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Black Crown Initiate might be the world's smartest prog metal band

Pennsylvania prog-metal quartet Black Crown Initiate are mixing brains with brutal metal brawn

Craving a new breed of progressive metal that speaks on a philosophical level, Pennsylvania’s Black Crown Initiate have teamed guttural heaviness with key moral messages for three trailblazing years. Guitarist and clean vocalist Andy Thomas tells us it’s a long way to the top if you want to break the status quo of a constantly evolving genre.

“I’ve always adored guitars that sound like monster trucks, fast drums and the sonic aesthetic of heavy metal,” Andy tells Hammer. “But I can’t relate to some bands’ visual and lyrical images – if you’re singing about zombies and outer space, I don’t get it. I can only write about things I know or experience, things that are of this Earth.”


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