid confusion with similarly named acts. The group have just completed writing songs for a new three-song demo, to be released in late July/early August. The band will enter the studio on July 6. Tentative songtitles are: "Monster Reborn", "Empty" and "The Bleeding Never Stops".
Reunited Los Angeles metallers HIRAX have replaced SODOM on the billing of this weekend's Minneapolis Mayhem 2 festival. As previously reported, SODOM cancelled their previously announced appearance at the festival "due to the fact that they did not get their paper work from the delivery service to get their work visas," according to the event's organizers.
Minneapolis Mayhem 2, set to take place May 6-7 at Star Central in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, will include appearances by DEW-SCENTED, USURPER, NOVEMBERS DOOM, SADUS and AVENGER OF BLOOD, among others.
For more information, visit www.minneapolismayhem.com.
HIRAX contributed the track "Hostile Territory" to the recently released compilation "Louder than Hell", available now on Six Weeks Records. The compilation also features THE ACCUSED, TOXIC NARCOTIC, MUNICIPAL WASTE and VOETSEK.
HIRAX are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "The New Age of Terror", which was released in May 2004.
Kenny from Infernal Majesty checked in with the following update:
Infernal Majesty are pleased to announce that they have been added to the Satyricon USA Tour. Also on the tour will be Vancouver's 3Inches of Blood. All confirmed Cities/Venues can be found on our web site.
Infernal Majesty will be playing their last show in Vancouver on November 27th, 2004 at the Brickyard, also on the bill - Divinity, Omega Crom, Widowmaker.
Infernal Majesty have also confirmed their European Tour. Tour will begin February, 2005, Hirax will be co-headling with Infernal Majesty.
Lots of new tour photos and reviews are now posted. Check it all out at www.infernalmajesty.com.
Until next time.