The Crown
Crowned in Terror


4.5
superb

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
December 22nd, 2010 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

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.



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Ponton
Emeritus
December 22nd 2010


5803 Comments


Did their most recent, so I figured I'd do their best too since no one has done it yet.

At The Gates fans need this

AggravatedYeti
December 22nd 2010


7685 Comments


should I get this?

Ponton
Emeritus
December 22nd 2010


5803 Comments


definitely.

AggravatedYeti
December 22nd 2010


7685 Comments


ok good. Ordered as an xmas present for grandma. she's always had fond memories of Sweden.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 22nd 2010


5803 Comments


death/thrash granny, eh? i'm envious to say the least. mine likes hymns

AggravatedYeti
December 22nd 2010


7685 Comments


she was a WWII nurse in Europe. Woman's hardcore.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 22nd 2010


5803 Comments


mines a hardcore methodist, so

no The Crown for her

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 22nd 2010


10611 Comments


Good read man, good read.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

AggravatedYeti
December 22nd 2010


7685 Comments


....hmmm. probably a good plan.
giving her this album probably is the easiest way to take yourself off the present list.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 22nd 2010


5803 Comments


Preciate it Xeno, hope you keep going for the contrib! Don't pull a Ponton and take your app out haha, you'd make a good addition next time around

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2010


6193 Comments


have a pos, i don't own anything from these guys but now i know where to move.

Digging: Alkoholizer - Free Beer... Surf's Up!!!

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2010


17222 Comments


I've got Deathrace King and Possessed 13. they're alright.

BigHands
December 22nd 2010


338 Comments


Needs moar hall & oates

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2010


17222 Comments


you should be banned again for your avatar.... i love me some hall & oates though

BigHands
December 22nd 2010


338 Comments


wasnt banned just bored, as evidenced by me posting completely random shit under a different account.

IndomitableSpirit
December 22nd 2010


31 Comments


Hans my mom dates the drummer for Britney Fox (now he's the drummer for Doro Pesch). Not even kidding, he's the most chill dude ever, got me and my mom backstage with KISS and we got to hang out with them all night, it was crazyyyy.


Also good review Jared, I generally don't like melodeath but this sounds great. The review (for you at least) is a bit more straightforward than usual but I think it suits well for this type of music.

BigHands
December 22nd 2010


338 Comments


thats awesome Spirit.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 22nd 2010


5803 Comments


Thanks Spirit, this is great stuff, well worth looking into, and same adam, this is not like their other albums

Itwasthatwas
January 13th 2011


770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Deathrace King is more fun than this but this is their second best IMO. Title track slays. Nice review, it was good for some nostalgia

FR33L0RD
February 17th 2012


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didn't new this band.
Amazing good RAW surprise for me.



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