When you think about it, that one of the founders of that music style, which we all (hopefully?) worship, was coloured (Jimi Hendrix), it is astonishing, that only few black brothers and sisters got success in the Metal-businness. Spontaneously, only SOUNDBARRIER, the Tafoya-clan (ZN÷WHITE, CYCLONE TEMPLE), a member of ZOETROPE, Warren Harris of TEMPEST and Katon W. De Pena of HIRAX are coming into my mind.
This time around, this is about HIRAX. They released their debut-album "Raging Violence" in 1985. To hear was/is fast, heavy Speedcore for that time. In other words: a mixture of Thrash Metal and Punk. Today, the album sounds a little bit antique-like, but who cares, this record is just for old Metalheads and Punks, in any case. 14 attacks of the auditory canals, simply-structured and thrashed, including "Bombs Of Death", which was also on the 6th "Metal Massacre" sampler and was covered by RYKERS.
The CD is also including the "Hate, Fear And Power"-EP, which leads into the same direction, but it's better produced. The vocals of Katon W. De Pena are very extreme. But this makes this record so unique.
Everybody, who likes D.R.I with their records "Crossover"/"Four Of A Kind" and D.B.C. (DEAD BRAIN CELLS) with a screeching vocalist, should try to get this rare CD. (Online October 17, 2002)