Crown - 14 Years Of No Tomorrow (DVD Boxset) Review
by Matt Hensch
Back in 2004, the members of The Crown announced they needed to put the project to rest after fourteen years of playing because of poor tour management and planning, among other things. A year after The Crown's sudden disbanding, Metal Blade Records decided to pay tribute to the Swedish metal monsters by gathering a horde of live videos with a documentary and stuffed them in a massive DVD box set to remember the fourteen years of death and destruction The Crown blessed us with. Made up of three DVDs, "14 Years Of No Tomorrow" collects and presents The Crown's best moments with several other special treats thrown in for good measure.
The first disc of this DVD set is a documentary that recaps The Crown's saga from their demo days to the band's final moments. The documentary is a bit odd considering there are no band members actually discussing The Crown or their legacy, but what you do get is an interesting montage of the group's history along with music videos, rare concert footage, tour information, recording session clips, and an awesome video of Tomas Lindberg performing "The Poison" when he was fronting the band in 2002. The movie has no narration and is mainly flashing text, which can get annoying at times, but they toss in something interesting to cure the boredom shortly after the distasteful parts begin.
The two remaining DVDs contain wonderful live material from festival performances and bootlegged shows throughout The Crown's lifetime. The second disc is made up of four separate concerts that were captured with excellent audio quality and flawless camera work. Most of the songs from these festival shows are made up of material from "Deathrace King" and "Crowned In Terror" with other favorites tossed in every now and then. Each show is around forty-five minutes in length, so you basically get almost three hours of The Crown playing live with the best possible quality.
The rest of this boxed set is a collection of bootlegged footage filmed during live performances from 1992 to 2002. The eighteen clips have surprisingly good visual quality (considering they were all caught on home video cameras) and the audio is golden as well. Everything from "Candles" to "Face Of Destruction/ Deep Hit Of Death" is shown with other great songs from every CD released by this amazing band. Even the rarely played epic, "Death Of God," is caught in its whole form with great quality. This incredible collection of bootlegs is THE perfect gift for all the fans that followed The Crown throughout their career.
"14 Years Of No Tomorrow" is a great way to remember a fantastic band that met their end way too soon. This boxed set represents all fourteen years of The Crown's successful reign in the metal world and will easily match the taste of both old and new fans alike. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys this fabulous group and wishes to pay tribute to their legacy. Here's to The Crown!
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