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Chrome Hoof


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London, England (2000 – present)

Chrome Hoof are an experimental orchestra based in London, England.

The group was formed in 2000 by Cathedral bassist Leo Smee and his brother Milo Smee. Initially performing as a duo, their music was mostly electronic. Since the start, however, the group have continuously recruited new members playing various instruments. As of 2007, the group have about ten members and instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, bassoon, violin, guitars, bass and drums.

Being a large orchestra, Chrome Hoof’s music spans several diverse music genres such as metal, electro, funk, jazz, doom, prog, disco and chamber music. Their music has been described as progressive, futuristic and psychedelic.

It’s taken two brothers, coming from vastly different musical paths to create the futuristic yet earthy Chrome Hoof. Experimenting together as early as 1994, Chrome Hoof really lifted off around ’00. Originally the two members battling it out with bass and drums, quarter inch 4-track, an Atari, sampler and Poly 800 synth. Fastforward to 2007 and they have recruited another eight or so freaks to fill out the line-up and help create the expansive, cinematic sound they hear in their heads.

A little background into their Prog / Doom / Disco sound: In the early years, Leo was rocking to Motorhead, Sabbath, Maiden and dare we reveal Whitesnake. Heavy riffs sodden in bile and downward spirals.


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