Year : 2018
Style : Thrash Metal
Country : Sweden
Audio : 320 kbps + scans + Video
Size : 170 mb
“Death Is Not Dead” is the somewhat programmatic title of Swedish THE CROWN’s 8th album (counting in “The Burning” & “Eternal Death” originally released as Crown Of Thorns) and marks a bold sonic statement showing the thrashing death metal lunatics at the top of their game. Profiting from the return of original frontman Johan Lindstrand, his merciless voice thrones above a barrage of riffs, insane paces and twisted song structures destined to please any THE CROWN supporter since day one.Formed as a primitive garage act in 1990, a compilation appearance in ’92 and the legendary dark and brutal demos “Forever Heaven Gone” (1993) and “Forget The Light” (1994) followed, leading up to a deal with Black Sun Records (Grotesque, Nifelheim, Ceremonial Oath) and the much-lauded debut album “The Burning” (1995). Blending a strong sense of melody with the thrashing ferocity of American acts and atmospheric flavor of Scandinavian tradition, the band impressed media and fans alike with a perfect amalgamation of feeling and sheer brutality. A video for “Of Good And Evil” was shot and further helped spreading the band’s moniker as did their cover of “Mandatory Suicide” on the “Slatanic Slaughter – a tribute to Slayer” compilation.In 1996, the band once again entered the studio to record its second assault entitled “Eternal Death”, which showed an even more focused and breathtaking approach. Its unique mixture of hellish riffing, blasting drums, mesmerizing melodies, ripping classic metal leads, killer vocals and possessed lyrics (just think of the epic 8min “The Black Heart” dedicated to Dead / Mayhem) turned “Eternal Death” into a catchy yet very dangerous and addictive album. It also featured a ravaging, reworked version of the 1991 penned pre-demo classic “Kill (The Priest)” which still is featured in the band’s live set. A video was made for the song “Angels Die”.July 1997 was a rather unpleasant period in the band history as Christian glam-pop outfit CROWN OF THORNS forced the band to drop its name and shorten it to simply THE CROWN, but as disastrous this might look to outsiders, the group unflinchingly moved onward and never wavered from its mission of spread hell and terror! A first nasty little teaser as THE CROWN was issued with “The Poison” on the “Statements Of Intent” compilation (Wicked World Records), and a blasting cover of Sepultura’s hymn “Arise” appeared on the "Sepultural Feast" tribute album.In January/February 1998, THE CROWN hit the road and raised some serious hell together with Sacriflege featuring Tomas Lindberg (ex At The Gates) and left a lasting impression at the Metal Blade Records-team (even after having a beer kicked in his face by singer Johan) and the band’s next album “Hell Is Here” (1999) followed. 11 ripping new tracks of death, darkness, destruction, revolution, violence, Satanism, war, drugs, Armageddon, sex, black magic and rock’n’roll. A perfect combination for a perfect album! During touring with Morbid Angel, Emperor, Impaled Nazarene etc. and even at Wacken Open Air the band played live as much as they could and kicked as many asses as they could find.Just a year later, THE CROWN delivered “Deathrace King”, a monstrous album turning their death metal roots into the ultimate rock´n’roll Überbeast destroying everything in its way. Featuring Tomas Lindberg and Mika Luttinen as guest vocalists, “Deathrace King” was unanimously hailed in press and the European and American tour activities with Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Krisiun, Enslaved, Vomitory and others left clubs in ruin and audiences deaf and dead.Unfortunately, in 2001 vocalist Johan Lindstrand quits the band, former At The Gates singer Tomas Lindberg steps in for the again, much celebrated “Crowned In Terror” (2002) yet drops out of the band already in the very same year due to personal differences. On 2003’s “Possessed 13”, Johan Lindstrand returns to the fold delivering another punishing performance resulting in a blistering album. Between October 2003 and February 2004, THE CROWN reworked “Crowned In Terror” with Johan Lindstrand on vocals releasing it posthumously as “Crowned Unholy”. However, THE CROWN had marched into the grave by then.Five years later THE CROWN return fronted by Jonas Stålhammar (God Macabre, Bombs Of Hades…) presenting a formidable comeback record on their new label home Century Media Records with “Doomsday King” (2009) and after the departure of Jonas can convince the mighty Johan Lindstrand to torture his lungs again for the new album. “Death Is Not Dead” features guitarists Marko Tervonen and Robin Sörqvist (who replaced Marcus Sunesson in 2013), Magnus Olsfelt on bass, and the aforementioned Mr Lindstrand who (de)composed a incredibly pissed off and intense record full of raging riffs, thrashing speed and devastating death metal force. Song titles like “Headhunter”, “Speed Kills (Full Moon Ahead)”, “Herd Of Swine” are definitely far from being love songs, so, folks, get ready to join THE CROWN’s deathrace again and ride to f**king ruin…
If you like your Metal in the form of Classic Thrash, then this is for you.Swedish veterans Crown Of Thorns were formed way back in 1990 releasing their debut album in 1995 and the second album in 1996. In 1997 the band were forced to change their name to The Crown, however they did not allow this to change them and in 1998 they toured with Morbid Angel and Emperor.Name and member changes throughout the years have not detracted from the identity of The Crown, here they are 28 years later releasing their blend of Heavy Metal with Thrash Metal, throwing some groove in the mix.Cobra Speed Venom is an album full of tight Thrash that is quick, but not too quick that it becomes a blur. The speed is supplemented by some heavy riffs and that will leave you in a head banging frenzy.The title track is a classic Thrash Metal song that is very high quality whilst ‘World War Machine’ is uncomplicated in its performance and you soon find yourself singing along with ‘In The Name Of Death.’ Instrumental track ‘Where My Grave Shall Stand’ is a display of Hard Rock and Metal musicality that shows The Crown are not just about balls out speed.The combination of gravely vocals and Thrash Metal with Melodic influences makes Cobra Speed Venom a hugely enjoyable album to listen to and work out those neck muscles.
Magnus Olsfelt Bass (1998-2004, 2009-present) - See also: ex-Crown of Thorns, ex-Dobermann, ex-Stolen Policecar
Marko Tervonen Guitars (1998-2004, 2009-present) - See also: ex-Angel Blake, ex-Crown of Thorns, Lady Mourning, ex-Dobermann
Johan Lindstrand Vocals (1998-2001, 2002-2004, 2011-present) - See also: ex-One Man Army and the Undead Quartet, ex-Crown of Thorns, ex-Incapacity
Robin Sörqvist Guitars (2013-present) - See also: Afterbürner, Impious, Power Supreme
Henrik Axelsson Drums (2016-present) - See also: Implode, Soils of Fate (live)
01. Destroyed by Madness 05:19
02. Iron Crown 03:23
03. In the Name of Death 04:55
04. We Avenge! 05:16
05. Cobra Speed Venom 04:55
06. World War Machine 05:05
07. Necrohammer 04:01
08. Rise in Blood 02:58
09. Where My Grave Shall Stand 04:35
10. The Sign of the Scythe 07:02
11. Nemesis Diamond (Bonus Track) 03:48
12. The Great Dying (Bonus Track) 06:06
13. Ride the Fire (Bonus Track) 03:22
+ Video "Cobra Speed Venom" (Official Video)
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