The Crown gründeten sich 1990 und waren eine typische Garagenband. 30 Jahre später feierten sie ihr Bandjubiläum und sind eine der beständigsten Institutionen im Death Metal. Am 12. März diesen Jahres veröffentlichen die Schweden mit „Royal Destroyer“ ihr zehntes Studioalbum. Bassist Magnus Olsfelt ist heute im Interview mit Metal and Me.
Magnus – The Crown
Metal and Me
Hello Magnus. My name is Tobi. I run a Facebook page and a webblog. On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with a wheelchair. On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals. Of course, I also write about the bands‘ performance. Today I have a few questions for you about your new Album „Royal Destroyer“.
But first of all, I want to ask you how are you and your Bandmates doing right now?
We are fine thank you, eventhough we lost a legend in LG Petrov yesterday. R.I.P.
And how are you when you think about March 12th, 2021?
Yeah I am eager to showcase the album to our fans. I am most interested in hearing our true fans reactions to the album, even though professional reviews can also of course be interesting.
„Motordeath“ was the first single from your 10. Studioalbum. Why this song?
I don’t know. We could easily have pick any song off the album. They are all good.
What can we expect from your new album?
You can expect an experience, kind of like going to a brutal theme park filled with different rides and rollercoasters. You will scream and laugh and cry and would still want another spin when it is over!
What is the main difference between „Royal Destroyer“ and Cobra Speed Venom?
It is a continuation. The difference is that the new album is a little more focused, and better as an album in my opinion. But they are pretty much in the same ballpark. What do you think yourself?
My Opinion about „Royal Destroyer“ can be read in my Review, but to answer your Question: I tihnk it is even harder and straighter then as Cobra Speed Venom and hits with every Note you play.
The new tracks are energetic, aggressive and powerfull. How long did you write to them and how long did it take for them to be ready for our Ears?
Hard to say, but it took 3 years between albums, so we wrote the album in that timespace, we rehearsed this album for a year almost. So we were well prepared i the studio and we could record the album in less than a week.
Do you have a song that you particularly like on „Royal Destroyer“?
I like them all, they complement eachother and make up a great ride of an album.
The Cover-Artwork is really nice. From who was the Idea?
Thank you, it was made by Christian Sloan Hall, it is really huge, with thousands of layers. It is absolutely epic!
What inspired you to Songs like „Let The Hammering Begin!“ or „Scandinavian Satan“?
We are in the extreme Metal tradition and I am very grateful and inspired to all those who came before us and on whose shoulders we stand upon. We did not invent this ourselves. Both those songs are inspired by our founding fathers, Venom and Jeff Hannemann!
How are you all actually after a show with all your tracks? How long do you need to regenerate? What you fire is pure steel thunderstorm!
Haha yeah pure Steel Thunder! You know we can be very sweaty it is a very physical kind of music style live. Regeneration is mostly rehydrate.
A few words to the fans who definitely can’t wait to hear you live. Are there any plans about a streaming Event?
Maybe, we’ll see about that.
How is it to you to stay in contact with your fans via social media in these pandemic times and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?
Yeah it can be cool, but it is not the same as IRL of course.
How did you as deal with the restrictions in the meantime? How much does it restricted you in your working life?
I have Face mask and visor at work. Otherwise business as usual.
How have you spent your Free time under Covid 19 so far?
Well I have a family with kids and dogs and cats and a house so there are always things to do, I guess I have been doing the stuff I always playing bass, lots of reading, some excercise, I have a good time but it would be even better without the pandemic of course.
If you could privately go to a concert in this, sorry for the expression, shitty corona pandemic, which one would it be?
I don’t know, I only like old bands it seems… I have seen almost all bands that I like already. But I have never seen Ac/dc, Blapshemy and Deströyer 666 live. That would be a fun show. Hook me up!
Is Heavy Metal and the Subgenres also a means for you to switch off everything in this hectic world, to Pause and just listen?
Yeah that can be good!
Wich Subgenres do you listen to?
I listen to mostly early extreme Metal. Like 80’s Black Metal and early Death Metal. But I like all lots of music not only Metal.
Get away from the music a little. What about hobbies?
I am interested in reading stuff that’s what I like most I guess, also talking to people with interesting ideas. I like also training, and I have tried to pick up skateboarding again with my son, that’s fun.
A few words to your Fans out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?
Thank you for supporting us! And check out our new album! It was made for all you! Hope you will enjoy it!
Thanks for the interview, Magnus. Many greetings to all from the Band. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and good luck for the Release of your awesome Album!
„The Crown“ sind:
Johan Lindstrand | Vocals
Magnus Olsfelt | Bass
Marko Tervonen | Guitar
Robin Sörqvist | Lead guitar and backing vocals
Henrik Axelsson | Drums
Photo by Ida Kucera
Viel Spaß beim lesen des Interviews! Hier geht´s zu meiner Review von „Royal Destroyer“!