HIRAX’ “Barrage Of Noise” review has just been done and the author’s wish for more material already is fulfilled. Hell yes, the so eagerly awaited second album of the cult Thrashers around howling dervish Katon W. De Pena finally has arrived! I would have expected many things of this album, for example that it would be even more Punk-y than the first album or that at least a good Thrash album would be the outcome, but I never ever would have dared to dream that such an inferno would assault my ears as with “The New Age Of Terror“!!!
The Punk influences are almost gone, for that king Thrash Metal reigns with a steel fist. 80s Thrash Metal by the pioneers for the whole dirty, rotten mob out there in the world. Really, only people, who had been part of it back then already (in which form ever), can convey such an authentic feeling. HIRAX perfectly transport the feeling of the Eighties into the new millennium, without sounding old-fashioned or dusty.
The CD cannot fully compete with EXODUS’ “Tempo Of The Damned“, but it mercilessly blows the last DESTRUCTION albums against the wall (sorry, Schmier, it’s like that). Who thinks that newer bands such as THE HAUNTED und co. sound too sterile and lack feeling or still wait that SLAYER will go back to their roots, should get this thunderclap right away.
“We spit on those who choose to pose and thrash with all the rest“ – the old RAZOR motto fits this album perfectly. Now we only need WARGASM to reform and show the youngsters, what it means to Thrash. Until then (if God wants) you should be able to recite murderous grenades such as “Kill Switch” with its razor sharp riffs, the super fast “Hostile Territory“, “Swords Of Steel”, which acts in the heavier Power Metal style ala LÄÄZ ROCKIT, the mega hymn “Unleash The Dogs Of War (Open The Gates)“ or also “El Diablo Negro”, which we already know from the eponymous single, from memory.
Surely HIRAX is Katon’s baby, but where would he be without fantastic song writers such as guitarist Glenn Rogers? What this man delivers here is heaven and hell at the same time. Heavenly music and hellishly intense. And for the end: Please folks, don’t take another 19 years for the next album!!! (Online September 13, 2004)