Chrome: Feel It Like a Scientist
Nearly 40 years after joining seminal experimental-rock outfit Chrome, Helios Creed is still finding new ways to weird out your eardrums. Feel It Like a Scientist is the bandâ€™s first album in over a decadeâ€”and fifth since the passing of founding member Damon Edgeâ€”and it crams a decadeâ€™s worth of sprawling chaos into an hour-long avant-garde spectacle. With his effects-saturated electric guitar and Iggy-on-mushrooms vocal gargle, Creed remains a potent noisemaker, leading a nimble band through their freak-show paces. Thereâ€™s demented synth-funk (â€śLipstickâ€ť), blaring cavemanrock (opener â€śNephilimsâ€ť), Stooges-styled hard-punk (â€śSixâ€ť), haunted-house krautrock (â€śCaptain Bosonâ€ť) and industrial madness (â€śBig Bratsâ€ť) all somehow flowing into a singular sonic carnival. Chrome remains an acquired taste, but what a unique taste that continues to be.