Time to dig out some Coroner and give them a blast before Autopsy arrives on Friday – but more about that on Monday!
Formed in Zürich back in 1983 the Swiss trio eventually found the stable lineup of Ron Royce, Tommy Vetterli and Marquis Marky in 1985 and released their debut album R.I.P. two years later. This was a very thrash metal orientated release and the band were embraced by the predominantly German Teutonic thrash scene.
By the time third album No More Color surfaced they were a much more avant-garde thrash outfit with the introduction of some progressive metal and even bits of jazz fusion elements incorporated.
Coroner fit the thrash metal template (seen on this blog previously) to a tee.
- Formed in the 80’s – check.
- Were popular in the 80/90’s – check.
- Played in the UK in the 80/90’s – check.
- Split up at some point – check.
- Reformed in recent years – check.
- Played the Bloodstock festival – check.
Their eight song set at Bloodstock 2011 was the first time they’d performed in the UK since 1993 and unfortunately they’ve not been back in the five years since. At least I got to see them once, but with so many decent indoor festivals popping up over here now hopefully they’re under consideration somewhere along the line.
I think I first heard the band on the original Doomsday News album from 1988. There was a point where I was heavily into the bands on Germany’s Noise International Records. When you have bands including Kreator, Helloween, Sabbat, Celtic Frost and Mordred on the rosta how could any metal head not own a Noise release?
Die By My Hand taken from the glorious No More Color album remains my favourite song of theirs from my favourite album by them – even though they didn’t play it a Bloodstock which, if I don’t see them again, I will eternally remain disappointed about. I see a European trek for a slice of Coroner in the near future.
They don’t have too many videos to chose from, but this pretty unrecognisable version of The Beatles 1969 track I Want You (She’s So Heavy) can be found on their fourth album, and the extremely technical release Mental Vortex. It also featured on a 1993 Tribute to The Beatles album where they rubbed shoulders with artists like Leo Sayer, Nina Simone, Carpenters and Elton John. In the metal world Ministry, Soundgarden and Type O Negative have all covered this track.