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Hirax

Buena Park, CA's Hirax formed in 1984 and achieved only moderate success during the original outbreak of thrash in the 1980s, yet their cult following has grown exponentially in the years since, to the point where they are now frequently cited among the genre's important -- and unique -- early contributors. Led by charismatic frontman Katon W. DePena, Hirax's lineup was completed by guitarist Scott Owen, bassist Gary Monardo, and drummer John Tabares when they were signed by Metal Blade and issued their debut album, Raging Violence, in 1985. Along with its manic blend of speed and thrash metal, the LP was distinguished by DePena's high-pitched, clean singing style and for featuring unusually short songs that revealed a definite hardcore influence -- thus partly qualifying it as an early example of speedcore or crossover -- both stylistic bridges between metal and punk. Those claims were further confirmed by the arrival of former D.R.I. drummer Eric Brecht before 1986's Hate, Fear and Power mini-LP, but Hirax never got to capitalize on this trend since DePena quit the following year, going on to work with original Metallica bassist Ron McGovney in a short-lived new band called Phantasm. In the meantime, the remaining members of Hirax had attempted to carry on, rehearsing with former Exodus singer Paul Baloff before deciding to call it all off and go their separate ways.

In 1987, Metal Blade reissued both of Hirax's releases on one disc, misleadingly named Not Dead Yet, but except for a brief attempt at re-forming, the group really was dead and buried -- at least until the year 2000, when DePena decided it was time to unearth the Hirax name and give it another go, starting with the next year's tentative Barrage of Noise EP and following it up with 2004's comeback full-length, The New Age of Terror, introducing a new backing crew of guitarists Glenn Rogers (ex-Deliverance) and Dave Watson, bassist Angelo Espino (ex-Reverend), and drummer Jorge Iacobelles. The album was welcomed with open arms by what remained of the aging crossover and speed metal communities, and Hirax were given several opportunities to tour behind it -- but when the ever volatile DePena bailed at the last minute from a round of scheduled Japanese dates, the band's future was once again cast in doubt. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Selected Discography

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Track List: El Rostro De La Muerte

1. Babtized By Fire

2. Flesh And Blood

3. Eradicate Mankind

4. Chaos And Brutality

5. El Rostro De La Muerte (The Face Of Death)

6. Blind Faith

7. Horrified

8. Battle Of The North

9. The Laws Of Temptation

10. Death Militia

11. Broken Neck

12. Violent Assault

13. Cuando Cae La Oscuridad (When Darkness Falls)

14. Satan's Fall

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Track List: The New Age Of Terror

Disc 1

1. Kill Switch

2. Hostile Territory

3. The New Age Of Terror

4. Swords Of Steel

5. Into The Ruins

6. Massacre Of The Innocent

7. Hell On Earth

8. Suffer

9. El Dia De Los Muertos

10. El Diablo Negro

11. Unleash The Dogs Of War

Disc 2
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Track List: Not Dead Yet: Raging Violence & Hate, Fear And Power

1. Demons Evil Forces

3. Guardian Protector

4. Bombs Of Death

5. Defeat Of Amalek

6. Raging Violence

7. Call Of The Gods

8. Warlords Command

9. Suicide

10. Executed

11. Gauntlet

12. Destruction & Terror

13. Destroy

14. Bloodbath

15. Hate, Fear And Power

16. Blind Faith

17. Unholy Sacrifice

18. Lightning Thunder

19. Last War

20. Plague

21. Imprisoned By Ignorance

22. Criminal Punishment

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Track List: La Bocca De La Bestia (The Mouth Of The Beast) (Single)

1. La Bocca De La Bestia (The Mouth Of The Beast)

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Track List: Noise Chaos War

1. Murder One

2. Barrage Of Noise

3. Walk With Death

4. Broken Neck

5. Jade

6. Mouth Sewn Shut

7. Beyond The Church (Part One)

8. French Pearl

9. Chaos And Brutality

10. Walk With Death (Re-Recorded)

11. 100000 Strong (Instrumental)

14. Summon The Death Dealers

15. City Of The Dead

16. Invasion

17. Assassins Of War

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This band should have been more popular they're better than both Metallica and Megadeth. Should've been part of the big4.
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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the beat and feel reminded me of the slow parts in The Phantom Lord-Metalli c a
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Hell Yeah Headbangging circlepittin g music and good friendly violent fun music.Thrash till Death
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DAMN thats some good stuff there I tell ya' !!!
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Bombs of Death, great song.
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