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Old 05-07-2013, 03:31 PM
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Hirax - Raging Violence - October, 1985

Hirax were a pretty unique band in the 80's thrash scene. They played a heads-down, full-speed-ahead, crossover style but with Katon W De Pena's soaring, almost boyish vocals over top, they stood out from the pack. Just looking over the song lengths on their debut, you can see that they're all pretty short bursts of violence, which is fine but it leaves little room for variety. By the time you get about halfway through the album, the constant speed and De Pena's incessant warbling gets kind of tiresome. It's always been my opinion that good thrash should have a good amount of mid-paced and even slow parts to set up the breakneck, I'll-fucking-murder-your-family riffs. In that respect, Hirax fails. It's a fun album to listen to in short doses, but I can't see myself sitting down and listening to the whole 30:52 any time soon.

Standouts: Demons - Evil Forces, Bombs of Death, Bloodbath

Score: 5/10
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Hirax are one of those thrash bands that were basically forgettable in the 80s, but became fricken awesome in the 2000s. Katon's basically a SoCal thrash hero now.

I'm curious to see what you think of Onslaught's early albums!
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I don't think you're going to like my Pleasure to Kill review much either...
If you give Master of Puppets a 10 but Pleasure To Kill lower than a 9.5 you should have this thread taken away from you.
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If you give Master of Puppets a 10 but Pleasure To Kill lower than a 9.5 you should have this thread taken away from you.
One is correct. I retain ownership of this thread. Also, stop jumping ahead.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:38 PM
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I used to love that Hirax album. Haven't listened to it in forever though.
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Is it me or is that album cover just... strange...
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Is it me or is that album cover just... strange...
No, it's definitely strange. But it's also kind of awesome.
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No, it's definitely strange. But it's also kind of awesome.
I mean, is that supposed to be Humpty Dumpty or some shit?
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I mean, is that supposed to be Humpty Dumpty or some shit?
Dunno. Maybe Pushead does.
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Living Death - Metal Revolution - October, 1985

I didn't review Living Death's first album because it sounded more like AC/DC than it did Slayer, but they decided to up the aggression on their second album. It's not all that original, and the singer sounds like Brian Johnson with an elastic tied around his nuts but there's some pretty nice, lively sounding thrash here. There are still some pretty rock-ish sounding numbers, but even those feature more aggressive riffing that sets this album apart from the power chord rock of the first one.

Standouts: Road of Destiny, Rulers Must Come, Killing Machine

Score: 6/10
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