Chrome Corpse – Chrome Corpse (2017)
Hot on the heels of my review of 2nd Face’s incredible debut album comes yet more up and coming industrial music from a younger generation. Chrome Corpse, the project of Michael F Ninethousand and Peter Jobson, self-released their eponymously titled debut album back in February this year and word is slowly spreading. Influenced by the likes of Front Line Assembly, Youth Code, Nitzer Ebb and Skinny Puppy, Chrome Corpse’s industrial schtick veers more towards EBM, with an angry and energetic sound that is entirely raw and visceral in its delivery. Perhaps that’s some of the DIY aesthetics seething through, but Chrome Corpse sounds far from cheap and incomplete. The punkish/metallic attitude of some of these songs, along with the blistering electronics displayed here make for a fantastic set of industrial songs.
The three-minute riotous assault of “Reanimate To Exterminate” is glorious. Simply fantastic industrial music. Similarly, songs like “Bonecrushed Neurospasm” or even “Binary Cries” exude that previously mentioned punkish attitude with Michael F’s coarse vocal delivery. Concurrently, there’s more of an 80’s industrial vibe on tracks such as “Roadkill” with its 80’s EBM synth sounds and “Mangled Matter” with its powerful EBM synth-bass energy.
However, it’s not all plain sailing. There are moments where the listener’s attention may wane somewhat, particularly on the 2 noise tracks towards the end of the album. Summing to 18 minutes of playtime, these two tracks make up a substantial portion of the album’s 50 minute total running time. And if the 2 minute intro noise track is also factored in, that’s 20+ minutes of misadventure.
Despite these misgivings, Chrome Corpse is absolutely essential listening and unequivocally an artist to keep an eye on for future endeavours. Recommended.
Available to buy directly from the artist on Bandcamp here.