Saturday, 28 May 2016

Criminal - "Fear Itself" (Album Review)

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 11/03/2016
Label: Metal Blade Records


Quite simply, this is the best thrash record I have heard yet this year and may well remain so. It edges towards death metal (in the same manner that the Seps' early work does) but this is just vicious stuff. This type of album is why I first started listening to thrash and extreme metal. The sound and the fury. Dios mio! What a fantastic album from a band playing with fire and passion.


“Fear Itself” CD//DD//LP track listing:

01. Intro
02. Down Driven
03. False Flag Attack
04. Shock Doctrine
05. The Needle And Knife
06. Scream Of Consciousness
07. Summoning The Apocalypse
08. The One Who Speaks At Night
09. Animals To Gods
10. Deep In The Rot
11. Wasted Youth
12. Carne Molida

The Review

South American metal is one of my likes... Pentagram Chile's debut a couple of years back is a brilliant record, so I jumped at the chance to review this new one from Anton Reisenegger's “other” band, Criminal. Sure enough, although the band is now an Atlantic-crossing and spanning concern, the traits of Latin metal are present and correct here. The sound is nicely noisy and even chaotic. Don't get me wrong, the playing is tight and the performances wholly professional, but the songs sound... passionate, energetic and feral.

The album has its own sound; lots of live sound to the drums and the guitars and vocals rage with impressive aggression. That mix of Venom and Exodus jamming with Sepultura is a mighty sound indeed. From the get go, the band is on fire with Reisenegger ripping leads and violent riffs aplenty. Off kilter rhythms like those on “Deep In The Rot” mix with straight up raging thrashing tracks such as “Wasted Youth”. Indeed, you cannot argue with the likes of opener “Down Driven” (aptly named!) or the equally weighty “False Flag Attack”.

“The Needle and The Knife” (your only true friends!) shows impressive rhythm section work and the vocals are deliciously malevolent.  While “Summoning the Apocalypse” is a maelstrom of riffs and thrash beats, the tracks just keep coming thick and fast. There is no let up, no light and shade, just riff after riff after riff. With twelve tracks, the record could be argued as a little long- a small amount of this can go a long way... but then again, you get more for your money and every track is high quality. The closing “Carne Molida” (in Spanish) is a real treat.

Quite simply, this is the best thrash record I have heard yet this year and may well remain so. It edges towards death metal (in the same manner that the Seps' early work does) but this is just vicious stuff. This type of album is why I first started listening to thrash and extreme metal. The sound and the fury. Dios mio! What a fantastic album from a band playing with fire and passion.

“Fear Itself” is available here



Band info: bandcamp || facebook

1 comment:

Sergio Klein said...

Thanx for the review man, really glad you like our album.
One thing though: I played the lead guitar parts, not Anton haha
cheers!