CRIMENA releases new music video for "Mutawwa"

"Mutawwa"is the 3rd single song unleashed by violent groove metal band CRIMENA and it's also the first official recording that features their new vocalist - Indonesian born Bagus "Bob" Stesa. 

Featured on their debut album, "Chapter One: Divine Betrayal"(previously reviewed here on Metalhead Spotted),  "Mutawwa" is a conceptual song that aims to expose the immoral dogmas that fuel the existence of the controversial mutaween (Islamic religious police). The record as a whole is a huge slap to all forms of organised religion and "Mutawwa" might quite be the epitome of it.

It turns out that new vocalist Bob impacted the band's identity in a very interesting and positive way; since his induction in the pack, CRIMENA has done a handful of gigs and the man has been warmly welcomed by the public. Nonetheless his vocals display a very dominating, raw and ruthless sound that perfectly fits the band's musical orientation.  

While exposing a piece of the young scene from the city of Craiova (Romania), the video also indicates a group that is continuously growing and pushing forward, regardless of what obstacles, these guys turn them into opportunities and that pinpoints the maturity of the now 4 year old project that is CRIMENA. 

Never wasting time, the strive to record a 2nd album has already began and according to the band's social media activity, there are some positive vibes that foretell new music and touring. 

 "Chapter One: Divine Betrayal" is available for purchase on google playitunesamazoncdbaby.

Bob - Vocals
Radu - Lead Guitar
Robert "Macarena" - Rhythm Guitar
Vali - Bass
Cristi - Drums


METALLICA To Release 'Hardwired…To Self-Destruct' Album In November

METALLICA will release its long-awaited new album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", on November 18 via Blackened Recordings. The two-CD/two-vinyl set is the Grammy Award-winning Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee's first studio album since 2008's multi-platinum "Death Magnetic". "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" is available for pre-order at Metallica.com starting today in various configurations, including CD, vinyl, digital, deluxe, and deluxe deluxe versions. The album is produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed "Death Magnetic".

"Has it really been eight years? Doesn't feel like it! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink," said METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich.
"We're obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there.
"We've been rockin' along in the studio with Greg, on and off, for the last 18 months firing up the creative engines again.
"Putting new music out there, getting in your faces once again and all that comes with it is what we love to do more than anything else, so strap yourselves in … INCOMING!"

"Hardwired", the first track to be released from the forthcoming album was played for the first time earlier today during a live remote broadcast from METALLICA's headquarters in San Rafael, California. During an interview with Minneapolis rock station 93X discussing the band's performance at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 20, Ulrich stunned 93X's Pablo by unleashing the incendiary song for the first time, much to the surprise (and delight) of the station, as well as fans around the world.
"Hardwired" will be delivered as an instant download to fans who preorder the album.

METALLICA also premiered the official video for "Hardwired" today. The clip can be viewed below.

In celebration of Saturday's performance, the band will launch the official METALLICA pop-up store in Minneapolis this weekend. The store will have exclusive show merchandise and items not available anywhere else (including inside the stadium) as well as a wide selection of classic METALLICA merch. The Metallica Pop-Up Store will be located at 401 2nd Ave North and open on Friday, August 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Disc One
01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Now That We're Dead
04. Moth Into Flame
05. Am I Savage?
06. Halo On Fire

Disc Two
01. Confusion
02. Dream No More
03. ManUNkind
04. Here Comes Revenge
05. Murder One
06. Spit Out The Bone

Disc Three (Deluxe Edition Only)
01. Lords Of Summer
02. Riff Charge (Riff Origins)
03. N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M. (Riff Origins)
04. Tin Shot (Riff Origins)
05. Plow (Riff Origins)
06. Sawblade (Riff Origins)
07. RIP (Riff Origins)
08. Lima (Riff Origins)
09. 91 (Riff Origins)
10. MTO (Riff Origins)
11. RL72 (Riff Origins)
12. Frankenstein (Riff Origins)
13. CHI (Riff Origins)
14. X Dust (Riff Origins)

Ulrich recently spoke to Citizens Of Humanity magazine about the musical direction of the group's long-awaited follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic". He said: "It definitely sounds like METALLICA. It's probably a little less frenetic than the last record. The last one [producer] Rick Rubin really encouraged us to for the first time be inspired by our past. It was the first time we sort of looked in the rearview mirror. This time around it's a little bit of a different thing."
Ulrich continued: "We're not working with Rick, we're working with the engineer from the last record, who's producing, Greg Fidelman. So there's some of the same production elements at play, but we're expanding a little bit on the sonics. It's probably a bit more of a diverse record than the last one. It's exciting, but I don't have quite the perspective yet."
Ulrich also addressed the eight-year gap between studio albums, the longest of the band's career, by saying: "I think what's happened is our families and our domestic responsibilities are so important to us now, so we just have a new model. We're sort of constantly doing something but never to the point of the needle going in the red, but METALLICA really hasn't sort of shut down since around 2005, and it's a model that works for us."
He added: "We never work at 110 percent to the point where we drive ourselves nuts, but are sort of constantly working at two-thirds, you know — when we make the record we're writing and we're recording, but we're doing it incrementally. There's always stuff going on. It's the way we like it. It keeps us engaged."
Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that METALLICA no longer wants to devote large chunks of time to any one project. "You know, METALLICA, in order for it to be true and pure and honest, has to be fun," he said. "And so the days of, you know, writing for a year and then recording for a year and then going on the road for three years — those kind of endlessly long cycles — they're just behind us. I don't think we have the stamina to do anything for those elongated periods of time any longer."
METALLICA worked on the new disc on and off over the past few years, in between other projects that included a series of short tours, a film, the restoration of some of their early albums and other projects.

