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From the organization in 2004 till today, CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX have been an unsettled rock project around the key drummer Justin GREAVES (also of Electric Wizard, Iron Monkey, Teeth of Lions Rule The Divine) with lots of his band mates. Through much experience in some outfits Justin had harboured his own soundscape and enthusiasm for 'macabre stoner/doomy progressive rock', which could let every collaborator go the same steady way regardless of such an unsteady formation of the project.

CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX made Justin's ideas more concrete - encouraged especially by Dominic AITCHISON the Mogwai's bassist - and released their debut album 'A Love Of Shared Disasters' from Invada Records, managed by Portishead?s Geoff Barrow, in 2006.

Repeating the band segmentation and fusion as before, CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX now go ahead in stage and studio, for gigging many times around Europe and releasing a box set 'The Resurrectionists/Night Raider' and the selection of this box '200 Tons Of Bad Luck' in 2009.

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  • Crippled Black Phoenix + A Liquid Landscape at Poppodium Nieuwe Nor, Heerlen on 2 May 2014
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  • Crippled Black Phoenix + A Liquid Landscape at W2 Poppodium, 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) on 4 May 2014
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  • Crippled Black Phoenix at Liquid Room, Edinburgh on 25 May 2014
  • German Kultrockfestival V on 16 Aug 2014
  • Reverence Festival Valada on 12 Sep 2014

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3.13 | 34 ratings
A Love Of Shared Disasters
2007
4.38 | 13 ratings
The Resurrectionists
2009
4.08 | 12 ratings
Night Raider
2009
3.54 | 77 ratings
I, Vigilante
2010
3.87 | 168 ratings
(Mankind) The Crafty Ape
2012
3.86 | 21 ratings
No Sadness or Farewell
2012
3.86 | 28 ratings
White Light Generator
2014

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3.18 | 33 ratings
200 Tons Of Bad Luck
2009
4.00 | 27 ratings
The Resurrectionists & Night Raider
2009

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 The Resurrectionists & Night Raider by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
4.00 | 27 ratings

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The Resurrectionists & Night Raider
Crippled Black Phoenix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

3 stars Well, if this compilation represents the better bits that this band produced beforehand, then I've heard enough of their music. How this work is (currently) rated 4.38 without a single review , eclipsing Prog masterpieces is just beyond belief.

There is nothing wrong with the music - only precious little is right. Lacking body, lacking drive, not only bordering on boring, but it is outright boring. At times the crew appear to wake up - if only briefly - but it's not enough to raise much interest, too little, too late.

A slight (early) Pink Floyd influence can be detected in parts, something that may have represented some interest around 1970, but by today's standards is seen as rather lame.

As indicated before, I don't see this work as bad, only far too laid back and uneventful. In a word, indulgent. It is of a bit of a miracle that it doesn't come across as melancholic, probably due to failing to raise emotions - either way. A great admirer of British Prog-Rock of previous decades, I find it disturbing to observe that the new generation appear to take their heritage for granted, making little effort to live up to standards of distinction.

I struggle with rating it as a 3 at the most, but in all sincerity, I've heard lot worse rated higher by some. This piece is likely to gather dust at my place - till Spring clean up time.

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 White Light Generator by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 28 ratings

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Crippled Black Phoenix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by moulsham

4 stars Even the bonus tracks on the itunes digital version are worth getting: this is an exceedingly strong album which moves the band a long way from the sort of "Time of Ye Life / Born for Nothing / Paranoid Arm of Narcoleptic Empire" stuff of only a few years ago.Yet the album somehow retains a core CBP sound. There's been so many changes to the lineup that it isnt even clear if this is the same vocalist as no sadness or farewell. or the one on the 2011 or 2012 tours. Standout tracks - We remember you, Northern Comfort (the more modern sound),No Part 1(the classic sound), Sweeter than You, Self Seeking Man (the latter from the bonus tracks).

