Helios Creed - Lactating Purple
and adding a synthesizer-sampler to the lineup has removed Helios from
songwriting and taken it into sonic landscaping. Where his previous
solo albums have been out there, they've still been within a
recognizable rock context. This, his fifth solo album since leaving the
highly influential Chrome, is definitely the most consistent. His
guitar wizardry is awe-inspiring--where the guitar ends and the
synthesizers and samplers begin is anyone's guess. Whenever vocals are
used, they are distorted and echoed beyond recognition. And the songs
are steadily becoming longer.
Ritual comes to mind more than once, but Creed is more experimental and
less "rock." "Flying Through The Either" and the inspired-ly titled
"Martian Sperm & Bagpipes are close to "Blood On The Moon"-era
Chrome, but there is a lot more going on in each song these days.
Amazing non metal heavy metal for science-fiction minds. (Amphetamine
Reptile, 2541 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404)