HIRAX vocalist Katon W. De Pena has announced that lead guitarist Glenn Rogers has rejoined the band. Lead guitarist Lance Harrison, bassist Steve Harrison and drummer Fabricio Raveli complete the group's new lineup.
"I wanted to make some changes for a while," said De Pena. "The only other band member that I saw eye to eye with on what direction HIRAX should be going was Glenn. We both really love playing heavy thrash metal and we know what HIRAX should sound like."
"Katon and I began talking again after he mailed a copy of the 'Thrash Til Death' DVD to me," said Glenn Rogers. "My heart has always been into HIRAX; and after our meeting, we found out that we're both still on the same page. So we decided it was in our best interest to put all the bullshit behind us and move forward."
"The Harrison brothers are local Los Angeles/Orange County musicians who are veterans of the heavy metal scene," said De Pena. "Lance Harrison was our guitar tech so he knows what we are all about. He is a great addition to the band. His brother Steve knows how to play his instrument and comes from the Jaco Pastorius, Cliff Burton, Steve Harris school of bass playing. He is perfect for what we do. Our newest member is Fabricio Ravelli from Brazil. He is dedicated to metal and had been following our music for years. Fabricio is a well-known musician back in South America and relocated to California in order to pursue his career in music. We are privileged to have him as a member of HIRAX."
HIRAX is currently working on new material for their next record, to be titled "Assassins of War". The record was planned to be an EP, however, it has morphed into a full-length because of the amount of material that Rogers and the Harrison brothers have been writing.
One of the first dates for the new lineup of HIRAX will be in Long Island City, New York, on May 13, headlining a show for Metal Kingdom Records' second anniversary. This will be the band's first-ever New York performance.
"Not only am I excited about 'Assassins of War', I am looking forward to playing shows with these guys," said De Pena. "They are TRUE ROAD DOGS!! They are willing to travel and sleep on floors if that's what it takes. They are hungry like I am and are willing to go the extra mile to play our music for the fans — no matter what country and no matter if they are rich or poor. All we care about is METAL!!"