Boomkat Product Review:
A new album of expansive post-rock epics from the mighty Crippled Black Phoenix, I, Vigilante finds the group taking a slightly different approach to recording, laying down new material under relatively abrupt circumstances. This is to get across more of the band's sound as a live entity, and while CBP are keen to assert that this isn't necessarily a new direction as such, it does seem like a sensible development after the heavily worked, upscale endeavours of recent output like The Resurrectionists and Night Raider. You still get a substantial package here however, with extensive, goth-tinged prog outings like 'Bostogne Blues' and other such multi-instrumental epics. There's also a pre-Steve Perry-era Journey tribute on the album, when the CBP guys take on 'Of A Lifetime' which suits their sound down to the ground, really making the most of the fine lead guitar work that's a recurrent theme on I, Vigilante.