Hell Is Here
Formerly the mighty and formidably underground Crown of Thorns, this
awesome band hand to switch their moniker presumably because of NYHC
punks Crown of Thornz and the Kiss-managed band of the same name. Instead
of griping about the pettiness of legal technicalities in a savage music industry,
welcome the new incarnation.
While I haven’t personally heard Crown Of Thorn’s work, correspondents on
the Net have told me that this is indeed a huge musical progression for these
Swedish fuckers, and shit is it a great effort. Amidst a stream of Swedish death
pretenders attempting to emulate either Dissection ,At The Gates or Bathory for
that matter see: Carnal Forge, the Haunted, Dawn, Raise Hell, Sacramentum,
Swordmaster etc.) The Crown is a breath of fresh fucking air. Like Witchery
before them, The Crown make a totally different death metal album, one that
strays ahead of the pack with such ease and such marvel that it is if not ahead of
its time ahead of the rest of the scene.
Blending the rocking riffs of Edge Of Sanity, Entombed and Witchery, the
melodic edge of say Dismember ,the amphetamine chewing punk n’ roll of
Motorhead and shades of Slayer, Kreator, At The Gates, Dissection, Cowsuckers
all thrown in for good measure and what you get is a piece of art in brutality.
What’s brilliant about the Crown is their refusal to forsake the catchy hook
which makes a death metal song so anthemic for the brutality of Cryptopsy and
the ilk. Each song has its own melodic little ditty which makes you shout along in
pure glee, much the same way that At The Gates did. Instrumentally, it’s no joke
when I say that each of The Crown’s exceptionally talented members is a
brilliant musician. The beer basted vocals of Johanne, the Motorhead noodlings
of the guitarist and the utterly unbelievable ( trust me) performance of one
JSarenpaa only leave me breathless…
Sheer poetry in the art of death and the best Swedish death disc to have come my
way in a very very long time. Fuck all the brutal as hell gore bands and pick up a
real enjoyable death album.
© 2000 equimanthorn