Mark Uricheck

Prosody keep metal alive with Black Crown Initiate, debut new music

Prosody keep metal alive with Black Crown Initiate, debut new music
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NEPA’s own steel-belted boot to the head, Prosody, will open the show for Black Crown Initiate at The Factory: Underground in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Oct. 24. Guitarist Chris Stroud and vocalist Ken Ebersole couldn’t be happier to give the boys from Reading a proper metallic welcome.

Want to learn more about Black Crown Initiate? Read an in-depth interview with them here.

“I’m not a fan of seven-string guitar players unless they use it outside the box, à la bands like Fit for an Autopsy,” begins Stroud, “but I believe Black Crown use eight-string guitars, so I became curious.”

“These guys are proof that death metal is alive and well,” adds Ebersole. “The aggressive speed and heaviness make it a true honor to open for a band of this caliber.”

Stroud points to the progressive musical elements of Black Crown Initiate as one of the highlights he’s excited to witness.

“Their music is brutal for sure, but the two singers have completely different styles which fit beautifully together,” he says. “These guys are different and something fresh, which I love. Together I think Prosody and BCI pair nicely together. It should be a great show.”

Formed in Old Forge in 2011, Prosody is currently in the middle of working on new material, which is slated to see the light of day later in November. The band will indeed be previewing some of the new music they’ve been working on at the Black Crown show.

“We are giving our best original stuff on Friday, including the first track we recently recorded, ‘Perfection through Dissection,’” Ebersole says. “It’s about to have the final mix put on it and will be released as a single very soon. It shows how much we have grown since [2013 debut CD] ‘The Dawn of Brutality.’”

“We really finally found our sound after three years together,” Stroud relays, expanding on Ebersole’s take on the new material.

“The new song is fast, intricate, and incorporates lots of memorable parts and our trademark breakdowns. Ken’s vocals are over the top on the new material. Quitting smoking has taken his screams to a new level. Also, we changed studios and think we found an engineer that knows where we are coming from.”

Just in time for Halloween come Prosody’s lyrics. This stuff is not for the faint of heart.

“They take you on a dark journey through the mind of a lunatic that murders people for art,” Ebersole describes. “It has a very ‘Hostel’-like feel to it if you’ve seen any of those films.”

Ever the metalhead, Stroud passes along a message to fans for Friday:

“See you there, in our pit!”

Black Crown Initiate
with Prosody and With Words Unspoken
Location: The Factory: Underground (105 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre)
Date: Friday, Oct. 24
Time: doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
Cost: $10