Bay Area thrashers HIRAX have announced a new round of shows for 2019. Their schedule is as follows:
26 – Pike Restaurant And Bar – Long Beach, CA
28 – The Red Room – Long Beach, CA
9 – True Thrash Fest – Osaka, Japan
16 – Circo Volador – Mexico City, Mexico
20 – NYDM Spring Bash – Wisconsin, MA (headliner)
27 – California Deathfest – Los Angeles, CA
Hirax frontman Katon W. De Pena spoke with Austria’s Stormbringer at this year’s edition of the Kaltenbach Open Air. He discusses the band’s history and remaining an underground cult favourite, the band’s hiatus into the ’90s, and interacting with their Bay Area thrash peers.
Italy’s F.O.A.D. Records has unleashed another rare gem from the past.
This is the ultimate collection of early Hirax recordings on LP including their cult Demo 1984 in the best quality ever, unreleased tracks from the same era and the rare LA KAOS Demo 1983 for the first time on vinyl. Instead of the savage thashin’ assault met on albums such as Raging Violence, these early Hirax recordings are a pure incarnation of denim smelling and fast heavy metal, at times showing a NWOBHM influence. Every song is a riff-fest from beginning to end topped with fierce guitar solos and the absolutely amazing vocals of Katon.
The four track Demo 1984 has been ripped and remastered from the best source around, then you’ll find three unreleased songs 1983-84 (“To Be Free”, “The Saviour”, “War Hero”) and the very hard to find LA KAOS (pre-Hirax) demotape ripped straight from Katon’s personal copy. And to complete the FOAD quality treatment, you’ll also find a booklet including liner notes, lyrics, rare photos, ‘zine excerpts and flyers!