Crash The System
The Crowning
Style: AOR/Hard Rock
Release date: July 3rd 2009

When I first heard about this project I was very excited to hear what would be created. Does it live up to its expectations? Well no, not really, this is a real shame. Let me first explain about "The Crowning" the main two people behind "Crash The System" are former Finnish 400 meter hurdle Champion and song-writer Sören Kronqvist on keyboards, rhythm guitars, and bass. And Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye) on drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, strings, and backing vocals.  Daniel's musical background & good reputation in the music business has brought the best vocalist Sweden has to offer in the metal world   onto "The Crowning". None other then Göran Edman (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot), Mats Levén (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Thomas Vikström (Covered Call, Ex-Talk Of The Town, Candlemass) and Björn Jansson (Ex-Ride The Sky, Tears Of Anger) unfortunately that's where the surprises stop.

Musically "The Crowning" is an 80's west coast AOR wet dream with loads of keys and guitars. Think Foreigner, Survivor or even a little Def Leppard. But the annoying thing is there are too many keyboards and a lot of the time they are over powering the album and drown out the rest of the music. This is not surprising seeing that most of the songs are written by Sören Kronqvist. I would have liked to have heard the guitars a bit more forward in the mix as well. To me the only thing that saves "The Crowning" are the flawless vocals by the guys I mentioned above. This is truly the highlight of "The Crowning" if you are a fan of any of the singers I have mentioned then please pick "The Crowning" up because they all sound outstanding. My favourite tracks are "Fight Fire with Fire" "All Because of You" & "Without Chances", which sounds a hell like Jorn Lande.

Bottom Line: West coast AOR with loads of keyboards and outstanding vocals.

Now, I must rant a bit here. FRONTIERS RECORDS!!!!!!!!!!! Come on, can you at least give the people that are reviewing your product good quality mp3 files please. Seeing you have stopped sending out actual CD's and has gone down the downloading path. Please give us something we can actually listen to. The qualities of these files for ”Crash The System” are terrible and washed out with a lot of top end cymbal noise which is very irritating. This is only affecting YOUR artists that don't get a fair review because of low quality mp3's.


01. Fight Fire with Fire
02. All Because of You
03. I Still Believe In Love
04. Love is in Your Eyes
05. Take A Chance
06. Enough Of Your Lovin
07. Mysterious
08. Angel of My Heart
09. Rolling Stone
10. Don't Tell Me No Lies
11. Broken Glass
12. Higher and Higher
13. Without Chances

Label: Frontiers Records
Promotion: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Tye Brown
Date: June 6th 2009
Website: Crash The System @ MySpace