CORONER

Technical Thrash Metal / Thrash Metal / Groove Metal • Switzerland
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Coroner was a Swiss technical thrash metal band from Zurich. They garnered relatively little attention outside of Europe. They combined elements of thrash, progressive rock, jazz, and industrial metal with suitably gruff vocals that have put them at times in a death metal camp. They did not completely fall into any of those categories but integrated influences from them while some defined their style. With their increasingly complex style of progressive rock-infused thrash, they are often labeled as "the Rush of thrash metal" by music critics.

Coroner were originally the roadcrew for Celtic Frost. They eventually formed their own group, recording their demo Death Cult in 1986 with Tom G. Warrior of Celtic Frost on vocals. Their first full-length album R.I.P., released in 1987, featured bass player Ron Broder on vocals and he assumed the role for the rest of the group's existence.

The group released several albums through 1993,
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CORONER R.I.P. album cover 3.83 | 17 ratings
R.I.P.
Technical Thrash Metal 1987
CORONER Punishment for Decadence album cover 3.88 | 23 ratings
Punishment for Decadence
Technical Thrash Metal 1988
CORONER No More Color album cover 4.30 | 30 ratings
No More Color
Technical Thrash Metal 1989
CORONER Mental Vortex album cover 4.07 | 25 ratings
Mental Vortex
Technical Thrash Metal 1991
CORONER Grin album cover 3.78 | 17 ratings
Grin
Groove Metal 1993

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CORONER Doomsday News III - Thrashing East Live album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Doomsday News III - Thrashing East Live
Technical Thrash Metal 1990

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CORONER Death Cult album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Cult
Thrash Metal 1986
CORONER R.I.P. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
R.I.P.
Technical Thrash Metal 1987
CORONER Punishment for Decadence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Punishment for Decadence
Technical Thrash Metal 1988
CORONER Last Entertainment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Last Entertainment
Technical Thrash Metal 1989
CORONER Die By My Hand album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Die By My Hand
Technical Thrash Metal 1989
CORONER I Want You (She's So Heavy) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Technical Thrash Metal 1991
CORONER About Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
About Life
Technical Thrash Metal 1991

CORONER re-issues & compilations

CORONER Coroner album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Coroner
Technical Thrash Metal 1995
CORONER The Unknown (Unreleased Tracks 1985 - 1995) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Unknown (Unreleased Tracks 1985 - 1995)
Technical Thrash Metal 1996
CORONER Autopsy: The Years 1985-2014 in Pictures album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Autopsy: The Years 1985-2014 in Pictures
Technical Thrash Metal 2016

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Purple Haze
Technical Thrash Metal 1989

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No More Color Tour '90 - Live In East Berlin
Technical Thrash Metal 1990

CORONER Reviews

CORONER No More Color

Album · 1989 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"No More Color" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Swiss thrash metal act Coroner. The album was released through Noise Records in September 1989. Coroner was formed in 1985 and released their debut full-length studio album "R.I.P." in 1987. They are widely regarded as one of the seminal thrash metal acts on the Swiss thrash metal scene along with artists like Celtic Frost, Poltergeist, and Messiah. The three-piece lineup which recorded the debut album and "Punishment for Decadence (1988)" is intact: Tommy T. Baron (Tommy Vetterli) on guitar, Ron Royce (Ron Broder) on bass and vocals, and Marquis Marky (Markus Edelmann) on drums.

On "No More Color", Coroner continues the technically well played thrash metal style of "Punishment for Decadence (1988)", but add a few more progressive ideas and a generally more adventurous approach to the compositions. None of the aggression or rawness of the predecessor is lost here though, and "No More Color" is still a pretty intense thrash metal album. The band are incredibly well playing, and there are some jaw-dropping moments featured on the album. It´s especially the guitar playing by Tommy T. Baron, which is out of this world. His tone, his dexterity, his speed, and his choice of notes are very effective and quite tasteful. Marquis Marky and Ron Royce deliver very convincing performances too and the latter´s quite distinct vocal style provides that part of the band´s music with something unique. He has a talking/singing raw vocal style, featuring an understated aggression, that´s rather unconventional.

The material on the 8 track, 34:21 minutes long album is relatively varied, while still staying within the band´s core style. So while the music features quite a few adventurous/progressive ideas and sections, it´s not like Coroner suddenly shifts into jazz rock/fusion mode or they play extented instrumental sections or anything like that (although some of the guitar solo sections go through several tempo/section changes). Everything is neatly arranged and fits well within the band´s technical thrash metal style. While I think of the whole album as one long highlight, I´ll mention tracks like "Read My Scars", "why It Hurts", and especially "Mistress of Deception" as standout tracks.

