The Crown

The Crown
STYLE: , ORIGIN: SwedenFORMED: 2009LABEL: Metal Blade Records
  • MEMBERS:
  • Johan Lindstrand-Vocals
  • Robin Sörqvist-Guitars
  • Marko Tervonen-Guitars
  • Magnus Olsfelt-Bass
  • Henrik Axelsson-Drums
BIOGRAPHY

The Crown is a death metal band from Trollhättan, Sweden, active from 1990 to 2004, and again since 2009.

Originally, they used the name Crown of Thorns but were forced to change their name due to an American band already using that name. Their music and lyrics are inspired by death, antireligious themes (mostly targeting Christianity) and rebellion. They are known to fuse melodic death metal with aggressive old-school death metal tendencies and considerable thrash metal influences, reminiscent of bands such as Possessed and old Sepultura. The Crown disbanded in 2004. After that, Lindstrand went on to form One Man Army and the Undead Quartet.  Tervonen formed Angel Blake, named after a song by Danzig. Sunesson is in a band called Engel. Olsfelt is also in a band called Stolen Policecar. The band was reformed in December 2009 with Jonas Stålhammar of God Macabre as the new vocalist.

On June 30, 2010, it was reported that The Crown signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and the band’s eighth studio album, Doomsday King, was released in September 2010.

The Crown celebrated their 25th anniversary with the release of their ninth studio album, Death Is Not Dead on January 12, 2015. The first single “Headhunter” was released on October 27, 2014 as well as the music video was made on the same date.

On November 28, 2017, it was announced that The Crown had returned to Metal Blade Records, and released the first single “Iron Crown” from their upcoming tenth studio album “Cobra Speed Venom“, on January 12, 2018.  On the album, The Crown uses a real string quartet with Alexander Bringsoniou playing violin, viola and cello.

BAND NEWS AND INTERVIEWS

Swedish death metal legends The Crown have announced their new album, Cobra Speed Venom, for a March 16th release through Metal Blade Records. Produced together with Fredrik Nordstrom at Studio Fredman, the record

January 10, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
DISCOGRAPHY

Cobra Speed Venom / 2018

The Crown-Cobra Speed Venom
  • Album Info
  • 2018
  • Metal Blade Records

1. Destroyed by Madness
2. Iron Crown
3. In the Name of Death
4. We Avenge!
5. Cobra Speed Venom
6. World War Machine
7. Necrohammer
8. Rise in Blood
9. Where My Grave Shall Stand
10. The Sign of the Scythe

Cobra Speed Venom is the tenth album by Swedish melodic death metal band The Crown. The album was released on March 16, 2018 via Metal Blade Records and featured an appearance of Robin Sorqvist and Henrik Axelsson.

The Crown announced their upcoming release of their album Cobra Speed Venom in January 2018. On February 14,  2018, the band released a music video for their title song “Cobra Speed Venom“. The recording was officially released on March 16, 2018 in the United States and Europe on a Digipak-CD containing 11 singles and two bonus tracks, with a third bonus track exclusive to the Japan CD. Exclusively for Europe, the band have released the vinyl in three colors: the violet blue marbled, pale lilac marbled, and purple red splattered. The US exclusive vinyl was in white and purple splattered or dusk blue splattered variations. 

Death Is Not Dead / 2015

The Crown-Death is not Dead
  • Album Info
  • 2015
  • Century Media Records

1. Reign
2. Headhunter
3. Iblis Bane
4. Eternal (Paradise Lost cover)
5. Struck by Lightning
6. Speed Kills (Full Moon Ahead)
7. Herd of Swine
8. Horrid Ways
9. Ride to Ruin
10. Meduseld
11. Godeater

Death Is Not Dead is the ninth album by Swedish melodic death metal band The Crown which was released by Century Media Records on January 13, 2015. In this album, Johan Lindstrand returned for the first time since his departure after Possessed 13 came out in 2003. The album is the last one in which Janne Saarenpää will play his drums for the band. The album was released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the band. 

Doomsday King / 2010

The Crown-Doomsday King
  • Album Info
  • 2010
  • Century Media Records

1. Doomsday King
2. Angel of Death 1839
3. Age of Iron
4. The Tempter and the Bible Black
5. Soul Slasher
6. Blood O.D.
7. Through Eyes of Oblivion
8. Desolation Domain
9. From the Ashes I Shall Return
10. He Who Rises in Might – From Darkness to Light

Doomsday King is the eighth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band The Crown which was released on September 27, 2010 via Century Media Records.

A music video was made for “Doomsday King” and “Falling ‘neath the Heaven’s Sea“.

Crowned Unholy / 2004

The Crown-Crowned Unholy
  • Album Info
  • 2004
  • Metal Blade Records

1. House of Hades (Intro)
2. Crowned in Terror
3. Under the Whip
4. Drugged Unholy
5. World Below
6. The Speed of Darkness
7. Out for Blood
8. (I Am) Hell
9. Death Is the Hunter
10. Satanist
11. Death Metal Holocaust

Crowned Unholy is a seventh studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band The Crown. It is a remake of the band’s fifth studio album, Crowned in Terror, with re-recorded vocal tracks by Johan Lindstrand, re-recorded bass tracks by Magnus Olsfelt, a new version of the intro (originally written by guitarist Marko Tervonen) now programmed by drummer Janne Saarenpää, drum sound digitally enhanced by Janne, and synthesizer-enhanced parts, all programmed by Janne.

