The infamous Bay Area has a long and extensive Metal history. Responsible for many of Metal’s most trendsetting acts (just think of Exodus, Testament, Forbidden, Heathen or Blind Illusion) for over three decades now, the city by the bay has spawned some of the most innovative and exceptional talents there is. HEXX, one of the thirdgeneration Power Metal bands emerging from San Franciso, were formed in late 1984. Their first album entitled No Escape was released only in the United States of America (by the legendary Shrapnel label) and began shaping a steadily growing fan base for the band. It was followed by Under the Spell and Quest for Sanity marking the end
of HEXX Mark I. At that time, internal changes were taking place within the ranks of HEXX that would alter their musical direction.  On the strength of a new song called Watery Graves (released as an EP on Wild Rags Records), HEXX signed to Century Media Records. The following album, 1991’s Morbid Reality, marked HEXX’s evolution from a more or less traditional Speed/Power Metal band to a brutal, technically-inclined Thrash/Death Metal outfit.

Reinier de Vries
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Once a metal head, always a metalhead. My parents thought it would only be a period, but they were wrong. I quit to explain the beauty of metal music to others that are not into metal, because it is something you can't tell in words... It is like explaining to a teetotaller why a cold beer is so nice on a hot day... I started with bands like Accept, Metal Church, Iron Maiden and Metallica in the eighties and I think I will still listen to them when I'm stone deaf and old...

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