Omnium Gatherum Announce North American Tour With Allegaeon & Black Crown Initiate

Omnium Gatherum have announced a North American tour in support of their new album “Origin“ (out November 5). Allegaeon and Black Crown Initiate will open.

Tour Dates:

02/26 Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland
02/27 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
02/28 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
03/01 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
03/02 Orlando, FL – The Haven
03/04 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
03/05 Houston, TX – Satellite Bar
03/06 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
03/08 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
03/09 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
03/10 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
03/11 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
03/12 Los Angeles, CA – Catch One @ Jewel
03/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
03/14 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
03/15 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/16 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
03/18 Calgary, AB – Dickens
03/19 Regina, SK – The Exchange
03/20 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
03/21 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
03/22 Madison, WI – The Crucible
03/23 Chicago, IL – Reggies
03/24 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
03/25 Montreal, QC – The Ritz
03/26 Quebec City, QC – Source de la Martiniere
03/27 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs

Rescheduled Dates Announced For Rivers Of Nihil, Archspire, Allegaeon, Etc. European/UK Tour

The rescheduled dates have been revealed for the European/UK “Faces Of Death” tour. As previously reported, that trek will feature: Rivers Of Nihil, Archspire, Allegaeon, Black Crown Initiate, and To The Grave.

2022 Tour Dates:

11/11 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
11/12 Karlsruhe, GER – Die Stadtmitte
11/13 Milan, ITA – Slaughter Club
11/14 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
11/15 Munich, GER – backstage
11/16 Prague, CZE – Futurum
11/17 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
11/18 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
11/19 Poznan, POL – U Bazyla
11/20 Dresden, GER – Puschkin
11/21 Berlin, GER – Hole44
11/22 Hannover, GER – Bei Chez Heinz
11/23 Copenhagen, DEN – Stengade
11/24 Hamburg, GER – Logo
11/25 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
11/26 Bristol, UK – Thekla
11/27 London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
11/28 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
11/29 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
11/30 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux’s
12/01 Southampton, UK – The Loft
12/02 Paris, FRA – Gibus
12/03 Aarschot, BEL – De Klinker Club

Black Crown Initiate Cancel Fall Tour With Inferi & Arkaik

Black Crown Initiate have cancelled their fall tour with Inferi and Arkaik. The band commented:

“We’re sorry all. We understand and feel that disappointment hard. We commend the bands that are out there touring and giving it a go. Make sure to support them if you can in this unprecedented and uncertain time. For us and our position, we stood to lose too much if the tour were to get shut down, and it would’ve taken very little for that to happen, which became increasingly apparent. So for the sake of the band’s survival, and having survived enough ordeals already as a band, we had to make the call. We hope everyone understands and to see you sooner than later. Live music is everything to us. We assure you that this decision wasn’t come upon lightly. Refunds are available at point of purchase.”

Black Crown Initiate Announce Fall Tour With Inferi & Arkaik

Black Crown Initiate have announced a fall U.S. tour with Inferi and Arkaik. Here’s the dates:

09/30 Reading, PA – Reverb
10/01 Pittsburgh, PA – Preserving Underground
10/02 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
10/03 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
10/05 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s (Stan’s Room)
10/06 Chicago, IL – WC Social Club
10/07 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
10/08 Dallas, TX – Reno’s
10/09 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
10/10 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Purgatory)
10/13 Nashville, TN – The End
10/14 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
10/15 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
10/16 Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland
10/17 Manchester, NH – Jewel

Rivers Of Nihil, Archspire, Allegaeon, Etc. Set For 2021 European/UK Faces Of Death Tour

Rivers Of Nihil, Archspire, Allegaeon, Black Crown Initiate, and To The Grave have been confirmed for next year’s Faces Of Death Tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

11/12 Bochum, Germany – Matrix
11/13 Munich, Germany – Backstage
11/14 Milan, Italy – Slaughter Club
11/15 Aarau, Switzerland – KiFF
11/16 Karlsruhe, Germany – Die Stadtmitte
11/17 Vienna, Austria – Viper Room
11/18 Budapest, Hungary – Dürer Kert
11/19 Dresden, Germany – Puschkin
11/20 Prague, Czech Republic – Nova Chmelnice
11/21 Poznan, Poland – U Bazyla
11/22 Hannover, Germany – Béi Chéz Heinz
11/23 Berlin, Germany – Hole44
11/24 Copenhagen, Denmark – Stengade
11/25 Hamburg, Germany – Logo
11/26 Aarschot, Belgium – De Klinker Club
11/27 London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
11/28 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux’s
11/29 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
11/30 Bristol, UK – Thekla
12/01 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
12/02 Southampton, UK The Loft
12/03 Paris, France – Gibus
12/04 Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje

Antiqva (Ne Obliviscaris, Ex-Cradle Of Filth, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Funeral Crown”

Xenoyr (Ne Obliviscaris), Lindsay Schoolcraft (ex-Cradle of Filth), Fabian Schaper, Justine Ethier (ex-Blackguard), Dalai Cellai, Memnock (Susperia, ex-Old Man’s Child), and Andy Thomas (Black Crown Initiate) have joined forces in a new band called Antiqva. A lyric video for the group’s first single, “Funeral Crown,” can be found below:

Xenoyr commented:

“Music from Antiqva has been a long time coming, but like most good things it required patience and maturing. For obvious reasons this year, our individual main projects were delayed and/or unable to tour so we seized the opportunity to focus largely on developing our sound more, and finally through pandemic and isolation, recorded across 5 countries, we now emerge with our debut track, ‘Funeral Crown’.

In short the song discusses the abuse of power, something we’ve all been exposed to, subjected to or even been a part of, and it paints a picture of the potential consequences. The interest we’ve garnered so far has been overwhelming considering we’re ultimately a brand new band, but we hope this will whet your appetite for what is to come. Thank you to those who’ve followed and supported our journey so far.”

Fans can purchase a limited edition 12 inch featuring “Funeral Crown” and the b-side track “Anadem Gyre” HERE.

[via MetalSucks]

Black Crown Initiate’s James Dorton Featured In “Gameplay Music Video” For New Video Game “Metal: Hellsinger”

A new trailer has been shared for the upcoming video game “Metal: Hellsinger.” The “gameplay music video” features Black Crown Initiate’s James Dorton and it can be seen below. As previously reported, the rhythm shooter will also feature vocal contributions from Arch Enemy‘s Alissa White-Gluz, Trivium‘s Matt Heafy, Dark Tranquillity‘s Mikael Stanne, and Soilwork‘s Björn “Speed” Strid. The game was developed by The Outsiders and it will be released in 2021 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, and PC.

Black Crown Initiate Premiere New Song “Death Comes In Reverse”

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

“‘Death Comes in Reverse’ was written during one of the lowest points of my life. It felt as if I was living in endless daylight, and sleep was very fleeting. Musically, it is a very different track for us, and I’m very happy with how it came out. It is centered around one basic theme, and I’m very proud of how we were able to expand it into a multi-faceted, dynamic song.”

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]