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Criminal: Fear Itself

Album Review

Chile’s death metal standard bearer finds a new lease of life

Chile’s death metal standard bearer finds a new lease of life In the mid-90s metal scene dominated by Pantera and Machine Head, Criminal were, at best, perceived at the outlet for Anton Reisenegger to join the modern age after pioneering the death metal genre in South America in the late 80s with Pentagram (renamed later Pentagram Chile to avoid confusion).

But with the latter now back for good and Anton joining Lock Up in 2009, could there be any space left for Criminal? Hell yes, as Fear Itself not only sweeps clean its seven predecessors but actually manages to represent a whole fresh, and far more efficient, start. 

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