Origin: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Genres: Thrash Metal
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Hirax  


A long-lost (until recently) cult LA band, Hirax was one of the earlier Metal Blade signings in the mid-eighties. They specialized in frenzied speed/thrash metal, almost hardcore in style with the notable exception of Katon DePena's vocals, who steered well clear of the usual gruff thrash or barked hardcore styles, instead employing a mid-range clean, yet almost atonal sound, which was enough to give the band just a bit of originality. Two albums were released, along with assorted singles and live tracks, before disbanding in the late 80's. DePena later was in a band called Phantasm, featuring no less than original Metallica bassist Ron McGovney, though only a rough demo came of this. Sensing that the band's popularity has not waned over the years, DePena reformed the band in 200, at one point possibly featuring the other original members but later with an all-new lineup, and have recorded quite steadily ever since.

Current Members

Katon W. DePena

vocals (Phantasm)

Lance Harrison

guitars

Steve Harrison

bass

Jorge Iacobelles

drums

Former Members/Guests

Scott Owen

guitars

James Joseph Hubler

guitars

Glenn Rogers

guitars (Deliverance, Heretic, Steel Vengeance)

Dave Watson

guitars

Gary Monardo

bass

Justin Lent

guitars/bass

Angelo Espino

bass (Heretic, Once Dead, Reverend)

John Tabares

drums

Eric Brecht

drums (D.R.I.)

Dan Bellinger

drums

Fabricio Raveli

drums


Discography



Raging Violence 
1985 Metal Blade
  1. Demons - Evil Forces
  2. Blitzkrieg Air Attack
  3. Guardian Protector
  4. Bombs Of Death
  5. Defeat Of Amalek
  6. Raging Violence
  7. Call Of The Gods
  8. Warlords Command
  9. Suicide
  10. Executed
  11. The Gauntlet
  12. Destruction And Terror
  13. Destroy
  14. Bloodbath
  • Katon W. DePena
  • Scott Owen
  • Gary Monardo
  • John Tabares




Hate, Fear And Power 
1986 Metal Blade
  1. Hate, Fear And Power
  2. Blind Faith
  3. Unholy Sacrifice
  4. Lightning - Thunder
  5. The Last War
  6. The Plague
  7. Imprisoned By Ignorance
  8. Criminal Punishment
  • Katon W. DePena
  • Scott Owen
  • Gary Monardo
  • Eric Brecht




Not Dead Yet  COMPILATION
1987 Metal Blade
  1. Demons Evil Forces
  2. Blitzkrieg Air Attack
  3. Guardian Protector
  4. Bombs of Death
  5. Defeat of Amalek
  6. Raging Violence
  7. Call of the Gods
  8. Warlords Command
  9. Suicide
  10. Executed
  11. The Gauntlet
  12. Destruction & Terror
  13. Destroy
  14. Bloodbath
  15. Hate, Fear and Power
  16. Blind Faith
  17. Unholy Sacrifice
  18. Lightning Thunder
  19. The Last War
  20. The Plague
  21. Imprisoned by Ignorance
  22. Criminal Punishment

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Metal Observer 



(EP) Barrage Of Noise 
2001 self-financed
  1. Murder One
  2. Barrage Of noise
  3. Walk With Death
  4. Broken Neck
  5. Jade
  6. Mouth Sewn Shut
  7. Beyond The Church (part 1)
  8. French Pear
  • Katon W. DePena
  • James Joseph Hubler
  • Justin Lent
  • Dan Bellinger




The New Age Of Terror 
2004 Mausoleum
  1. Kill Switch
  2. Hostile Territory
  3. The New Age Of Terror
  4. Swords Of Steel
  5. Into The Ruins
  6. Massacre Of The Innocent
  7. Hell On Earth
  8. Suffer
  9. El Dia De Los Muertos (The Day Of The Dead)
  10. El Diablo Negro
  11. Unleash The Dogs Of War (Open The Gates)
  • Katon W. DePena
  • Glenn Rogers
  • Dave Watson
  • Angelo Espino
  • Jorge Iacobelles

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Thrash 'Til Death 
2006 Black Devil




(EP) Assassins Of War 
2007 Black Devil
  1. Lucifer's Inferno
  2. Summon The Death Dealers
  3. City Of The Dead
  4. Invasion
  5. Assassins Of War
  • Katon W. DePena
  • Glenn Rogers
  • Lance Harrison
  • Steve Harrison
  • Fabricio Raveli




