Reunited Swedish death/thrash metal act THE CROWN performed live for the first time in more than six years on July 2, 2010 at Backstage in Trollhättan, Sweden.
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be viewed below.
THE CROWN's new album, "Doomsday King", is scheduled for release on September 27 via Century Media Records. A track from the CD, "Blood O.D.", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
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."
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thecrownonlineswe.