GETTING INTO: Prog/Death Metal (Black Crown Initiate)

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Having released two critically hailed and fan-worshipped records, Black Crown Initiate have found a new home on Century Media where they are preparing to release their new masterpiece ‘Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape’. The Pennsylvania progressive death metal have a chaotic yet encompassing epic sound that has thought provoking layers to depict after repeat listens.

To celebrate the release of the new album, we caught up Andy Thomas and James Dorton from the band who picked out some of their favourite prog/death metal records to help us get acquainted with the genre.


As chosen by James (Vocals)

This band has been a unique influence on us, and are one of the most underrated bands out there, probably due to the fact that they’ve more or less elected to be elusive. I guarantee you’ve never heard anything like this before. Every release from them has been solid, but ‘Choronzon’, ‘Words that Go Unspoken’, ‘Deeds that Go Undone’, and ‘Antichrist’ are some of our favorites. They are a unique sort of progressive black metal that sometimes sounds like Dead Can Dance, sometimes sounds like Tool, but are altogether entirely unique, and really conjure and embody the spirit of something really diabolic.


As chosen by James (Vocals)

WF is definitely a band to keep your eye on right now. Aside from being the best dudes ever (after touring with them, I know this well), ‘I: Voice’ was one of my favourite records that came out last year (2019), and is indisputably one of the more unique sonic landscapes you’ll find in contemporary metal music. One day, when it first came out, I took a long bike ride in the woods on a rainy day. I put this record on and just went. It was then that this record really struck a chord with me. The atmosphere was perfect.


As chosen by James (Vocals)

Inferi, for me, exists on just another plane from the rest of us. The effortless energy this band exudes just is unparalleled, as if they’re resonating on some different frequency, emerging from some alternate universe from the rest of us, and wielding this electricity with masterful ease. This is another band we’ve been fortunate enough to tour with, great and capable men. When I first saw them, I found it shocking, awe-inspiring, and jaw-dropping. ‘The End of an Era (Rebirth)’ is a masterpiece. Go and hear it


As chosen by Andy (Guitar)

They aren’t just old friends, they have grown into a live juggernaut, and in my opinion, one of the most unique bands in heavy music. Rivers of Nihil have been grinding their asses off for years, and it shows in every aspect of their presentation. Their songwriting is adventurous and top-notch, and they absolutely deserve all the good that is headed their way. They are the future of heavy music.


As chosen by Andy (Guitar)

I just recently discovered this Danish band, and I’m really into it. THey play what, to me, sounds like a mixture of Deftones, Porcupine Tree, and Meshuggah, all bands that I adore. Their newest album is more experimental than their previous, which was a bit more straightforward dynamically. They are extremely melodic and beautiful, and we would love to tour Europe with them

Black Crown Initiate‘ new album, ‘Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape’, is released on August 7th, via Century Media.

You can pre-order the album from Apple Music (here), Google Play (here) and Amazon Music (here).

You can keep up-to-date with the band online over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.