CRIMENA - "Chapter One : Divine Betrayal" album review

Bob (vocals); Macarena (rhythm g); Radu (lead g); Cristi (drums); Vali (bass g)

Groove Metal may seem to have lost some it’s might in the main frame during the course of the last decade, it fell a bit into the shadows of the days when Pantera were scorching the realm or after Lamb of God took the torch and kept delivering, but, it still somehow seems that the sub genre has fallen back to the underground pit from where they all start from. So it ain’t no need for drama because there’re still good groove metal outfits out there in the dark, that are fighting the fight and walking the walk to make a come-up.

And one of them may be a southern Romanian five pack that goes by the name of CRIMENA (“hidden” – Greek), hailing from the city of Craiova, they have been burning full throttle since their inception that occurred nearly 4 years ago – what started out as more of a joke, continued with 3 months of jam sessions, rehearsals and line-up changes and it culminated with the band’s first gig. Receiving positive feedback for the violent flavour of groove metal that incorporates elements from icons such as The Haunted, Pantera, LoG or Sepultura, CRIMENA grew after every stage appearance; constantly gigging and touring, being present at every minor and major festival in the country, always giving 200% - it was a matter of time before the band would become an elite name in the local underground.

And so they did! However, the release of their debut album “Chapter One: Divine Betrayal” (March 2016) came with an up and down – they signed with The Leaders Records, but witnessed the departure, due to personal reasons, of their original vocalist Cosmin Gramescu (credited for the lyrics and vocals on the album). Fortunately, Indonesian born Bagus “Bob” Stesa, who’s been living in Craiova for several years but without any local notoriety, quickly stepped out of the shadows and filled the void. His vocals (soon to be heard on official recordings) blended perfectly with the band’s music, developing good chemistry on stage. Due to his origins, Bob helped the band attract attention from various Asian music media outlets, bands and fans alike. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see CRIMENA touring far East anytime soon.

  • Album release party. Slightly right former vocalist Cosmin (The Black Dahlia Murder hoodie) and current vocalist Bob. Still one big family. 

“Chapter One: Divine Betrayal”. A bit of a funny story is that the name of the album was chosen even before the band’s name. 

So, the fact that this record is finally here is an obvious testament of the album’s conceptual approach and its integrity, being fully thought out from day 1.

The artwork - God hanged by the gates of heaven - clearly indicates the lyrical focus – religion. Organised religion, not just Christianity. 

CRIMENA wishes to expose all the wrongs that humanity has faced due to fundamentalist religion through time.

As the intro song “Quemadero” kicks in, you'll encounter an excerpt from world famous ethologist, author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, who was delighted to have his voice on the record. Considering the story behind the name of the album and the lyrical content, it's clear that what we have here is a conceptual album - all tracks have a story and a meaning - Quemadero de Tablada was an execution site for the first inquisitors built in 1418 in Seville, Spain; and it's architect (being a follower of Judaism) was the first victim of the Inquisition. Now that's some trippy shit!

Jumping up the ladder to another track with a self describing name that is "Muttawwa" - referring to the controversial mutaween (Islamic religious police), often criticised for radical behaviour in enforcing the Sharia law in respect to religious behaviour. Straight up and outspoken lyrically, very upbeat, this song comes right off the bat with a rugged and devastating approach.

"The Bitter Pill" is the band's first single song unleashed prior to the album, giving a good insight of what would come after, featured on BlankTV, it quickly became a fan favourite.

In terms of musical characteristics, as previously mentioned, CRIMENA took what they wanted from the giants of the genre and mixed it up into a style that is still in the process of becoming thoroughly their own. As the vocals incline towards Randy Blythe's style, there will definitely be a new approach on the future releases due to the change in the vocal department. Still, the instrumental realm is filled with great displays of rawness, catchy hooks and grooves and a dominating sound that'll kick your teeth out; and it gets worse when experienced live mode. I know, I've seen it one too many times.

"Gospel (of the unbeliever)" is the second track honoured with a music video, it's my very favourite track of the record and the video (compared to the DIY one from "The Bitter Pill") clearly shows the transition from an underground band with little to no budget to a group that is aiming to turn pro. As far as the song goes, CRIMENA once again aim to expose their violent and upbeat blend of groove, culminating with a solo that's definitely the spearhead of track. Props to lead guitarist Radu Zugravu for his ingenuity not just regarding solos and riffs, but overall songwriting - this dude is a maniac.

All in all, the musical aspect is just one of the main positive characteristics that define CRIMENA. Sometimes the journey is as much as important as the destination (result) - the band was born out of a joke, but ironically it became a great asset in times of need for the local scene in Craiova, which was truly dead and buried at that particular time - no significant active bands, no venues that would host rock/metal gigs, no public. It was the person who you would least expect, the bass player (Vali), that took matters into his own hands trying to convince venue owners to let him host gigs, and thus build a new scene from scratch.
4 Years later, Craiova is one of the most "alive" cities in the country when it comes heavy metal music - very young and numerous public - bands that go there (either from Romania or abroad) always have words of praise for the never boring group of people that attend. And most of the credit should clearly go to the southern Romanian 5 pack.

"Chapter One: Divine Betrayal" is available for purchase on google playitunes, amazon, cdbaby.

Bob - Vocals
Radu - Lead Guitar
Robert "Macarena" - Rhythm Guitar
Vali - Bass
Cristi - Drums


Kevin Junk Kidd

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