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Helios Creed and CHROME / Bio

Helios Creed is the legendary guitarist of San Francisco's Industrial Acid-Punk band Chrome as well as his solo band Helios Creed. Creed's signature psychedelic soundscapes involve a large array of effects for his voice as well as his guitar, including space echoes, phase shifters, flangers, guitar synthesizers, fuzz, and octave dividers. His masterful and visionary, lysergic, layered, guitar work is displayed in a lengthy discography. This includes over 38 albums. Creed, along with Chrome bandmate Damon Edge, coined the genre Industrial, deconstructed rock 'n roll and created "[a] sound of the early 80's that symbolized a revolution in music" (Rockerilla Magazine, Italy). Wikipedia lists them as “the Godfathers of what became know as the Industrial Rock movement”.

"Helios Creed is one of the greatest guitarists of all of rock music, that exploded the possibilities of what psychedelic, punk, new wave, and industrial rock could sound like with his guitar work in Chrome", writes Examiner.com journalist Andrew Stecz in March of this year 2012. This is common knowledge to those who know the indie rock world as well as the mainstream. In February, 2012 Seattle’s weekly The Stranger rebuked Rolling Stones Magazine’s recent omission of Helios Creed from their Top 100 Rock Guitarists, but Creed has graced many such lists. Tommy Victor of Prong and former CBGB’s sound man is quoted as saying, “Helios Creed is unbelievable, just incredible textural guitar player that’s gotten no credit and for me, he’s one of the greats”.

All this has enforced Helios Creed’s standing as one of the eras most influential guitarists, influencing bands such as Ministry, MGMT, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Skinny Puppy, The Jesus Lizard, Marilyn Manson, Butthole Suffers, KMFDM, Prong, and countless more.

Helios Creed joined San Francisco's Chrome in 1976 to record Alien Soundtracks. With its Sci-Fi Punk sound, it became an instant underground hit. Both it and their next album, Half Machine Lip Moves, have become classics with the latter making Wired Magazine's Top 100 albums of the 20th century list ‘that set the world on fire, while no one was listening’. Chrome's Damon Edge and Helios Creed parted ways in 1983. With Chrome Creed has released 14 albums and 6 singles.

In the mid 80's Helios Creed began to record and tour as a solo act, and released two albums with San Francisco indie Punk label Subterranean Records. He spent time in Seattle prior to the break of the grunge sound. However, after a short stint with the iconic ‘Seattle sound’ label Sub Pop, he left to work with the edgier NOISE rock label Amphetamine Reptile (AmRep), based in Minneapolis. Creed recorded some of his best solo work in '89-'94 on the AmRep label, including his albums The Last Laugh, Boxing the Clown, Lactating Purple, Kiss to the Brain and Planet X. With his solo act Creed has released a total 22 albums and 6 singles on the the labels, Subterranean, Sub Pop, AmRep, Glitterhouse, You Choice, Cleopatra, Dossier, Man’s Ruin, ToxCyn, Amphetamine Reptile, Staticwhitesound, Noiseville, Transparency and King of Spades. He has also released 2 albums under his side project Dark Matter.

A consummate musician Creed has toured extensively for over 25 years, headlining shows stateside and internationally and he still tours today. Helios Creed gigged his way through the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. He shared stages with the many bands that have defined the indie rock scenes of their eras. From the Punk of the Dead Kennedys, to the Post Punk/Grunge of Nirvana, to the Punk/Metal of the Melvins, the NOISE of the Cows and the God Bullies, touring with Mike Watt’s band Firehose, to touring in Nik Turner’s Hawkwind... Creed's love of playing has remained a constant.

Besides composing and recording his own material, Helios Creed has collaborated on recording projects with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind and Space Ritual, Jack Endino's Skin Yard, Genesis P-Orridge, and Bill Laswell. He was produced by Sub Pop's Steve Fisk in Pigeonhead and his own solo release. He played guitar on 2 songs on the Butthole Surfers’ 'Independent Worm Saloon', in 1993, which was their first album to garner more mainstream success. They were produced by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. Creed was featured on the tracks, 'The Annoying Song' and 'Clean it Up'. Members of the Butthole Surfers played on his 2006 release Deep Blue Love Vacuum. Creed also wrote songs for French rockstar Fabienne Shine of Shakin Street, to sing on the album including the classic track Sandbox Jungle. Shine sang on the early Chrome albums as well.

In the fall of 2011 Helios Creed released his latest solo album "Galactic Octopi". It has received enthusiastic reviews including this, from Massismo Marchini of Rockerilla Magazine in Italy, "This album is without a doubt one of the best he has made". Helios Creed is a prolific creative force with a discography of over 38 albums and 12 singles. He continues to be influential and produce original and vital works still now, 34 years after his first hit release. Currently Helios Creed is recording a new album for his band CHROME, which is due for release later in 2014 and plans to tour nationally and internationally for the album.

Meanwhile Nov. 2013 marks the release of Half Machine from the Sun, the Lost Chrome Tracks from '79-'80 which has gotten rave reviews across the board and is being hailed as "The great lost Chrome album"-- Dangerous Minds. For more reviews see press.

Helios is also part of an upcoming documentary on the Amphetamine Reptile label, The Color of Noise. A Helios Creed Tribute Album is due for release in 2012, including tracks from members of the Butthole Surfers, Mike Watt, Klaus Floride of The Dead Kennedys, Jay Tausig and more. For more information on the tribute album please see: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/song_details/6485423 or 

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Band Members
Helios Creed, Keith Thompson, Aleph Kali, Tommy Grenas, Monet Clark, Steve Fishman
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Helios Creed and CHROME
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Rock / Psychedelic / Acid Punk / Industrial

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San Francisco, CA