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Formed: 2003
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Hexen News

Below is our complete Hexen 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.

Hexen Streaming New Song Online

Los Angeles progressive thrashers Hexen have officially released a sample track from their forthcoming new full-length, "Being And Nothingness," which is set for North American release through Pulverised Records on July 17th, 2012. The following press release was also issued:

"Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Vivid Tone Recording Studio (Lividity, Guthrie Govan, etc.) by producer Rich Bruce, the sonic onslaught of 'Being And Nothingness' sees the band moving toward a far more comprehensive and thorough voyage of metal musicality and further distancing themselves from being just another run-of-the-mill revival band."

Check out sixth track “Stream Of Unconsciousness” in the player below or at the Pulverised Records SoundCloud page. More...

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HeXen Streaming New Track "Defcon Rising"

Los Angeles based progressive thrash act HeXen is streaming the new track "Defcon Rising." The track appears on the band's sophomore LP "Being And Nothingness," which is set for release on May 14, 2012 through Pulverized Records.

The track listing for "Being And Nothingness" is as follows:

1. Macrocosm
2. Grave New World
3. Defcon Rising
4. Private Hell
5. Walk As Many, Stand As One
6. Stream Of Unconsciousness
7. Indefinite Archetype
8. The Nescient
9. Nocturne

Check out "Defcon Rising" here:

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HeXen Unveils Album Art & Track Listing For New LP

Los Angeles melodic thrash band HeXen unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the forthcoming sophomore full length LP "Being And Nothingness. No release date has been announced, but the album is expected to drop in 2012 through Pulverized Records. The artwork was created by Kristian Wahlin/Necrolord (King Diamond/Dissection/Emperor) (shown below).

The band had the following comment on the album:

We are completely stoked for this long-worked on, long-awaited second release and we can't wait to showcase this opus live to all our fans. Unlearn what you have learned about metal!

The track listing for "Being and Nothingness" is as follows:

1. Macrocosm
2. Grave New World
3. Defcon Rising
4. Private Hell
5. Walk As Many, Stand As One
6. Stream Of Unconsciousness
7. Indefinite Archetype
8. The Nescient
9. Nocturne: (i. Opus 55 No. 1 in F Minor; ii. Out of Reach; iii. Existential Crisis; iv. Entrance of the Absurd; v. The Unbearable Lightness of Being; vi. With Salvation I Persist; vii. Elegy of the Night; viii. End In Purplexity) More...

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Warbringer Announces New Drummer Carlos Cruz

Despite practicing and writing together the last two months, WARBRINGER has official announced that Carlos Cruz (Hexen) is their new drummer. The delay in announcement was out of respect to their old drummer and Carlos' former band mates and there was no question about Carlos' playing, songwriting or personality as the band ironically offered Carlos the spot in 2008.

"After years of putting forth nothing but blood, sweat, and tears into my tireless ambitions for playing music, I have finally found an outlet where no more time is wasted. It was flattering to have been approached by Warbringer the first time they made a personnel change in 2008, but this time around it couldn't have felt more like perfect timing," states Carlos. "They're a collective group of humble, open-minded, down-to-earth guys who share the same fanaticism for music as I do and are the tightest musicians I have ever played with. I've never felt so welcomed and inspired to move forward. Even past members of the band have congratulated me and it feels very much like family, not just another band. From some recent serious downfalls in my personal life came this beautiful opportunity and I couldn't be happier. We'll be seeing all YOU Warbringers out on the road soon!"

Carlos will be making his live debut in Mexico City on March 5th at the Eyescream Festival alongside Asesino, Anvil, Toxic Holocaust and Abigail Williams. WARBRINGER plan to record their third album in April with more live shows in May and June.

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Death Angel Summons The Angel of Death In Chicago

See what I did there? Clever stuff, eh? Anyway, Death Angel is out doing a club tour across North America to support their newest studio full length, “Relentless Retribution,” supported by Lazarus A.D., Bonded by Blood, Early Man and Hexen. They stopped by Chicago on February 9, and already had a couple strikes against them before they even took the stage. But more on that later. Lazarus A.D. was supposed to be second on the bill but had van problems and didn’t make it to Chicago; an obvious bummer all around for obvious reasons, and it especially sucked for your correspondent, since I love me some Lazarus A.D. Hexen and Early Man were also replaced by a couple local Chicago bands. Enough preamble, let’s talk about what actually happened. More...

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Warbringer To Headline Charity Concert

California thrash metal act Warbringer has been announced as the headline act at this year's "Thrashgiving" charity event. The benefit concert to feed the needy is set to take place on Saturday, November 20 at Cheyenne Saloon in Las Vegas, Nevada. Support on the bill will come from Hatchet, Hexen, Vektor, Malus Rex and Control the Chaos.

Event organizers commented by saying:

"Two years ago we debuted the concept of Thrashgiving bringing together out-of-state and local artists performing thrash metal music for the benefit of the needy and we're doing it again. Even bigger and better this year in an attempt to make this an event held annually in Las Vegas. All proceeds from the show will go to the Rescue Mission and Boys Town. So attend a good show and know that your charitable ticket price will be donated to these organizations to help the less fortunate have a nice holiday.

