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.

Static-X, Aborted, Black Crown Initiate, Etc. Members Form Heavy Metal Choir For “Doom Eternal” Score

Composer Mick Gordon has recruited a full choir of heavy metal singers to contribute to the score for the latest installment in the “Doom” video game series “Doom Eternal” (out March 20). The artists that took part include: Tony Campos (Static-X, etc.), Sven de Caluwe (Aborted), James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate), James Rivera (Helstar), Linzey Rae (The Anchor), the late Nature Ganganbaigal (Tengger Cavalry), Rae Amitry (Immortal Bird), Ben Crossbones (Arkane), Chad Kapper (Frontierer), Chelsea Rocha-Murphy (Kinnefret), Chelsea Strickland (Accursed Creator), Emanuel Palalic (The False Archaic), Emma Lytle (Vault Dweller), Linsay O’Connor (Coma Cluster Void), Natalie Kahan (Wildspeaker), Wesley Merritt (The World I Knew), Lucy Lenoir (Apothica), Tre Watson Chris De Leon, Aaron Grace, Andrea Pacas, and Elijah Arnold.

Devin Townsend Recruits Former Members Of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Decapitated, Etc. For Summer Tour

During a recent interview with MetalSucks, Devin Townsend revealed the artists that will be joining him during his summer touring. They include: guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate), bassist Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), and drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Septicflesh, ex-Decapitated).

Townsend said the following:

“The next [touring] thing is Volume 2, which I’m starting with all these festivals — we’re doing Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, Bloodstock, Tuska, Wacken, and Hellfest. And that is a different group of people, which is an amazing group of people. I basically did a poll online and said, ‘What do you want to hear?’ from the entire catalogue, Strapping included. For the Volume 2 thing, which I will then bring to North America later, it’s those songs, which is a shit load of Strapping, a shit load of DTP, all of the stuff that people want to hear.

For the summer, I’ve got a band — but it’s a four person band — and at this point it looks like it’ll have Wes Hauch, who played with me on 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. He was in The Faceless and Glass Casket. Such a fuckin’ good guitar player, holy shit. And Krimh playing drums, who was with Septicflesh, Decapitated, and Behemoth.

Super strong player and he can blast with the same volume as he does with the groovy stuff. It looks like it’s gonna be Liam who used to be in Dillinger Escape Plan playing bass. Really great guys, super confident players. Good vibes.

I want that tour — the Volume 2 thing — to be completely different. I want it to be open to the audience and to say, ‘What do you want to hear?’ There’s 25 records full of shit. There’s Strapping, there’s Terria, there’s Ziltoid, there’s DTP, there’s DTB, there’s all this shit. Tell me what you want me to play, and I’ll play that. So, that’s the tour after this one that’s coming up.”

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).

Devin Townsend Recruits Megadeth, Bad Wolves, Etc. Members For 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise Performance

Devin Townsend has confirmed that guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate), bassist Kyle Konkiel (Bad Wolves), and drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth/ex-Soilwork) will be joining him for his performance aboard the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. That cruise will set sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7-11 and it will find Townsend playing a heavier set.