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Black Crown Initiate

Formed: 2012
From: Reading, PA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Black Crown Initiate News

Below is our complete Black Crown Initiate news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Black Crown Initiate's Gear Stolen In Missouri

Black Crown Initiate had gear, personal effects, and money stolen while the band was stopped in St. Louis. Fans can help get the group back on the road by donating here and Black Crown Initiate issued this statement:

"To all of our dear friends, unfortunately were just robbed in St Louis Missouri. We were in a restaurant for 40 minutes and all of our belongings and money were stolen out of our van in a well lit parking lot.

"Priceless items were taken including laptops, passports, laminates and personal effects. Worst of all, five thousand dollars that we made on this tour is gone. We have to go to Europe in 3 weeks and need as much help as we can get.

"We undoubtedly worked our selves to the bone on one of the best tours we've ever done, only to have it swept out from under us. Any single thing you can contribute helps us. All of our cash from the tour is completely gone. We're working our way home out of our own pocket. Thank you in advance." More...

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Black Crown Initiate Posts New Music Video

Black Crown Initiate just debuted a new music video for the self-titled track "Selves We Cannot Forgive." Directed by Justin Reich, this is the first video installment off the band's new album of the same name.

Black Crown Initiate released "Selves We Cannot Forgive" on July 22nd, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne).

"We've been through a great deal as a band since our last release," says guitarist Andy Thomas. "We've grown a great deal as writers, players, and people and put everything we had into this one." More...

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Black Crown Initiate Releases Single

Black Crown Initiate debuts another single today from forthcoming LP "Selves We Cannot Forgive," which is due out July 22nd. Check out the new song "Vicious Lives" below. Additionally, a music video teaser for title track "Selves We Cannot Forgive" is also available.

The band recently announced the departure of longtime guitar player Rik Stelzpflug. Wes Hauch, formerly of The Faceless, now joins the band as his replacement. Black Crown Initiate is currently on the road with that new member supporting Australian import Ne Obliviscaris. Upcoming dates are as follows: More...

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Ne Obliviscaris Prepares For North American Tour

Ne Obliviscaris will be supporting latest (and devastatingly awesome) album "Citadel" [reviewed here] on tour in North America this month and into August.

The band's first-ever North American headlining tour begins on July 12 in San Diego at Brick by Brick, and runs until August 12 in Arizona. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Rounding out the bill are Black Crown Initiate and Starkill.

July 12 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
July 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
July 14 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
July 16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
July 17 Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
July 18 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
July 19 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
July 21 Edmonton, AB @ Starlight Room
July 22 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
July 24 Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
July 25 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
July 26 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
July 27 Toronto, ON @ Moo Club
July 28 Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
July 29 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
July 31 Boston, PA @ Once Ballroom More...

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Rogue Records Reveals Fallout 4 Mod Lineup

Rogue Records America has revealed the band lineup for an upcoming Fallout 4 hard rock/heavy metal radio station mod called "Rogue Radio." Complete with 44 songs by 38 bands and 2 DJs, "Rogue Radio" will be available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next month.

Commented Rogue Records America owner Dean Martinetti: "We saw that the opportunity was not only there for our artists, but we had room to add other artists - bands we admire and bands who wanted a chance to increase their reach to hopefully obtain new fans.

"We are aiming for the 4th of July, but we have to take a few things into consideration, like compatibility on all platforms. Testing is what will take the longest on here, but we need to get it right so everyone can enjoy what we have done"

The lineup, consisting of Rogue Records America bands as well as nationally touring and emerging artists, is as follows: More...

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Black Crown Initiate Reveals Full Album Details

The inescapable knowledge of inevitable impending physical death is but one burden of human consciousness. Consider the notion that awareness itself is a curse, a tool for knowing that nothing is truly knowable? What if the awareness of existence leads to the discovery that there is no existence, or if there is, it is impossible to ever describe?

A contemplative study of the mind, the spirit, and the nature of reality itself may seem incongruent with the trappings of heavy metal to the uninitiated casual observer. But those who descend into the darkest subterranean abyss of the art form’s most aggressive nihilism, only to soar under protection of a meditative cloak of aural pleasure, are those who may share in the progressive death metal of Black Crown initaite.

"Selves We Can Not Forgive," the band’s sophomore album, is coming July 22nd, 2016 via eOne Music. More...

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Black Crown Initiate Premieres New Song

Pennsylvania's purveyors of metal from Black Crown Initiate premiere the title-track from their upcoming new album "Selves We Cannot Forgive", which will be out in stores July 22 via eOne Music. The band has officially welcomed Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless) to their lineup as its new guitarist. He replaces Rik Stelzpflug in the outfit. States Hauch, who has been touring with the group already:

"It’s a really rare and awesome thing if you’re able to find a group of dudes that you can genuinely get along with. It’s even more rare if your musical tastes and goals are congruent. I can definitely say that’s the case right now in Black Crown Initiate and I’m very grateful. Things are great and I’m looking forward to the the future."

