Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Criminal Element

Criminal Element is an extreme metal band from the U.S. You may be interested to know that it features two members of Suffocation: Derek Boyer and Terrance Hobbs. The lineup is completed by Vince Matthews and Maliq Emanuel. Vince Matthews is probably best known for his past work with Dying Fetus. It's not clear if it's meant to be a touring band or more of a project. In any case, this is not a new entity, actually. Metal Archives provides the following discography below. I am having problems finding much music on the Facebook or Soundcloud pages. They do have a link for ordering one of their albums, but the link seems to be inactive. Given this situation, and even though bands do not like this sort of thing, below you will find their most recent album in its entirety because someone posted it on YouTube. Due to the associations with Suffocation and Dying Fetus, it's reasonable that people may want to hear Criminal Element. At any rate, as you will be able to tell, this is upfront, no-nonsense headbanging metal, as you would totally expect, but the particular sound is not what some people would have guessed: there is quite a bit of thrashing riffs going on, making it music for immediate impact!
Criminally Contaminated EP 2006
Career Criminal EP 2006
Guilty as Charged Full-length 2008
Crime and Punishment Pt. 1 EP 2010
Crime and Punishment II EP 2010
Modus Operandi Full-length 2013
Maiden Brooklyn EP 2014
Criminal Crime Time Full-length 2015
Criminal Element - Criminal Crime Time (Full Album)

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