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GREAT ESCAPE

Crippled Black Phoenix

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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5 stars This is another excellent release from Crippled Black Phoenix, and it feels like a return to the The Resurrectionists / Night Raider era of music. It may actually be the spaciest of all their releases. Anyone looking for more post-rock, atmospheric spacey stuff, will really enjoy this album. It feels like a very different release from Bronze in the sense that it is loaded with vibe. Crippled Black Phoenix really excel at creating moods in their music by adding a bunch of eclectic styles. Speaking of vibe, the album ends with Great Escape Part 2, which is a long constructed brooding tracking with some bluesy guitar, a progression with orchestral movements, some acoustic guitar with layered vocals, and back again to the floydian solos along with the orchestral movements. It is a highlight to the album, but the preceding tracks take the listener on a complete journey. The bonus tracks Hunok Csataja and Uncivil War (Pt. I & II) are worth having, so the deluxe version is the better option. What makes Great Escape very different from more recent releases is that it does not have a significant sing along track like The Heart Of Every Country from (Mankind) The Crafty Ape. But that is not a bad thing, and the artistic value makes Great Escape a worthy addition to the Crippled Black Phoenix diverse catalog of albums. It is a highly recommend release from a very unique group.
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Posted Saturday, September 15, 2018 | Review Permalink
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4 stars If there was ever a band who refused to conform to what anyone expects of them, then it must be Crippled Black Phoenix, who continue to be led by multi-instrumentalist Julian Graves (drummer for Iron Monkey and Electric Wizard among others. They have been described as stoner prog through freak folk to psychedelic doom, and then back to post rock via space rock. Despite the wide range of musical leanings within their albums, there are a unifying dark streak and sombre melancholy running through the songs. Their tenth studio album shows them embracing all these styles, and so much more, with the core trio of Daniel 'nghede (vocals, guitar), Justin Greaves (guitars, drums, bass, samples, musical saw, percussion, backing vocals, composer, arranger and co-producer) and Mark Furnevall (synths, Hammond, vocoder, backing vocals) being joined by various guests, of whom special mention should be made of Belinda Kordic whose ethereal vocals certainly add to the emotional and dramatic elements of the band.

Early Floyd is the obvious influence, particularly on the likes of 'Las Diabolicas', but the very first time I played this the name which kept popping into my head was Johnny Cash, and while this sounds absolutely nothing like him in any way, for some reason the analogy really works. Since their debut 'A Love of Shared Disasters' in 2007, Crippled Black Phoenix have continued to morph and change, and this is yet another exercise in changing perceptions about the band, and is deep mahogany in a world of cheap and throwaway plastic as the depth and emotion contained within are compelling.

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