Recorded between 1978 & 1982. Includes liner notes by Bob Lennon.
The eccentric musical visionary and virtuosic guitarist Helios Creed started his career with the groundbreaking Chrome, which combined the minimalist aesthetics of punk with the driving rhythms and innovative recording techniques favored by groups like Neu! and The Silver Apples. Along with similarly minded groups like New York's Suicide, Chrome would prove to be a major influence on groundbreaking industrial acts such as Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire.
No anthology can offer a complete overview of Chrome's sprawling discography, which includes nine full-lengths and countless demos and B-sides, but Cleopatra's expansive CHROME BOX does offers an accessible account of Chrome's history. The first disc focuses largely on the punk-inflected experiments of THE VISITATION and ALIEN SOUNDTRACKS, which saw the group doctoring the misanthropic three-chord racket of songs like "March of the Chrome Police" and "Zombie Warfare" with blasts of white noise and unsettling instrumental textures. The subsequent discs document Chrome's evolution into the fully-fledged noise terrorists heard on albums like RED EXPOSURE and BLOOD ON THE MOON.