One thing that I always find admirable in a record label is when they release material that is truly 'Out there'. Season Of Mist are a label who have never shied away from this and the wonderfully weird sounds of the New Dark Age Tour EP 2015 A.D. which features nearly half an hour of Pink Floyd covers as well as two tracks of original material. The profound madness to stem from Justin Greaves, former drummer of Electric Wizard is almost terrifying in scale and will have you coming back again and again just with the hope of understanding this thing that he created.
The throbbing might of this record is not to be underestimated, it proves that Crippled Black Phoenix is not only the product of great songwriting but also a man who simply understands the ebb and flow of the human spirit. There is something very natural and strangely comforting about this record, as if, as you pull back the layers you are looking ever deeper into something that has defined us all. The blend of synths and guitars is perfectly executed. This means that Crippled Black Phoenix, for all its weirdness isn't really alienating, it's the kind of thing that gently eases its way into you. Sure, the songs are longer and bizarrely structured but that's part of the appeal, it's quite unlike most things you'll ever hear (The only musical comparison that comes to mind is Zombi) but it stands for something inside all of us.
At the end of the day - this isn't the kind of hing that will sell a ton of copies, but for those who do decide to dig in and let the otherworldly magic of Crippled Black Phoenix wash over them then they will find themselves in love with an art form that stands tall and presses far beyond anything else I've heard recently. Crippled Black Phoenix break all the rules and then end up back in the Western musical canon. Why? Because they have a distinct approach to music that is simply unforgettable and reminds us why we all fell in love with this stuff in the first place.
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