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Coroner is a Swiss thrash metal band. Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music. ...

One of the most underrated acts of their time, the Swiss thrash trio Coroner were originally members of Celtic Frost's road crew. 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 Royce on vocals and he assumed the role for the rest of the group's existence. The group released several albums through 1993, ending with a greatest hits collection, "Coroner", in 1995. Lack of media exposure brought this band to disbanding in 1994 - and eventually to their farewell tour consequent to their self titled album. As of March 2005, rumours of a reunion in the works are hitting the heavy metal newspages persistently. Celtic Frost is an innovative heavy metal group from Zurich, Switzerland, best known for their influence on the thrash metal, black metal and death metal genres. ...


Evolution and Style

Musically, Coroner evolved from a pure speed metal band with gothic and classical overtones a la Celtic Frost and Bathory into a very sophisticated technical band. Coroner's first album, R.I.P., was blazingly fast in almost every song with gothic keyboards added for atmosphere. There were almost no tempo changes on R.I.P.. The lyrics, mostly about death, were similarly unsophisticated. The B thory (Polish Batory) was a Hungarian aristocratic family of significant influence in late medi val Central Europe. ... R.I.P. album cover. ... Besides its original meaning, of or relating to the Goths (Gothos, Getas), a Germanic tribe and thus the Gothic language and the Gothic alphabet, the word Gothic has been used to refer to distinctly different things: From a Renaissance perspective (originally Italian, gotico, with connotations of rough, barbarous), it conveyed... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

This changed on Punishment for Decandence. Breakneck tempo changes interspersed mid-paced and even the odd slow passage between the blazingly-fast passages that were reminiscent of R.I.P.. Lyrically, Coroner began to touch upon such themes as politics and personal introspection. Like R.I.P., however, Punishment For Decadence suffered from poor production by Harris Johns at Musiclab Studios in Berlin and very short songs. This article is about the capital of Germany. ...

No More Color was a watershed album for Coroner. The production, still by Johns at Musiclab, was an improvement by leaps and bounds. Moreover, Coroner's musicianship truly shined on No More Color: the guitar work was characterised by intricate modes and arpeggios, solo work that was chromatically colourful, as well as the de rigeur crunchy chords and speed runs; the drumming went beyond the 4/4 time monotony of Coroner's two previous albums to incorporate syncopation; the bass playing mostly doubled the guitars but given the complexity in the guitar playing, this was no mean feat. The lyrics rivalled those by many American bands from the same era. The songs themselves were long, complex, and very complete-sounding. No More Color as hinted at by the title is certainly Coroners darkest and most thrashy piece of work. ... This article is about modes as used in music. ... This article will be merged with Italian musical terms at some point in the near future. ... In music, syncopation is the stressing of a normally unstressed beat in a bar or the failure to sound a tone on an accented beat. ...

Mental Vortex improved over No More Color. Continuing with the previous album's technical formula, the speed metal formula was re-integrated into Coroner's sound on this album but with a decidedly mature tone that made it sound not at all like R.I.P. or Punishment for Decadence. There were slower songs but none of songs on Mental Vortex stayed the same speed for very long. The songs on Mental Vortex ranged from 4 to 8 minutes. Overall, the tone was like that of No More Color only much more aggressive. Mental Vortex is the fourth album of the Swiss thrash metal trio Coroner. ...

Mental Vortex was the first Coroner album to be produced by somebody other than Harris Johns and at a studio other than Musiclab. Instead, Coroner opted for Scott Burns at Morrissound Studios in Tampa, Florida. Better known for his work with death metal bands like Obituary, Death, Napalm Death, Burns did justice to Coroner's more angular, European tone. Tampas skyline For alternate meanings, see Tampa (disambiguation) Tampa is a city located in Hillsborough County on the west coast of Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,794 sq mi (170,451 km²)  - Width 162 miles (260 km)  - Length 497 miles (800 km)  - % water 17. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Obituary for World War I death For information on the death metal band, see Obituary (band). ... Death was an influential death metal band from the United States that was founded in 1983 and dissolved in 1999. ... Napalm Death is a grindcore/death metal band formed in the village of Meriden near Birmingham, England in 1982 by Nicholas Bullen and Miles Ratledge. ...

