Veteran California thrashers HIRAX will co-headline Keep It True IX festival on Saturday, November 3, 2007 in Dittigheim, Germany.
HIRAX will share the headliner slot with the original lineup of LEATHERWOLF. SACRED OATH, PAGAN ALTAR, STEEL ASSASSIN, PORTRAIT, and ENFORCER will round out the day of metal.
The California thrashers 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.
"The festival's promoter contacted us and offered HIRAX the co-headlining slot," said De Pena. "Needless to say, we're honored to do it because Keep It True is one of the MOST respected festivals in Europe. The opportunity to play in front of the German headbangers once again is something we take very seriously. They are truly DIEHARD! There is NO PLACE ON EARTH like Germany. HEAVY METAL IS THE LAW!!!"
HIRAX's new EP, "Chaos and Brutality", will be released tomorrow 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.
Selfmadegod Records will also release "Thrash Metal Warriors", a compilation conceived by Katon W. De Pena. The thrash metal compilation features the HIRAX track "Chaos And Brutality" as well as TOXIC HOLOCAUST, SABBAT, KAT, SLAVER, STRIKE MASTER, EXECUTION, and HATCHET.
"Assassins of War" CD/12” vinyl is now released in five countries — Holland, Poland, Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S. and is available worldwide through all major distributors including Century Media, Relapse, Ebullition, and The End Records.
HIRAX will return to their favorite stomping grounds of Mexico for three dates — November 30 to December 2. There will also be a meet-and-greet with the band at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 1 at El Chopo indoor metal market, the biggest one in Mexico City.
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.
A 10-country European tour is also in the works for May 2008, including a headlining appearance at Long Live Metal!!! festival Chaptire 2 in Wattrelos, France.
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.