CD review CORONER ‘Mental Vortex’ & ‘Grin’ – re-issues

mentalvortexklNot only due to the ‚Noise lebt!‘ campaign, but supported by it, Swiss thrash icons Coroner gain momentum again these days. I could witness the trio at this years Rock Hard Festival when the band performed an exquisite gig.

Coroner began in 1984 and debut in 1987 with ‚R.I.P‘. What made the band to something special was the fact that their songs weren‘t simply thrash metal smashers. It was the progressive touch the band weaved into their energetic thrash sound that gave the trio on own expression. Being less complex than band’s like Watchtower, Coroner still added unexpected twists and tweaks to their music. Those led and lead to approachable complexity without compromising at all on heaviness.

Under the banner of ‚Noise lebt!‘ the last two longplayers face a re-release these days. The band‘s forth album ‚Mental Vortex‘ was originally launched in 1991 and features an eight songs tracklist. The album belongs to the best ones the band ever released and it‘s songs like ‚Semtex Revolution‘ and ‚Metamorphis‘, still igniting a storm of enthusiasm while being performed live on stage. This eight songs comprising tracklist doesn‘t face a weak spot and if you missed the original release of this great album it‘s time to close the gap.



  1. Divine Step (Conspectu Mortis)
  2. Son of Lilith
  3. Semtex Revolution
  4. Sirens
  5. Metamorphosis
  6. Pale Sister
  7. About Life
  8. I Want You (She‘s so Heavy)


Label: BMG/Noise

Genre: Progressive Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: June 29th, 2018



Two years later ‚Grin‘ found its way to the records stores. It‘s album number five of this Swiss trio and so far the last studio release to date. Coroner developed their sound with a rising level of musical diversity. Still being rooted in thrash metal it has been cold industrial arrangements that have been weaved in. In general the album showcases a band that never stood still and enjoyed experimenting with sounds without threatening the own musical heritage.

So, there are quite some activities going on in the Coroner camp. Re-releases and live shows are a great thing to bring this legend to life again and could only be topped by a new longplayer; but here we have to see what time will tell.



  1. Dream Path
  2. The Lethargic Age
  3. Internal Conflicts
  4. Caveat (to the Coming)
  5. Serpent Moves
  6. Status: Still Thinking
  7. Theme For Silence
  8. Paralized, Mesmerized
  9. Grin (Nails Hurt)
  10. Host


Label: BMG/Noise

Genre: Progressive Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: July 29th, 2018

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