Chrome, The Chrome Box

Christopher R. Weingarten

By Christopher R. Weingarten

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Pioneering industrial rockers Chrome unleash their incendiary clang & roll.

Chrome embraced industrial music's grating mechanical squeals, bowel-loosening rumbles, garbled tape loops and metallic bangs, but the San Francisco duo took them out of the art house and made them rock. Using melodies straight out of the Stooges 'Fun House, Chrome flailed and clawed against garbage can percussion straight out of Einstürzende Neubauten's decaying Germany. The first six tracks of The Chrome Box are from 1979's Alien Soundtracks, and the following ten are from 1979's Half Machine Lip Moves — two landmark industrial-tinged aggro-rock albums that set the stage for more streamlined machine-heads like Ministry and Nine Inch Nails.