Black Crown Initiate Premiere New Song “Holy Silence”

Black Crown Initiate have premiered an animated video for their new song “Holy Silence.” This track is from the band’s new album “Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape,“ which will be released on August 7. Andy Thomas said the following about the song, which was written in 2008:

“We had always wanted to use it. With [guitarist Ethan McKenna] returning to the band it felt right. The song deals with notions of a creator and our connections to whatever that force may be. I am particularly proud of James’ vocals and Ethan’s perfect guitar solo.”

[via Metal Injection]

Black Crown Initiate’s James Dorton Issues Statement Regarding His Past Associations With Hate Groups & Right-Wing Extremists

Black Crown Initiate frontman James Dorton has issued a statement after being accused of having racist views. The accusations are related to his past association with right-wing extremist Jack Donovan and the Wolves Of Vinland, a Virginian neopagan tribe that was designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Dorton said the following:

“Hey, guys. James here. It has come to my attention that there are a few things I need to address for our fans and peers, some of whom have become concerned that I hold racist views because I did some narration work for author Jack Donovan, and, like him, used to associate with the neo-pagan tribe, the Wolves Of Vinland, and their off-shoot, Operation Werewolf.

I understand that some of you hold our music very close to your hearts, and it makes sense why you would want to know where I stand.

I did hang around these guys in the past, but do not anymore. I was never a member of Wolves Of Vinland, and we communicated seldom; it was mostly a one-sided relationship. Perhaps it’s because of this that I was ignorant to the extreme right, hateful and intolerant elements of their organization, at least until now. As hard as that may be for some to believe, I just never did the Google research and never encountered those elements in my limited interaction with these people.

There has been a lot of trauma in my younger life- namely my struggle with cancer, but other things too. I was in need of structure and guidance, drawn to their mantras of self improvement, and I see now that I sought it in the wrong place. I was unaware of the more extreme views of the group, which is my fault.

Now that I am, I don’t want anything to do with those views or people.

As many of you might know, death metal unfortunately doesn’t pay the bills, and I do voiceover by trade. Back in 2015, during a particularly tough time financially for the band, I partially narrated two titles by Jack Donovan. I never agreed with Jack‘s viewpoints, but I had yet to fully realize the harm of even associating and lending credence to those viewpoints.

Neither I nor anyone else in BCI harbor hate for anyone, and we don’t support groups/individuals that do.

We whole-heartedly support Black Lives Matter, and are glad attention is being brought to the issue of police brutality.

Music is what drives our lives, and the love and experiences we garner in the process. It’s something we are very grateful for. In this divisive time, we seek to sow understanding, and encourage everyone to do the same.”

[via The PRP]

Black Crown Initiate Premiere New Song “Sun Of War”

Black Crown Initiate have premiered a new song titled “Sun Of War.” This track is from the band’s new album “Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape,“ which will be released on August 7. Andy Thomas commented:

“‘Sun of War‘ is a song that sort of continues the theme of our Song of the Crippled Bull EP. It centers around life in the end of a repeating universal cycle, and basically mourns the disconnect from what humans truly are: power, truth, and timelessness. It seems appropriate to be released now.”

Black Crown Initiate To Release New Album In August

Black Crown Initiate will be releasing their new album “Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape” on August 7. The effort’s first single, “Invitation,” will debut on Friday (March 13). The band confirmed the news during a livestream on Facebook.

Black Crown Initiate Begin Recording New Album

Black Crown Initiate have officially started the recording process for their new album. It’s worth noting that the group are working on the effort with drummer Gabe Seeber (Decrepit Birth, The Kennedy Veil).

Black Crown Initiate Sign With Century Media Records

Black Crown Initiate have signed a new with Century Media Records. Vocalist Andy Thomas commented:

“It’s an incredible time for us as a band. We definitely have the most cohesive lineup we’ve ever had and cliché as it sounds, we are just finishing writing what we feel is our best album. To be on a label like Century Media with the pedigree that it has and the enthusiasm the people behind it have is refreshing as well. It’s a new chapter and in many ways a new beginning for us.”

Black Crown Initiate Announce North American Tour With Vale Of Pnath, Inferi, & Warforged

Black Crown Initiate have announced a North American tour with Vale Of Pnath, Inferi, and Warforged. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

07/25 Manchester, NH – Bungalow
07/27 Halifax, NS – The Oasis
07/28 Moncton, NB – The Caveau
07/30 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar
07/31 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Électriques
08/01 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
08/02 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
08/03 Sault Ste Marie, ON – Live 705
08/05 Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
08/06 Saskatoon, SK – Black Cat Tavern
08/07 Calgary, AB – Dickens
08/08 Edmonton, AB – Temple (Starlite)
08/09 Regina, SK – Cloud 9
08/10 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
08/11 Minneapolis, MN – The Whiskey Junction
08/12 Cudahy, WI – X-Ray Arcade
08/13 Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel
08/14 Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose

Black Crown Initiate Announce New Guitarist & Drummer

Black Crown Initiate have announced the addition of guitarist Ethan McKenna and drummer Samuel Santiago (ex-Gorod/Melechesh) to their lineup. The two have been recruited as replacements for guitarist Wes Hauch (Alluvial, etc.) and drummer Jesse Beahler (Nightfire, etc.). The band posted the following:

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Hey y’all! If any of you have seen our recent shows, you may have noticed some lineup changes. It is true that Jesse and Wes are no longer in the band, but there is zero bad blood. They are both still are dear buddies, and with the ridiculous amount of talent they both possess, we have no doubt that you’ll be hearing from them real soon! That being said, we are extremely excited to welcome Sam Santiago and Ethan Mckenna to Black Crown Initiate. You might know Sam from his work with Gorod, Beyond Creation, Arkhon Infaustus, and others, and he is doing an amazing job beating the tubs for us. Ethan Mckenna is a Reading, Pa based guitar wizard, and he was actually the first guitarist ever asked to join the band when Andy, Nick, and James put Black Crown together in 2012. Things change, grow, and come full circle, and we intend to deliver a killer new album and get back into your beautiful faces as soon as possible. Stay tuned and thanks! -The Böys 📸 @__photi__ #blackcrowninitiate

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