CRIMINAL - Resistance Is Futile


This squad has been around since the beginning of the 90's. Originally a young thrash metal pack from Chile that moved completely to Europe around the turn of the millennium to have it closer to you. Of course the roots are still to be heard in their production. This band has shared the stage with such icons like NAPALM DEATH, KREATOR, EXODUS etc. There is also an ex-member of EXTREME NOISE TERROR in the current line-up. The founding member of CRIMINAL can be found in the current line-up of LOCK-UP too.  

All in all an uncompromising and energetic thrash / death performed by CRIMINAL will make many heads bang at the upcoming volume of Obscene Extreme Festival!!!


CRIMINAL are no strangers to the ups and downs of the music business. From their humble beginnings in the budding South American metal scene of the early 90s to playing as direct support to Metallica in front of 55,000 fans in their home town of Santiago de Chile, they have pretty much seen it all. Trends like nu metal and metalcore have come and gone, but CRIMINAL keep delivering pure, unadulterated metal of the highest order in a perfect blend of death, thrash and hardcore.Formed in 1991 by guitarist/vocalist Anton Reisenegger after the break-up of Chilean death metal pioneers Pentagram, CRIMINAL's first decade was nothing short of a success story, including five-digit album sales, heavy rotation on MTV Latino and support slots with acts such as Kreator, Sepultura, Slayer, Exodus and Motörhead.When he felt he had achieved everything he could in his home country, Reisenegger decided to relocate to the UK in 2001, with CRIMINAL regrouping in a half-Chilean, half-British line-up. The band kept releasing quality material and playing live, both in Europe and South America, on festivals such as Wacken, Summer Breeze and Bloodstock, and supporting bands as diverse as Chimaira, Brujeria, Lamb Of God, Megadeth and Metallica.CRIMINAL's current line-up was completed when Berlin-based Chilean guitar virtuoso Sergio Klein joined the band in 2015. Later that year the band re-signed to Metal Blade Records, who had licensed their recorded output from 1997 to 2005. This was to be a fresh start for CRIMINAL, who had matured and honed their style to perfection.The new CRIMINAL album is like a breath of fresh air at a time when the metal scene is in danger of choking on its own pretentiousness. Recorded at CRIMINAL bassist Danny Biggin's HVR Studios in Suffolk, UK, “Fear Itself” sounds like putting Exodus, Carcass, Napalm Death and Sick Of It All through a meat grinder. With a “no bullshit” approach to recording, the band purposely avoided the vices of modern metal production such as samples, quantizing and amp simulators. The striking artwork by renowned Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Mayhem, etc.) perfectly represents the bleak, dystopian atmosphere of the lyrics, which denounce warmongering, misinformation, exploitation and other ills of modern society. A metal band with a hardcore attitude, CRIMINAL's longevity is a testament to their honesty and passion. In it for all the right reasons. 


Anton Reisenegger – guitar, vocals 
Zac O’Neil – drums 
Dan Biggin – bass 
Sergio Klein – lead guitar


Release date Release name Media
2016 New Album
2011 Akelarre
2009 White Hell
2005 Sicario
2004 No Gods No Masters
1999 Cancer
1997 Dead Soul
1994 Victimized


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