Johan Lindstrand: Vocals
Magnus Olsfelt: Bass
Marko Tervonen: Guitar
Marcus Sunesson: Guitar
Janne Saarenpaa: Drums
The band was originally formed back in 1990 as a primitive garage act and made their first public appearance on a local compilation CD in 1992. In 1993 the band recorded the new infamous Forever Heaven Gone demo with it’s dark and brutal sound. It received some underground attention and got the band a gig at the Hultsfred-Festival alongside major acts like THE RAMONES and ENTOMBED. The band had now grown into better songwriters and musicians and the result was a very brutal, intense and evil Death Metal sound but with a lot more feeling and melody to it. Some zines wrote that it was a perfect mix between the American and Scandinavian sound… This led to a deal with the new Swedish metal label Black Sun Records. The debut CD The Burning featured songs from both the demos alongside some new material and was praised as being one of the strongest and most brutal albums of 1995.
In January/February of 1998 THE CROWN hit the road and raised some serious hell alongside SACRILEGE featuring Tomas Lindberg (ex-AT THE GATES). After having seen a show on this European tour, a member of the Metal Blade Records team was very impressed; even after having a beer kicked in his face by singer Johan, and after some conspiring with Satan a deal was made between the hellish band and the legendary metal label.
In early 2001 singer Johan Lindstrand decided to leave the band after eleven years and taking his place was legendary Tomas Lindberg (ex-AT THE GATES). After destroying some summer festivals in 2001 the bands fifth album Crowned In Terror was recorded and released in April 2002. Crowned In Terror was heavily praised by both the media and fans as being one of the best releases of the year gaining the band the cover feature of Metal Maniacs. After a US tour with DARKEST HOUR as the support the band headed back to Sweden where after a show in Stockholm Tomas Lindberg and the band parted ways mutually. The band still had some festivals to play so the original singer Johan offered to help out until a full time replacement could be found. The shows went very well so one hazy night at a bar guitarist Marko asked Johan if he would be interested in being the full time singer once again… and his answer was yes! So in the fall of 2002 THE CROWN was back with the original line-up and ready to make some waves in the heavy metal community.
While new material was being written, smaller tours were played in Finland, Italy, and then a two-week tour all over Europe. In May 2003 the new album was recorded at Studio Fredman. As it marks the 13th anniversary of the band and contains 13 tracks, the album was appropriately titled POSSESSED 13. On this album THE CROWN sums up all that they are about on one great album. It is a total tribute to all that they have done. Filled with brand new riffs next to specially selected and finely matured 13-year-old riffs ripped up from the unreleased past and awoken in a new deadly fashion as only THE CROWN can do. The power of this album is striking, classic catchy old-school riffs in a fresh new way of sound and song making. The artwork is just as deadly as the music itself, made by the locust constructions responsible for the infamous “Crenom” t-shirt design. It is a total Hammer Horror concept; white, black, and blood stained! There will also be a black limited edition deluxe version with a bonus disc with 13 previously unreleased demo tracks where you can hear some of the Possessed 13 tracks in their original form. *Note- American release will be the double disc in jewel case; the single disc in the white packaging will be available as an import only.* Music off the new album has already been unleashed upon tens of thousands of dirty metalheads at the 2003 Wacken Open Air festival and was received with a very warm welcome. Possessed 13 will be unleashed on the world on the 21st of October 2003 so lock up your daughters, pray to God and send more cops… THE CROWN has arrived!!!