So how often can a drummer for one or two already established and killer bands break away and do something that is unexpected, something unique and able to stand on it’s own two feet? Not often. Hell, I can’t think of anyone besides Dave Grohl or Phil Collins, who have pulled it off successfully. Well except maybe Justin Greaves, skin beater for Electric Wizard and Iron Monkey, who with his project Crippled Black Phoenix, have created in their latest album ‘Bronze’ what can be considered a contemporary exploration of mood and atmosphere.
This is no collection of 3 minute dittys designed for ass shaking, no, this is an album that demands your time and attention. An album not to be taken lightly, it makes you want to experience it as a whole, while still working song to song as well. Hearkening back to some of the most relevant bands and albums of the early to mid-seventies and onwards, this UK Octet crafts some of the most passionate, melancholic, psychedelic stoner-prog found on either side of the moon. They succeed at pulling you in to their world, a world this is terminally overcast, and weary, but a world not without emotion and, dare I say love? Listening to this I hear Pink Floyd, I hear The Cure, I hear Muse, I hear King Crimson, I hear Mogwai. And it works. All of it.
I especially love the places where they take musical chances, like on the album opener which is an orchestral instrumental track led off by a passage from the beginning of Genesis. Another example is in the chance that was taken with the song ‘Scared and Alone’ employing a horn section to accentuate the tired and troubled vocals provided by Belinda Kordic, who shines in the singular track that she takes lead vocals on. The rest of the albums tracks are sung by Daniel Anghede who at times is reminiscent of 80’s post-rock goth progenitor Peter Murphy with his deep baritone voice and delivery.