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Hirax
Immortal Legacy

Company: SPV
Release: 2014
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Skullbone

  • Very genuine thrash metal album



  • Hirax is one of the bands from the early thrash metal scene that sprung up in the Bay Area alongside Metallica, Slayer and Exodus. The band mentioned is firmly rooted in that mid-80's thrash sound. While other Bay Area bands still play thrash their sound is also modernized by the way they record their music. Hirax's sound still has that warm and 'classic' feel you would hear from records recorded from the time period when the band started. To me, I find this sound very refreshing and it is what gave heavy metal that blue collar, fighting spirit when it first got started. "Immortal Legacy" has twelve tracks of classic thrash metal that any grizzled veteran fan of the genre will really want to sink their teeth into. The guitar riffs are catchy and distinct and most of the songs are unique and interesting as well. Lance Harrison does a great job of capturing the essence of classic thrash metal in his playing and is a great addition to the band. Katon DePena, the only original member left in the band, still has a great voice after all these years and obviously it is him who will give the band their signature sound. As a result you have a very genuine thrash metal album done by a band who knows how to do it right.


    About this Writer:
    TJ Fowler // Originally from the dark Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, TJ now makes his home in the frozen wastes of Finland. While Chronicling the diabolic music scene in Scandinavia with his photography and reports, TJ also likes to travel with his camera to mysterious European locations to discover what horrors may lurk in the unknown crevices lost to the mists of time.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    Immortal LegacyHirax
    2014
    TJ Fowler2/19/2014
    Thrash 'Til DeathHirax
    2006
    Eric Compton7/20/2006


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