Italy’s F.O.A.D. Records is about to unleash a rare gem from the past “Born in the Streets 1983/1984” of the Legendary U.S. Bay Area Thrash Gods, HIRAX!
The roots of LA Metal! 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 4 track Demo 1984 has been ripped and remastered from the best source around, then you’ll find 3 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!
Katon W. De Pena about this release: You hold in your hand something very special. This record / album is HIRAX’s first time in the recording studio. This release also includes music from a pre-HIRAX era. We hope to give the listeners high quality with never before seen photos, lyrics, flyers, reviews, memorabilia, etc. We have to go back in time… the year was 1983… getting ready to turn over to 1984… (I was 20 years old) … We had no idea that we would be recording the most important demo of our career. We laid down 4 songs, most of them are one takes with a few overdubs. For us, this demo would be like Metallica’s “No Life ‘Til Leather” or Iron Maiden’s “Soundhouse Tapes”. Most of our hardcore fans know about these songs. Once the recordings were reviewed in top heavy metal magazines and fanzines, such as Metal Forces, Headbanger, Rock Hard, Kick Ass Monthly, Brain Damage, Aardschok, a handful of French magazines, etc. we developed a worldwide, cult fanbase. Tape traders spread our music like wildfire! We originally sold over 5,000 copies… after that we stopped counting and just continued pressing these cassettes / demos. At that time, there was an explosion in the underground scene and we were a part of it. Today HIRAX is still very active writing, recording and playing festivals / concerts all over the world including most countries in Central / South America, Europe, UK, Scandinavia, U.S.A., Japan, etc.
Thank you for your support! Kick back, relax and turn up the fucking volume!”
Available in 2 different versions:
*Die-hard half-half colored vinyl (black vs mint green) limited to 100 copies – Order here: http://scareystore-xx.hxcspace.com/product_info.php?products_id=21886
*Solid black vinyl limited to 400 copies – Order here: http://scareystore-xx.hxcspace.com/product_info.php?products_id=21885
HIRAX is an American thrash metal band beginning in 1984 under the leadership of vocalist Katon W. De Pena (founding member). The band was an early example of the thrash metal, speed metal and crossover. HIRAX is based in Los Angeles but, at that time, 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. They released a four-song demo in 1984. This demo was widely circulated and the band became known and respected worldwide through the metal tape trading underground. Since then HIRAX has released 5 full length studio albums and multiple EPs and has toured the world including many festivals in South America, Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, and the U.S.A.
On February 10, 2018, HIRAX performed at True Thrash Fest in Osaka, Japan. Watch the stage-filmed video footage for the songs “Idk”, “Hellion Rising” and “Baptized By Fire”