Swirling around San Francisco's 1970s creative milieu was Chrome, a band that had one metallic finger each in the worlds of punk, industrial, psychedelic, and the avant-garde. Founded in 1975 by drummer Damon Edge and co-led during its most celebrated period by Helios Creed, Chrome eventually disintegrated after Edge's death in 1995 and Creed's retirement of the name in 2002. Now, though, Chrome is back, with a new album, Feel It Like a Scientist, out Aug. 5, and a new single to boot. "Prophecy" is a brittle, serpentine assault, opening amid chaotic noise and building, eventually, to an industrial thrashing that sustains most of its length -- one doomy riff cycling over and over. Creed's vocals are distant and cooly evil. It's satisfying enough to remind you what you liked about industrial music in the first place. You can download "Prophecy" below.
MP4: Chrome -- "Prophecy"