Vocalist Johan Lindstrand of the defunct Swedish thrashers THE CROWN has posted a message regarding the group's upcoming posthumous three-disc DVD, slated for release sometime next year. "This will be the final goodbye to our true fans out there that's been supporting us since the very beginning," he wrote. "It will contain as much sweet sugar as you possibly can imagine, documented from day one to the very end.
"First out will be a two-hour documentary edited by my very good friend Ben Isaac, responsible for the movie 'Prelude to War'. He will fuck you up totally. A death metal band has never been documented as intimate as this before. Everything from early studio days to rescent tour days will be shown during a dark story-telling. All the official videos will be there, and of course, live clips from all line-ups to give both old and new fans what they want. Yeah, that is what this is all about, giving something back to our fans who made this last 14 fuckin' years. You metalheads rule!!!
"Do I need to say more? Well, that was only the first disc. The other two ones will tear up your TV screen with some great live performances, both professionally filmed and amateur-directed stuff. Old stuff as well as new stuff. Everything from all around the globe. Sounds interesting? Damn right it does!!!
"When I sat down and thought about this whole thing, I only thought about what is really interesting to see and especially what I wanna see with my favorite bands when a new DVD is released. It came to my mind that no band, at least no death metal band has done such a unique close-up DVD as we're starting to shape here and now. A lot of hard words, but I can assure you they are true. The script totally rocks!! And I hope the final product will, too."
THE CROWN recently issued a posthumous CD, "Crowned Unholy", featuring a free bonus DVD, entitled "The Crown Invades Karlsruhe". The DVD, which is not to be confused with the above-mentioned separate release, is a full live show filmed professionally on THE CROWN's last tour in Karlsruhe, Germany on November 24, 2003.
"Crowned Unholy" is a remake of the band's fifth album, "Crowned In Terror", with re-recorded vocal tracks by Johan Lindstrand, re-recorded bass tracks by Magnus Olsfelt, a new version of the intro (originally written by guitarist Marko Tervonen, now programmed by drummer Janne Saarenpää), drum sound digitally enhanced by Janne, and cool synthesizer-spiced parts, all programmed by Janne.