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.