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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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3.13 | 35 ratings
A Love Of Shared Disasters
2007
4.10 | 21 ratings
The Resurrectionists
2009
3.95 | 20 ratings
Night Raider
2009
3.53 | 86 ratings
I, Vigilante
2010
3.88 | 180 ratings
(Mankind) The Crafty Ape
2012
3.76 | 29 ratings
No Sadness or Farewell
2012
3.62 | 52 ratings
White Light Generator
2014

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3.17 | 36 ratings
200 Tons Of Bad Luck
2009
3.81 | 34 ratings
The Resurrectionists & Night Raider
2009

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 White Light Generator by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.62 | 52 ratings

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White Light Generator
Crippled Black Phoenix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by The Jester

3 stars

Speaking for myself, every new release from CBP is something pleasant, because I never know what to expect from them.

Their previous album 'No Sadness or Farewell' was maybe their weakest one, and I wasn't sure what to expect next. But this new album made me re-gain my faith in the band.

Let's take it from the start: 'White Light Generator' contains 11 songs, and has a total running time of almost 70 minutes. The opening track is a Ricky Nelson's cover version (Sweeter than You), which I still wonder why it was included in the album. It's a sweet and mellow ballad, but has nothing to do with the rest of the album. (That's not the first time CBP are doing that. Also in 'I Vigilante' we were wondering for the same reasons about the album's last song). Next comes one of the strongest moments of the album, the song 'No!' (Part.1&2), and the things are suddenly serious, bringing to our memory some of the band's older wonderful moments. And right at the moment when your expectations grow, the next 3 songs mildly let you down because they dont have anything interesting to offer (Without being bad songs though). And then we reach 'Northern Comfort'. (Track No.6). From the first notes you realise that here we have something really good! This song is a really great composition from the start till the end. Especially the last part after the 4th minute with the female backing vocals is an apocalypse! It was not by accident the band's choice to make this song the album's first video-clip. 'Northern Comfort' is followed by 'Wake me up when it's time to sleep', and the rhythm is slowing down a lot. But further than that, the song has a very beautiful melody, and for me it's one of the best songs here. But after this song there is again a 2-song- "gap" before we reach 'We Remember You' which is the 3rd very strong composition in this album. It's a rather melancholic tune, with a glorious and unexpected finale. As for the last song 'A Brighter Tomorrow', I don't think I would have a problem if it wasn't included here. And to be honest, I would like more 'We Remember You' as the album's closing song. So, in a nutshell 'White Light Generator' is a very 'decent' album, which includes some really remarkable moments. I think if it was a bit smaller in lenght it would have been better though.

Totally recommended to the fans of Crippled Black Phoenix (but not only those).

If I had to rate it, I would give 3.0 stars out of 5.0

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 White Light Generator by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.62 | 52 ratings

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White Light Generator
Crippled Black Phoenix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Gallifrey

4 stars Stretched Out

Crippled Black Phoenix are a band who have been circling around my music radar for a good while now, but for one reason or another, I've never been too fussed to get into them. Judging from the rather enormous list of 'related artists' on RYM (including some bands that I really love), this band appears to be something of a 'supergroup', even if it is a group made out of members of smaller groups. Names like Electric Wizard, Pantheist, Esoteric, Mogwai and Portishead certainly are noticeable, especially with many of those bands playing styles of music that are far from the sound of this band. The band's first few albums were developing an interesting mesh of post-rock and folk music, but as the band progressed, those sounds dropped out and were replaced by more progressive rock sounds, until we finally arrive at White Light Generator, more or less a straight prog album.

Now to some, that may sound boring. Yes, the tags of 'post-rock', 'avant-folk' and 'slowcore' on A Love of Shared Disasters do sound shockingly unique, but I feel that Crippled Black Phoenix have never really lost these sounds, they just instead apply them to a more song-based method of songwriting. There are certainly hints of post-rock here on White Light Generator, but it's not the kind of crescendocore garbage that the scene is known for ' it's more that some of these songs hold chord progressions that could easily make up a crescendocore track, but they instead build them into structured songs with vocals and choruses, which I honestly prefer to drawn-out ridiculous compositions. The first part of 'No!' is probably my favourite track here, and you can really hear the post-rock backing in the chord progressions, but the chorus on top is what makes it such a brilliant song, as opposed to a brilliant chord progression.

But on the flip side, the band aren't afraid to let their inner crescendo boners go to waste, with the track 'We Remember You' containing one of the most orgasmically shoegazey post-rock finales, with tremolo-picked guitars and strings and horns all coming together in blissful brilliance. But it's not as if they do this every time ' the ending of this track feels like an enormous crescendo for the entire record, glowing high above everything that has been building up to it. And I think this is where Crippled Black Phoenix win. They are not post-rock, and they are not boring, but they take the isolated musical device that those bands use so liberally, and concentrate it into one movement, heightening its effect greatly.

But it's not as if this album is perfect. Nearly every time I come to this record, I feel as if there is the material here for a masterpiece, but they haven't quite nailed the structuring. For one, the album is definitely too long ' at 70 minutes with only two or three stand out songs, it can become quite tedious, but the songs are also quite consistently 'slightly above average'. Consistency is a good thing, and it sure does have an effect on the 70-minute run time, but none of these tracks, aside from the two I talked about before, and maybe 'Northern Comfort', really stick out. 'Let's Have An Apocalypse Now' has a really nice crowd-chanting vocal in the background; 'Black Light Generator' has a great chorus; 'A Brighter Tomorrow' has some excellent horns that actually remind me the most of The Antlers, but on the whole, none of these tracks stack up to anything massive. It's an enjoyable listen, but I can't help but feel that many of these tracks rest on one very simple or minimal part, and have little to give elsewhere.

Sonically, when this album isn't being post-rock, it reminds me the most of Gazpacho, or maybe a less depressive mid-era Anathema. Some of this material could almost be called indie-prog ' a track like 'Wake Me Up When It's Time To Sleep' reminds me more of Coldplay and Elbow than anyone in the progressive world. The songs are dreamy and often quite tired, but some sweet instrumentation and those low-end vocals keep them from being boring. Although there is next to none of the folky past here, the combination of the deep vocals with some Agalloch- like tones in the guitars (that I'm admittedly not too big on) bring some folky vibes through in tracks like 'You'll Be Murdered'. 'Northern Comfort' is undeniably the strongest of the middle of the album, done by breaking from the dreary and slow moods into a very unique and upbeat bridge with some rather lively drumming and an interesting Arabic (forgive my ignorance if I'm wrong) vocal part coming in the background.

On the whole White Light Generator is still a strong record, even if its lack of being able to create any truly astonishing tracks is a bit frustrating. The use of some unique and eclectic instruments bring new life to the slow and pacing songs, and the post-rock undertones to many of the songs are nice touches, but I still think Crippled Black Phoenix could have a masterpiece in them with a bit of refinement.

7.4

Originally written for my facebook page/blog: Facebook.com/neoprogisbestprog

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 The Resurrectionists & Night Raider by CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
3.81 | 34 ratings

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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
3.62 | 52 ratings

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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
3.53 | 86 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
3.53 | 86 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
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Crippled Black Phoenix Psychedelic/Space Rock

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
3.17 | 36 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
3.88 | 180 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
3.53 | 86 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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