Released: 2009, Kill Again Records
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Brazil's KillAgain Records have released THRASH AND DESTROY a live concert DVD/CD by the longtime California thrash metal outfit Hirax. The DVD portion of THRASH AND DESTROY is comprised of the band's November 2007 performance at the ninth annual Keep It True Festival in Dittigheim, Germany as well as a bonus 12 song performance dubbed "Metal Forces Night" filmed in Lorrach, Germany in September of the same year. THRASH AND DESTROY also includes a bonus live CD of the Keep It True concert.
On the The Keep It True performance documented both on the DVD disc and the accompanying live CD, Hirax lead screamer and frontman Katon de Pena leads his current lineup of metal assassins through a setlist that draws heavily from the last decade of the band's discography. Three selections from the 2007 "Chaos and Brutality" EP, two songs from the "Assassin's of War" EP, four tracks from 2004's "The New Age of Terror", four tracks from 2001's "Barrage of Noise" album and the title track taken from "El Diablo Negro" The band's mid eighties Metal Blade Records years are also represented with three songs from "Hate, Fear and Power" and "Destroy" taken from the debut full length "Raging Violence"
The "Metal Forces Night" footage features eleven different performances of many of the same songs featured on the Keep It True setlist and also throw in the classic "Demons - Evil Forces" from "Raging Violence"
Hirax's live show is intense and extremely aggressive. There is fire in Katon's eyes and sense of urgency in the delivery of the metal. This is a hungry band playing to a tightly packed house of die hard fans. The sound, stage lighting and footage quality is also top notch.
Both drummer Fabricio Ravelli and guitarist Tim Thomas have since left the band in the two years that have passed since THRASH AND DESTROY was filmed. Hirax lead screamer and front-man Katon de Pena being the only original member from the band's heyday continues to soldier on and is currently embarking on a US tour this summer. If you enjoyed THRASH AND DESTROY (and I'm sure you did)make sure to catch them when they play your city!