Hirax - Born In The Streets 1983-1984 LP (black vinyl)
Includes a booklet with liner notes by Katon W. DePena, plus lyrics, rare photos, flyers, zine excerpts. Solid black vinyl limited to 300 copies. 2nd pressing with different colour settings on the front/back cover.
The first demo of Hirax has almost nothing to do with their later releases except for the huge voice of Mr. Katon. Instead of the thrashing stuff met on albums such as Raging Violence, this demo contains pure denim smelling and fast heavy metal. Every song is a riff-fest from beginning to end topped with fierce guitar solos and the absolutely amazing vocals of Katon.
Not much variation in the songs to be found: verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, chorus, you know the drill. It doesn't bother me at all though, for the songs are so great. The standouts are "Born In the Streets" and "Believe In the King" with their massive chorus parts. The production is surprisingly good for a demo tape; everything is very easily audible and still sounds powerful enough.
All in all, if you are a fan of early Razor, Exciter, Warrant, Abattoir etc., you must have this demo in one form or another. It's a crime against humanity that this heavy metal classic is so hard to find.