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 I, Vigilante by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.54 | 77 ratings

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Crippled Black Phoenix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
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2 stars Mashing up psychedelic space rock with a Floydian bent (filtered through Porcupine Tree's Millennial experiments in crossing over indie rock and space rock) on the one hand and post- rock on the other hand should in principle be an interesting and fruitful experiment; however, Crippled Black Phoenix, on I, Vigilante, accomplish the crossover by playing it safe a little too often - the space rock side of their sound doesn't go off on too many trippy-ass expeditions to the edge of infinity, the post-rock side churns away at a low burble and feels neutered compared to the likes of Godspeed or Silver Mt. Zion. There's nothing here to startle or surprise the listener, and consequently the end result is tame and unsurprising aside from an end-of- album left turn into twisted bubblegum pop, which is too little too late.

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 I, Vigilante by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.54 | 77 ratings

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Review by The Jester

4 stars >p> CBP was my new discovery some time ago, and I became very excited! Up to the point that I realised that I was probably one of the last ones to discover them! hehehe I have listened carefully 3 of their albums so far, (200 tons, I Vigilante, The Crafty Ape), and I have to say that 'I Vigilante' is their best effort so far! I can't put them under the Progressive Rock banner, but they are Progressive in their own way...

This record is filled with melancholia, with Pink Floyd-like guitars, and some very good melodies. The only exception that really surprised me was the last rack that has nothing to do with the rest songs of the album! But nothing! Is like they have added a song from another band! Further than this, all the other songs are very nice songs, that I really enjoy every time I'm putting this album to listen. The 'hit' song here is 'We forgotten who we are' an 11 (almost) minutes melancholic tune, but the best moment for me is 'Fantastic Justice'. That song impressed me from the first listening, and is still my favorite. 'Bastogne Blues' is a simple anti-war ballad refering to the battle in the French town of Bastogne in the 2nd WW. (For the ones that doesn't know and want to learn, I strongly recommend the book or the TV series 'Band of Brothers'), and as for the cover version 'Of a lifetime' is surely a good one, but everytime I listen to it, I always put the original Journey's version afterwards...

In any case I surely recommend this album, especially to the younger Prog music fans, cause the sound will be closer to them, than the older ones... My Rating will be: 4 stars...

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 I, Vigilante by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.54 | 77 ratings

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Review by EatThatPhonebook
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4 stars 8/10

'I, Vigilante' is a beautiful mix of Prog Rock and straight-forward Post-Rock.

'I, Vigilante' is Crippled Black Phoenix's third album already. According to the popular legend of music-wise artistic maturity, the third album is always the gem. This album in particular is a solid proof that most of the time, that statement is strangely true.

'I, Vigilante' is one of those albums that isn't quite for everybody: whoever cannot stand retro-melancholia should avoid this at all costs. Pink Floyd influences are everywhere in this guitar- driven Prog Rock LP, from the soothing guitars, to the soft vocals and the blue melodies. Flavors of Post-Rock can be easily sensed however, mainly because of a strong presence of cellos, piano, and various keyboard effects. Again, this is an album that is not one of the most cheerful ones out there: extremely melancholic in its nature, it does however push away any extreme negative feelings such as despair and grief. It is, simply, a beautiful record, composed of rich sonic textures, and at the same time being very straight-forward and dragging.

The genuine sense of melancholia and retro-feeling that invades the forty five minutes of length explore different worlds in each song: 'Bastogne Blues', possibly the most delicate and beautiful track of the album, faces themes of war traumas and nightmares: twelve minutes of slight climax, it has one of the most original sounding hooks of the entire album. 'We Forgotten Who We Are' has a more conventional feeling, but still remains a unique piece of work, for it's thought-provoking structure and lyrics concerning the death of traditions. 'Troublemaker', the opener of the album, is another highlight, once again being able to be original by using a quite conventional hook that reminds of the band's direct influence, Pink Floyd. But here there are also heavier, stoner-like guitars which give a different twist to the sad picture the song paints. 'Fantastic Justice' and the Journey cover that ends the album ,' Of A Lifetime', are two really good composition that, even though not adding new ideas to the album, still help in reinforcing it.

