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Formed: 1991
From: Santiago, Chile
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Criminal News

Below is our complete Criminal news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Criminal Finishing Up New Music Video

Anglo-Chilean thrash metal band CRIMINAL are putting the finishing touches on a music video for the song “Incubus.” The clip is being directed and edited by renowned Chilean visual artist Carlos Toro, who as already worked with KREATOR, VADER, LACRIMOSA and MERCENARY, among others.

“Incubus” comes off CRIMINAL’s latest album “White Hell”, which was released in February 2010 by Germany’s Massacre Records.

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Lock Up To Play Last Ever Show?

Lock Up, the Grindcore supergroup which features At The Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg, guitarist Anton Resisenegger of Pentagram and Criminal, Napalm Death bass player Shane Embury and drummer Nick Barker, formerly of Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir, will be headlining the Terrorrizer stage at this year's edition of Britain's, Damnation Festival. And although this will be the bands first show in the United Kingdom for ten years, as well as the live debut of Resisenegger, who replaces the late guitarist Jesse Pintado (formerly of Napalm Death and Terrprizer,) bassist Shane Embury has stated that it will be the bands final performance.

"LOCK UP has not played the UK since the summer of 2000 when we did a small tour with Poland's Decapitated - in fact the band has only ever done around 15 shows since we formed ten years ago. More...

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Criminal Guitarist Endorsed By Fernandes Guitars

Anton Reisenegger, guitarist/vocalist for Anglo-Chilean thrash masters Criminal, has signed an exclusive endorsement deal with Fernandes Guitars. His weapons of choice are the Fernandes Monterey Deluxe and the Fernandes Vortex Deluxe.

“I am extremely excited and proud I was chosen by Fernandes Guitars to represent them. Fernandes guitars are beautifully crafted instruments, and the pick-up configuration on the Deluxe series leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. I can't wait to play these babies on stage!” comments Reisenegger.

“Criminal is an iconic band in the history of South American metal, world class thrash at it’s best. We are very proud to welcome them onboard,” adds Fernandes spokesperson Alfonso Pinzon.

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Criminal Reasons With Fans To Buy The New Album

Criminal recently released their new album "White Hell" and has issued a message regarding downloading the album. It reads as follows:

"Our new album, White Hell, is out now in Europe as a limited edition including a bonus DVD with over 80 minutes of live footage!

"We are aware that the album was leaked quite a while ago, and we understand the fact that many of you downloaded it in advance. We appreciate that some people just can't wait to hear our new stuff and, believe it or not, support the right to download music as we think that it’s a good way to get new music out there.

"We are very grateful for all the positive comments we have been receiving about the album. More...

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Criminal Posts Entire Album Online For Streaming

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL's entire album "White Hell" is now streaming in its entirety on metal.de for a limited time.

"White Hell" was released today, February 27th by Massacre Records. The European version of "White Hell" will be available in a limited edition with a bonus DVD including over 80 minutes of live footage.

CRIMINAL has also posted part 2 of the "Making of White Hell" on the band's YouTube channel. The video offers a candid look behind the scenes of the recording sessions for the new CRIMINAL album. You can watch both parts below. More...

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Criminal Reveals Content Of Bonus DVD, Posts Video

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL have revealed the content of the bonus DVD which will be included in the European edition of their new album "White Hell," to be released by Massacre Records on February 27th, 2009.

The main feature of the DVD consists of 10 songs from the band's December 2007 show at Teatro Novedades in Santiago de Chile, filmed with multiple cameras and professional audio.

The bonus features include CRIMINAL's show opening for Megadeth in Santiago on May 31st, 2008 in front of 14,000 metalheads, 4 songs from the band's peformance at the Up From The Ground 2006 festival in Germany and an EPK released last year.

The full track listing of the DVD, which has a total running time of approximately 90 minutes, can be found below.

CRIMINAL has uploaded a clip of the track "Time Bomb" from the Teatro Novedades show to their YouTube channel.