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Hexen Signs To Pulverised Records

L.A. based thrash act Hexen has inked a deal with Pulviersed Records for a new full-length album to be released in 2011. Hexen singer / bass-player Andre Hartoonian commetned:

"Metallic hails from Southern California world of heavy metal! We are excited to announce inking a deal with our new partners Pulverised Records as of October 2010. We have a lot of plans, the first order of business being entering the studio in a few short weeks. We cannot wait to unleash the album we have been working on for a long time and even though we usually don't like to over-hype, the fact that it will blow you all away is still an understatement. Another thing is going on tour January-February with our friends Bonded by Blood, Early Man, Lazarus A.D., and the outstanding... Death Angel. Check back with us on our Myspace frequently to catch all the latest news and studio footage. 2011 is going to be an extravagant year for us. We cannot wait."

Pulverised Records A&R Manager Calvin added: "HeXeN's mighty debut 'State Of Insurgency' CD along with some of their demo tracks were sent to the Pulverised's office sometime ago and we were jaw-dropped by HeXeN's sound, and we knew in an instant that we had to pick these guys up. I had the pleasure of meeting former Century Media Records president Marco Barbieri when he was in Singapore with Warbringer as their tour manager, whom also highly recommended HeXeN during our previous discussions a few months back. Needless to say, signing the HeXeN deal became a hell lot quicker with Marco representing the band! We are very confident that HeXeN has gathered enough demons for the upcoming new album, and the HeXeN boys definitely know their Thrash Metal inside out!"

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Death Angel Streaming Songs From New Album

San Francisco Bay Area thrash act Death Angel has uploaded the tracks “Truce” and “River of Rapture” to the band's Myspace page. The songs comes off Death Angel's latest record, "Relentless Retribution," which is available now in North America. Death Angel will also embark on a North American headlining tour, and will be joined by Lazarus A.D., Early Man, Bonded By Blood, and Hexen. The dates are as follows:

01/30/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
01/31/11 The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
02/01/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
02/02/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
02/03/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
02/04/11 Club Hell – Providence, RI
02/05/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
02/06/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/07/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
02/08/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
02/09/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
02/10/11 Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
02/11/11 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
02/12/11 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
02/13/11 Numbers – Houston, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/14/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/15/11 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/16/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
02/18/11 Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
02/19/11 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
02/20/11 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
02/21/11 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
02/22/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
02/23/11 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
02/24/11 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
02/25/11 Lost on Main – Chico, CA
02/26/11 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

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Thrashed and Detoured 2010 Tour Announced

L.A. thrashers RATTLEHEAD will trek out across the country for their third self-booked US headlining trek in as many years. Dubbed the “THRASHED AND DETOURED 2010,” RATTLEHEAD will be joined this time by L.A. metal band HEXEN (and MANTIC RITUAL on select dates).

RATTLEHEAD will release their new full-length, “TALES FROM THE GUTTER” on July 9th, just in time for the tour’s start. The first single “Just Stay Down!” is already available from streaming on the band’s myspace. RATTLEHEAD will be joined by current INTO ETERNITY drummer Steve Bolognese, who is helping out the band as their regular drummer AJ Stixx is unable to do the dates.

HEXEN is still supporting their latest album, “STATE OF INSURGENCY” on OSM Records. The band have been building a strong reputation having received great reviews for the debut, as well as playing all over the southwest. They are now ready to see the rest of the country and will be performing a few new tunes from their next album, due to be recorded later this year.

Here are the lates THRASHED AND DETOURED 2010 tour dates:

7/9/2010 Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky
7/10/2010 Las Vegas, NV @ Lucky Lady
7/11/2010 Phoenix, AZ @ UB's Bar
7/12/2010 Albuquerque, NM @ Warehouse 805
7/13/2010 Ft. Worth, TX @ Rock Dogs
7/14/2010 San Antonio, TX @ Ten Eleven
7/15/2010 Austin, TX @ Headhunters
7/16/2010 Jackson, MI @ The Warehouse
7/17/2010 Longwood, FL @ Liquid Scrips
7/18/2010 New Port Richey, FL @ Bourbon Street
7/19/2010 Atlanta, GA @ Lenny's
7/20/2010 Springfield, VA @ TBA w/ Mantic Ritual
7/21/2010 Bethlehem, PA @ Hard Bean Cafe w/ Mantic Ritual
7/22/2010 Worcester, MA @ Ralph's Diner w/ Mantic Ritual
7/23/2010 Montclair, NJ @ Meatlocker w/ Mantic Ritual
7/24/2010 Long Island, NY @ Broadway w/ Mantic Ritual
7/25/2010 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose w/ Mantic Ritual
7/26/2010 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class w/ Mantic Ritual
7/27/2010 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Mixtape
7/28/2010 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
7/29/2010 Milwaukee, WI @ On The Limiter
7/30/2010 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mew's
7/31/2010 Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers
8/1/2010 Wichita, KS @ OZ Cafe
8/2/2010 Denver, CO @ Lion's Lair
8/3/2010 Salt Lake, UT @ Outer Rim
8/5/2010 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
8/6/2010 Seattle, WA @ Club Motor
8/7/2010 Medford, OR @ Musichead
8/8/2010 San Francisco, CA @ TBA