Check out now "Selves We Cannot Forgive" below.

Black Crown Initiate will be out touring with Ne Obliviscaris and Starkill. Dates for which can be found below: More...

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Black Crown Initiate Streams "For Red Cloud"

Pennsylvania's purveyors of metal from Black Crown Initiate have unveiled a brand new track today titled "For Red Cloud" - listen in below (stream provided courtesy of MetalSucks.net).

It is the first bit of new music we've heard from the band since the release of a previous LP in 2014. Guitarist Andy Thomas calls the song "a statement of the psychological enslavement of the modern world, and a tribute to those who resisted being enslaved. We will never become the storm of change that our world needs. Our children will never know what true freedom feels like, and we surely don't, either."

Black Crown Initiate will release "Selves We Cannot Forgive" on July 22nd, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne). "We've been through a great deal as a band since our last release," says Thomas. "We've grown a great deal as writers, players, and people and put everything we had into this one."

See Black Crown Initiate live on these upcoming dates:

5/5/2016 - Winnipeg, MB - The Park Theatre
5/8/2016 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
5/10/2016 - Seattle, WA - Studio 7
5/11/2016 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
5/12/2016 - Petaluma, CA - The Phoenix Theater
5/13/2016 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
5/14/2016 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky a Go Go
5/15/2016 - Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
5/17/2016 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
5/18/2016 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
5/20/2016 - Fort Worth, TX - The Rail Club
5/21/2016 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog Bar
5/23/2016 - New Orleans, LA - Southport Hall
5/25/2016 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum Theatre
5/26/2016 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
5/27/2016 - Knoxville, TN - The International
5/28/2016 - Dayton, OH - Oddbody's More...

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South By Southwest 2016 Schedule

Chuck Loesch of 101 X, No Control Radio posted information on the metal bands appearing at South By South West 2016 (SXSW).

Monday 3/14/16

Wicked Bad Concerts/ at the Swan Dive FREE w/ RSVP

7:00pm - Smoky Mirror
8:00pm - The Dirty Seeds
9:00pm - Summit
10:00pm - Oddfellows
11:00pm - White Dog
12:00am - Black Tabs

7:30pm - Mountain Rag
8:30pm - Ladykiller
9:30pm - Foxmoor Express
10:30pm - Thunderkief
11:30pm - Orcanaut

7:15pm - Amplified Heat
8:15pm - Greenbeard
9:15pm - R.I.P.
10:15pm - Crypt Trip
11:15pm - Glitter Wizard
12:15am - The Great Electric Quest More...

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Black Crown Initiate Announces New Tour Dates

Black Crown Initiate and Black Fast are teaming up to embark on the Blacker Than All tour this March on theway to the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.

"We are excited to share the stage with our label mates Black Fast on this small tour to SXSW," says BCI guitarist Andy Thomas. "We are going to be playing some new material off our upcoming album, drinking beers and eating plenty of BBQ on this tour. See you on the road!"

Black Crown Initiate has also just wrapped production on a yet-to0be titled new album which will be released later this year. This new LP follows "The Wreckage of Stars" in 2014. More...

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Cattle Decapitation Post "Mammals In Babylon" Clip

Tonight, San Diego deathgrind malefactors, Cattle Decapitation, will kick off their North American Extinction headlining tour. Set to initiate in Sacramento, the band's latest live infiltration will run through nearly 2 dozen cities, coming to a close in Atlanta on October 7th.

Support will be provided by King Parrot, Black Crown Initiate and Dark Sermon. The tour follows the band's appearance on this year's Summer Slaughter and serves as a precursor to their run supporting Cannibal Corpse in October as well as a subsequent run of headlining dates with support from label mates Abiotic in November to close out the year.

In celebration of today's tour kick off, the band reveals the official play-through video for "Mammals in Babylon" below.

The North American Extinction Tour 2015 More...

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Dark Sermon Premieres New Music Video "Rat King"

Dark Sermon premieres a new music video for "Rat King", taken from the new album "The Oracle" out in stores now. Check out now the new clip below.

Catch Dark Sermon live on stage this September and October supporting Cattle Decapitation, King Parrot and Black Crown Initiate on the following dates below: More...

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Dark Sermon To Support Cattle Decapitation

eOne Music duo Dark Sermon and Black Crown Initiate have announced support dates with Cattle Decapitation in September.

The dates will serve in support of Dark Sermon's new LP "The Oracle" due out August 21. "We listen to Cattle in the van all the time," says Dark Sermon vocalist Johnny Crowder. "We're really looking forward to finally hitting the road with them this fall. It'll also be great to hit Canada again, because we always have a great time up north."

