ARMAGEDDON LABEL has licensed the first two HIRAX albums from Metal Blade to be reissued on CD and vinyl in April 2023 after being out of print for the better part of two decades.
Back on vinyl for the first time in almost 20 years, the 1985 debut album Raging Violence by L.A.’s legendary HIRAX is back in print as it was meant to be.
A blistering slab of crossover/thrash/speed metal that was able to bridge the gap between the straight-up metal audience and the embryonic “crossover” hardcore/punk era that was evolving in 1985. HIRAX was always fast, rough, and raw; they blasted forward with energy and relentless speed. Katon delivered traditional metal-style singing with upper registers often only used by Mercyful fate or Judas Priest. Unique and uncompromising in their attack, HIRAX played with bands across the heavy music spectrum in the L.A. scene and cemented their legacy with fans worldwide with a prolific amount of interviews, correspondence, and tape-trading. They built a fanbase with a true DIY-style dedication. That legacy continues today. We’re happy to have this record back on its original format for old heads and new fans alike. Play it loud!
Also back on vinyl for the first time in almost 20 years, the 1986 sophomore album Hate, Fear and Power by L.A.’s legendary HIRAX is back in print as it was meant to be.
HIRAX returned in 1986 to deliver us their second album, Hate, Fear and Power: a faster, more intense, more relentless speed metal release than their debut, Raging Violence. HIRAX, rejuvenated with the addition of the formidable Eric Brecht on drums, the speed and intensity was kicked up a notch across the board. HIRAX‘ second full-length drops eight tracks of great thrash in under 20 minutes. Hate, Fear and Power starts off with a furious short blast that touches on DRI or Repulsion territory, and it doesn’t let up until the end of the final track. No time is wasted; this album is exactly what thrash should be: straight to the point and played to maximum intensity. Returning with tighter songwriting, relentless riffing, barbaric drumming, and Katon’s vocal delivery standing strong: only a minute or so longer than Slayer’s Reign in Blood, this a HIRAX condensed and dialed in to its rawest, fastest form. True raging speed/thrash from beneath the streets of L.A.
Original front cover art photographed and restored by Hillarie Jason. Audio has been freshly mastered and cut for vinyl by Nick Townsend.