'I, Vigilante' is a beautiful mix of Prog Rock and straight-forward Post-Rock. An album that however isn't quite digested at first listen: certainly a grower, even for fans of the genre. But when the taste is acquired, it's hard not to catch it's strong emotional charge and not to glimpse the gloomy, yet haunting world it portrays.

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 200 Tons Of Bad Luck by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
3.18 | 33 ratings

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Crippled Black Phoenix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by JontyCollinson

4 stars As an old-school Prog' fanatic It has been a particular mission of mine to try and source out some of the newer groups on the scene in recent weeks. I've come across many new bands - some I've found interesting - some unlistenable but Crippled Black Pheonix cut the mustard for me! There's a good air of Psychedelic/Space Rock/ whatever you want to call it on this record and has a very laid-back edge to some of the sections of the songs - think "no-man." A lot of the music is very reminiscent of early Pink-Floyd which is fine by me! I think its brilliant that some of these groups wear their influences on their sleeves and my word what a tribute! "Burnt Reynolds" (what a title) is a particular favourite of mine - I just love how the song builds from a slow start to an encompassing, yet highly emotive tide of synth and processed vocals - Looking forward to discovering more!

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 (Mankind) The Crafty Ape by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.87 | 168 ratings

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Crippled Black Phoenix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Whatlarks

4 stars Having liked the last two offerings from CBP I was looking forward to dipping in to this one. I wasn't expected to be swamped and submerged by a swathe of Gilmour like guitars and spacey drawn out epics that have been offered up. This is great stuff! The rhythm section pounds away and keeps songs like Get Down and Live with it and Laying Traps chugging along nicely but CBP also know when to leave spaces and stretch out and relax, not always a trait in modern prog ( for this is what this album truly is). The variety of instruments and effects used create an intriguing and always interesting soundscape. This is just the sort of album that I like to put on and get lost in. Top stuff!

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 I, Vigilante by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.54 | 77 ratings

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Review by _glasgow_

4 stars The hardest part of any band's career is to simply stay original, to stay away from the generic and the overdone, and to stand out as an entity worthy of any listener. However, in a world where music encapsulates our society, to stray away from the typical is no easy feat. Crippled Black Phoenix's newest release, entitled 'I, Vigilante' is a bloody brilliant piece; it's soothing, with it's soft piano melodies and harmonic brass overtones, yet harsh and brittle, with raging distorted guitars and haunting vocal crescendos. It's fantastic in almost every regard - except it's not entirely original.

This Scottish supergroup is no newcomer to the post-rock genre. Having members from many important acts of the 90s, such as Mogwai and Electric Wizard, one would expect quality from anything CBP puts out. While it still has all the conventions of your typical post- rock piece - introductory monologues, long guitar passages, and droning vocals - it takes inspiration from far too many other artists to stand out on it's own. From the very get-go, opener Troublemaker comes across as a worthy Pink Floyd tribute rather than an original musical escapade. While the instrumentation is solid without, again it falls flat with the nature of its execution. It was Gilmour I heard in the guitar, not CPB, and that's what bothered me ever so slightly.

Thankfully, as the album progresses, it matures, becoming far more flavourful and enjoyable. We Forgotten Who We Are is the album's strongest point, with a hauntingly sinister tone and an almost ethereal sound, a progressive masterpiece. It is on this track that we see CPB expand into their own territory. Rather than building upon the foundation of other bands, the band begins to draw out what *they* would like to sound like over the ten minutes rather than *who* they'd like to sound like. Fantastic Justice is a great piano-driven song, with Joe Volk putting forth his very best vocal performance, eluding the listener for another quaint eight minutes.

The last three tracks of the album are difficult to rate; while it is certain that Bastonge Blues, a harrowing, war-torn ballad, is pure bliss, Of A Lifetime and Bastonge Blues are lackluster at best. While I personally enjoyed the two cover tracks, many listeners will shy away at the prospect of a minimalist, modern Journey cover followed by a TV theme song cover. Not the wisest combination, but alas a talented attempt.

'I, Vigilante' is still my favourite post-rock/progressive album of the past two years. The dark, foreboding theme is enough to keep me coming back in the dark of the night when I have nothing better to do but pass the early hours with some thought-provoking music. A must- have, even despite the lackluster Journey cover.

