Personnel: Katon W. DePena (vocals); Glenn Rogers, Dave Watson (guitar); Jorge Iacobellis (drums).
Recording information: Speed Semen Clove Factory, North Hollywood, CA.
Illustrator: Didier Scohier.
Photographers: Ane Jakobsen ; Marc Jacquette.
California's Hirax have been making gut-wrenching thrash metal since the early 1980s. THE NEW AGE OF TERROR is one of their strongest efforts, recalling the style of classic speed and thrash outfits like early Slayer and Metallica. In that spirit, Hirax turns on the juice for these 11 tracks, serving up ferocious, breakneck rockers on tunes like "Kill Switch" and "Suffer." For thrash fans who bemoan the hybridized state of the genre in the 2000s (in slews of post-hardcore and emo/screamo bands), THE NEW AGE OF TERROR harks back to the style's roots.