After completing a successful run on the 2016 Metal Alliance tour, BLACK CROWN INITIATE have announced new plans to hit the road this summer supporting Australian import Ne Obliviscaris. Dates will kick off on July 12th in San Diego with a full coast to coast run before finishing up back out west in Phoenix one month later on August 12th.

We are incredibly excited!,” says guitarist Andy Thomas. “We are long-time fans and even opened for them on their first ever U.S. show. We spoke about this possibility then, and the fact that it is happening makes us all very happy. We are sure that fans of progressive metal will get their fill! See you all there!”

BLACK CROWN INITIATE will release Selves We Cannot Forgive on July 22, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne). The tracklist and visually mindbending cover art created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Avenged Sevenfold) can be seen below. “We’ve been through a great deal as a band since our last release,” says Thomas. “We’ve grown a great deal as writers, players, and people and put everything we had into this one.” 

Recorded and mixed by Carson Slovak & Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Texas In July, From Ashes To New) at Atrium Audio Recording Studio’s in Lancaster PA, Selves We Cannot Forgive will be the follow up to the buzzworthy debut LP The Wreckage of Stars released at the end of 2014. The Wreckage of Stars also propelled the band into the international touring act it is today. BCI quickly found themselves on the road with the likes of Behemoth, Deicide, Napalm Death and Voivod.

Selves We Can Not Forgive, the band’s sophomore album with Entertainment One, is a lean and focused collection that jettisons the extraneous fat found too often within ambitious metal bands, striking a balance between fearless adventurousness and methodical might. It follows The Wreckage of Stars, which together with their self-financed Song of the Crippled Bull EP introduced Black Crown Initiate’s unapologetic exploration of everything from Friedrich Nietzsche and Greek Sophist Gorgias to Hinduism, Buddhism, and indigenous mysticism, with a pragmatic skepticism.

Thomas continues on their new release, “we feel it is a more than fitting next chapter for the band; one that we are truly proud and excited to enter. We hope you all enjoy it too. See you on the road!”


7/12 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
7/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
7/14 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
7/16 – Portland,. OR – Hawthorne Theater
7/17 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
7/18 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
7/19 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
7/21 – Edmonton, AB – Starlight Room
7/22 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
7/24 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
7/25 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
7/26 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
7/27 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
7/28 – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
7/29 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
7/31 – Boston, MA – ONCE Ballroom
8/1 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
8/2 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
8/3 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
8/5 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
8/6 – San Antonio. TX – The Rock Box
8/7 – Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club
8/8 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
8/10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird
8/11 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
8/12 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto




Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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