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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Hixon: Rising Up

Last December we headed to the "Man Cave Fiesta", hosted by Jose Mangin from Sirius XM Liquid Metal. After a tedious bus ride in the snow, we finally arrived at the Mangin hood. As we are looking for the address, we run into a big dude with a bottle of Don Julio on his hand. We look at each other and smiled as in saying "this is going to be a good night". This big dude was none other then Eduardo Barragan. Eduardo is the guitarist of The Hixon, a crushing Thrash Metal band from New Jersey!

The party started and I ran into the rest of The Hixon boys, which include Marc Hixon (Vocals), Stephen Wells (Drums) and Flip Martorano (Bass). Marc who has a striking resemblance to Chuck Billy from Testament, was sipping on Jim Beam and we immediately started cracking jokes. Next thing you know we are all talking Metal, drinking hard drinks and being obnoxious Metal heads.

Then Jose asks them to play a few songs at his jam room. They look at each other and in unison they say: "Lets do this!" We had never heard this band before, and were completely stoked to see how tight they were. Their music was well received by everyone who attended the party.

Fast Forward 6 months and we find out that they are opening for Charred Walls of The Damned at the Gramercy Theater in New York City. We arrived at the venue minutes before they played the biggest shows of their lives. It was surprising to see how calm they were. It was great to see them get on stage with so much confidence and to see them play such a killer set. We were lucky to have captured some of their performance on video and we think you should definitely check it out. The Hixon are proof that if you persevere as a band, and never compromise your musical ideals, you can rise up to the occasion and make some ears bleed!

Here is The Hixon with their song "Turn Up the Hate":

Related links:
Official Site of The Hixon

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