Album review: Crippled Black Phoenix (Invada)

Crushing whining negativity beneath their mighty riffs

In preparation for his fifth album CPB’s Justin Greaves said that he planned on becoming the justice-dealing avenger of its title. His sworn enemy: ‘All them miserable bands’. Their crime: telling kids to give up if you’re dealt a bum hand. This is up-and-at-’em stuff that sees the lurch of doom metal transformed into six towering epics given vigour by the fury of hardcore, the communal euphoria of [a]Black Mountain[/a]-like prog and that same twinkle of hope found in [a]Mogwai[/a]’s raging beauty. If Greaves’ message doesn’t always pierce the foreboding cloud – especially tough during [b]‘Bastogne Blues’[/b] – there’s a pumped-up cover of [a]Journey[/a]’s [b]‘Of a Lifetime’[/b] that promises the ‘mist is slowly lifting’.

[b]Chris Parkin[/b]

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