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Vote In MetalStorm's Annual Awards

Metalstorm.Eu are holding their annual awards and they want you to vote for who you want to win. You need to register to vote and you can check it out by heading here. The categories for the awards are as follows:

Best albums by genre:

Alternative Metal
Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal
Avantgarde Metal
Black Metal
Death Metal
Doom Metal
Extreme Doom Metal
Gothic Metal
Hard Rock
Heavy Metal
Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Power Metal
Progressive Metal
Sludge/Stoner Metal
Thrash Metal

Other awards:

The Best Cover Song
The Best Debut Album
The Best DVD
The Best Video
The Biggest Letdown
The Biggest Surprise

Special awards :

The Best Drama

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Hexen Finalizes Tracklisting And Release Date

Los Angeles thrashers Hexen have finalized the tracklisting and release date for their upcoming album "State of Insurgency". The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Blast Radius
2. Gas Chamber
3. Past Life
4. Knee Deep In The Dead
5. Chaos Aggressor
6. Bedlam Walls
7. The Serpent
8. No More Color
9. Mutiny And Betrayal
10. Seditions In Peacetime
11. Desolate Horizons
12. State Of Insurgency
13. Outro

OSM Records have set a date of August 5th 2008 for the US release and August 8th, 2008 for Worldwide release for the album. The cover art was done by Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth etc) and can be viewed below. More...

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Hexen Sign With OSM Records

HEXEN, the Los Angeles-based metal band that "fuses the elements of melody, heaviness, speed, and technicality within the lair of thrash," has inked a deal with OSM Records.

According to a press release, "HEXEN's influences include a very wide spectrum of sub-genres spanning from thrash to extreme/black. They have also been known to put more thought and imagination into their lyrics than your average thrash band. With subject matter expressing their cynical take on politics and inner struggles, the themes include quite strong social commentaries. While a surplus of L.A. bands are currently in futile attempts to reanimate the '80s by cloning styles and riffs of bands at the time, HEXEN incorporates all the best aspects of the art to form original music of a new and refined sound essential to their brand of metal, while retaining the hardcore spirit of thrash's originally loud, rebellious, chaotic premise." More...

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Orcus Defiles The Whisky A Go Go Oct 28th

The opener was Hollywood's HEXEN and they erupted with an old school thrash metal intensity that the Los Angeles scene has been lacking amid all the other glam revival acts that are crowding The Sunset Strip again with their shitty music. The band consists of Andre Hartoonian on bass/vocals, Vahe Yaymayan on lead/rhythm guitars, Ronny Dorian on lead/rhythm guitars and Greg Maksudyan working over the drums with a monsterous double bass drum attack. The band simply rampaged through their offerings such as 'The Serpent' and 'Bedlam Walls' with a literal Megadeth workman-like speed. They had the pits absolutely going off larger than I've seen any band be able to do at this venue this year. It was a very cool sight to see and they are definitely a must see for any fan of this sub-genre and I'm real excited to see what's to come from them.

The moment came for Glendale's mighty ORCUS to take the stage for this Halloween Holocaust. It was roughly 9:35PM when they did make their appearance dressed in dark clothing and wearing black and white Kabuki makeup that was designed as an homage to the black metal legend's IMMORTAL and DIMMU BORGIR. And with the opening strains from keyboardist, Andrew De Lange, they began their set with the cut 'Embers Of Their Lost Domain' from their debut EP 'Birth' and it was a perfect choice. The crowd around me seemed to come to life as if a new black metal God stood before them in lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist John Paul Fernandes, who looked to be more in his element than I've seen him before as the pit in front of him at center stage started to swirl with an immediate raging fervor. The drumming from Chris Moore was absolutely on mark and crushing as always but seemed to have an extra charge of energy behind each smashing kill-stroke to his drumkit. The band next dropped a big surprise on all with two new killer tracks that will be on their next album. They were 'Deus est Mortus' and 'The Immolation' and let me just say that the crowd seemed to really enjoy all of the fresh dynamics to be heard in both along with the purely ominous-sounding lead guitar and bass work from Hayg Terzian and Karo Torosyan. The pits seemed to be as strong here and the vibe the band was giving off with its unbridled energy really seemed to be what kept everyone so involved. The band closed their set with 'Sorgens Kammer II', which is a cover from Dimmu Borgir's new album, the remake of Stormblast. And what a song to bring it all to a close. I couldn't help but notice that the young metalers standing around me were checking to see if their faces had actually been ripped off. I even heard one of the survivors of this wicked progressive black metal onslaught they'd just witnessed say, "Man, these dudes are ready to play Ozzfest!"

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