In addition, the band has posted part 1 of a "Making of White Hell" video, which offers a candid look behind the scenes of the recording sessions for the new CRIMINAL album.

Here is the"White Hell" Bonus DVD tracklist: More...

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Criminal Streaming New Song Online

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters Criminal have uploaded the track "21st Century Paranoia", from their upcoming album "White Hell", to their MySpace page.

"White Hell" will be released on February 27th, 2009 by Massacre Records. In Europe the album will be released in a limited edition including a bonus DVD, the contents of which will be announced shortly, while the South American version of the album will contain the bonus track "Hermanos Dementes".

The track listing for "White Hell" is:

1. 21st Century Paranoia
2. Crime and Punishment
3. Incubus
4. Black Light
5. The Deluge
6. Strange Ways
7. Mobrule
8. The Infidel
9. Invasion
10. Eyes of Temptation
11. Bastardom
12. Sons of Cain

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Criminal Announces New Album Details

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL have revealed the cover artwork for their new album "White Hell," which can be viewed here. The piece was created by Chilean designer / tattoo artist / drummer Fran Muñoz.

"The original idea we were pursuing didn't really work out," comments vocalist/guitarist Anton Reisenegger, "so we basically decided to start from scratch. Then Fran approached us with this idea and we all really liked it, so we just went for it." More...

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Criminal Posts New Demo Song Online

Chilean thrash mafia CRIMINAL has uploaded a brand new demo track to their MySpace page.

Comments CRIMINAL mastermind Anton Reisenegger (guitar/vocals): "The song in question is 'The Infidel,' and it's about – you probably guessed it – religious dogmas and intolerance, and the right to stand up for the fact that THERE IS NO GOD. Musically speaking, it's pretty straight-forward thrash/death with some obvious Slayer influences, but I feel it has enough of our own ideas to make it really original and 100% CRIMINAL!

"Anyways, this is just one little appetizer, as the material for the record is incredibly varied, ranging from really technical stuff with odd time signatures, to crushing groove monsters, to all-out death metal and everything in between, so be prepared for one hell of a rollercoaster ride! We might post another demo track within the coming weeks or months just to give you a broader idea of what the new album is going to sound like, but we don't want to give too much away either."

After doing some pre-production during the last couple of months, the band will begin tracking their sixth studio album this weekend for an early 2009 release through Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2005's acclaimed "Sicario" album will be released in a limited edition package including a bonus DVD.

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Criminal Signs to Massacre Records

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL has announced their signing of a new recording deal with Germany's Massacre Records. The band will enter the studio in September to record its sixth studio album for an early 2009 release. The follow-up to 2005's “Sicario” will be released in a limited edition package including a bonus DVD.

Vocalist/guitarist Anton Reisenegger states: “It's great to be on a label like Massacre, that has carved its niche in today's overcrowded market through hard work and dedication. We are looking forward to a long and productive collaboration."

“I have nothing but good things to say about the staff at Metal Blade Europe,” the frontman comments on the band's former label, “but the company's priorities were clearly somewhere else, so it made no sense for us to continue working together. I honestly wish them all the
best for the future.”

Formed in the early 90s in Santiago de Chile by ex-Pentagram mastermind Reisenegger and guitar virtuoso Rodrigo Contreras, CRIMINAL were combining elements of thrash, hardcore and death metal long before the term “metalcore” was even thought of. The band enjoyed a meteoric rise to the forefront of the South American metal scene, including five-digit album sales, shows with the likes of Kreator, Sepultura and Slayer and a nomination for Best Rock Video at the MTV Latino Video Music Awards, but was faced with severe personal and business problems around the turn of the decade. Reisenegger and Contreras then decided to relocate to the UK, regrouping in a half-Chilean, half-British line-up. Since then, the band has played on major European festivals such as Wacken and Summer Breeze, as well as
support shows with bands such as Chimaira, Six Feet Under, Brujeria and Lamb of God.

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Criminal Announce UK Headlining Shows

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL have uploaded a brand new EPK (Electronic Press Kit) to their YouTube channel. Directed by Roberto Fuentes, the video features live footage from the band's December 2007 performance at Teatro Novedades in Santiago de Chile, as well as an interview with frontman Anton Reisenegger.

