HIRAX and SACRED STEEL are among the confirmed acts for the Long Live Metal Festival, set to take place Saturday, May 10, 2008 at La Boite à Musiques in Wattrelos, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:HIRAX (USA)
SACRED STEEL (GER)
THE BOTTLE DOOM LAZY BAND (FRA)
RELEASED ANGER (GRE)
EXCALIBUR (FRA) HIRAX played two successful shows last month in Germany and France with new second lead guitarist Tim Thomas, formerly of STEEL PROPHET and AGENT STEEL, as well as returning drummer Fabricio Ravelli. HIRAX's new EP, "Chaos and Brutality", has just been released throughout Europe on Poland's Selfmadegod Records. The four-song EP was recorded in February 2007 at Shiva Industries in California. It includes the title track along with a re-recorded version of "Walk with Death" from the band's 2001 EP "Barrage of Noise", the instrumental "100,000 Strong" and "Lucifer's Infierno Reprise", an arrangement which HIRAX recently revamped and plays live. HIRAX is currently writing and rehearsing new material for a full-length album titled "El Rostro de la Muerte" / "The Face of Death". The album's cover will feature artwork by Ed Repka, the undisputed king of thrash metal art. HIRAX played two exclusive dates in Europe at the end of last month, including a September 30 appearance at La Boite À Musiques in Wattrelos, France. Fan-filmed video footage from the concert can be viewed below.