Thrashing Through Generations of Metal

October 12—13, 2024 @ California Deathfest, Oakland CA

Hirax, a pioneering thrash metal band from the United States, emerged in the early 1980s amidst the burgeoning West Coast metal scene. Founded by vocalist Katon W. De Pena, Hirax quickly gained recognition for their blistering speed, aggressive riffs, and politically charged lyrics. They are celebrated for their contributions to the crossover thrash genre, blending punk rock aggression with the intensity of metal, influencing countless bands and shaping the landscape of extreme music.

Throughout their career, Hirax has released a series of influential albums that have become classics within the thrash metal community. Albums like “Raging Violence” (1985) and “The New Age of Terror” (2004) exemplify their ferocious musical style and uncompromising attitude. Their latest EP, “Faster Than Death” (2024), showcases their ability to evolve while staying true to their thrash roots, delivering a relentless assault of speed and aggression that resonates with both old-school fans and a new generation of metalheads. With its blistering riffs and uncompromising intensity, the EP also serves as a tantalizing preview of what’s to come on their highly anticipated new album.

Hirax is renowned for their high-octane live performances, characterized by Katon W. De Pena’s commanding stage presence and the band’s explosive energy. Whether headlining major festivals or playing in underground clubs, Hirax delivers a thrilling experience that ignites mosh pits and incites crowd fervor. With a reputation for delivering relentless, adrenaline-fueled shows, Hirax continues to uphold their status as icons of thrash metal, proving that their fiery spirit and uncompromising ethos are as potent as ever.