Reunited Swedish death/thrash metal act THE CROWN has inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band's new album, "Doomsday King", is scheduled for release in September.
Commented THE CROWN guitarist Marko Tervonen: "We are happy as hell to turn a new page in THE CROWN's history book...and to pick up the journey with Century Media Records supporting us feels great. We can't wait to unleash 'Doomsday King' upon you all!!!"
Added Jens Prueter, head Of A&R at Century Media in Europe: "Some of the very early Century Media signings have been UNLEASHED, GRAVE, TIAMAT, ASPHYX, MORGOTH — the glory days of the first death metal wave. We are still in love with death metal and are more than proud to announce the signing of Swedish death metal legend THE CROWN. They haven't lost any aggression since the early '90s and are still a guarantee for some death metal holocaust! In case of doubt, go to one of the summer festivals and hear some new songs live before the album's coming out this fall."
THE CROWN 2010 is:
* Jonas Stålhammar (GOD MACABRE, MACABRE END, ABHOTH) - Vocals
* Marko Tervonen - Rhythm Guitar
* Marcus Sunesson - Lead Guitar
* Magnus Olsfelt - Bass
* Janne Saarenpää - Drums
THE CROWN split up more than six years ago due to "too many tours gone bad due to not at all professional tour arrangements," according to a March 2004 statement released by Saarenpää. He added, "Coming home from tours with empty pockets, equipment falling apart and having a pile of bills on the doorstep is simply 'horns down'. Paying the bills with tour memories and floorscores is just not possible. We do love standing on stage but we don't know much about the business part, and that's a bad combination."
THE CROWN's last CD, "Possessed 13", was released in October 2003 through Metal Blade. The self-produced effort, which was recorded at Gothenurg's Studio Fredman during May-June 2003, was made available in a special limited-edition double-CD digipack, featuring a bonus CD that contained the band's 1993 "Forever Heaven Gone" and 1994 "Forget The Light" demos, a cover of BATHORY's "Burnin' Leather", and a demo version of "Rebel Angel" (off 2000's "Deathrace King" CD).
In a December 2009 interview with Metal Sucks, guitarist Marko Tervonen was asked if former THE CROWN vocalist Johan Lindstrand was approached take part in the band's reformation and whether Johan supports the group's new lineup. "He supports the new lineup," marko said. "Actually, when I talked to him about DOBERMANN [the band that evolved into the reunited THE CROWN], he asked me why we don't use the name THE CROWN, so he's cool with it. Johan was asked to join us for the DOBERMANN ride, but he was too busy with his ONE MAN ARMY band. So we started looking for other options. And when we discovered that Jonas was the man, we at that time decided to use the name THE CROWN. We kind of discovered how much like THE CROWN everything sounded, so in the end it would have been plain silly to call it something else."
When asked if there were any issues with re-announcing the DOBERMANN project as THE CROWN, Marko said, "We hesitated a lot. First we wanted to have a completely different name. But when the album started to take form, everything just sounded so CROWN. First we thought, 'Well, maybe we should call us something CROWN-related after a song or album,' until someone said 'Fuck it, let's do this as THE CROWN.' When we decided to go that way, it all just felt great. And scary too, to be honest… We're all determined to do this our way this time. No bullshit, just good death metal albums and shows."
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THE CROWN has scheduled the following dates:
Jul. 02 - Backstage, Trollhättan, Sweden
Jul. 10 - Getaway RF, Gävle, Sweden
Aug. 12-14 - Party.San Open Air, Bad Berka, Germany
Aug. 21 - Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
Oct. 1-2 - Way Of Darkness, Lichtenfels, Germany
Oct. 2-3 - Death Feast Ultimate, Oberhausen, Germany
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thecrownonlineswe.