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The Crown
Doomsday King

Company: Century Media
Release: 2010
Genre: Death
Reviewer: EC

  • Embracing the reunion with zest and renewed confidence

  • Sweden's The Crown are considered mandatory metal in the death mosh, crushing the 90s with "then" classics like "Hell Is Here" and "Eternal Death". I'm not sure if band ever really rose to the top with some of the more notable melodic mainstays like At The Gates and Arch Enemy but they were still in the marathon. Unfortunately that race came to an end in 2004 with the band's surprising break-up. Vocalist Johan Lindstrand wasn't finished with his tirade there, he went on to form the equally crushing One Man Army And The Undead Quartet (really rolls off the tongue) while others went on to Engel and Angel Blake.

    "Doomsday King" comes by way of Century Media and reunites everyone but Lindstrand. This collaboration is fronted by new vocalist Jonas Stalhammar formerly from a half dozen low-tier Swedish acts. The new shouter is right on target with his fury, nailing the masses with a punishing death growl that has enough enunciation to actually make it audible. From lighting quick double-bass tantrums to soaring melody, The Crown make full use of their talent, really embracing the reunion with zest and renewed confidence. This may be equally as good as "Deathrace King" (2000) and the vocals may actually be an improvement. The album was produced by guitarist Tervonen and is certainly efficient in cranking the watts for death-in-stereo. This is a punishing affair and it's great to see these warriors back on the ice. Recommended for fans of old Arch Enemy, Dew Scented and Nightrage.

    About this Writer:
    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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