At a time when bands like Testament and Megadeth were making waves with critics as "technical" thrash metal bands with "socially conscious" lyrics, the lack of attention paid to Coroner by music critics (both in all-metal press and otherwise) is difficult to explain because Coroner was more proficient than either of the aforementioned bands by an order of magnitude; both Testament and Megadeth were clearly writing 'singles' for commercial radio airplay and aggressively angling for regular video rotation on MTV and Much Music, things which necessarily stymie the technical sophistication of metal. Coroner did none of this. The word Testament can mean more than one thing: Old Testament; contains and describes the written terms and conditions of the oral Old Covenant, between the patriarch Abram from Ur in Mesopotamia, renamed Abraham, and his descendants; and YHWH, the God of the Hebrew tribe; part of which was mediated... Megadeth is an American speed/heavy/thrash metal band led by Dave Mustaine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... MuchMusic (often called Much) is a 24-hour cable television music video and variety television channel based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which debuted on August 31, 1984 as one of the first Canadian cable specialty channels on the air. ...

If any fans or critics feared it would be impossible to improve over Mental Vortex, Grin realized their fears. The guitarwork, long Coroner's strongest point, took a backseat to the drumming on this album. Coroner took an approach more akin to Prong and other "bounce metal" acts on Grin. As an experiment in re-inventing Coroner's sound, it failed. An acronym referring to the fields of genetics, robotics, information technology, and nanotechnology. ... Prong was a heavy metal/thrash metal band, formed in 1985. ...

Coroner was a greatest hits package which also contained some unreleased material.

Coroner live

Like most three-piece bands (aka "power trios"), Coroner's material did not come across very well on stage. The guitarwork on every album made after the Punishment album involved multiple layers of riffs, often with arpeggios and melodies being played over chords and riffs. This layering, easily accomplished in the studio through overdubbing, is impossible for a single guitarist to do live. Riff is also an alternate spelling of Rif, a region of Morocco. ... Look up Melody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary In music, a melody is a series of linear events or a succession, not a simultaneity as in a chord. ... Overdubbing is a technique used by recording studios to add a supplementary recorded sound to a previously taped musical recording. ...

Coroner's technical style is similarly weak in the live arena as heavier, faster, more energetic metal generally wins over fans more easily. As many Coroner songs had long guitar solos, the long bass guitar playing underneath made the band sound particularly "thin" live (there were riffs played under the solos on all Coroner albums).


  • Ron Broder - Bass, Vocals
  • Marky Edelmann - Drums
  • Tommy Vetterli - Guitars (also ex-Kreator)

Kreator is a popular thrash metal band from Essen, Germany. ...


R.I.P. album cover. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... No More Color as hinted at by the title is certainly Coroners darkest and most thrashy piece of work. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mental Vortex is the fourth album of the Swiss thrash metal trio Coroner. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Coroner fan site

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Coroner Summary (1801 words)
The coroner has an assistant (usually an ex-policeman) who will carry out the investigation on his or her behalf and on the basis of that the coroner will decide whether an inquest is appropriate.
The coroner's court is a court of law, and accordingly the coroner may summon witnesses, and people found to be lying are guilty of perjury.
This role arose from the ancient duty of the coroner as a protector of the property of The Crown.
Coroner - Satan Stole My Teddybear (1899 words)
Regardless, the CD still allows Coroner fanatics (and that's all there is out there since you are either fanatical about this amazing band or you aren't a fan at all, and in that case there is just something entirely amiss with you) to hear the band in their earliest stages.
Coroner should have been elevated to a much higher status in the world of thrash in 1989 with this release; unfortunately it seemed most of the attention went elsewhere at the time.
While Coroner may have met their demise due to lack of widespread interest in their very classy music, at least they went out on a very high note with what should be seen as one of the best farewell albums of all time.
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