Sunday, April 4, 2021

Episode 173: The Crown

Here is Dreams of Consciousness Podcast Episode 173, featuring an interview with Marko Tervonen of The Crown.

[cover photo by Ida Kucera]

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It was on an obscure regional compilation that I discovered The Crown, back when they were still known as Crown Of Thorns. Amidst tracks by Grotesque, Liers In Wait, and Sacrilege, The Crown represented a resurgence in the Swedish Death Metal scene, as well as a new standard of extremity in the region. A few years later, they would sign to Metal Blade and eclipse virtually every other band on that comp, becoming trailblazers with their own brand of feral rock-inflected death metal.

I spoke with guitarist Marko Tervonen about the early years of The Crown, and how the band related to the rest of the Swedish death metal scene. We also discussed why their latest album Royal Destroyer is a sequel to Cobra Speed Venom, and how Marko thinks The Crown will be remembered.

My thanks to Marko for speaking with me, and to all of you for listening.

Music In This Episode:

"In The Name of Death"
taken from the album Cobra Speed Venom

"Scandinavian Satan"
taken from the album Royal Destroyer

"In Bitterness and Sorrow"
taken from the album Eternal Death

The Crown on Facebook

The Crown on Bandcamp

The Crown Merch Page through Indie Merch Store/Metal Blade Records

Marko Tervonen's Twitch Stream

Eternal Death:

Episode 157:

Episode 118: