The Crown (band)

The Crown is a death metal band from Trollhättan, Sweden, active from 1990 to 2004, and again since 2009.

The Crown
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The crown
Background information
Also known asCrown of Thorns, Dobermann
OriginTrollhättan, Sweden
Years active1990–2004, 2009–present
LabelsBlack Sun, Metal Blade, Century Media
Associated actsAt the Gates
  • Marko Tervonen
  • Magnus Olsfelt
  • Johan Lindstrand
  • Robin Sörqvist
  • Henrik Axelsson
Past members
  • Jonas Stålhammar
  • Tomas Lindberg
  • Robert Österberg
  • Marcus Sunesson
  • Janne Saarenpää


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. 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]

The Crown celebrated their 25th anniversary with the release of their ninth 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]

On November 28, 2017, it was announced that The Crown had returned to Metal Blade Records, and released the first single "Iron Crown" from their then-upcoming tenth studio album Cobra Speed Venom, on January 12, 2018.[7] On that album, The Crown used a string quartet with Alexander Bringsoniou playing violin, viola and cello.[8] Their eleventh studio album, Royal Destroyer, was released March 12, 2021.[9]


Current line-up

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

Former members

  • Janne Saarenpää – drums (1990–2004, 2009–2014)
  • Robert Österberg – lead guitar (1990–1993)
  • Marcus Sunesson – lead 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


  1. ^ "Albums by The Crown: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide". Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Crown". Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Crown - discography, line-up, biography, interviews, photos". Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Crown is back!". Blabbermouth. December 1, 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
  5. ^ "Reunited The Crown signs with Century Media Records". Blabbermouth. June 30, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  6. ^ "THE CROWN To Release 'Death Is Not Dead' Album In January". Blabbermouth. September 14, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "THE CROWN Returns To METAL BLADE RECORDS For New Album; 'Iron Crown' Single Due In January". November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Crown – Cobra Speed Venom". Discogs. March 16, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "THE CROWN Set March Release For Royal Destroyer Album; "Motordeath" Music Video Posted". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. January 14, 2021. Retrieved January 14, 2021.

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