Black Crown Initiate : The Wreckage of Stars
Across the naughties, both Opeth and Mastodon have been high watermarks in the loosely defined Prog Metal genre. Mikael Akerfeldt’s group steadily morphed from a run of the mill black metal band in their first three albums into a powerhouse of epics with contrasting light and dark passages, clean and guttural vocals, beautiful melodies and brutal drums. The boys from Atlanta meanwhile produced three seminal concept albums with an equal mix and match of styles. Now they’ve gone their own way, Opeth to a lighter, more classical prog rock and Mastodon to a more conventional hard rock format, and there’s a gap. Pennsylvania-based quintet Black Crown Initiate have presented with their début album The Wreckage of Stars the first real claim to that gap as successors to two amazing bands.