Black Crown Initiate Invite Fans to Early Access Listening Party



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“…a stunner… The Pennsylvania-based quartet continue to impress.” – Revolver


“A welcome return from these talented dudes….” – No Clean Singing


“It’s safe to say Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape will surface on many top album lists for 2020.”

– Metal Insider


““This is an album that can be understood and appreciated in a vacuum without context; accordingly, it will likely sound fresh for decades to come.” – Everything Is Noise


“This album is in one word: magnificent.” – A&P Reacts


“Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape isn’t just an exceptional release for Black Crown Initiate, it’s a genuine album of the year contender and the finest the progressive death metal genre has seen since 2018’s Where Owls Know My Name (by the band they know so well in Rivers of Nihil).” – V13

“…Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape sees Black Crown Initiate at the top of their game. Few acts utilize such a sweeping take on song dynamics and play off the varied contrasts as BCI does, and those seeking some breathtaking moments are sure to find them here.” 
– Dead Rhetoric

Aug. 5, 2020 – Black Crown Initiate, in partnership with WSOU, are offering 100 fans an early listen to their forthcoming album, Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape (Aug. 7, Century Media), on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 12 pm pacific/3 pm eastern. The listening session will be followed by a live Q&A with members of the band.

Fans can RSVP here:

Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape will be available as a limited CD digipak, black LP+CD, three limited edition colored vinyl variants and on all digital platforms. The album can be pre-ordered here:


Having released two critically hailed, fan-worshipped works of progressive death metal, 2014’s Wreckage of Stars and its 2016 follow-up Selves We Cannot Forgive, Black Crown Initiate have found a new label home with Century Media. Formed in Reading, Penn. in 2012, Black Crown Initiate have created a stir that’s stretched far beyond the underground with a sound that is at once sweeping, chaotic and epic in scope and ambition.

Black Crown Initiate is:

Vocals – James Dorton

Guitars – Andy Thomas

Bass – Nick Shaw

Guitars – Ethan McKenna

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