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Hirax first formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1984 - the bands original line-up comprising Katon W. De Pena (vocals), Scott Owen (guitar), Gary Monardo (bass) and John Tabares (drums). Their promising demos attracted the attention of Metal Blade who included one of the bands tracks on the Metal Massacre VI compilation album, released in 1985. A debut album, Raging Violence, was released for the same label in 1985. Full of short and ultra-fast thrash metal, it offered nothing very innovative. Shortly after its release, Tabares left the band to be replaced by ex-DRI percussionist Eric Brecht. Their next release was a mini-album, Hate, Fear And Power, released in 1986. The material on offer was in the same vein as before, but the production this time around had improved greatly. However, owing to internal band wrangles vocalist Katon W. De Pena left to be replaced by ex-Exodus vocalist Paul Baloff. He, in turn, did not stay long before being...