Label: Deep Six Records - DS • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue Purple Marble • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash, Heavy Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. A combination of crossover and speed metal?! Fuck Yeah! Hirax is one of those one-in-a-million kinda bands. The core genre of Hirax is crossover thrash, like D. But instead of having a dude screaming random shit into the mic like most crossover bands, Hirax has a vocalist straight out of a speed metal band! The riffs are totally awesome, ranging from power metal to hardcore punk to brutal thrash. The drummer also deserves a mention.
He has a hard time keeping in time with the band, but I think that makes the music more interesting. When the pace picks up it sounds like the band is on Destroy - Hirax - Raging Violence brink of chaos, always about to totally lose control and fuck up but they never do. Hirax's first album is half an hour of kickass thrash, and although it can get repetitive I find that it is among some of the better releases of While not reaching the level of 'Bonded by Blood' or Destroy - Hirax - Raging Violence Awaits', this is Destroy - Hirax - Raging Violence pretty damn good and fast as fuck.
I tend to prefer this album just a bit more than the follow up, as it has more songs on it and there's slightly better riffing present, hence I gave it one more point than 'Hate, Fear and Power'. Most of the riffs on here have a prominent hardcore influence to them, although it is Destroy - Hirax - Raging Violence as noticeable as on their later works. The guitar work is damn fast, and the songs are probably among the fastest stuff released in A good example of this is the song 'Bombs of Death', with it's main riff sounding almost like a blur due to it's tempo.
While there are some Destroy - Hirax - Raging Violence moments such as the first half of 'Demon's Forces', this is pretty much fast and heavy the whole time. The soloing is also pretty damn good, and while not featuring as heavily as I would like it the guitarist obviously has a lot of talent.
The songwriting is great, with the songs ending just before they become boring or too repetitive. The performances all round are excellent. There is a great chemistry when these guys play together, and they all sound energetic and like they're giving it their best. The vocalist, Katon W. DePena, is known to have a unique voice that is unlike any other out there in the thrash genre, and he certainly doesn't disappoint here.
He pulls off the vocal lines flawlessly, and does some amazing falsettos. Scott Owen, as you may have gathered Destroy - Hirax - Raging Violence now, does some great soloing and pumps out some excellent thrash riffs all played at a very fast speed. John Tabares features on drums, and while not being as good as his replacement for 'Hate, Fear and Power' would Destroy - Hirax - Raging Violence , he still provides a good performance Destroy - Hirax - Raging Violence is far above average.
As for the bass, it is a bit hard to hear due to the production, but it is average for the most part. Although some dislike the production, I like the raw sound that they also exhibited on their following release.
While being far from crystal clear, each instrument except the Pompom Girl - The Young Gods - Music For Artificial Clouds is heard well enough.
The guitar riffs can all be heard well enough, and the drums are at the perfect level of audibility, that being not Pennies - Moon Taxi - Cabaret loud that they drown out the instruments or too quiet so it is hard to make out. The vocals are pulled forward, which can either be a good or bad thing depending on whether or not you like Katon's unique style of singing.
I for one quite like them, so it's a positive for me. As Julia Dream - Pink Floyd - Relics highlights is difficult to choose.
After the intro an effective midpaced riff comes in for about a minute, before it speeds up into a thrash attack with excellent, fast riffing. The vocal lines are damn catchy, and although it is hard to sing along to them considering the pitch of Katon's voice, they stick in your head for a long time. There's an effective thrash break about halfway through with a simple yet effective riff taking over.
In conclusion, 'Raging Violence' is, as said before, among the better releases of It's chock full of fast riffing, an over the top vocal performance and some great drumming. Like their other albums, this record is highly recommended to anyone into thrash, speed or just metal in general, as it contains enough of the aforementioned elements to make a great thrash album.
While the music could plow through redwood trees, lungman Katon de Pena ran the traditional path with a high-pitched, borderline annoying wail that sheared a space somewhere between the vox of Agent Steel and early Living Death.
Oh sure, it turned many a fan off, and in more than a few songs he uses the same inflections in the same instances, but in hindsight no one really sounded like him. I just wanted to hear some thrash. Musically, the weak link aside from what many would say are the vocals is drummer John Tabares, who evidently had difficulty keeping pace with the raucous rhythms and he would be replaced for their next release, so they were fixing the problem.
Luckily, guitarist Scott Owen and bassmeister Gary Monardo managed to keep the fusion intact. Now this is more like it. Their debut release Hirax have been known in the thrash metal world for their unique vocals and intense riffs, and not just that, they're known by a fact that actually they don't quit, or change. They just keep on thrashing the same way in the 's as in the 80's. Many don't actually like them, but that's all racist and anti-chrisitan poor tr00 and n3cr0 kiddies just don't get it mumbo-jumbo, there is no WAY you cannot like this band.
Rarely good thrash is heard here, for those who know how to listen. And for the actual christian lyrics, kids they are religious, but they Criticise religion too. Now for the album The you have the Call of the God, a catchy song kicking with excellent riffs, too bad it last so short And then there's the greatest song on the album: The Gauntlet and Destruction and Terror - fast riffing, fast drumming and all included with a good solo. Oh yeah I'm very sadisfied. The only reason this does not rate a in my book is due to the thin, low-budget production, to be expected for the time this album was released early 80s.
Katon W. DePena is one of the most distinctive voices in metal, Windmills of Your Mind - The Thomas Crown Affair - The Golden Sounds Pops Orchestra & Singers - Go his melodic John Cyriis-like wailing only more 100 Keys To Prosperity - Various - Hate Tasting tolerable than Cyriis ever was adding character to the band's blitzkrieg thrash storm.
And so it goes from there, with "Bombs of Death" being another standout, an especially violent workout that features slow, double kick-fuelled bridges that will have you snapping Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue neck, you'll bang your head so hard! The title track is another blitzing speedbomb, as is most everything on this album, and it is positively nonstop from beginning to end--hardcore thrashers could do far worse than to snap this up.
John Tabares was not the tightest drummer, but he was one of the first to really kick it up a notch in terms of raising the bar of speed, and bassist Gary Monardo stuck to Napalm Death - Nazi Punks Fuck Off like glue.
And those frenzied riffs and scorching solos were courtesy of Scott Owen, an underrated player from back then--too bad the guitar sound is so thin on this album! If they had had more of an early Slayer production job, with those dense, dirty guitars, it would have been even more effective than it already is.
As is, "Raging Violence" is essential because it is a glimpse back to when metal was starting to branch out Destroy - Hirax - Raging Violence spread its wings more in terms of extremity Destroy - Hirax - Raging Violence intensity.
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