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Album Review : Crowne “Operation Phoenix”

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Crowne, a Swedish supergroup made up of members of H.E.A.T and Europe, returned 27
January for their sophomore album “Operation Phoenix”.

With a name like “Operation Phoenix”, I’m hoping for something that feels fantastical. With booming choruses, harmonic guitars and a tight rhythm section, I’m not disappointed.

Supergroups always interest me – combining members/ex-members of different bands to create
something new has the potential to really shine.

Crowne is one of these groups – combining forces from H.E.A.T, Europe, and Art Nation, the talented foursome creates something special together.

The title track opens the album, and with a theme like “phoenix rising”, it’s a powerful start that
sets the theme for what’s to come.

Champions” is another strong track with an enormous chorus, melodic and electronic guitar solo, and impressive work from the rhythm section.

The Last Of Us” features vocalist Alexander Strandell hitting impressive notes. “Roar” is a personal favourite of mine – fast paced, with booming drums from Christian Lundqvist.

And the album finishes with “Northern Lights”, a striking finish with a large range of notes hit effortlessly
by Strandell.

Crowne should bring in fans from their different bands. The whole album is supremely melodic.
The themes of the album are fantastical indeed – including fighting for the fallen and super
troopers fighting in the night.

It feels bad-ass and extra-terrestrial; truly a fun listen. Crowne will be performing their first live show this year. Catch them at the legendary Swedish Rock Festival on 8 June

Review by Lydia Evans for MPM

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