Tuesday, 3 April 2007

crippled black phoenix

a love of shared disasters

repetitive, warm, very quiet, melodramatic, fragile, dark, just beautiful at times. you have to get into the love of shared disasters for exploring the essence - and it's definitely worth it. the soundscapes create a special mood, make you feel lost sometimes - but also create moments reminding you of a sunny day in spring.

2007 release from this band formed by Justin Greaves (Iron Monkey, Electric Wizard, Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine). A twisted cinematic experience, handcrafted by a mercenary crew of musical outsiders, giving depth and gravity to regal songs about love, loss, tragedy and redemption. Back in 2004, Greaves started recording songs and soundscapes he'd had in his head for several years using primitive recording techniques. Encouraged by Mogwai bassist Dominic Aitchison those ideas would become the bones of Crippled Black Phoenix. Other great compadres followed, Panthiest members Andy Semmens and Kostas Panagiotou, Nial McGaughey of 3D House of Beef and -(16)- amongst others and solo folk songwriter Joe Volk, who also fronts critically acclaimed heavy rock band Gonga, all stepped up to bring a variety of influences to complete the line-up. In 2006, during the summer the band recorded their debut album in Bristol signed to Invada Records (run by Portishead's Geoff Barrow). The result is a collection of self penned endtime ballads, a dark hybrid that is the culmination of all the members' eclectic influences. Invada.

release date: 02/04/2007
label: UK/EU = invada; North America = redeye
crippled black phoenix
2xLP Vinyl Album (and also CD) can be ordered

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