Watch the EPK here.

In other news, CRIMINAL has lined up two headlining shows in the UK:

May 02 - Colchester - Arts Centre (w/ ELIMINATION, REBIRTH)
May 03 - Braintree – HOG's (w/ BRAINCHOKE) More...

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Criminal Demoing New Songs

Anton Reisenegger from Chilean metallers CRIMINAL has issued the following update:

"Last weekend was spent demoing four new songs. We are lucky that our new bass player Dan (Biggin) has got all the infrastructure to record on ProTools, so we took the gear to the rehearsal studio and recorded there.

We had a few technical problems though, so we didn't manage to finish everything, but what we hear so far is fucking brutal.

The songs in question (some are working titles):

'Invasion' - an epic intro gives way to a typical Criminal song, with many rhythm changes and some interesting guitar harmonies.

'Temptation' - very METAL song in 6/8, with a few PENTAGRAM influences (you know which Pentagram I mean).

'Sons Of Cain' - reminds me a bit of NEVERMORE, again with loads of rhythm changes and some ultra heavy slow parts.

'The Infidel' - 100% old school thrash/death, with a little SLAYER and a little Pentagram, and a middle-eight that will destroy everything when we play it live.

We are thinking about posting this last one on our MySpace page within the next few days, when the mix is done. We may even play it on the Chilean tour, who knows.

We'll keep you updated on the progress of the new material and, of course, when there is concrete news about the new album."

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Criminal Launches YouTube Channel

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL have launched an official YouTube channel at this location. The band has uploaded all of its official video clips (nine in total). The channel will be updated periodically with live videos, footage from the band's early days, video messages for the fans, etc.

CRIMINAL is currently writing material for the follow-up to "Sicario", the band's critically acclaimed last album, which was released by Metal Blade Records in late 2005.

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Criminal Looking For New Bassist

Anglo-Chilean thrashers Criminal are looking for a new bass player. Frontman Anton Reisenegger recently posted the following message on the band's MySpace page:

"It's unfortunately looking like Staff won't be able to continue in Criminal. We're quite bummed out because he's really grown to be a part of the band, and the last few shows we've played with him have probably been the best since Rod and I moved to Europe , but his work and other commitments don't allow him to dedicate enough time to touring and recording. He will still be doing the BRUJERIA show and might be helping out here and there after that, which we appreciate enormously (cheers mate!), but what it boils down to is we are again without a bassist. Which also means we are looking for one! So if you fulfil the following requirements, drop us a line! A South American background would be very welcome, but is not a must!”

- you must have good technique and stage presence
- you must have your own gear
- you must be able to rehearse in the Ipswich/Colchester area (that's in the UK!)
- you must have enough time to tour and record
- you must be into the CRIMINAL style

OK, looking forward to hearing from all you four and five stringers! And to everyone else, see you soon!

Interested parties should email the band at anton@criminal1.com.

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Belphegor Seeking New Label Home

Austrian death/black metal act BELPHEGOR is currently looking for a new professional company/management to represent them for the release of their recently completed new album. Interested parties should contact the band at belphegor@aon.at.

Commented guitarist Sigurd: "All options are open at the moment. We just started [talking to] some labels which seem to be interested [in] releas[ing] the 9 monumental sound collages in October 2006."

Added guitarist/vocalist Helmuth: "BELPHEGOR's sound has never been so massive and fresh, and I'm more than sure that this album gained a new dimension for the band. This album will be a new step forward for BELPHEGOR. I spent all my energy the last year on this album. A lot of new elements and a higher level of composition and structure are added as well. Besides you will hear the most aggressive and rawest vocal work I’ve ever done. No bullshit when I say we will give you the strongest opus we've ever made. Be prepared!"

BELPHEGOR's sixth album was recorded at producer Andy Classen's Stage One studios in Germany. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Throne of Sacrilege", "Flammandus Et Contemtus", "Bluhtsturm Erotica" and "Belphegor – Hell's Ambassador".

