Guitarist Andy Thomas Exits Black Crown Initiate

Guitarist Andy Thomas has officially exited Black Crown Initiate. A replacement has yet to be revealed.

Thomas said the following:

“It’s been a long, wonderful, crazy journey, and I’d just like to say I am no longer a member of Black Crown Initiate. There is no bad blood whatsoever, and I’d like to thank all our fans, friends and affiliates from all over the world. I’ll see y’all around, for sure!”

Vocalist James Dorton also commented:

“As you might’ve seen on the BCI gram, Andy is no longer with the band. There’s no bad blood. In the decade that’s passed since we started this band with Nick, the man has become like a brother to me, and he will be missed. The rest of the band and I wish him well. BCI has some work to do, but we will continue on. Stay tuned 🤘”

Trivium, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Etc. Members To Take Part In “Metal: Hellsinger” Live Performance At 2022 “Gamescom”

Matt Heafy (Trivium), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused), and James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate) will be taking part in a special live performance to promote the upcoming rhythm shooter game “Metal: Hellsinger.” The event will take place on August 25 as part of “Gamescom” in Cologne, Germany. The video game is expected to be released on September 15 and it will feature new songs from the aforementioned musicians and more.

The Faceless Recruit Vocalist James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate)

The Faceless have recruited James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate) as their new vocalist. The band played their first show with Dorton in Los Angeles, CA last night (July 24). However, it’s worth noting that their set started about two hours late and when guitarist Michael Keene did take the stage he ended up rambling about his neurological disorder.

Keene said the following about his disorder on social media:

“Tonight is the night guys! Our first show in 2.5 years and 3 years in LA! This is Michael speaking and some of you may have heard about my hand issue. I have a neurological disorder and about a year and a half ago my left leg went completely paralyzed for about 12 days and a couple months ago I had my next flare up and my right hand went paralyzed!! Needless to say this was terrifying and I immediately went to the neurologist, but it’s been one long and difficult recovery and I relearned holding a pick and redeveloped my coordination JUST to play this show for you guys. So I hope to see you here and that you help me feel like the hard work was worth it!”

He also added the following about recruiting Dorton:

“We are thrilled to announce the one and only, James Dorton as our new permanent frontman! You may know him from his previous band, Black Crown Initiate. I think I speak for all of us when I say that James is a monster and master of what he does and we are thrilled to have him in the band.”

[via The PRP]

Rivers Of Nihil Part Ways With Guitarist Jon Topore

Rivers Of Nihil have parted ways with guitarist Jon Topore. The band will be playing their upcoming shows with fill-in guitarist Andy Thomas (Black Crown Initiate).

Rivers Of Nihil issued the following statement:

“After nearly eight years of working together Rivers of Nihil has decided to part ways with guitarist Jonathan Topore. Like any relationship, sometimes it becomes clear that it is simply time for a change that will be in the best interest of everyone involved. We love Jon and we still consider him to be a great friend to all of us in the band.

With that being said, we would like to announce that our very old friend Andy Thomas from Black Crown Initiate (and ‘Where Owls Know My Name‘ guest vocal/music video/tambourine fame) will be stepping in for our upcoming headlining tour with Fallujah, Alluvial, and Warforged.

As a fellow Reading, PA area native Andy has been passively and actively involved with Rivers of Nihil since our inception and there is no other person that we trust more than him to take on this position.

We look forward to seeing all of you on tour.”

Black Crown Initiate Drop Off Remaining Dates Of Their Tour With Allegaeon & Omnium Gatherum Due To Positive COVID-19 Tests

Black Crown Initiate have dropped off of the remaining dates on their tour with Allegaeon and Omnium Gatherum due to positive COVID-19 tests. The band commented:

“It is with heavy hearts that we are having to cancel the remainder of this tour with Allegaeon and Omnium Gatherum, due to positive COVID-19 tests in our camp. This includes tonight’s show at Reggie’s in Chicago. This development is a heavy blow in many ways. But we will be back Ways to support the band:

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PayPal: blackcrowninitiate@gmail.com

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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