Music Mondays: Crippled Black Phoenix

Last Friday, Crippled Black Phoenix released their ninth studio album, Bronze.

Crippled Black Phoenix: Bronze

Crippled Black Phoenix Bronze

From the spoken-word, synth-laden, early-80s-homage opening track Dead Imperial Bastard to the 70s-influenced prog rock second track Deviant Burials, you might think you have this album pegged. Then Crippled Black Phoenix (or CBP) hit you with a grunge-like No Fun. Or a brief, bluesy Rotten Memories. It’s brief when compared to other seven, eight, and nine minute songs on the album. Clocking in at 3:11, it’s the shortest song on the album. Speaking of nine minute songs, the shorter of the two that appear on the album, Champions of Disturbance (Pt. 1 & 2), works all the previous elements into its time frame. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this album (at an hour and seven minutes) is in it for the long haul. It’s worth the time investment, though.

Although the album generously draws from multiple decades, the overriding vibe I’m getting from this album is 70s & 80s Pink Floyd. There are times I hear other bands’ influence from around that era – a bit of Tull, a hint of Yes, a whisper of ELO. It’s an interesting balance as you can hear the influence without it coming across as overt. I’m sure there are influences that others can hear that just aren’t coming to my mind at the moment. So, what do you hear?

For you Spotify enthusiasts, here is that playlist.

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