The whole thing is packed in a powerful, raw, and detailed sound production, which suits the material perfectly. Every instrument is placed perfect in the mix, which results in a sound which does the music as much justice as possible. The guitar tone is fierce, the bass has a great powerful sound, and the drums feature a powerful organic sound. The vocals are placed slightly low in the mix, but that´s always been Coroner´s style, and once you get used to it, it only adds to the uniqueness of the album.

Both "R.I.P. (1987)" and "Punishment for Decadence (1988)" are great albums, but to my ears Coroner were only honing their skills and songwriting craft on those two releases and ultimately just warming up to this beast of an album. "No More Color" is intense aggression, technical superiority, and songwriting originality in one package, and there´s really nothing like it out there. Coroner hit gold here and I consider "No More Color" a technical thrash metal masterpiece. A 5 star (100%) rating is deserved.

CORONER Punishment for Decadence

Album · 1988 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Punishment for Decadence" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Swiss thrash metal act Coroner. The album was released through Noise Records in August 1988. Coroner was formed in 1985 and released their debut full-length studio album "R.I.P." in 1987. They are widely considered one of the seminal thrash metal acts on the Swiss thrash metal scene along with artists like Celtic Frost, Poltergeist, and Messiah. The three-piece lineup from the debut album is intact on "Punishment for Decadence". Tommy T. Baron (Tommy Vetterli) on guitar, Ron Royce (Ron Broder) on bass and vocals, and Marquis Marky (Markus Edelmann) on drums.

Stylistically the music on "Punishment for Decadence" continues the technically well played thrash metal style of "R.I.P. (1987)". Ron Royce delivers another snarling vocal performance, with his oddly "laid back" vocal style. Sometimes it almost sounds like he talks instead of sings. His vocal style suits the music perfectly though, and the above description is definitely not meant as a critique, just an attempt at describing a relatively unique sounding vocal style. The instrumental part of the music is also quite spectacular for the time. Royce bass playing is unfortunately lost in the mix, but Marquis Marky´s slightly fusion influenced drumming is a great asset, and even more so Tommy T. Baron´s guitar playing. His skills are considerable and in addition to his powerful riffs, his solos are incredibly well played.

The material on the 10 track, 38:54 minutes long album is also relatively well written. I say "relatively", because when the album has ended, it´s not all tracks I´m able to remember. "Masked Jackal", which the band also made a promotional video for, is one of the most catchy and memorable tracks on the album, but the instrumental "Arc-Lite" also stands out. Coroner´s cover of "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix stands out too, but not in a particularly positive way. So it´s a bit up and down with the quality of the material. "Punishment for Decadence" is still overall a solid release though.

Featuring a sound production which is decent but still leaves a bit to be desired, my overall impression of "Punishment for Decadence" is a bit mixed. To my ears it´s not the giant step forward from "R.I.P. (1987)" one could have hoped for, but it´s not a step down either. I´d put it pretty much on par with the predecessor in regards to the overall quality of the release and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved. The signs of greatness are here in abundance, but the final product just lacks that last thing to make it reach the excellent level.

CORONER Grin

Album · 1993 · Groove Metal
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Coroner were one of the more unique Thrash Metal bands. While their earliest material was a bit more pure-Thrash, with each new release they became more technical, more progressive and more unique.

By the time of their final full-length studio album, 1993’s Grin, they had pushed the envelope so far, most of the album is hardly reminiscent of pure Thrash at all.

It opens with the hypnotic tribal “Dream Path” intro, which sounds more like Lateralus-era Tool than it does Reign In Blood or Darkness Descends. That should be the first sign this isn’t your average full-speed-ahead thrasher. After the brief intro, the record bursts into the first full-length song, “The Lethargic Age” which has a bit of a Beg To Differ era Prong feel to it. There’s still crunch and direction to the riffs, but it also intermittently gives way to jangly post punky ringing too.

That’s followed by the faster “Internal Conflicts” which picks up the pace, but also has a bit of a Ministry-Meets-White Zombie vibe, with its stop/start song structure, bouncy chorus, samples, but tight mechanical verse riffs. That then gets capped off with a sweepy Dream Theater sounding guitar solo.

“Caveat (To The Coming)” which follows, opens with a Beatlesy psychedelic jingle jangle intro, before evolving into a sort of proto-Nu Metal groove. Very bass driven and not as fast as you’d think of when you think of the word “Thrash.”

I won’t get into a full track-by-track but you get the picture, the band are expanding their style, looking in many different directions, trying new styles. It is the 90s after all, and very few Thrash bands are keeping it simple and sounding like its still 1986.

As a bit of a Thrash nut, I’ve spent most of my teens and early ‘20s with a sort of “80s rules/90s sucks” mentality when it comes to this sort of music (aint nobody gonna tell me Green is a better album than Forbidden Evil for example), but as I grew older, I definitely began to appreciate the sometimes underrated 90s releases from 80s bands a bit more. I’m sure if I’d have heard Grin when I was younger, I’d have balked a bit when hearing it. As I didn’t discover Coroner until much later, it just seems like another excellent album from the ex-Celtic Frost roadies. Being a Prong fan first also definitely helps.

