Specializing in a kinetic blend of blackened death metal, heady progressive metal, and blistering metalcore, Reading, Pennsylvania-based death-prog unit Black Crown Initiate was formed in 2012.
Consisting of James Dorton (vocals), Rik Stelzpflug (guitar, vocals), Andy Thomas (guitar, vocals), Nick Shaw (bass), and Jesse Beahler (drums), and drawing inspiration from bands like Between the Buried and Me, Shadows Fall, and early Opeth, as well as the writings of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the band issued its debut EP, Song of the Crippled Bull, independently via digital sites in 2013 before inking a deal with eOne for its 2014 debut long-player, The Wreckage of Stars, which debuted at number 18 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In February 2016, the band returned to the studio with producer Carson Slovak to begin work on its sophomore long-player. The resulting Selves We Cannot Forgive dropped in June of that year. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi