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Blasted In Bangkok - CD/10" (white vinyl) (Deep Six Records)

By: Jeb Branin

Finally! That is all I have to say. This classic piece of HIRAX history has been pretty elusive for me. Originally released as a 7" in the late 80s I ordered it back then through mailorder and it never came. I then looked for it in stores and in distro boxes forever, but to no avail. Finally, more than a decade later, it has been re-released in its entirety and I have not one, but two copies of it (one on CD, one on wax) in my grubby little mitts (Not that I still don't want a copy of the 7" - traders get in contact). As a HIRAX fan from "back in the day" there is no way not to love this. Recorded after "Hate, Fear and Power" this is when HIRAX were at the top of their game and ironically without a record deal. Oddball speed metal that falls into a nebulous no-mans land between crossover and thrash. Many headbangers and punks just didn't (or couldn't) get it, which allowed us hardcore fans to feel smug and superior. What could be better than that? This re-release couldn't have come at a better time either since there seems to be a renewed interest in the sound and scene that spawned the original band. Who says history is boring? Not HIRAX fans, that's for sure! As a bonus there is an original version (1984) of "Bombs of Death" included (I think this originally appeared on a Metal Massacre compilation) and the track from the SPAZZ split 7" (recorded during the Bangkok sessions but not on the original 7").15
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