Photo by Frank Ranney
HEXX, the legendary Bay Area Power/Thrash Metal act, will release its comeback album entitled “Wrath Of The Reaper” on September 15, 2017, on High Roller Records. Cover artwork of the album (see below) was painted by Roberto Toderico, Italian artist known from cooperation with bands such as SINISTER, ASPHYX and TYGERS OF PAN TANG. The album has been produced by Bart Gabriel (CRYSTAL VIPER, BURNING STARR), recorded and mixed by Tim Narducci (FORBIDDEN, MILITIA), and mastered by Patrick W. Engel (DESTRUCTION, AGENT STEEL). “Wrath Of The Reaper” will be available as CD, vinyl LP and digital download.
“Wrath Of The Reaper” showcases band’s return to their roots, and the style they are known for from their early classic albums, “Under The Spell” and “No Escape”. HEXX, led by founding member and guitarist Dan Watson, features amazing new vocalist Eddy Vega and Bob Wright (BROCAS HELM) on second guitar. The lineup is completed by Mike Horn (who joined HEXX in 2013) on bass guitar, and John Shaffer (who played in HEXX between 1986 and 1995, and returned in 2014) on drums.
In 2016 HEXX released the “Tyrants Of Steel” split single (with RUTHLESS), and reissued their early albums “Under The Spell” and “No Escape” in the form of a 30th Anniversary 2CD/DVD box set via Metal Blade Records, and the 1991 technical epic “Morbid Reality” via Dark Symphonies Records.
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Legendary US Power Thrashers HEXX have inked a new two album record deal with Germany’s High Roller Records. The band is currently working on twelve new songs with producer Bart Gabriel (CRYSTAL VIPER, BURNING STARR, MYTHRA), who also produced band’s latest single “Tyrants Of Steel” (split with RUTHLESS). The new album will showcase the band’s return to their roots, and the style they are known for from their early classic albums “Under The Spell” and “No Escape”. The album will be entitled “Wrath Of The Reaper”, and has been scheduled for the release in the Spring/Summer of 2017.
HEXX, led by founding member and guitarist Dan Watson, features amazing new vocalist Eddy Vega and Bob Wright (from BROCAS HELM) on second guitar. The lineup is completed by Mike Horn (who joined HEXX in 2013) on bass guitar, and John Shaffer (who played in HEXX between 1986 and 1995, and returned in 2014) on drums.
In addition to releasing the “Tyrants Of Steel” single, in 2016 HEXX also reissued their early albums “Under The Spell” and “No Escape” in the form of a 30th Anniversary 2CD/DVD box set via Metal Blade Records, and the 1991 technical epic “Morbid Reality” via Dark Symphonies Records.
HEXX, originally formed in 1983 (previously known as PARADOX) is acknowledged as one of the most original Metal acts to hail from the 1980’s San Francisco Bay Area Metal scene which also is home to METALLICA, EXODUS, POSSESSED and DEATH ANGEL.
More information: www.hexxmetal.com and www.hrrecords.de
“EDGE OF DEATH” PROMO CLIP:
Two legendary US Metal acts, HEXX and RUTHLESS, joined forces for the “TYRANTS OF STEEL” 7″ vinyl single, which will be released this summer on High Roller Records. The single, which is the first one in the series of the 7″ vinyl splits featuring Classic US Metal acts, has been produced by Bart Gabriel (SATAN’S HOST, CRYSTAL VIPER, SACRED STEEL), and will include brand RUTHLESS track titled “Thirteen Skulls”, and new exclusive version of the HEXX track titled “Burn Or Boil”.
“This version of “Burn Or Boil” features our amazing new vocalist Eddy Vega, and the world famous Bob Wright from BROCAS HELM on guitar! This track represents the style and sound you can expect from the new upcoming full length HEXX album!” says guitarist and founding HEXX member Dan Watson. The RUTHLESS track had its live premiere at the Up The Hammers Festival in Greece: “This song, “Thirteen Skulls” is taken from the myth about an alien race coming here and leaving these thriteen crystal skulls, with mysterious powers when they are all together, but many people believe this not to be a myth, but reality” explains RUTHLESS vocalist Sammy De John.
“I always loved all kind of single, split or mini LP releases, and I’m crazy when it comes to all those weird releases from Iron Works and Azra. They had this killer compilation titled “Iron Tyrants”, and this is where the name “Tyrants Of Steel” comes from, it’s like a tribute. I’m honored that my friends from RUTHLESS and HEXX joined me on this project, and I can reveal that I already work on TYRANTS OF STEEL II and III, which will also include two exclusive tracks from other US cult acts each. Special shout out to Roberto Toderico, who perfectly visualized my idea, and painted this great artwork inspired by the old Conan The Barbarian comic books!” adds Bart Gabriel.
More information at http://www.hrrecords.de and http://www.bartgabriel.com
Photo by Frank Ranney
The legendary Bay Area Power Thrashers HEXX, announced the addition of new vocalist Eddy Vega, and second guitarist Bob Wright (from BROCAS HELM). The new lineup, which includes bassist Mike Horn and original members Dan Watson and John Shafer, recently joined forces with the Gabriel Management team, and have been hard at work on new material. The band is also preparing to re-release all the albums from their classic back catalog: their ’91 album release “Morbid Reality” will be reissued on CD via Dark Symphonies / The Crypt Records in January of 2016, and Vic Records from Holland announced reissue of “Quest For Sanity” and “Watery Graves”. The band’s two early Power Metal classics – “Under The Spell” and “No Escape”, which earlier this year were reissued as limited edition vinyl albums on Metal Blade Records, will get a 2CD/DVD Box set treatment as well.
HEXX was formed in 1983, and released its debut album, “No Escape”, on Mike Varney’s Shrapnel Records label in 1984. Since then the group has been through several lineup changes and musical style variations. The first lineup for the “No Escape” album was: Dennis Manzo (vocals), Dan Watson (guitars), Bill Peterson (bass) and Dave Schmidt (drums). The group’s second effort, “Under The Spell”, was released in 1986 once again on the Shrapnel label, and with European distribution support from Roadrunner Records. For this album Dennis Manzo was replaced by Dan Bryant on vocals, and Clint Bower was added on rhythm guitar. The musical style for this album was still very much Power Metal, but with a hint of the Speed and Thrash influence that would define the band’s subsequent musical style and direction.
By 1988 HEXX recorded the “Help Your Self” demo demonstrating a shift away from traditional Power Metal to the Speed/Thrash style that was taking over the Bay Area musical landscape at the time. Clint Bower took over on vocals, and Dave Schmidt was replaced by drummer John Shafer. England’s Music For Nations label signed the band and released the “Quest For Sanity” EP in Europe. This album was released in the United States the following year by Wild Rags Records. In 1990 HEXX released a single on the Wild Rags label called “Watery Graves” which included two Speed/Thrash bonus track versions of “Under The Spell” and “Edge Of Death” from their 1986 “Under The Spell” album.In 1992 HEXX signed with Century Media Records and released their most technical and speed driven album to date, “Morbid Reality”. A year or so after this release the group disbanded and lay dormant until spring of 2013.
HEXX 2015 is:
Eddy Vega – vocals
Dan Watson – guitars
Bob Wright – guitars
Mike Horn – bass guitar
John Shafer – drums
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