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CHROME HOOF - Chrome Black Gold - CD - Cuneiform Records - 2013

This is probably the hottest release we have ever had the pleasure of reviewing.

Led by Cathedral's bassist Leo Smee, Chrome Hoof mixes dance floor music with avant rock and extreme metal on this fourth full length release.

Chrome Black Gold - the ensemble's debut for Cuneiform Records is an eclectic mix of extreme metal,avant rock (with sinister echoes of Magma and Present) with dance floor pop. Sounds challenging? Well, it is!

Michael Jackson styled disco is offered in "Tortured Craft" with extra meaty bass and drums as well as dreamy vibes. On "Ultimate Sealed Unit" Funk meets Electronica meets Ska meets Hard Rock. "When The Lightning Strikes" is intense, with galloping rhythms and vocals reminiscent of Julie Christmas. "Enter The Drobe," "Kestrel Dawn" and others offer glimpses of horror utilizing ominous keyboards and black metal drumming, while "Andromeda" and "Dysnomia" are disciplined movements that belong with avant garde rock music and demonstrate some sensitivity; with the former including a bassoon feature and reminding us of Guapo's doomy music, and the latter being an even more elegant, piano led piece. Surprisingly, all of these work as they result in a mind blowing experience that helps to widen the listener's horizons.

"Varkada Blues," takes things a bit too far, though. It is explicit extreme metal with snarling, black metal styled vocal performance by Carcass' Jeff Walker. We doubt they will be playing this in dance clubs, but it's a good track nonetheless. (9/10)

[Our Gut Feeling on this release is available here]

 

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