Crippled Black Phoenix unveil full album





CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX are now streaming their complete forthcoming album ‘Bronze’, which has been scheduled for release on November 4th.

‘Bronze’ is exclusively being premiered by the official media partners listed below.

Daily Sentinel (AU)
Spark (CZ)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Inferno (FI)
New Noise (FR)
Rocking (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Rumore (IT)
Roadburn (NL)
Kvlt (PL)
Loud (PT)
Antichrist (UA)
Terrorizer (UK)

Mastermind Justin Greaves comments: “Releasing an album is a weird experience, both excitement and trepidation fill the mind, With ‘Bronze’ however, it is mostly the former. I am proud of what we have achieved. The album represents a shift towards a stronger future and a big two finger salute to the past couple of years of upheaval. It finds CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX sounding at our best in both production values and pure feeling within the music. So, the old cliche of ‘what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger’ is definitely applicable in this case. Although ‘Bronze’ is not the most ambitious album CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX have ever made, it in fact surpasses that by being full of emotions, much like the ‘No Sadness Or Farewell’ or even ‘I,Vigilante’. Yet do not think it is backwards looking. That is simply not in our DNA – instead it reflects the vibe and situation, we find ourselves in the present and that in turn shows the future is going to be an interesting journey. This time it is feelings and raw sound that powers the album even in the more ‘progressive’ sounding songs. It is slightly more heavy, a little darker, but as honest as CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX gets. This is what is important to us these days in an age where music is generally full of cheap tricks and trendy marketing.”

Artwork and track-list of ‘Bronze’ are shown below.






01. Dead Imperial Bastard
02. Deviant Burials
03. No Fun
04. Rotten Memories
05. Champions Of Disturbance (Pt 1 & 2)
06. Goodbye Then
07. Turn To Stone
08. Scared And Alone
09. Winning A Losing Battle
10. We Are The Darkeners 






Bronze consists primarily of copper, but it is the inclusion of other metals and non-metals that gives this alloy its specific characteristics. Ever since mankind discovered the secret of its making thousands of years ago, the golden and shining bronze has changed the course of history, spawned destruction and war, yet also been crafted into desired objects of extreme beauty.

You will find each of these traits inherent in the sixth studio album of CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX, which is aptly taking its title from this fateful alloy. Instead of copper, dark rock forms the base ingredient in this musical amalgamation process, but it is the addition of metal, progressive influences, gothic, wave, even pop, and many other elements as well as a changing cast of musicians that result in each song shining with its own individual hue and tone. Yet a deep sense of anguish, despair, longing, loss, melancholy, and nostalgia forms a binding force that holds ‘Bronze’ together and formulates an encompassing theme.

This musical darkness is reflected in the lyrical themes dominating the record, which partly revolve around battling inner demons and resisting oppression. The constant struggle comes as no surprise when taking into account that poetic mastermind Justin Greaves has recently gone public about his personal fight against severe depression. For him, not letting the “black dog” devour you is a big message mixed within his songs.

CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX have always confounded critics trying to pin their style down ever since multi-instrumentalist Justin Greaves recorded his first ideas in 2004 – which earned them tagging attempts ranging from “stoner prog” to “freak folk” to “psychedelic doom”. Despite the wide range of musical leanings within their albums, there are a unifying dark streak and sombre melancholy running through the songs. Founder Justin Greaves had already made himself a name as drummer for IRON MONKEY and ELECTRIC WIZARD among others. When the multi-instrumentalist finally decided to stand on his own musical feet, CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX was born as a project. This involves a changing cast of musicians and live set-ups, which mirror the ever ongoing evolution of the band and the fact that the songs were mostly not composed with their live performance on mind.

Between 2007 and 2014, CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX released a string of five critically highly acclaimed studio albums – from ‘A Love of Shared Disasters’ (2007), via ‘The Resurrectionists’ (2009), ‘Night Raider’ (2009), ‘(Mankind) The Crafty Ape’ (2012), until ‘White Light Generator’ (2014). This was complemented by EPs ‘I, Vigilante’ (2010), ‘No Sadness or Farewell’ (2012), and ‘Oh’ Ech-oes’ (2015), the live recording ‘Live Poznan’ (2013), and the ‘200 Tons of Bad Luck’ compilation (2009). Their ‘New Dark Age Tour EP 2015 A.D.’ was the band’s first release on Season of Mist that came with an extensive homage to PINK FLOYD. The strong influence of the UK rock giants can still be felt on ‘Bronze’, yet while CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX never denied their roots, this outstanding act has long created their own sonic cosmos and now takes it a dimension further. Be warned that ‘Bronze’ will infect you with a most deep fascination. Shine on…

‘Bronze’ was recorded at Chapel Studio and mixed with Karl Daniel Lidén.

Style: Macabre Rock

Justin Greaves: guitar, backing vocals, saw, samples, bass & drums (studio)
Mark Furnevall: synthesizer, keyboard, organ, sound manipulation
Daniel Änghede: vocals

Addiditional musicians
Daisy Chapman: piano
Ben Wilsker: drums (live)
Jonas Stålhammar: guitar, hammond, synth
Belinda Kordic: vocals, banshee, lead vocalist on ” Scared And Alone”
Tom Greenway: bass

Guest musicians 
Chrissie Caulfield: violin, harp, fog horn
Arthur Young: piano
Arvid Jonsson: vocals on “Turn To Stone”
Robert Holm: trumpets


Available formats
Digipak CD
Deluxe Digipak CD with slipcase and bonus tracks
Gatefold double vinyl in various colours


Following the announcement of two shows in Greece in advance of their European headliner tour with PUBLICIST UK and THE DEVIL’S TRADE for this November, CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX have just been chosen for the 2017 edition of prestigious Roadburn Festival!

Please see below for a list of all confirmed dates.






20 Apr 17 Tilburg (NL) O13 (Roadburn)






25 Nov 16 Thessaloniki (GR) Eightball
26 Nov 16 Athens (GR) Fuzz Club







08 Dec 16 Manchester (UK) Sound Control
09 Dec 16 London (UK) Dome
10 Dec 16 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
11 Dec 16 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
12 Dec 16 Nürnberg (DE) Z-Bau
13 Dec 16 Zürich (CH) Werk 21
14 Dec 16 München (DE) Feierwerk, Kranhalle
15 Dec 16 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
16 Dec 16 Wien (AT) Arena
17 Dec 16 Tübingen (DE) Sudhaus
18 Dec 16 Dresden (DE) Scheune
19 Dec 16 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
20 Dec 16 Berlin (DE) Lido
21 Dec 16 Köln (DE) Underground









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