Wim S. : A year and a half ago Crippled Black Phoenix released 'Bronze', the first album the band recorded for the Seasons Of Mist label. That album was preceded by the 'New Dark Age Tour EP', a filler with two songs from Pink Floyd, one of the biggest sources of inspiration for the band. The band recently announced that they are working on a new album which will probably be released later this year. That's why the band thought it was funny (at least, I think) to let that upcoming release precede by an EP again. And see here, 'Horrific Honorifics', a 32 minutes EP with six songs. Six songs by six bands that have been important in the musical development of Crippled Black Phoenix.
I have always had a soft spot for Crippled Black Phoenix in general and bandleader and primordial member Justin Greaves in particular. An idiosyncratic man, a man who does not make it easy for himself and his environment. But these are often the most interesting characters of course. The core of Crippled Black Phoenix has been formed for some time now by Greaves, singer Daniel Änghede and keyboard player Mark Furnevall and this trio is supported by various musicians both on albums and during live performances.
As said, 'Horrific Honorifics' consists solely of covers. Covers of bands from the seventies and eighties that have (almost) nothing to do with metal or heavy rock. I cannot do much with it, honestly. Opener 'False Spring' by Arbouretum (never heard of them) is a somewhat inconspicuous new wave-song that is reminiscent of the work of a band like Ride. The following 'The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed By The Sea' by Swans is a song that is also fanning out, but here too the tension is hard to find. The first track worth the effort is 'Will-O-The-Wisp' from a band called Magnolia Electric Co; who does not know them I would say. CBP has exchanged the male vocals of this song with a female voice and that did not do this track any good as far as I'm concerned. I have just listened to the original version and that appeals to me much more! 'Victory' is a NoMeansNo track and in my opinion this song comes closest to CBP's own style. A bit slow, a bit exciting. The guitar part of 'In Bad Dreams' (indeed, of The God Machine) is beautiful, but of course that was already the case with the original. The band really goes in the wrong direction with a version of 'The Faith Healer' that does not come close to the original of Alex Harvey. The vocals are just terrible! As if Ian Curtis sang that song! Terrible. Leave those fillers behind next time and please concentrate on your own, new songs.