Black Crown Initiate are a band from Pennsylvania that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a progressive and melodic form of blackened death metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape" which will be released in August by Century Media Records.
Acoustic guitar playing along with some clean vocals start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction. Aggressive vocals are in between death metal growls and black metal screams while the music also adds in a decent amount of prog metal elements and some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length.
When the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can also be heard while the riffs also add in some melodies at times. Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them.
Acoustic guitars also make a return on some of the later tracks along with some chants and throat singing also being utilized briefly as well as one track also adding in a brief use of symphonic sounds, some of the mid tempo sections also show an influence of djent and some songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover philosophy and nihilism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Black Crown Initiate and if you are a fan of progressive and melodic blackened death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Invitation" "Years In Frigid Light" and "Holy Silence". 8 out of 10.