Anglo-Chilean metallurgists CRIMINAL, featuring former PENTAGRAM frontman Anton Reisenegger, have parted ways with keyboardist Mark Royce after Royce failed to show up for the band's recent tour of Chile. Royce joined the band in 2002 along with Robin Eaglestone (bass) and Zac O'Neil (drums).
"He really didn't leave us much of a choice," commented Reisenegger. "Two days before leaving for Chile, he just disappeared. He wasn't answering our calls or text messages, nothing. Obviously, we went anyway, had a great fuckin' tour, came back, and still no word from him. So basically I sent him an e-mail telling him he was out of the band. He responded to that, saying he understood. You go figure…
"That leaves Rod, Zac and me as CRIMINAL at the moment, but we hope to find a permanent bassist soon, and we shall carry on as a four-piece, like it was meant to be," Anton continued. "This doesn't mean there won’t be any keyboards on the next album, but I'm really against getting a full-time keyboard player, because they're always going to be like a 'fringe member,' like Mark himself once put it. I'd rather use a session player.”
In other news, CRIMINAL's sold-out Chilean tour was documented on video, with the footage currently being edited into a video clip for the song "Deconstruction", which comes off the band's latest album, "No Gods No Masters". The clip is being directed by Roberto Fuentes, who had previously worked with the band on the video for "El Azote" and CRIMINAL's as-yet-unreleased home video, entitled "Video Azote". The "Deconstruction" clip should be finished in June.