CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX have 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 is a unifying dark streak and somber melancholy running through the songs.
Founder Justin Greaves had already made a name for himself 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 were 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 in mind.
Between 2007 and 2016 a string of six critically highly acclaimed studio albums have been released from ‘A Love of Shared Disasters’ (2007), via ‘The Resurrectionists’ (2009, ‘Night Raider’ (2009), ‘(Mankind) The Crafty Ape’ (2012), ‘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).
Signing with Season of Mist in 2016 brought the E.P. ‘New Dark Age’ and the latest album ‘BRONZE’ which has been very well received by critics and fans alike.
Justin Greaves: guitar, backing vocals, bass (studio), drums (studio)
Daniel Änghede: guitar, vocals
Mark Furnevall: synthesizer, keyboard, organ, backing vocals
Helen Stanley: piano, keyboard, trumpet, vocals
Ben Wilsker: drums (live)
Tom Greenway: Bass
Jonas Stålhammar: guitar, backing vocals
Belinda Kordic: vocals