CRIMINAL live in Germany by now and on their new album sound more modern and also heavier than ever. The SEPULTURA influences of their previous album thankfully have vanished. So their thrashing rather reminds me of acts such as DARKANE/FEAR FACTORY, but at times also CARCASS, which I like a lot. I am one of the few among my friends, who liked the Brits only after “Reek Of Putrefaction”.
But the Chileans around former PENTAGRAM man Anton Reisenegger are not a clone of the mentioned bands. The album is full of power and aggression, has a good sound – what more do you want? OK, in terms of song writing I still have higher hopes for CRIMINAL, because somehow I miss the gripping melodies. (Exception: “Faceless”, THE hit of the album.)
Who would like to bang off to a good aggro album, has the right one in “No Gods No Masters“. (Online March 6, 2004)