The Crown (band)

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The Crown
Also known as Crown of Thorns
Origin Trollhättan, Sweden
Genres Melodic death metal,[1][2][3]
death metal,
thrash metal,
blackened death metal (early)
Years active 1990–2004, 2009–present
Labels Black Sun (1995–1997)
Metal Blade (1998–2004)
Century Media (2009–present)
Members Johan Lindstrand
Marko Tervonen
Marcus Sunesson
Magnus Olsfelt
Janne Saarenpää
Past members Jonas Stålhammar
Tomas Lindberg
Robert Österberg

The Crown is a death metal band from Trollhättan, Sweden. Originally, they used the name Crown of Thorns but were forced to change their name due to an American band already using that name. Their music and lyrics are inspired by death, antireligious themes (mostly targeting Christianity) and rebellion. They are known to fuse melodic death metal with aggressive old-school death metal tendencies and considerable thrash metal influences, reminiscent of bands such as Possessed and old Sepultura. The Crown disbanded in 2004. After that, Lindstrand went on to form One Man Army and the Undead Quartet.[citation needed] Tervonen formed Angel Blake, named after a song by Danzig. He now focuses on his new project Lady Mourning together with his wife and vocalist Elina Tervonen, keyboardist Andreas Tiberto and bassist Alexander Bringsoniou, both in Akribi. Sunesson is in a band called Engel. Olsfelt is also in a band called Stolen Policecar. The band was reformed in December 2009 with Jonas Stålhammar of God Macabre as the new vocalist.[4]

On June 30, 2010, it was reported that The Crown signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and the band's eighth studio album, Doomsday King, was released in September 2010.[5]

On September 14, 2014, The Crown will celebrate their 25th anniversary with the release of a new studio album, Death Is Not Dead on January 12, 2015. The first single "Headhunter" was released on October 27, 2014 as well as the music video was made on the same date.[6]


Current line-up[edit]

  • Johan Lindstrand – vocals (1990–2001, 2002–2004, 2011–present)
  • Marko Tervonen – guitar (1990–2004, 2009–present)
  • Magnus Olsfelt – bass (1990–2004, 2009–present)
  • Robin Sörqvist – guitar (2013–present)
  • Henrik Axelsson – drums (2014–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Janne Saarenpää - drums (1990–2004, 2009–2014)
  • Marcus Sunesson – guitar (1993–2004, 2009-2013)
  • Tomas Lindberg – vocals (2001–2002)
  • Jonas Stålhammar – vocals (2009–2011)





  • Forever Heaven Gone (1993)
  • Forget the Light (1994)



  • The Crown Invades Karlsruhe (2004), Pro-shot live show included with Crowned Unholy CD.
  • 14 Years of No Tomorrow (2006), 3 DVDs consisting of a documentary and live shows


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