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Zurich, Switzerland (1983 – 1996, 2010 – present)

Coroner is a Swiss technical thrash metal band from Zurich, Switzerland formed in 1983. They garnered relatively little attention outside of Europe. Coroner’s music combines elements of thrash, progressive rock, jazz, and industrial metal with suitably gruff vocals. With their increasingly complex style of progressive rock-infused thrash, they are often labeled as “the Rush of thrash metal” by music critics. Coroner’s sound then progressed and the production became more refined, resulting in the more progressive No More Color, Mental Vortex and Grin albums.

The Swiss thrash trio Coroner were originally road crew 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 to 1993, ending with a greatest hits collection, Coroner, in 1995. Lack of media exposure brought this band to disbanding in 1995 — and to their farewell tour consequent to their self-titled album in January and February 1996.

In March 2005, talks of a reunion were in the works, but later retracted. The main reason was that neither Marky, Ron, nor Tommy had the time it would require to do this properly, and also that none of them liked to, quote, “reheat things, except spaghetti sauce.


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  • nlventura93

    Mental Vortex was their masterpiece, such a mind blowing progressive thrash album

    27 Sep 5:09am Reply
  • ricz_dm

    \\/ Why? Grin is awesome

    24 Sep 2:07am Reply
  • Yelyah-Williams

    Regret listening to Grin now.

    17 Sep 6:37pm Reply
  • H-channie

    Add Messiah to that list.

    3 Sep 7:59am Reply
  • bardofesgaroth

    v Why, is it because of their embarrassing later albums?

    29 Aug 11:54am Reply
  • Gashcadarn

    v No, not with Samael.

    24 Aug 10:50am Reply
  • bardofesgaroth

    They're the best of Swiss metal together with Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Samael.

    19 Aug 12:18pm Reply
  • Yelyah-Williams

    I didn't care for RIP and I don't know if I want to check out Grin. The other 3 albums are fantastic.

    16 Aug 9:04am Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Mental Vortex...great album!!

    12 Aug 10:06pm Reply
  • Lale666

    One of the most interesting bands. I like how they constantly evolved, and yet managed to put out great albums each times. [2] (except Grin. Grin is garbage.)

    6 Jul 10:41pm Reply
  • KingHeff

    i just started getting into these guys and holy shit they are sick

    2 Jul 3:08am Reply
  • jmnetoburew

    Maybe Ron and Tommy have plans to record a new album, and maybe this was one of the reasons to Marky get out of the band, in his text, he cited something about a new album. "I think we have played more than enough reunion shows and now it's time to either stop doing reunion shows or to move on with a new album"

    28 Jun 2:22pm Reply
  • AndreDias164

    @jon1987 I've just heard about the Live DVD from their reunion tour.

    8 Jun 9:26pm Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    their guitarist uses that one *brrra du da dahh* lick so much on RIP

    2 Jun 9:09pm Reply
  • jon1987

    anyone know if they are planning on a new album since they just got a new drummer ?

    25 May 11:18am Reply
  • WhiteNoiseVoice

    "..elements of progressive rock, jazz, and industrial" Really ? I would hardly say so. If so, a dash of each hardly worth mentioning - especially regarding their first 3 albums.

    23 May 3:51pm Reply
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    22 May 4:43am Reply

    All their releases are great

    20 May 8:02am Reply
  • Evilmantheone

    "Wacke666 :The most underrated guitar work in thrash metal? " Certainly not. Vetterli is extremely well known by real metalheads, as well as Coroner, even if they don't have enough recognition, past years made them more accessible to people, thanks to the internet... BTW for those interested, their demo Death Cult is going to be officially released for the first time in both CD and LP, limited to 150 hand numbered copys, you can get it in the next days at No Remorse Records, pre-orders are opened until May 29th.

    19 May 11:24pm Reply
  • nlventura93

    No More Color...great album!!

    3 May 6:08am Reply
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