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 I, Vigilante by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.54 | 77 ratings

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Crippled Black Phoenix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TheGazzardian
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3 stars This album is a pretty good listen from start to finish. Fans of this style of music will definitely find a lot to appeal to them; this is a guitar-heavy rock album with a lot of feel and space in it. (And by space, I mean in terms of compositions - the shortest is just under 8 minutes). As a result, each track has plenty of time to develop it's various themes and emotions, and does so well. The band also adds some extra depth to the music by letting the guitars rest every now and then and letting the piano or keys take the lead. Spoken words at the intro of some songs, especially the last, "Bostogne Blues", give the music a nice edge.

But Stephen! You might be saying. The shortest song is 2:31, not just under eight minutes - and it is two tracks after Bostogne Blues! Are you sure you listened to the full album?

And I will respond that yes, I have listened to the whole album, but the last two tracks really feel out of place here. These are covers, pop songs, sung by a different vocalist than the rest of the album and have a completely different feel. The last track, Burning Bridges, isn't even mentioned on the cover and could be considered a bonus track, but I like to do the same with Of A Lifetime as well. They really feel out of place on this slower, more atmospheric rock album.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'I, Vigilante' - Crippled Black Phoenix (6/10)

At first impression coming off as a Pink Floyd tribute circa 'Wish You Were Here,' it wasn't long before Crippled Black Phoenix's third studio album 'I, Vigilante' showed a much wider range than what I expected at the start of my first listen. In a year blessed by a handful of astounding surprises, this melancholic rock group has created an album that begs for repeated listening, but despite some moments of real beauty and force here, there's the unsettling feeling throughout that despite all efforts, the album's great sense of promise is never completely realized.

While the opening guitar solo of 'Troublemaker' could have easily been pitched out of David Gilmour's songbook, Crippled Black Phoenix soon develops their sound to incorporate a great deal many more influences and sounds, although the sharpest resemblance to another band's style would be akin to Sigur Ros, with a melancholic, brooding and minimalistic post-rock approach being used for the most part of 'I, Vigilante'. On top of the Floydian themes being overtly used in the opener, 'Troublemaker' quickly works it's way into being a bluesy stoner rock number that surely echoes the band's association with Electric Wizard. While the song's slower groove feels like it drags on for too long, it is a promising entrance into 'I, Vigilante,' and it's straightforward, rocking nature is then starkly contrasted with the more subtle, delicate tendencies of 'We Forgotten Who We Are', a piece that when coupled with the third part 'Fantastic Justice' (which it segues seamlessly into), makes a nearly twenty minute long post-rock epic. These two songs share musical ideas and a similar, mostly instrumental approach that arguably works out to be the album's cornerstone experience. A minimalistic, gradually building and very introspective style works wonders after twenty minutes, and by the time it's over, some of the musical ideas- particularly those involving piano- may feel as if they were drawn out a bit beyond their welcome, but the effect of it is still beautiful and as good as any other post-rock released the same year. 'Bastogne Blues' is next, feeling like an old western film soundtrack bathed in the post-rock treatment, and gently driven by the quiet vocals of Joe Volk. The cello work works perfectly over the gated electric guitar, providing a perfect spiritual closer to the main body of the album.

Of course, there have been two tracks yet on 'I, Vigilante' that are yet unaccounted for. This is where the album begins to lose a great deal of it's magic, in no small part due to the fact that for the album's closer and reprisal (bonus track), Crippled Black Phoenix opts for a pair of covers. The first is a Journey cover of 'Of A Lifetime', which while it is performed quite well, it feels shallow compared to the lush work in the previous four tracks. An all-too repetitive central riff and some iffy female singing makes it a pretty poor note to leave the album on.

While 'I, Vigilante' shows a world of promise in some of it's stronger sections, the album's weaknesses rob it of being a completely satisfying release. However, had the two final tracks been replaced with even just a single extra original track, 'I, Vigilante' would certainly be an album to stand out above it's peers.

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