I have to tell you, I have been a fan of Black Crown Initiate since I discovered their 2013 album Song of the Crippled Bull. You have to admit, it is a pretty badass title. Black Crown Initiate hail from Reading, Pennsylvania, a blue collar, Caucasoid, suburban town in the middle of oblivion. It’s not that it isn’t a great town, don’t get me wrong. I’ve actually performed there and the people are very nice. It’s exactly that kind of town, though, that can produce a good, strong and solidly-delivering band like Black Crown Initiate. They know what they like. They do what they like. They’re good at what they like.
Black Crown Initiate are interesting, to say the least. Listen to Selves We Cannot Forgive closely, and you can hear these gold-veined threads of musicality in the midst of pure brutality. It’s actually very cool. In songs like “Belie the Machine” and “Sorrowpsalm,” there are moments of crystal clear calm before the tsunami comes crashing back in.
Black Crown Initiate are like Dinty Moore stew – music like a meaty, manly meal. You can always depend on killer, grinding riffs and solid production on a Black Crown Initiate record, just like you are always guaranteed a filling, microwaved dinner in a can of Dinty Moore stew with a tube of greasy Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits and a two-liter bottle of pure sugar Pepsi. You know, just like King Rhino always says: ‘Murica!
Selves We Cannot Forgive is out now on eOne Music. Buy it here!
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