Released: 2002, Metal Blade Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
WOW...!! Somewhat punishing and violent Thrash shit here... it´s the Swedish terror patrol The Crown with their 4th album that pleasingly terrorizes us now. This time they have hired Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates) as their main screamer, who already did his quest appearance on The Crown´s previous album, DEATHRACE KING (in a song titled “Devil Gate Ride”) and probably was convincing enough for getting a slot for these particular duties on CROWDED IN TERROR?! Whatever the reasons may have been, the band couldn´t have made any better choice. Tomas´ voice fits in The Crown like a 12-inch nail in a lipstick poser´s forehead. He sounds like a pissed off Devil in the house of God – raging around, slashing, burning and destroying everything that has guts to come in his way. I think he even does better vocals on CROWNED IN TERROR than what he did during his At The Gates era, having more of an aggressive tone in his voice and surprisingly sounding a bit like Mika ´Vitun´ Luttinen of Impaled Nazarene at his best.
As for the songs, well, this is just my personal opinion, but I think the stuff on The Crown´s newest effort sounds slightly better than on their previous outburst of violent Thrash, the always great DEATHRACE KING album. This new album is more melodic and heavier even if not having nearly as fast songs as DEATHRACE. As a whole, the new album wins the race as my favorite album out of these two killer choices. This has got more stand-out songs than DEATHRACE KING, too. You just cannot go wrong with a hyper-aggressive opener, “House of Hades,” which truly kicks your innards out by its plain pounding overloaded Thrash energy and probably puts my neck hurting most often out of the 11 songs the guys have chosen for this Swedish Thrash grenade. Other ball-cracking songs that they guys have included to their C.I.T. menu - and that deserve to be mentioned by name, are the title track “Crowned in Terror,” with some of the best guitar work available on this disc of terror; “Under the Whip” that oddly reminds me of the late era of At The Gates due to its extremely catchy ending; a downright heavy stormer “World Below”; “(I Am) Hell,” which is almost a straight rip-off of an Impaled Nazarene song (the name of which, of course, escapes me) due to some very familiar guitar riffs); “Death Is the Hunter,” with a nice The Haunted-ish beginning, and, of course, the last song on the album, somewhat hilariously titled “Death Metal Holocaust,” which is sort of a mishmash of elements from both Thrash (the fuckin´ Thrash/Death riffs/leads herein SHRED!! – bringing occasionally the ultimate Brazilian Death dealers Krisiun in my mind) – and Death Metal (the co-growls by Dr. J. Lindstrand). The stuff on the very disc is surely for everyone into The Crown´s raging Thrash Metal and basically for everyone who wants to enjoy his/her Thrash Metal both nicely violent and melodic at the same time. These ingredients go well hand in hand on this 11-song offering, so I suggest you add CROWNED IN TERROR to near by the very top of your shopping list right away. Just get this! You will love it – just mark my words.