Here comes a update of whats going
on with the Swedish Deathrockers, The Crown. The band is represented by
the Magnus Olsfelt, bass and lyrics/songwriting.
Here follows some tasty details of whats is coming up:"Possesed 13"
(Metal Blade) on October 20th 2003..
- Hell is once again here! -
Tim: Hello Magnus, whats up?
Magnus: Well thanks its cool, a little tired.
Sitting here and trying to rest a bit before The Summer Breeze Festival
(Ger). We travel tomorrow. Beside the gig, we are also gonna do a
video for a track on the new album, so its gonna be a hectic weekend.
Tim: I probably should mention your gig
at W:O:A this year, a real killer! Whats your own oppinion? Satisfied?
Tim: Your new album "Possesed 13"
will be out this autumn. Can you tell us something what have happened
in "the Crown Camp" since your last release "Crowned in
Can you tell us something about the creation of your upcoming "Possesed
13"? Did you finish all the material at the rehearsal room or were
there "last minute"compositions at the studio?
Magnus: The creation of the new record was
mainly made at home and in our our rehearsal room. The only writings
we did in the studio was a coupple of guitar solo-stuff. Otherwise
we were very well prepared for the studio session. We recorded the
hole fuckin record as a demo before entering the studio. A so called
pre-production a coupple of months earlier, so that we could listen
through the material and be asured that it was going to be as good
as possible. The album was later recorded in Studio Fredman, wich
is a really "fat" studio. With Patrik J. Sten, who is a
real sickminded one! This was his first recording alone, earlier he
has assisted Fredrik Nordström as a technician. But the recording
sessions went on smooth and well, we also did a lot of work at weekends
and late nights. It was bloody cool.
Tim: What can we, the listeners expect
from "P13"? Compared to some of your earlier releases like "Hell
is here" (-99), "Deathrace.." (-00) and "Crowned in
Magnus: Musically, it's a very solid album
but still varyied. And also a summary of our 13 year long career.
There are a coupple of really old riffs from..like the first songs
we ever wrote. And some old demo-riffs and stuff that we have re-used
in our new songs. The songs are easier and straighter, less hysteric
but harder and more "controled". Not as much grind as you
can hear on "Crowned in terror", and therefor it perhaps
sounds more like "Deathrace.." But it's a hole new album,
and we are very satisfied! More CROWN than ever!!
Tim: What has Johan Lindstrand (vocals)
comeback ment for the songwriting for "P13"? And for the band
as a unit?
Magnus: He hasn't contributed as a songwriter
for the new album, it is more his voice and nearness that he has contributed
with. He sings really cool on the album and he has a natural understanding
for our music, though we have played together for so long and grown
up together in the band.
Tim: Can or will you reveal if there is
gonna be any guest appearences on the album?
Magnus: There will be no guests in the meaning
of appearences, but Whiplasher/Andreas Berg from "Deathstars"
has contributed with lyrics on one song. We have talked earlier about
the thing that he and I have a bit of the same lyric´s style,
when he did the vocals in "Swordmaster" (more or less the
band that became "Deathstars", Swe/Nuclear blast //red.).
So that one fits very well among with my lyrics.
Tim: The Crown has been on Metal Blade for
quite a while now. Plesed with them? Good back-up?
Tim: A real killer layout for the new album,
regarding to the samples I´ve seen from it! Who are the guilty ones
and will there be any bonus material/versions on "P13"?
Magnus: Thanks! You seem to have good taste!
Its made by two German friends of mine. Its really cool because its
their first cover! They have only done the "Crenom" (the
Crown goes Venom) stuff for us before, on our last album. I´ve
provided them with some picture and stuff and told them how we wanted
it. And after some adjustments it was really awesome! D.I.E or die!
The album will be like white with black prints and with bloodstains,
Horror! Later a black deluxe edition will be available, with a bonus
CD of 13 unreleased songs. Demos and stuff..also with a total different
layout and photos. There will also be an LP with a fat gatefold containing
some bonus songs from the deluxe version. Plus a Japan press with
a very unusual version of "The Poison" (Hell is here)...
Tim: How will you promote "P13"?
Any tours on planned after the release?
Tim: Ok that's all for now! Any last words
to the Metal Covenant readers? Release party? Wich one of you crowned
dudes will be the one who looks deepest in the beer/booze bottle?
- Magnus: Alright
Timmy! Thanks for the interview and the nice chat at Wacken. Metal Covenant
readers should book the 20th of Oktober, that's the date for "Possesed
13"! Buy it, invite your friends and have your own release party!
The one who gets most drunk is proberbly you!! Guaranted hell!
Tim: Wise words from a wise (?!) man! Thanks
Magnus for taking your time to please us with this appetizer of whats
coming. Remember the 20th Oktober: The Crown - "Possesed 13".
The Crown are:
Johan Lindstrand - Vocals
Marko Tervonen -Guitar
Marcus Sunesson - Guitar
Magnus Olsfelt - Bass
Janne Saarenpää -Drums
Crown Of Thorns - "The Burning"
The Crown - "Eternal Death"
The Crown - "Hell Is Here"
The Crown - "Deathrace King"
The Crown - "Crowned In Terror"
The Crown - "Possesed 13" (release date October 20th, 2003)