Helios Creed

Planet X

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Helios Creed has a favorite schtick for his album covers -- deliberately cheesy science fiction images. The giant shrimp with cowboy hat, bandana, and sixshooters on the cover of the 1994 release Planet X is one of the more fun, playful ones. Inside, listeners will find more of the grinding, intentionally discordant sounds typical of his grunge/industrial fusion, with the sci-fi theme carrying through into the titles, from "Dog Star" to "Kurt Zombie" to "First Encounter." Effects include the strange double-echoing spoken overlaps on "The Ascent," which add a strong dash of surreal to the mixture. It seems thematically appropriate that this is released on the Amphetamine Reptile label.

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