BELPHEGOR's fifth full-length album, "The Goatreich - Fleshcult", was released in Europe in February 2005 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany and was the follow-up to 2003's "Lucifer Incestus".

BELPHEGOR recently returned from three triumphant shows in Mexico, where they were joined by British bassist Robin Eaglestone (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, CRIMINAL). Eaglestone is expected to play with the band on all currently scheduled dates as well.

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Criminal Announce New Bassist

Anglo-Chilean thrashers CRIMINAL have announced Staff Glover as their new bass player, following the departure of original member Juan "Kato" Cueto. Glover had already stepped in during CRIMINAL's 2004 European tour with SIX FEET UNDER.

"It's a pity things didn’t work out with Kato, but his heart was obviously somewhere else," comments singer/guitarist Anton Reisenegger. "After recording 'Sicario' we did three shows in the U.K. with CHIMAIRA, which all went great, and everybody was very optimistic regarding CRIMINAL, but unfortunately Kato decided to return to Chile. It was a bad case of homesickness. It's great to have Staff in the band though," the frontman continues. "He’s a very solid player and a long-time friend of the band. We already had a great laugh on the SIX FEET UNDER tour. He's got this dark sense of humor which fits us perfectly. We are all in high spirits about our future as a band. Let's hope this line-up lasts for a bit longer!"

In other news, the readers of Terrorizer magazine voted CRIMINAL's latest output "Sicario" as the ninth best album of 2005.

CRIMINAL have lined up the following festival shows for the summer so far:

Jul. 22 - Urbach, GER - Zabbaduschder Festival
Aug. 25 - Gemünden, GER - Up From The Ground Festival

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Former Criminal Keyboardist Launches Cold Lazarus

Former ENTWINED/CRIMINAL keyboardist Mark Royce has announced the formation of his new band COLD LAZARUS.

Commented Mark: "It is great to be back in a band after leaving CRIMINAL, and COLD LAZARUS play exactly the sort of music I love... heavy, catchy, full-on metal! After recording and touring with CRIMINAL, I was very selective about who I hooked up with, as following CRIMINAL is no small feat. The guys in the band are all excellent musicians and we are having a great time getting the songs ready for upcoming shows."

Pip Primmer - Lead Vocals
Mark Royce – Keyboards
Tom Brooks - Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Elle Torry - Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Xavier L Lett – Bass
Stevo - Drums

Further details and three tracks of audio are available for download at MySpace.com/coldlazarus.

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Criminal Reveal "Sicario" Tracklisting

South American thrashers Criminal have revealed the complete track listing for their new album “Sicario”, which will be released in Europe on September 5th, 2005 by Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded during the month of May at Andy Classen’s Stage One Studio (Dew-Scented, Disbelief, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, etc). The title “Sicario” is a Spanish word for assassin and is most commonly associated with the South American mafias and drug cartels.

Track listing “Sicario”: More...

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Criminal To Support Chimaira In UK

Chilean thrash extremists Criminal have been confirmed to support Chimaira at three UK shows this June! The dates are as follows:

Jun 14 London, UK – Underworld
Jun 15 Oxford, UK – Zodiac
Jun 16 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre

Criminal are now finished mixing their new album “Sicario” at Stage One Studio with producer/engineer Andy Classen. The final tracklist will be revealed soon.

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SFU, Fleshcrawl, Criminal Dates Confirmed

Six Feet Under will be teaming up with labelmates Crimina and Fleshcrawl for a two-week European tour in February/March. The first confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 26 – Essen, GER @ Zeche Carl
Feb. 27 – Eindhoven, NETH @ Effenaar
Feb. 28 – Münster (Breitefeld-Dieburg), GER @ Live Arena
Feb. 29 – Engelsdorf, GER @ Hellraiser
Mar. 01 – Praga, CZR @ Zlin
Mar. 02 – Berlin, GER @ Halford
Mar. 03 – Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle

More dates will be announced soon.

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