September 23, 2008

Crippled Black Phoenix - A Love Of Shared Disasters

Artist:Crippled Black Phoenix
Album: A Love Of Shared Disasters
Year: 2006
Genre:Post - Rock, Experimental, Alternative
Country:United Kingdom

End-time ballads, they call them. Folk songs from ancient times and distant lands, laments to the seas, and odes evoking the forces of nature. They're all here, and there's a load more besides on this massive travelogue of a record. For a band that is basically a part-time side-project for members of the likes of Electric Wizard and Mogwai, this is pretty damned astonishing.Crippled Black Phoenix is more than a mere side project, and includes a whole bunch of esteemed folks; Justin Greaves (Electric Wizard), Joe Volk and Andy Semmens and Kostas Panagiotou (of Panthiest).

Justin Greaves - Electric guitar, Drums, Saw, Keyboard, Acoustic guitar, Banjo, Effects, Samples, Washing up
Joe Volk - Voice, Acoustic guitar
Dominic Aitchison - Bass guitar, Effects
Kostas Panagiotou - Piano, Keyboards, Harmonium, Accordion
Charlotte Nichols - Cello, Voice

"It is the first of a trilogy and deals with the timelessness of honesty and tragedies laid bare, featuring sordid tales from the pages of literary history combined with personal stories of contemporary loss and love."

Born from a blizzard of horned cats, Crippled Black Phoenix bring you 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. In 2006, during one of the hottest summers on record, the band recorded their debut album in Bristol and 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. Using a blend of modern and Victorian era equipment, the band has produced a captivating, slow-burning sound that's both archaic and modern at the same



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