REVIEW: Hirax/Violator: Raging Thrash

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How do you get two songs to equal almost a ten minute split? Why make it metal of course. Black Devil Records and Deep Six Records are here to serve up a double dose of metal with Hirax and Violator on one record.

‘Baptized by Fire’ Exactly what you expect from one of the best thrash bands in the business, fast heavy, thrash fucking metal. War, metal riffs, power flowing through the air. I could listen to this fucking song all day!
‘Futurephobia’ Violator is much newer to the thrash scene than Hirax but that doesn’t mean they rock any less harder. Another one of my favorite current thrash bands when I saw the split was them and Hirax I didn’t hesitate to pick it up and this song compliments Hirax’s perfectly. More fast thrash that keeps up the pace for over four minutes of thrash metal bliss.

1. Baptized by Fire
2. Futurephobia

HIRAX To Release ‘Noise Chaos War’ Comp.

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On June 29 (one day earlier internationally), Season of Mist will release a new compilation album from Californian thrashers HIRAX, “Noise Chaos War”. Consisting of three thrashing EPs — remastered, remixed and available on CD for the first time — this release also includes a video for “Bombs of Death”, filmed live in Japan last year.

Originally signed to Metal Blade in 1985, HIRAX has been at the forefront of the thrash movement for over 25 years. Their music has stood the test of time and their legions of fans continue to grow.

“Barrage of Noise” EP:

01. Murder One

02. Barrage of Noise

03. Walk With Death

04. Broken Neck

05. Jade

06. Mouth Sewn Shut

07. Beyond the Church

08. French Pearl

“Chaos and Brutality” EP:

01. Chaos and Brutality

02. Walk With Death (re-recorded)

03. 100,000 Strong

04. Lucifer’s Infierno (reprise)

“Assassins of War” EP:

01. Lucifer’s Infierno

02. Summon the Death Dealers

03. City of the Dead

04. Invasion

05. Assassins of War

06. Bombs of Death (live video)

via BLABBERMOUTH.NET – HIRAX To Release ‘Noise Chaos War’ Compilation.

REVIEW: Hirax: El Rostro De La Muerte

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80’s thrash is back, Hirax brings a new album full of the energy and metalness that we’ve come to expect from these classic thrashers. Black Devil Records unleashes this assault of awesome on us and I’ve got to thank them for doing so. This is the best thrash album I’ve heard in a long long time. If you’re familiar with any of Hirax’s stuff fear not, this album has the same level of greatness as the rest, if you’re unfamiliar with the band then if you like thrash you should check them out immediately. This is what thrash should sound like, any shitty thrash bands out there, be on alert because Hirax is still kicking ass.

1. Baptized 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 Assult
13. Cuando Cae la Oscuridad (When Darkness Falls)
14. Satan’s Fall

Get El Rostro De La Muerte from Amazon HERE

Weekly Label Profile: Metal Blade

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Name: Metal Blade Records
Lifespan: 1982-present
Web Site:
Notable Releases/Bands: Amon Amarth, Anvil, Armored Saint, Bolt Thrower, Hirax, King Diamond, Lizzy Borden, Manowar, Mercyful Fate, Slayer, Vader
Info: Founded by Brian Slagel in 1982, headquarters in California, when you see Metal Blade on an album it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s going to be good, especially if it’s from the 80’s. When I’m taking a chance on a Metal album seeing that Metal Blade logo on the back is definitely a sell point. If you’re into heavy metal and power metal you can’t go wrong with old Metal Blade releases. Currently they’ve staggered and gotten more than a few shitty bands but they’ve got enough good ones still signed that I wouldn’t write them off yet.

Releases worth getting Nov 3, 2009

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North by Northwest (50th Anniversary Edition) – The Hitchcock classic gets the 2 disk treatment, about damn time.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Ultimate Collector’s Edition) – I think this speaks for itself. One of the greatest Christmas movies of all times gets a sweet edition.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Season 1.2 – Attention kids that grew up in the 80’s, buy this.

Spin City: Season Three - The Michael J. Fox comeback show gets its season 3 out to the masses.

The Shield: Complete Series – Badass cop show, too lazy to get them when they came out season by season? Here’s your chance to be the superfan with one purchase.

Fraggle Rock: Complete Series Collection – 80’s kids and stoners should keep their wallets handy.

Mission: Impossible – Complete Series – Old school action/spy shit.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 7 Set – The real Ninja Turtles cartoon, fucking classic.

Nirvana: Live at Reading - Everybody’s favorite grunge band, live.

John Fogerty: Comin’ Down the Road: The Concert at Royal Albert Hall - Former CCR guy and generally awesome dude, live.

WWE: Survivor Series Anthology, Vol. 1 – 1987-1991 - One of WWF’s classic PPV’s in box set form, volume one.

WWE: Survivor Series Anthology, Vol. 2 – 1992-1996 - One of WWF’s classic PPV’s in box set form, volume two.

UFC 101: Penn Vs. Florian – MMA fans might want to check this one out, a decent card and a great match up for a main event.


James Brown: Triple Feature

The O’Jays: Triple Feature

The Isley Brothers: Triple Feature

Sly & the Family Stone: Back on the Right Track – Original recording remastered

The Beach Boys: Today! (Vinyl) – Limited Edition

The Beach Boys: Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (Vinyl) – Limited Edition

Eagles: Long Road Out Of Eden

The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones In Concert [40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set 3 LPs, 3 CDs + 1 DVD]

Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection (2CD + DVD)

Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me (Vinyl) – Limited Edition

Frank Sinatra: Come Dance with Me (Vinyl) – Limited Edition

Frank Sinatra:  In the Wee Small Hours (Vinyl) – Limited Edition

Frank Sinatra: Sinatra: New York (4 CD/1 DVD) – Box set

Isaac Hayes: Shaft – Extra tracks

Tribe Called Quest: Rare & Unreleased Instrumentals

Nirvana: Nevermind (180 Gram Vinyl)

Nirvana: Bleach (20th Anniversary Deluxe edition Vinyl)

Nirvana: Live at Reading

Foo Fighters: Greatest Hits (Deluxe CD/DVD)

Morrissey: Swords

Hirax: El Rostro de la Muerte


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