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HIRAX began in Los Angeles in 1984, but because of the weak metal scene in their area, they spent most of their time playing in San Francisco along with Slayer, Metallica, and Exodus, who were all part of the exciting new metal emerging from the Bay area. HIRAX released their first full-length recording in 1985 on Metal Blade titled "Raging Violence". The band's combination of the heaviness of metal and the speed of hardcore became known as “crossover”. Bands such as Corrosion Of Conformity, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, and Cryptic Slaughter were all part of this new scene, but Katon W. De Pena's upper-range clean vocals stood out from the pack and HIRAX gained a rabid following. HIRAX released a second album for Metal Blade in 1986 titled "Hate, Fear, And Power”.
In 1998, HIRAX began to receive a lot of feedback and fan mail, which triggered the reformation of the band. In 2000 and released the EP titled "El Diablo Negro". This was the first release on Black Devil Records, De Pena's label, and Deep Six Records. HIRAX had come full circle at this point, redefining their sound with a combination of speed and aggression similar to their early style. In 2001 "Barrage Of Noise,” which received critical acclaim by magazines and fanzines all over the world, putting HIRAX back on the map and introducing them to a whole new audience of thrash metal fans. in 2004 "The New Age Of Terror" The sound and feel of the recording is dark and hellish," said De Pena.
HIRAX is a band consisting of 4 talented musicians- bassist Steve Harrison, lead guitarists - Lance Harrison and drummer Jorge Iacobellis, but the band is a dream and obsession of one man. Metal flows through Katon W. De Pena's veins and HIRAX is the band that will keep true metal alive. Newest release 2010 "El Rostro de la Muerte". Fierce determination to create music that will surpass all of their previous material and they will continue their never-ending support for the metal underground!!