Crippled Black Phoenix
I, Vigilante


5.0
classic

Review

by fromtheinside USER (127 Reviews)
September 7th, 2010 | 87 replies | 19,138 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a ride not soon to be forgotten

13 of 14 thought this review was well written

You’ve heard this record before, no doubt if you’re a post-rock fan; it clamors everything that is astounding about the genre. It utilizes commonalities amongst the greatest bands to once, and currently, grace the scene; recorded excerpts revitalizing humanitarian insistence and strong necessity for pure intrinsic salvation of course, bluntly executed instrumentation enforcing the albums low, desperate and moody points only to exacerbate the highs that much more, are packed in abundance. Yeah, these all sound like the finer linings of a ‘Been There Done That’ T-shirt company on paper, but when you listen, not just hear it, but actually listen to the albums intent - the soul that escapes between furious piano interludes, fantastic vocal progressions, and ominous amounts of flavor spicing from genre pureeing, you get an album that’s damn well near the best thing to happen this year.

Crippled Black Phoenix have been traveling for this perfection since their inception, much like director Christopher Nolan honed his skills for his recent behemoth, the band also molded all the perfect elements through trial and error. I, Vigilante wastes no time in showing its hand. Opener “Troublemaker” packs a volatile punch in luring its foe much like the depicted cover art, and while leaving its mark soothes the listener into a trance of bluesy guitar offerings and somber vocal melodies. Yet, how cunning would the animal be in showing its entire prowess in one distinct action? So much of the album weighs within its progression in which one discovers an unforeseeable yet unsurprising turn through each evolving portion.

The greatest facet of I, Vigilante may be its rebuking of the genre it’s now accelerating. Sure, it seems to offer the same mechanics as a typical post-rock band what, with all the delicate lows to balance out the crafty peaks - like that of the typical genre coaster. But there’s a different atmosphere built around this machine. The lows are only bleak because it’s a soft pianos transition section decorated with haunting ambiance, or a soulful guitars time to accentuate the virtuosity of the track; the intention of ricocheting the listener with a barrage of ups and downs is swept clear and what’s left if the genuine distilment of a band flowing through the motions. It’s one of the reasons why it’s hard to isolate tracks and talk about their individual achievements; because they are only achievements in the sum of the album, an expansive look at what they created within a fifty minute span, and not a moment sooner.

In hopes that I haven’t acerbated every post-rock enthusiast telling their computer screen there’s no way this rivals any workings of GY!BE or Sigur Ros, let me stop you there and say you’re right. In fact this travels in the exact opposite direction set forth by its grandeur predecessors. Where the aforementioned bands rely on a satiating imagination on their listener’s part, Crippled Black Phoenix wants you to enjoy the realm they’ve created for you. Much of this stems from the work of accompanying vocals guiding your footsteps as you wander through western tribunal sagas, early American travel-logs, and turn of the century Lynyrd Skynyrd renderings – all stylistically.

Crippled Black Phoenix has created an album that’s so retro, unique and familiar, prudent but never disestablished from their quality. As quoted in “Troublemaker”, “Vulpes pilum mutat, non mores", where a fox may change its fur but never it’s character; it solidifies the perfection sought through the progress of Crippled. While they’ve added near-flamboyant elements in retaining other essential pieces they’ve maintained the same in journeying through trial and error to craft such incredulity – and it’s shown, never better.



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fromtheinside
September 7th 2010



16388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my reviews alway look so long on word and then i trim them and then they look withered and frail. =(

Digging: Lord Mantis - Death Mask

Gyromania
September 7th 2010



14652 Comments


kick-ass review. pos'd

Gyromania
September 7th 2010



14652 Comments


my reviews alway look so long on word and then i trim them and then they look withered and frail. =(

Haha, yeah I have the same problem, actually.

fromtheinside
September 7th 2010



16388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

have you heard this chambered?

thanks guys. and i don't like writing negative reviews anymore since most of the bands i locate aren't even in the database there's no reason to exploit them usually.

crazyblinddude
September 7th 2010



3389 Comments


Seems you got most of the questions I thought about asking with your review (mainly how the hell could this be a 5 if I gave GY!BE a 5), but looks like I'll have to look into this band further.

Nice review once again.

Oneiron
September 7th 2010



194 Comments


How does this compare to A Love of Shared Disasters?

fromtheinside
September 7th 2010



16388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's better than imo. more atmospheric and certainly more refined.

Nikkolae
September 8th 2010



4391 Comments


holy fuck when did this came out?, i have to check it out, i love A Love of Shared Disasters, specially The Northern Cobbler

Digging: Corrupted - Paso Inferior

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2010



17914 Comments


this band is pretty bad

fromtheinside
September 8th 2010



16388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whatev chan you like circa survive.

Urinetrouble
September 8th 2010



5695 Comments


crippled black PENIS

Nikkolae
September 8th 2010



4391 Comments


now now Inside there is nothing wrong with loving CS

fromtheinside
September 8th 2010



16388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh i know, but it's what everyone has been saying recently to him

Nikkolae
September 8th 2010



4391 Comments


i think having such a huge crush on paramore is much worst than liking CS (i like paramore btw)

fromtheinside
September 8th 2010



16388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nah paramore rule. it's the tards who are sexually insecure that can't handle the awesomeness that is.

cvlts
September 8th 2010



8917 Comments


album art reminds me of the daughters album

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Nikkolae
September 8th 2010



4391 Comments


paramore fans can be the worst but seeing as im one of them i am really nobody to point fingers

genocide: i know right? to me is a mix of that cd and From Autumn To Ashes's Holding a Wolf by the Ears

fromtheinside
September 8th 2010



16388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i'm honestly not seeing either of your guys' comparisons but i mean... tomato/tomahto

Crimson Death
September 8th 2010



533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album cover, cool band name, catchy 5 star rating, convincing review, and Majin Buu. Will check out and also pos'd.

Nikkolae
September 8th 2010



4391 Comments


[img]http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/f/from-autumn-to-ashes/album-holding-a-wolf-by-the-ears.jpg[/img]

the top wolf looks so much like this one



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