Criminal have recently announced a new lead guitarist and they are also working on a new album to follow Akelarre. The Anglo-Chilean thrashers have parted ways with Basque lead guitarist Olmo Cascallar. Now joining their ranks is Chilean shredmaster Sergio Klein, who resides in Berlin, Germany. Klein has already gained recognition as a lead player with his band The Outside and is also a guitar instructor. With him, Criminal have already started working on the material for a new album for a late 2015 release.
"Akelarre", a brand-new track from thrashers Criminal - originally formed in Chile and now based in the UK - has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.
"Akelarre" is the title track off the band's upcoming new album, which will be released on August 19th through Massacre Records.
Akelarre is Criminal's seventh studio album and first since the departure of lead guitarist and founding member Rodrigo Contreras and the subsequent addition of Basque guitar player Olmo Cascallar. The album was produced by bassist Dan Biggin at his HVR Studios in Suffolk, UK.
01. Order From Chaos
02. Resistance Is Futile
03. The Ghost We Summoned
Yesterday thrash masters Criminal - originally formed in Chile and now based in the UK - entered bassist Dan Biggin's HVR Recording Studios in Suffolk, UK to record their seventh studio album, the first since the departure of guitarist / founding member Rodrigo Contreras and the subsequent addition of Basque guitar wizard Olmo Cascallar.
"The way we're approaching the drums this time around is to focus a lot on the set-up of the sounds before we record", explains drummer Zac O'Neil. "I think in the past we've been too quick to start tracking without thinking too much about the raw audio. I'm very keen to move in a different direction from the way that metal is going with sampled and edited drums, and go back to the way that metal used to be before all this electronic trickery. Hopefully we'll retain the dynamics and raw energy that just isn't present in many productions nowadays.
Chile-born, UK-based thrash masters Criminal have announced the departure of lead guitarist and founding member Rodrigo Contreras.
Band leader Anton Reisenegger (guitar, vocals; also in Lock Up) comments: "As some of you may be aware, Rod decided to go back to Chile a few months ago, leaving the future of the band uncertain. After much deliberation, we have now decided to replace him in order to be able to carry on as a band.
This is not something we wanted to happen, but we have to be realistic, and being thousands of kilometers apart wouldn't have allowed us to work as a functioning band. This is not a studio project, our music is meant to be played live, and we have many plans for the future which require the four of us to be geographically close.
Criminal have made their new album "White Hell" available for streaming in its entirety at metal.de for a limited time period/
"White Hell" will be released on 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.
Anglo-Chilean thrash band 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 have 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.
Anglo-Chilean thrash metallers 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".
UPDATE (thanks to Deadmeat)
Also "Crime And Punishment", another new song by Criminal is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Anglo-Chilean thrash masters Criminal have revealed the cover artwork for their new album "White Hell." 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."
The track listing for "White Hell" is:
01. 21st Century Paranoia
02. Crime And Punishment
04. Black Light
05. The Deluge
06. Strange Ways
08. The Infidel
Anglo-Chilean thrash masters Criminal have set "White Hell" as the title of their upcoming sixth studio album, which will be released on February 27th, 2009 by Massacre Records. The album is currently being recorded at bassist Dan Biggin's home studio.
"'White Hell' could be many things," vocalist/guitarist Anton Reisenegger comments on the title, "a hell of cocaine abuse, or a hell of racism and intolerance, or driving through Europe in the middle of winter in a van with no heating - which we actually did on the Six Feet Under tour! The someone waking up in an emergency room, not knowing how or why they got there - which is actually based on a real-life experience - and this is what we are going to try and depict on the album cover in a very nightmarish way. Our long-time cover designer Claudio Bergamin has already gone to work on the cover, and I expect it to be killer as always!"
Chilean Death/Thrash metaller Criminal have posted a new demo song entitled "The Infidel" on their MySpace page.
The band posted the following update: "So here it is, I finally got around to posting a demo track to our MySpace, hope you like it! It is not very compressed, so you might have to turn it up (which you should do anyways when it comes to Criminal!). We had a bit of an argument about this with our bass player Danny, who engineered and mixed the demo, and he was completely against over-compressing it just to make it as loud as possible, a pretty common controversy nowadays ("Death Magnetic" anyone?).
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!
Anglo-Chilean thrash masters Criminal are proud to announce 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 05'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 vercrowded 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."
The chilenean(relocated in Europe) band has announced on their official that the original bassist Juan "Kato" Cueto rejoins the band. He will be joining the band to the pre-production of the upcoming (fifth studio) album. Anton tell aobut how Kato decided to join the band: "We went recently to South America last year to play a few shows, and since we didn't have a permanent bassist at the time, we asked Kato to help us out. We only had like two days to practice, and from the moment he hit the first note it became that he was still a part of the band. The Shows went fuckin' great, and I think that's when he decided he was going to give it a go and come to Europe".