Black Crown Initiate
The Wreckage of Stars


4.0
excellent

Review

by Have you tried jamming Helcaraxe? CONTRIBUTOR (133 Reviews)
October 26th, 2016 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A crushing, slightly somber take on progressive death metal.

Before I even delve into this album, I want to clear one thing out of the way-this band is not the second coming of Jesus Christ. Although in numerous ways, especially with clean vocals and acoustic passages, this band sounds similar to a modernized version of Deliverance-era Opeth, to let either of these two bands live in the wake in other isn't simply unfair, it is also incorrect. However both bands are amazing, and it is still a compliment to both.

"Wreckage of Stars" is crushing, and I think no other album title is more apt for the albums vibe. The guitar riffs are dense and pummeling, balancing a mix of technical prowess and low powerful chugs. Along with the drums there is a balance between rapid fire chaos, and slow sweeping acoustics which create a mix of breathtaking melodies and unforgiving blast-beat driven power. During the more chaotic moments the bands death metal shines through extraordinarily well, especially off of tracks like "The Malignant" and "Purge". It is also especially during these moments that the vocalists gutturals shine, because to be honest they are some of the most beastly snarls in modern death metal. They are crushing yet oddly clean and well produced, making them stand alongside the music incredibly well.

However great the bands more heavy and raw side may be, it is the balance of tranquility that completes this. The best example is actually the (unfortunately) short final track "Linear". It is entirely clean vocals, and the vocalist builds such a soothing and gorgeous ending into the mix of a relative monster of an album. The clean vocals aren't quite as strong on other tracks, however, which is really my only complaint with the album. They sometimes tend to hug their influences just a bit too much, and this is where the band comes across as a slight Opeth copycat. However even that isn't an entirely an insult, just slightly annoying over time.

In spite of this, Black Crown Initiate has carved themselves a terrific niche in progressive death metal, embodying the greatness of old Opeth without being a complete copy, making them the perfect poster boys for modern progressive death metal.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dimeadozenmetalhead6
October 26th 2016


285 Comments


is this btbam?

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2016


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Btbam? What is that exactly

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2016


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just looked it up and it's between the buried and me so my bad. However I'm extremely unsure where you pulled the comparison from.

HarryBoBerry
October 27th 2016


620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the talent these guys have. But I'm not feeling the passion, just technical prowess. They're solid though.

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2016


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah but I feel like a lot of prog metal is like that. It's more based on talent and atmosphere than anything.

HarryBoBerry
October 27th 2016


620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's pretty true. I feel like I'm on a constant search for prog bands that have that passion.



Btw these guys recently had all their gear stolen while on tour. Pretty messed up.

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2016


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stories like that are actually sadly common. I believe it happened to I fight dragons where thousands of dollars of equipment was stolen (really awesome Nintendo punk if you haven't heard then, I recommend their new album "the near future". I mean if you want prog metal with passion the only great example I have is ne oblivisvaris

HarryBoBerry
October 27th 2016


620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I freakin love NeO, they're one of a kind dudes and put out some of the best recent prog metal.

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2016


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I mean if you're looking for other good metal bands that have a lot of passion (maybe not quite progressive so much as symphonic) there is Shade Empire's Omega Arcane which is fucking insane. But yeah man I love NeO I actually own Portal of I and desperately want Citadel. I binged them for like 2 months straight once xD



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