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CRIMINAL ELEMENT
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
RELAPSE

Featuring members of Dying Fetus and Misery Index, the quintet Criminal Element play a heavy-handed hodgepodge of extreme metal on their five-track EP CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. Smashing elements of old school hardcore, death metal, thrash metal and grindcore madness together, this disc lets everything hang out a la SOD or Municipal Waste while a clenched fist rhythm section reminiscent of the mid-90’s hardcore set holds down the savagery. Offering bouts of velocity-driven beatdowns with some choice death metal breakdown action (“Fading Survival”), this disc infiltrates the mainframe, destroys the immediate surroundings and exits the scene with an eviscerating sense of efficiency propelling its uber-aggressive attack.
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