Chrome Helmet was assembled in 2002 in the US state of Michigan. The band soon gained attention for utilizing two bassists. An independent self-titled disc was issued in 2004 before the band signed to Sin Klub Entertainment which issued the band’s Full Circle album in 2006.
CHROME HELMET - FULL CIRCLE - SIN KLUB
Chrome Helmet fully rocks. Period.
It is the unlikeliest of scenarios. Take what looks like a redneck band from Michigan that likes to spouts hardcore, metal and rock on the fledgling Sin Klub Entertainment imprint and no one would expect Metallian to be the ideal forum for the band which features two simultaneous bassists. That is right, Chrome Helmet maintains two bass players, but this is most certainly not Necromantia...
Chrome Helmet reminds one of the '80s Boston hardcore scene and the naïve energy that bands like Negative FX and Slapshot used to harbour and exude. Except, in contrast, Chrome Helmet sounds wise and experienced. There is an explosion of unbridled energy throughout the fourteen tracks that rarely takes place anymore. It is that energetic, candid and invigorating sound that represents the hardcore ethos that makes this band so appealing. Add to that the clarity that a great sound production brings, the essence of bands like Circus Of Power and Sick Of It All and one comes within reach of understanding Chrome Helmet and its unlikely pull.
As far as individual songs go, Tread has some punishing metal riffing, Picked up is represented best by its heavy chord, The Good Rides is reminiscent of The Cult, Westside is designed for some singing along, Eyes Open is infectious and has potent vocals, while Nothing’s Said and Lockdown lean more towards hardcore. Lockdown has an above average riving rhythm. Anyone who fails to sofa dive after hearing my personal favourites Picked Up and Eyes Open, the latter with its from-the-heart vocalizing, is either dead or already deluded, entranced and subdued by the jaded radio and TV format and what those media push as music. Only Numbers in My Head and the doom-punk Final Say fail to uphold the band’s standards. Nevertheless, the latter song is a good showcase for the band’s dual-bass sound.
Chrome Helmet is simply Chrome Helmet. The band neither fits into a niche nor is that what the band wants. Full Circle is a slab of honest music with enough power to speak to the frustrations of the disparaged youth of today. All that is lacking is that the band reaches that group and brings them back from the cynical dead-end that is this century. - Ali “The Metallian”