Released: 2010, Metal Blade Records
It's comforting to know that, based on current trends, the odds are largely stacked in favor of a comeback for any one of your most prized bands who may have decided to call it quits over the past decade. The list of examples, spanning the most prolific to the obscure, is as long as your arm; the melodramatic siren call of "it's official" on Blabbermouth barely able to raise an eyebrow anymore.
The latest returnees are Swedish melodic death metal collective, The Crown. Considered seminal by literally tens of fans, their erstwhile swangsong rang out with 2004’s CROWNED UNHOLY before its membership decided that they'd had enough of each other's hairy mugs (read: creative differences) and called it a day. Old habits die hard though and with DOOMSDAY KING, The Crown sport three original members in Marko Tervonen, Magnus Olsfelt and Janne Saarenpää, along with new vocalist, Jonas Stålhammar. Promising to be bigger, better and badder than ever before, the fruits of their labors end up sounding like business as usual for the most part. That said, the album does kick things off with great promise as it drip-feeds it's death metal brutality to the listener through a foil of Sabbath-laden stoner sludge. From there on out however it all sounds increasingly ordinary. Fans of old will no doubt limber up and snap their necks to the likes of "Soul Slasher" and "Desolation Domain", but if you weren't an acolyte before, don't expect to become one now.
That I suppose, is one of the points with a release like this though. Any band whose been through the mincer that is the music industry and still decides to give it a second run - especially in this genre - must be doing so with relatively honorable intentions, because let's face it: very, very few have ever made a mint out of playing death metal and so to call this a cash-in would seem ridiculous. That's something that, regardless of your feelings toward the band, you have to respect.