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Crippled Black Phoenix


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.17 | 80 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is the companion album to "Night Raider" that I recently reviewed. They were released originally as a 2 disc box set but later they were sold individually. You can also get a compilation of selected songs from these two albums called "200 Tons Of Bad Luck" also released in 2009. "The Resurrectionists" is a long one at around 71 minutes but it's surprisingly consistent, no duds here. Again the music is a combination of Psychedelic and Post Rock with MOGWAI's bass player being part of this. Lots of atmosphere here often created by synths, mellotron and organ. We get strings, piano and guitar over top with bass and drums supporting it all. There's more instruments involved here by the way and band leader Justin Greaves who is a multi-instrumentalist adds more himself plus there's guests. Oh and choirs too and a few of them.

Top four include the opener "Burnt Reynolds" one of the best song titles I've seen. Very spacey to start as piano, drums, guitar and more arrive before 3 minutes. Check out the male vocal melodies that eventually dominate around 5 1/2 minutes with drums alone helping out and they soon step aside. It all kicks back in and what a contrast! I also really like "Song For The Loved" at around 13 1/2 minutes. You know Roger Waters once said something to the affect that ideas were more important in music than being amazing musicians. This band here has so many ideas, I'm just so impressed. A FLOYD rhythm at one point around 5 1/2 minutes as Gregorian vocals join in. Some awesome guitar late.

My favourite track on here has to be "444" I mean it sounds so good right from the start and just gets better as we get samples and guitar along with cello when it gets heavy. The lyrics for this one were apparently dreamt up. The vocals arrive before 2 minutes. "Human Nature Dictates The Downfall Of Humans" and isn't that the truth. Thankfully there is a God. Just another killer tune with some really good contrasts and repeated themes. Man so much to like about this one and "Night Raider" that you need them both in my opinion.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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