Black Crown Initiate guitarist Andy Thomas chimes in, "As long-time fans of Cattle Decapitation, Black Crown Initiate could not be more stoked for this tour. Their unique brand of melodic brutality and songwriting has influenced us a great deal. Add our Australian friends in King Parrot and our label-mates Dark Sermon, and this promises to be a brutally fun tour. We can't wait to see everyone on the road! There will be beer!"

The tour, also featuring King Parrot, will take place on the following dates: More...

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Metal Alliance Tour Cancelled, Deicide To Continue

Due to unforeseen financial issues, Continental Concerts and the "Metal Alliance Tour" regret to announce that the 2015 "Metal Alliance Tour" has been cancelled.

However, the remaining dates will continue on as a Deicide headlining run, featuring special guests as support Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate and more.

Entombed A.D. is not on the bill due to the aforementioned issues, which was reported on here, in which the band commented: "Attention US headbangers! We got pulled of the U.S. Tour for reasons we don’t yet know. On our way to Sweden now. Never in 30 years have we experienced something like this. But we will be back soon! Cheers!!"

The dates are as follows:

June 11 - Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
June 12 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
June 13 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
June 14 - Lubbock, TX @ Depot "O" Bar Live
June 15 - Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
June 16 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
June 18 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
June 19 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
June 20 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall More...

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Entombed A.D. Ejected From "Metal Alliance Tour"

Swedish death metallers Entombed A.D. (an offshoot of the original Entombed featuring various former original members) have apparently been pulled off the "Metal Alliance Tour" with Deicide, Hate Eternal, and Black Crown Initiate.

Comments Entombed A.D. in a statement:

"Attention US headbangers! We got pulled of the U.S. Tour for reasons we don’t yet know. On our way to Sweden now. Never in 30 years have we experienced something like this. But we will be back soon! Cheers!!"

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Black Crown Initiate Posts Live Drum-Cam Clip

The PA death metal band Black Crown Initiate is streaming a new live drum-cam video filmed at Oakland Metro Opera House, Oakland, showing drummer Jesse Beahler blasting through the song "To The Eye That Leads You." Check out the clip below. (courtesy of sickdrummermagazine). More...

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Hate Eternal And Deicide Joining Metal Alliance

Hate Eternal has checked in with the following announcement about the upcoming Metal Alliance tour:

"And so it begins...

"Hate Eternal will be part of the North American Metal Alliance Tour 2015 with Deicide, Entombed A.D., Black Crown Initiate and one more band who will be announced later.

"Confirmed dates and advance ticket sale info will be made available shortly." More...

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Black Crown Initiate Posts New Video

The PA metal beard warriors from Black Crown Initiate have debuted another music video, this time for their single "The Fractured One," taken off new LP "The Wreckage Of Stars."

Directed by Jess Orsburn of Toaster in the Tub Studios, the new video is the follow-up to the "Withering Waves" music video released last month. Check out the new clip below.

Black Crown Initiate will round out the year supporting label mates Crowbar and Unearth this December followed by a heavy hitting run with Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, and Iron Reagan early next year.

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Black Crown Initiate Streaming "Withering Waves"

The PA metal torchbearers from Black Crown Initiate have debuted a second song titled "Withering Waves" from their upcoming debut LP "The Wreckage Of Stars," due out on September 30th, 2014. Give it a listen below.

Black Crown Initiate, or commonly referred as BCI, was firmly planted at Atrium Audio, (August Burns Red, Rivers of Nihil) with producer Carson Slovak on this debut LP. Renowned artist and Fallujah vocalist Alex Hofmann was tapped to create the visually sunning cover art for "The Wreckage Of Stars."

Black Crown Initiate will also be touring with fellow PA metal heads The Rivers Of Nihil throughout the North East before heading out with label-mates Unearth on the Hell Or High Wattage tour.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Great Mistake
2. The Fractured One
3. Malignant
4. The Human Lie Manifest
5. Withering Waves
6. To The Eye That Leads You
7. The Wreckage of Stars
8. Shapes Collapse
9. Purge
10. Linear More...

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Darkest Hour To Tour With Unearth

Hot off the heels of this summer's Mayhem Festival, Darkest Hour will return to North America this fall co-headlining with Unearth on the “Hell or High Wattage” tour.

The trek, which kicks off on October 13th also features Carnifex, Origin, I The Breather, and Black Crown Initiate in the support slots. See below for all tour dates.

Darkest Hour's Mike Schleibaum (guitars) states: "We're extremely excited to hit the road with Unearth and company for a quick set of Canadian and East Coast dates. We'll be bringing some new songs to life on stage and throwing some killer parties. Make sure you come out and rage with us. See you all in the pit very soon." More...

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