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Chrome

Scaropy

Review by Gary Hill

Chrome is one of those acts that aren't an obvious fit under progressive rock. That said, they have a real artsy edge to everything they do. They also have a lot of space rock in the mix. I'd also say that the art-edge of things like The Residents can be heard in their mix of sounds. So, I include them under prog. No matter how you feel about that decision, if you like artistic music with a weird, heavy and metallic meets industrial edge, you should give this a try. It's a great album.

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Track by Track Review
Scaropy
Keyboard textures bring this in. From there acoustic guitar rises upward. The two things make up the introduction. Then it drives out with some seriously heavy metallic stomping. There is a dreamy, trippy quality to the vocals on the track. Some operatic vocals later bring the art rock concept home. There is a metal meets space kind of vibe overall to this. I can hear some hints of Alice Cooper on this, too.
H Of Spades
There is a driving Hawkwind-like feeling to this, but with a more distorted, metallic texture added to the mix. This is fierce, furious and so cool.
Terminate
Another that feels like a more distorted and metallic Hawkwind, this is crazed.
New Happy Fortune
Keyboards and tuned percussion sounds bring an intriguing angle. This works with some driving elements that make me think of The Residents to a large degree. The cut is so strange and so cool. It gets pretty driving later, but then shifts to something that feels like it belongs in a science fiction show.
Hello Sunshine
Noisy, distorted and rocking, this feels so much like Hawkwind to me. It's a killer space rocking piece.
Night Nurse
More driving, metallic space rock is on the menu here. This is another with a lot of Hawkwind in the mix.
Tataria
Weird keyboard textures with some conversation in another language is the order of business on this fairly short number.
An Open Letter
Another cut that has a lot of Hawkwind in the mix, this feels punky, artsy and yet metallic, too. It's a driving screamer.
Push
This is another that feels quite Hawkwind-like. Sure, it's more distorted, but even the processing on the vocals seems like something that would fit on a Hawk-tune. This is a driving rocker.
They're Coming To Get You
Freaky industrial music with a driving space edge makes up the concept here.
Kilauea
Weird trippy sounds are on display over the top of a driving rhythm section. Manipulated voice samples bring some cool oddities to this.
The Opposition
This driving rocker has a real Goth vibe to it, but there is still plenty of space rock built into it, too.
 
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