Hells fucking bells yes! The end of the year is almost here and it's time to make up top ten lists or what have you. This is going to make the top five for sure. Tomas Lindberg is out and Johan is back in again. The band has been racking up critical acclaim for a long time and I can see why. These boys just tear shit up and show no mercy to the weak.
"No Tomorrow" exercises guitar riffs that will have you go deaf and drum beats that will turn your stomach inside out. Johan's vokills just sound mean as fuck and that is the way I want it. There is also a wicked guitar solo along with just enough sweet melodies to make this song a sure fire hit. "Face Of Destruction" basically says it all here. Faster, meaner and harder is what you get. The drumming here is beyond good and quite tricky and Janne makes it sound oh so simple. The guitar riffs are very harsh, but contain a certain catchiness to them that are quite as memorable as those that are melodic. Where these guys succeed and other bands like DESTRUCTION fail to work is that THE CROWN write material that isn't always repetitive. They put forth effort into their compositions and actually have talent. It doesn't come off as sounding sloppy and they can do damage to you in under 5 minutes. No need to stretch the songs out too long and they end up being more memorable to the fans and the band.
By the time I get to the third track "Cold Is The Grave", I am air drumming, playing air guitar and pretending to do windmills. This CD is very addictive and I am still listening to it in its entirety. I think I am going on my fifth or sixth listen now. Yes, it's that damn good. You will notice that the band's logo looks like Earache Records' logo. I don't know why, but it does. The booklet looks like a Hammer Horror film cover. The black and white photos along with some colour with blood for an added touch. Here is a must for fans.
Purchase this CD and you will get for free a bonus CD that has the "Forever Heaven Gone" and "Forget The Light" demos along with other bonus tracks. Now, if this doesn't entice you, I don't know what will. Johan hasn't lost a thing and the band still keeps pumping out killer material. This is a win, win situation for everyone. Go and buy this. NOW! (Online December 19, 2003)