I think there’s enough of what makes the previous Coroner albums great. There’s the technical prowess, the willingness to explore and the ambition in general. The vocals are still the same as the early albums (don’t expect any Cobain-isms or Alice In Chains-esque harmonies). The lead guitar is excellent - in fact, I’d argue that some of the band’s best solos to date come on this album and the band in general never fail to be interesting. The only thing that’s missing really is the breakneck speed or the warm fuzzy feeling of classic Thrash charm.

If you want a taster track to see if the album is for you, try the 8-minute, multiple-time signature “Paralized, Mesmerized.”

Overall; is this an appropriate album for adding to a Thrash playlist alongside Pleasure To Kill, The Legacy and Bonded By Blood? Honestly, no, probably not. However, if you are already a fan of ‘80s Coroner, should you shun this album because it is different? No, definitely not.

CORONER Mental Vortex

Album · 1991 · Technical Thrash Metal
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Swiss Thrash Metal band Coroner are purveyors of top quality technical Thrash Metal; with proggy, jazzy, avante guard tinges, but without going off the deep end and loosing the ability to crush you with pummelling riffs and catchy beats. I’ve heard them called ‘’The Rush of Thrash Metal’’ and while they don’t actually sound anything like Canada’s greatest trio, there’s an elasticity and eclecticism here that makes me understand the comparison.

This 1991 album; their fourth and penultimate studio effort, usually seems to be tied with the previous album 1989’s No More Color for fan’s and critic’s favourite and the one recommended to newcomers. Mental Vortex sets itself apart from the band’s ‘80s output by featuring an increase in groove… but without doing the ‘90s Thrash band mistake of going too slow and too groovy and loosing the real power and energy that fans loved in the first place.

This album features some of these former Celtic Frost roadie’s most popular tracks, and it is the kind of thing you’ll always find in lists of best Thrash albums. Songs here are typically varied, complex, impressive and also somehow feature catchy and memorable sections instead of just disappearing up its own backside. There’s so much to hold onto, so much to get stuck in your head. Headbangable riffs, rhythmic vocal patterns, intriguing instrumental sections. Remember when Dark Angel made an album with 246 riffs but somehow even with all that technicality, the actual songs weren’t always all that memorable? This is the opposite.

I do usually prefer my Thrash with cleaner vocals (Anthrax, Forbidden, Overkill, Annihilator) rather than the raspier harsher style Ron Royce uses here, and if you aren’t into bands like Sodom and Destruction this may seem a bit difficult on the ears, but its got a nice clean production and superb musicianship, and some creative and unique song writing, which should more than capture your attention.

What happens when you cross ‘YYZ’ by Rush, ‘Tribal Convictions’ by Voivod, ‘Into The Lungs Of Hell’ by Megadeth and ‘Domination’ by Pantera? The real answer is ‘’probably a mess!’’ Luckily however, Corner have made something better than a mess here. Something a lot, lot, lot better than a mess. (Misguided Beatles cover aside, but then most Thrash bands have at least one questionable cover song). That sentence was just my enduring memory of my first impression of this record. I may have been late to the party, but I’d go as far as to say discovering this was the best time I’ve had discovering a new Thrash band since my first 5 years of being a metal fan.

CORONER R.I.P.

Album · 1987 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"R.I.P." is the debut full-length studio album by Swiss thrash metal act Coroner. The album was released through Noise Records in June 1987. The original vinyl version of the album featured 12 tracks while later CD versions feature the bonus track "Spiral Dream" (which features lyrics penned by Tom G. Warrior from Celtic Frost).

The music on "R.I.P." is relatively technical thrash metal. If you consider the time it was released and compare it to other thrash metal releases from 1987, it´s in fact a very technically well played thrash metal album. In many ways it´s a typical eighties European thrash metal release with aggressive raw vocals, a high energy level, cathy thrashy riffing and song titles like "Suicide Command" and "Fried Alive". However a closer examination of the music reveals a level of sophistication that not many of their contemporaries could muster. While the whole three-piece act are very well playing it´s guitarist Tommy T. Baron that stands out the most with his blistering guitar solos and occasional neo-classical leanings (check out the instrumental "Nosferatu"). There is a light fusion influence in the way the rhythm section play that´s pretty original for the time too.

"R.I.P." was produced by Harris Johns and Coroner and features a powerful and well sounding production that brings out the best in the tracks. If it hadn´t been for the more conventional sounding elements on the album "R.I.P." would have been a killer technical thrash metal release. I do feel the band should have avoided some of the most awkward tempo changes and thrash metal cliches if I should have rated the album with a full 4 star (80%) rating, so a 3.5 star (70%) rating is warranted. "R.I.P." was a very promising start to an artistically great career though.

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