The third full length album from Progressive,Technical Death Metal outfit Black Crown Initiate is set to land on the 7th August. Nine extremely technical tracks that span the genre from clean to metalcore to outright death metal that will no doubt leave a serious impression. Opening track “Invitation” is a stunning example of this as Andy Thomas’ clean vocals and easy guitar lead you on a slow walk about to the brutality that awaits in the form of James Dorton, as he drags you into the doom with his guttural vocals backed up by a thunderous drum and bass beat. The back and forth between both singers and the sheer force of the music make this one hell of an opener. “Son Of War” is a monster track that starts out quite deceiving as the first few notes are not what you would expect but as the drums kick in you feel the familiarity wash over you. As the track progresses both the bass and drums play quite well off each other as the clean/guttural vocal battle continues to mesmerise. “Trauma Bonds” has a bright and breezy intro that may have you thinking you are listening to an AOR track, this however is rather quickly dispelled as it descends into chaos with blistering drums, great riff and Dorton’s vocals killing before Thomas takes over allowing the track to mellow, aided by a funky bass line, at the midpoint the tempo increases again as Dorton growls his way back into your ears, the track then seesaws back and forth as they trade mellow for menacing which combine as the track closes. “Years In Frigid Light” is beast of a track right from the off with blistering drumming a funky riff and Dorton’s guttural vocals snarling sinisterly, as quickly at it starts it all fades away as the chorus brings a calm that should be out of place considering what has gone before but it fits seamlessly. The whole make up of the song from guitars to drums to bass and the vocal trade off is absolutely amazing and will stay stuck in your brain long after you stop listening. “Bellow” is as it says in the name, two minutes plus of bellowing in different ranges. “Sun Of War” has a very easy plucked guitar intro with a kicking bass and you would be forgiven for thinking you are listening to an emo song until the two minute mark whereby Dorton and crew proceed to melt your face with brutal riffs, manic drumming and a heavy bass line that drives the track, a seriously great track. “Holy Silence” has a searing drum beat that drives the track from the start with a thick bass line running alongside it laying a great foundation for Dorton to slay with his vocals which are tempered by Thomas’ clean harmonious vocals, the back and forth between the contrasting styles is amazing and the classical guitar breakdown at the back end of the track is just phenomenal as it leads into a cool electric solo that is completely enthralling all the way to the end of the track. “He Is The Path” closes out an incredible album in a Nick Cave style track, pianos, violins and spoken lyrics are the order of the day as you drift off into the abyss.
The epic Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape is out 7th August, via Century Media Records, do not miss it