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Coronatus (meaning Crowned) are a gothic metal band from Stuttgart in Germany. The band was formed in 2002. Their music is characterised by the use of two female vocalists, one to represent a classical voice and one to represent a rock voice. The band also writes lyrics in three different languages - English, Latin and their native German.

Originally however Coronatus had a male vocalist, Georgios Grigoriadis, who performed on their demo, von Engeln nur, which was released in 2002. Of this early line-up only drummer Mats Kurth remains in the band today.

By the time of their 2007 debut album, Lux Noctis, Grigoriadis had been replaced by two female vocalists, Carmen R. Schäfer, later Carmen R. Lorch after marriage (Classical voice) and Viola Schuch (Rock voice). The line-up was completed by Mats Kurth (drums), Wolfgang Nillies (guitars), Fabian Merkt (keyboards and programming) and Stefan Häfele (bass).

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CORONATUS Lux Noctis album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Lux Noctis
Gothic Metal 2007
CORONATUS Porta Obscura album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Porta Obscura
Gothic Metal 2008
CORONATUS Fabula Magna album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Fabula Magna
Gothic Metal 2009
CORONATUS Terra Incognita album cover 4.42 | 3 ratings
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Gothic Metal 2011
CORONATUS Recreatio Carminis album cover 3.92 | 3 ratings
Recreatio Carminis
Symphonic Metal 2013
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Cantus Lucidus
Symphonic Metal 2014
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Symphonic Metal 2015
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Secrets of Nature
Symphonic Metal 2017

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Gothic Metal 2002
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CORONATUS Recreatio Carminis

Album · 2013 · Symphonic Metal
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Recreatio Carminis (2013) is the fifth full-length album by German gothic metal act Coronatus. Something in that sentence isn't true as of this album; while Coronatus may have played gothic metal (at least primarily) up until this point, as happens with many bands over time, Recreatio Carminis is the album in which they changed direction. That's not the only change to come with the album though, Recreatio Carminis is a true change of pace for the band not only musically, but also vocally. As of Recreatio Carminis original vocalist Carmen R. Lorch is back in the band, and not because one of the other singers decided to leave. Rather they now boast a three strong vocal line-up. This is unusual enough in bands (not counting the rock/metal opera projects of the world), let alone three female singer's sharing the lead.

For their last album Terra Incognita (2011) Coronatus had introduced a complete change in their vocalist department. Carmen had left the band, as had incumbent rock vocalist Lisa Lasch. Although another vocalist originally replaced Carmen, the group eventually settled on Ada Flechtner along with Mareike Makosch to replace Lasch. Lasch had actually been Flechtner's replacement as the rock vocalist of the group, having performed in that role on Porta Obscura (2008). Neither singer had Carmen's vocal power though but despite that the band made up for it by producing quite the varied gothic metal album with two singer's who were excellent in their own ways. With Carmen now back in the band after one album away it's distinctly clear that she is the most powerful of the three but fortunately the other two ladies are given plenty of vocal time so it's not as if Carmen is upstaging them.

Musically Recreatio Carminis is now less gothic metal and more symphonic metal, although it's not as overpowering on the symphonic element as some other band's can be. Coronatus have always had symphonic elements present on their albums but this is the first time the genre hasn't been playing second fiddle to the gothic metal. Like always Coronatus keep a strong focus on their riffs, which this time around quite often move into fast paced power metal territory,so much so that power metal becomes one of the defining features of the album alongside symphonic metal. I like this addition to their already varied sound. The band still make use of some folk elements though, with the songs The Monk and So Tanzt! being quite heavily folk influenced. Overall Recreatio Carminis is another varied album from the band and it's impressive that they managed to pull this off in such a way that it didn't feel like Terra Incognita Part II. Their lyrics this time mostly stick to their native German although there are some English language tracks like Towards Horizon and The Monk.

Compositionally I do think prior album Terra Incognita was a stronger effort but there are more than enough new ideas in the Coronatus sound here that make Recreatio Carminis quite the interesting album from them. An early highlight is In Meinem Reich while the power metal heavy Winterrosen also stands out as a really powerful track with its vocal harmony, fast riffs, and symphonic presence. Overall though the revamped sound doesn't live up to its full potential, but it's a solid release from a band apparently prepared to step out of their comfort zone and explore new horizons and that alone makes their future a lot more interesting. If they could have done something that sounded like this but with the consistency of Terra Incognita we might have been discussing their best album to date here. As it is a great album tier rating is deserved; it's a slight step down, but that step may well be a stepping stone on the way to greater things.


