Album review: Crippled Black Phoenix (Invada)
Crushing whining negativity beneath their mighty riffs
8 / 10
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 Black Mountain
-like prog and that same twinkle of hope found in Mogwai
’s raging beauty. If Greaves’ message doesn’t always pierce the foreboding cloud – especially tough during ‘Bastogne Blues’
– there’s a pumped-up cover of Journey’s ‘Of a Lifetime’
that promises the ‘mist is slowly lifting’.
to get your copy of Crippled Black Phoenix's 'I, Vigilante' from the Rough Trade shop.