Assasins Of War / The New Age Of Terror  COMPILATION
2007 Kill Again
  1. Lucifer's Inferno
  2. Summon the Death Dealers
  3. City of the Dead
  4. Invasion
  5. Assassins of War
  6. Kill Switch
  7. Hostile Territory
  8. The New Age of Terror
  9. Swords of Steel
  10. Into the Ruins
  11. Massacre of the Innocent
  12. Hell on Earth
  13. Suffer
  14. El Dia de los Muertos
  15. El Diablo Negro (Re-make)
  16. Unleash the Dogs of War




(EP) Chaos ANd Brutality 
2007 Black Devil
  1. Chaos And Brutality
  2. Walk With Death
  3. 000 Strong
  • Katon W. DePena
  • Glenn Rogers
  • Lance Harrison
  • Steve Harrison
  • Fabricio Raveli




Thrash Metal Assassins  COMPILATION
2008 Hard Rocker
  1. Demons Evil Forces
  2. Blitzkrieg Air Attack
  3. Bombs of Death
  4. Raging Violence
  5. Hate, Fear and Power
  6. Unholy Sacrifice
  7. Lightning Thunder
  8. Fear the War Within
  9. El Diablo Negro
  10. Murder One
  11. French Peral
  12. Kill Switch
  13. The New Age of Terror
  14. Massacre of the Innocent
  15. Unleash the Dogs of War
  16. Lucifer's Inferno
  17. Assassins of War




Thrash And Destroy 
2008 Selfmadegod




Thrash And Destroy  LIVE
2008 Black Devil
  1. (Intro) El Dia de los Muertos
  2. 100,000 Strong
  3. Lucifer's Infierno
  4. Blind Faith
  5. The New Age of Terror
  6. Chaos and Brutality
  7. Hate, Fear and Power
  8. Hostile Territory
  9. Destroy
  10. Broken Neck
  11. Bombs of Death
  12. El Diablo Negro
  13. Barrage of Noise
  14. Walk With Death
  15. The Plague
  16. Mouth Sewn Shut
  17. Assassins of War
  18. Unleash the Dogs of War




El Rostro De La Muerte 
2009 Black Devil
  1. Baptized By Fire
  2. Flesh and Blood
  3. Eradicate Mankind
  4. Chaos and Brutality
  5. El Rostro de la Muerte (The Face of Death)
  6. Blind Faith
  7. Horrified
  8. Battle of the North
  9. The Laws of Temptation
  10. Death Militia
  11. Broken Neck
  12. Violent Assault
  13. Cuando Cae la Oscuridad (When Darkness Falls)
  14. Satanís Fall
  • Katon W. DePena
  • Glenn Rogers
  • Lance Harrison
  • Steve Harrison
  • Jorge Iacobelles

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Noise Chaos War  COMPILATION
2010 Thrash Corner
  1. Murder One
  2. Barrage of Noise
  3. Walk With Death
  4. Broken Neck
  5. Jade
  6. Mouth Sewn Shut
  7. Beyond the Church (Part 1)
  8. French Pearl
  9. Chaos and Brutality
  10. Walk With Death
  11. 000 Strong
  12. Luciferís Infierno Reprise
  13. Lucifer's Inferno
  14. Summon the Death Dealers
  15. City of the Dead
  16. Invasion
  17. Assassins of War
  18. Bombs of Death (Live)




Immortal Legacy 
2013 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Hellion Rising
  2. La Boca De La Bestia - Mouth Of The Beast
  3. Mass Hysteria
  4. Tied To The Gallows Pole
  5. Atlantis - Journey To Atlantis
  6. Victims Of The Dead
  7. Black Smoke
  8. Sign Of The Wolf
  9. Immortal Legacy
  10. Violence Of Action
  11. Deceiver
  12. Mephistopheles
  13. Earthshaker
  14. The World Will Burn (Suffer The World)
  15. Black Smoke
  16. Hellion Rising
  17. Victims of the Dead
  18. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca de la Bestia - The Mouth of the Beast
  19. Earthshaker
  20. Tied to the Gallows Pole
  21. Deceiver
  22. Immortal Legacy
  23. S.O.W.
  24. Violence of Action
  25. Atlantis (Journey to Atlantis)
  26. The World Will Burn
  • Katon W. DePena
  • Lance Harrison
  • Steve Harrison
  • Jorge Iacobelles


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