Review Summary: Tomas Lindberg puts on his best post-At The Gates performance for The Crown's best album
The best The Crown album is not quite like the other The Crown albums that came before and since its 2002 release. But this is not all attributed to just its having a superior quality when compared to the other albums, actually: for one, it features At The Gates
-voice Tomas Lindberg with his best vocal performance since his Slaughter of the Soul
days, and for two, The Crown are at their most ferocious sonically as a death/thrash group, as well as at their most melodic, too. The change in sonic happenings when compared to the excellent – and often cited by critics, masterpiece - Deathrace King
can almost be attributed to Lindberg’s presence on the album alone.
It turns out that Lindberg unfortunately left The Crown soon after Crown In Terror
’s release, though; the rest of the group joined with prior vocalist Johan Lindstrand to re-record the album under the title of Crowned Unholy
in 2004, as they were not happy with the original results. Shame, as The Crown were at their strongest with Lindberg at the helm, and Crowned In Terror
’s excellence is evidence of that. Each of the ten proper tracks – “Introduction: House of Hades” serves as an instrumental intro – contains a distinct identity of its own, while revolving around The Crown’s intense sound, coupled with a hefty dose of melody, too. If any of the other tracks were as catchy, and even as accessible, as “Drugged Unholy” or “Death Is The Hunter”, Crowned In Terror
might fit into the melodic death metal genre – albeit with some struggle.
But The Crown are intense and furious, though, and while Lindberg and his Gothenberg roots lend Crowned In Terror
to being Slaughter Of the Soul
-ish – check out the riffing of guitarists Marko Tervonen and Marcus Sunesson on the opening of “World Below” and “(I Am) Hell” for some obvious At The Gates
influence – The Crown make sure to keep the intensity up, thrash influences intact, for a melody-flavored death metal product. The tempo speeds are not quite up to that of Deathrace King
, however; yet the volume of the production on record and the technical playing of the guitarists make this The Crown’s most ball-bustin’ experience - excluding the recent, pointless intensity of the mediocre The Doomsday King
Keeping the music fast, raging, and catchy throughout Crowned In Terror
’s ten tracks make it to be The Crown's best album, even succeeding its popular predecessor, Deathrace King
. Lindberg’s presence gives the the band more of a focus on melody, and the vocalist is the perfect driving vehicle for this aim. His work that would later come with the-at-the-present mediocre Nightrage
with 2003’s Sweet Vengeance
and 2005’s Descent Into Chaos
show where the singer’s strengths truly lie, and for this one release, The Crown get the legend at his best. Lindberg’s voice, as well as The Crown’s furious death/thrash metal, make Crowned In Terror
a superb experience that any metalhead needs to check out.