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Crown, The: 14 Years of No Tomorrow (DVD)

What better way to celebrate the career of one of Sweden's most beloved death metal band's than to release a 3 DVD retrospective of their history. In the case of The Crown, who packed it in and called it a day back in 2004, 14 Years of No Tomorrow is the ultimate tribute to a band that never really made it as big as some of their contemporaries like In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Soilwork, and Entomed, but made their mark on the extreme metal scene nevertheless. Featuring three, count 'em, three DVD's, this set is jam packed with goodies for The Crown fanatic.

DVD 1 features what is called 'The Road to Nowhere', a pseudo documentary that is really just a montage of clips of the band staged over their songs, taking the viewer through the history of The Crown from beginning to end. There's no narration, no interviews, just music, live & video clips, and on screen text to guide you through each phase of the career of the band. Sort of disappointing, as some interview snippets of the band would have been nice, but it gives you a good sense of the chronology of their career. Don't blink, otherwise you'll miss any mention or footage of former At the Gates singer Tomas Lindberg and his brief time in the band. Otherwise, throughout the rest of this package they treat that time period as if it never existed, instead focusing on the classic line-up of growler Johan Lindstrand (current One Man Army and the Undead Quartet), Marko Tervonen & Marcus Sunesson on guitars, bassist Magnus Olsfelt , and drummer Janne Saarenpää. On the second DVD you get four live concerts, including a great set from Wacken Open Air Festival in 2002 (which would have been even better had the crowd been more lively), as well as three others of equally solid set list & performance, but sub-par video and audio quality. The Summer Breeze Festival Footage is especially a kick ass set for the band, and the crowd is going apeshit, but the camera work is all over the place and the vocals of Linstrand are mixed a little low. Otherwise it's four action packed shows of quality Swedish death metal, and while you get numerous overlap as far as songs go, seeing as they are mostly from different tours there are a lot of songs that you will only hear once. The third DVD is for the true collector only, a batch of bootleg video clips that are of really rough quality, but some are so old (dating back to the early 90's) that you just have to appreciate them for the sheer rareness factor.

While there are obviously better "power-packed" multi-DVD sets on the market (the Amon Amarth, Rush, and Therion instantly come to mind), if you are at all a fan of the music of The Crown, this will be a must own for you. For those new to the band, bask in the many hours of content that are included here, and dive into such classic death metal tunes as "Death Explosion", "Crowned in Terror", "Under the Whip", and "Death Metal Holocaust", and find out what The Crown were all about.


DVD 1: An in depth looks at the 14-year history of THE CROWN.


DVD 2 : DEATH EXPLOSIONS ON THE SKY (FOUR LIVE CONCERTS)
ESSEN 2000
Executioner
The Poison
Angels Die
Blitzkrieg Witchcraft
Death Explosion
Back From The Grave
Vengeance
Kill The Priest
Total Satan
WACKEN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL 2002
House Of Hades
Crowned In Terror
Deathexplosion
Under The Whip
Blitzkrieg Witchcraft
Satanist
World Below
Face Of Destruction
Deep Hit Of Death
PARTY SAN OPEN AIR 2002
Crowned In Terror
Death Explosion
Executioner
World Below
The Poison
Under The Whip
Back From The Grave
Black Lightning
The Serpent Garden
Revolution 666
Death Metal Holocaust
Total Satan
SUMMER BREEZE OPEN AIR 2003
House of Hades
Crowned In Terror
Death Explosion
Under The Whip
Blitzkrieg Witchcraft
Satanist
World Below
Zombiefied
Revolution 666
Total Satan
Death Metal Holocaust


DVD 3: ELECTRIC NIGHTS (BOOTLEG COMPILATION)
Seventh Gate – Angered, Sweden 1992
Beyond Where Darkness Dwells – Trollhattan, Sweden 1992
Last Rite – Trollhattan, Sweden 1992
In Tears (Previously Unreleased) – Trollhattan, Sweden 1992
Beautiful Evil Soul – Trollhattan, Sweden 1997
Death Of God – Rotterdam, Holland 1999
Forget The Light – Gent, Belgium 1999
The Black Heart – Beveren Leie, Belgium 1999
Candles - Beveren Leie, Belgium 1999
Black Lightning – Lorain, USA 2000

Added: August 31st 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1935
Language: english

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