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With 1982’s 3rd from the Sun, the pioneering San Francisco industrial band Chrome had perfected a leveled balance of palatable (yet twisted) garage rock and a mechanized ambience of innovative psychedelia. With its catchy guitar riffs, lead bass grooves, and steady beat, the opening song, “Firebomb,” is nearly danceable, save for Damon Edge’s yawning, deep vocal performance. The hissed, high-register singing in the following “Future Ghosts” plays like a template for the sinister vocal style that Al Jourgensen would appropriate for his late-'80s Ministry recordings. At more than eight and a half minutes, “Armageddon” is a standout epic of smoldering rock that braids the wires of industrial textures with brooding doom metal. “Heartbeat” overlaps distorted keyboards with guitar feedback and speaker-blasting oscillators, over which Helios Creed spits out his vocals parts with a serpentine performance. A rhythmic funeral march, vintage sci-fi Theremin, and ghostly backing vocals all contribute to the dirge that is “Off the Line,” sounding tailored to bait the then-burgeoning goth subculture.

Biography

Formed: 1977 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '10s

One of the original forefathers in the industrial boom of the 1980s, Chrome's amalgam of distorted guitars and vocals, samples from TV, and a raw punk aesthetic (inspired by the Stooges) became much more popular in the early '90s than it ever was while the band was around in the '70s and '80s. Although active for only six years, Chrome left behind a huge discography, including nine full LPs (several of which were released posthumously) and numerous EPs and singles. Chrome were formed in San Francisco...
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