After over a year of ceaselessly touring North America, it comes as little surprise that the time has come for Black Crown Initiate to retire their van – especially when that van was a 1991 GMC Catholic school bus well past its expiration date to begin with. But replacing a van is no easy — or cheap — task. That’s why yesterday, the up-and-coming progressive death metalers from Reading, Pennsylvania launched an Indiegogo campaign in hopes of laying “Captain Planet” (their current monstrosity on wheels) to rest.


The band hopes to raise $25,000 in order to pay for a newer, and, more importantly, safer 15-passenger van in its entirety, so that they may brave the often-inhospitable North American terrain worry-free. Winter is a particularly dangerous time in North America, especially in Canada and the northern United States, and a more reliable vehicle would help guarantee tour dates are made.

So far, in one day, the band has raised 5% of their goal. The campaign, which is set to last for sixty days, will end on January 11, 2015 at 11:59 PM.

Of course, your contributions will not go unanswered. The band has offered up a number of perks in exchange for your generousity, ranging from one-of-a-kind doodles to moustache clippings shipped straight to your home. For a full list of perks, and more information on how you can personally prevent the demise of these promising young lads, visit their campaign page at

In the words of vocalist James Dorton himself, “Oh God, please don’t let us die, please God.”


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