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CORONATUS Terra Incognita

Album · 2011 · Gothic Metal
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German gothic metal act Coronatus hasn’t exactly had a stable line-up during their career. With every album release from the band there has been a line-up change. 2011’s Terra Incognita, which is the fourth album from the band, is no exception to this and is actually the most radical line-up change between albums yet, with only drummer Mats Kurth (also the only original member left) and guitarist Aria Keramati Noori remaining from the line-up that recorded the group’s previous studio album, 2009’s Fabula Magna, although it does also see the return of former member Ada Flechtner, who sang on their second album, Porta Obscura from 2008.

Traditionally Coronatus is fronted by two female singers, one representing a classical voice and the other a rock voice. Singer Carmen R. Lorch (formerly Schäfer) had been the long running classical singer with the band but she left after Fabula Magna, as did the current rock vocalist Lisa Lasch. Initially Terra Incognita was to usher in a completely new vocal duo, with Arcane Grail’s Natalia Kempin replacing Lorch, and Mareike Makosch replacing Lasch. Kempin left the band before the album could be recorded however, which opened the way for Flechtner’s return. Flechtner was representative of the rock voice when she sang alongside Lorch on Porta Obscura but now takes over as the band’s classical voice. Her development as a vocalist since Porta Obscura is pretty stunning actually, her classical vocals aren’t as powerful as what Carmen was capable of, but when in combination with Mareike’s vocals we’re treated to a stellar vocal delivery. This is the best vocal duo the band has had since their debut album Lux Noctis. If there was a problem with the last couple of albums, it’s that Carmen typical outshone the rock singer, not so much on Porta Obscura but very noticeably so on Fabula Magna, and this is the first time since the debut where the two lead voices have really complemented each other in every possible way. I’m hoping that the line-up stabilises now, because if Terra Incognita is anything to go by, Coronatus is onto a winner.

Coronatus is best described as a gothic metal band, but this doesn’t describe their sound on Terra Incognita with complete accuracy. Specifically the band also incorporates symphonic metal into their sound, although they’re more firmly on the gothic side of the often blurry symphonic/gothic barrier when you take their albums as a whole. Additionally folk sounds creep into their music, and have been increasingly so with every release they put out, so Terra Incognita sees them bringing in even more folk sounds than ever before, though not to the point that folk metal becomes the band’s dominant sound. The folk does crop up enough for me to consider the album more than merely folk influenced as with the last couple of albums however, with it being heard either as little flourishes such as in Fernes Land or as more full out folk metal tracks like Traumzeit. Terra Incognita sounds like more evolved Coronatus because of this. Drawing on the three styles gives their tracks plenty of variety, as does their tendency to switch between German, English and Latin lyrics, although this time not so much the latter.

One thing I question during the album is the use of some faint almost growling vocals as backing in Fernes Lands when it’s the most commercially inclined track that Terra Incognita has to offer the listener, since they add nothing to the track whatsoever. I am personally of the opinion that the ‘metal + commercial = bad’ equation isn’t true, so long as it is done right, and I can’t shake the feeling that the growls (I wouldn’t really call them that, but for want of a better word) are only there to try to take a bit of the track’s commercial nature away, since this is the only time they are used in the album, which for female fronted gothic metal (and also symphonic metal), is nowhere near as commercial as some of the bigger acts in the game such as Sirenia, Lacuna Coil, or Within Temptation, and also generally heavier, although Terra Incognita doesn’t feel as intense in the guitars department as Porta Obscura and Fabula Magna were.

On this note I do kind of feel the need to stress that since Fernes Land is the track which got a music video made for it, and was the track released to promote the album before its release, hearing this track first isn’t getting a very accurate representation of what Terra Incognita is all about. In fact the track is actually mostly written for the band by session musician Simon Hassemer, which may go some way to explain this. Fernes Land is still a good track, taken best with the release as a whole, but the real gems here are tracks such as the somewhat eerie opener Saint Slayer, or really addictive stuff like Hateful Affection and Sie stehen am Weg, not to mention the In Signo Crucis Trilogy that makes up tracks 7 – 9.

The gothic atmospheres are spot on, especially when there’s some piano involved. The folk contrasts with this with some typically happier sounding melodies. Terra Incognita may take a few listens to get into for the existing fan, mainly because despite the excellent vocal team that Ada and Mareike make, Carmen’s absence is most definitely felt here, as there’s no track that really packs the sort of operatic metal punch that past gems like Exitus did. The end result is however quite the addictive listen, and the album was, for me, quickly put into heavy rotation. I do miss Carmen, but overall Terra Incognita stands out in the crowd of female fronted gothic metal albums for me, and is most certainly a return to form for Coronatus after the slightly disappointing Fabula Magna. I’d say that in context of their whole discography so far, Terra Incognita is their second best release, especially on the compositional front.

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven, scored at 9.3/10)

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