The album also contains a free DVD entitled The Crown Invades Karlsruhe, a professionally recorded show in Karlsruhe, Germany on November 11, 2003, while on tour performing Possessed 13.

Possessed 13 / 2003

The Crown-Possessed 13
  • Album Info
  • 2003
  • Metal Blade Records

1. No Tomorrow
2. Face of Destruction – Deep Hit of Death
3. Deliverance
4. Cold Is the Grave
5. Dream Bloody Hell
6. Morningstar Rising
7. Are You Morbid?
8. Bow to None
9. Kill ‘Em All
10. Natashead Overdrive
11. Zombiefied!
12. Dawn of Emptiness
13. In Memoriam

Possessed 13 is the sixth album by Swedish death metal/thrash metal metal band The Crown.

Henri Kramer of Power Metal.de had praised the album cover and also praised its division in three parts.

In 2018, The Crown had announced the re-issue of Possessed 13 vinyls. The vinyls will be sold as either 180 g black vinyl, cool grey marbled, red with black marbled, or smoke clear vinyl in the European Union and white with red marbled vinyl in the United States.

Crowned in Terror / 2002

The Crown-Crowned in Terror
  • Album Info
  • 2002
  • Metal Blade Records

1. Introduction: House of Hades
2. Crowned in Terror
3. Under the Whip
4. Drugged Unholy
5. World Below
6. The Speed of Darkness
7. Out for Blood
8. (I Am) Hell
9. Death Is the Hunter
10. Satanist
11. Death Metal Holocaust

Crowned in Terror is the fifth album by Swedish melodic death metal band The Crown. This is one of two albums by The Crown not to have Johan Lindstrand on vocals (although he did some backing vocals on the album). Instead Tomas Lindberg handled the vocal duties. Later, the vocals were re-recorded by Lindstrand and the album was re-released as Crowned Unholy.

On May 24, 2002, the album was ranked an #1 in the Loud Rock section of the CMJ New Music Report magazine.

In 2018, The Crown had announced the re-issue of Crowned in Terror vinyls. The vinyls will be sold as either 180 g black vinyl, amber marbled, clear teal marbled, or bone white marbled in the European Union and as orange-brown marbled vinyl in the United States.

Eternal Death / 2002

The Crown-Eternal Death
  • Album Info
  • 2002
  • Century Media Records

1. Angels Die
2. Beautiful Evil Soul
3. In Bitterness and Sorrow
4. The Black Heart
5. World Within
6. The Serpent Garden
7. Kill (The Priest)
8. Misery Speaks
9. Hunger
10. Death of God

Eternal Death is the second album of Crown of Thorns. It was originally released in 1997 and later re-issued under the band’s current name, The Crown. This album downplays the thrash metal-element of the band’s sound considerably, favoring instead a more black metal-oriented sound.

The album received from 91 to 100 percent approval on Encyclopaedia Metallum.

DemonBit praised the soundtrack as well as the performance saying that “Every performance here is nothing short of impressive.” and praising the ensemble members independently: “Janne Saarenpää absolutely pummels his kit in a truly dynamic performance of blast beats, fills and innovative rhythms. Vocalist Johan Lindstrand delivers coarse shrieks under sustained syllables, giving the blasphemous lyrical content some welcomed emotional power. Guitarists Marcus Sunesson and Marko Tervonen provide perhaps the most interesting aspect of the album, with their masterful blend of concise gothenburg-like and Floridian death metal riff fusion.”

The re-released version which was published by Dissonance in 2018 received 8.5 out of 10 from Daniel Müller of the Cross Fire.

The Burning / 2002

The Crown-The Burning
  • Album Info
  • 2002
  • Century Media Records

1. Of Good and Evil
2. Soulicide Demon-Might
3. Godless
4. The Lord of the Rings
5. I Crawl
6. Forever Heaven Gone
7. Earthborn
8. Neverending Dream
9. Night of the Swords
10. Candles
11. Forget the Light

The Burning is the debut album by Crown of Thorns, originally released in 1995 and later re-issued after the band changed their name to The Crown. The album infuses traditional thrash metal-based death metal with melodic black metal elements.

The song “Night of the Swords” attacks Holocaust deniers.

Deathrace King / 2000

The Haunted-Deathrace King
  • Album Info
  • 2000
  • Metal Blade Records

1. Deathexplosion
2. Executioner – Slayer of the Light
3. Back from the Grave
4. Devil Gate Ride
5. Vengeance
6. Rebel Angel
7. I Won’t Follow
8. Blitzkrieg Witchcraft
9. Dead Man’s Song
10. Total Satan
11. Killing Star (Superbia Luxuria XXX)

Deathrace King is the fourth album by Swedish death/thrash metal band The Crown, released in 2000 on Metal Blade Records.

Hell Is Here / 1998

The Crown-Hell is Here
  • Album Info
  • 1998
  • Metal Blade Records

1. The Poison
2. At the End
3. 1999 – Revolution 666
4. Dying of the Heart
5. Electric Night
6. Black Lightning
7. The Devil and the Darkness
8. Give You Hell
9. Body and Soul
10. Mysterion
11. Death by My Side

Hell Is Here is the third album by Swedish death/thrash metal band The Crown. It was the first album to be originally released with the name “The Crown” instead of the previous name “Crown of Thorns”, changed due to legal reasons.

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Cobra Speed Venom by The Crown

Destroyed by Madness! I am the king of Chaos! What more do you need from Death Metal? The Crown only released this album today, and I already have songs stuck

March 16, 2018 by Riffvader
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