CHROMA KEY

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CHROMA KEY is a one-man atmospheric/ambient pop/rock act formed in 1998 by former DREAM THEATER keyboard player KEVIN MOORE (also O.S.I.).

The project´s debut full-length studio album "Dead Air for Radios" was released in 1998.

CHROMA KEY has been added to MMA in the Metal-Related catagory, because of KEVIN MOORE´S prolific role in progressive metal artists like DREAM THEATER, O.S.I., and FATES WARNING.

(Biography written by UMUR, 31st of March 2015)
Thanks to UMUR for the addition and adg211288 for the updates

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CHROMA KEY Dead Air for Radios album cover 3.06 | 4 ratings
Dead Air for Radios
Non-Metal 1998
CHROMA KEY You Go Now album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
You Go Now
Non-Metal 2000
CHROMA KEY Graveyard Mountain Home album cover 3.71 | 3 ratings
Graveyard Mountain Home
Non-Metal 2004
CHROMA KEY Ghost Book album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Ghost Book
Non-Metal 2004
CHROMA KEY Shine album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Shine
Non-Metal 2010

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CHROMA KEY This Is A Recording album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
This Is A Recording
Non-Metal 1999

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Colorblind
Non-Metal 1999

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CHROMA KEY Dead Air for Radios

Album · 1998 · Non-Metal
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Let it never be said that Kevin Moore lacks artistic integrity: after departing from Dream Theater during the Awake sessions, he could have gone for the easy money and simply churned out something imitating the commercial hit style of Images and Words, but instead he followed his own muse and established Chroma Key, a space rock project. After producing a range of demos over the next few years and lending Fates Warning a hand in realising A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Moore would release this album to unleash the Chroma Key sound on the world.

That sound, to me, sounds a bit like where mid-to-late Pink Floyd may have ended up had they scaled back the spotlight on Dave Gilmour's guitar work and made the keyboards more prominent. (The vocals even kick off doing the whole "singing through a telephone" thing that Pink Floyd-inspired groups seem to love to do.)

It's all rather pleasant stuff, and at its best is rather relaxing, but at the same time I can't find it in myself to really have especially strong feelings about this album; it's competent enough, but it's just kind of there, and it's in that awkward space where it's ambient enough to be forgettable but not quite ambient enough where that's sort of the point.

CHROMA KEY You Go Now

Album · 2000 · Non-Metal
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UMUR
"You Go Now" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US experimental/progressive pop/rock act Chroma Key. The album was released through Fight Evil Records in November 2000. Chroma Key is the brainchild of former Dream Theater keyboard player Kevin Moore. Chroma Key should be counted as his solo project as he plays just about everything on the album except guitars, which are played by David Iscove.

The music is relaxed/laid back ambient pop/rock with a slight experimental/progressive edge. Lots of programmed sounds and samples (I love the samples about Apollo 11 on "Lunar") on top of programmed drums, synth layers, and Kevin Moore´s almost sedated sounding vocal delivery. His vocals are melancholic and soothing to the ear but the his range is limited and the emotional impact is as a consequence rather one-dimensional. There are generally not enough melodic hooks on the album, which is a bit of a shame because when those hooks appear the music reaches a higher quality level. Fortunately the 39:17 minutes of playing time is just perfect, and I don´t reach a point where my attention wanders which could easily have happened had the album been a bit longer.

The sound production is professional and suits the music well. The drum sound is a bit flat and could have prospered from a more organic tone. It´s a bit anonymous and lacks warmth. But other than that "You Go Now" is a very well sounding album. So there are both good things and not so good things to say about "You Go Now". The ambient laid back atmosphere is pleasant and soothing to the ear, and if you are in the right mood for relaxed melancholic pop/rock, this is definitely an album which could apply to such a description. The danger is that for some listeners it might end up as background music because of the rather liniar emotional output. I wouldn´t call it tedious, and there are enough layers of sounds to keep the music interesting throughout, but it´s not the most dynamic music in terms of going from mellow to harsh, or quit to loud. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is deserved.

CHROMA KEY Dead Air for Radios

Album · 1998 · Non-Metal
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UMUR
"Dead Air for Radios" is the debut full-length studio album by US ambient/atmospheric pop/rock artist Chroma Key. The album was released through Fight Evil Records in December 1998. Chroma Key was formed in 1998 and is essentially a solo project for keyboard player Kevin Moore, who is probably mostly known for being the original keyboard player in Dream Theater, but also for his involvement with O.S.I. and Fates Warning. Kevin Moore had already recorded a demo in 1995 under his own name, but opted for a name change to Chroma Key.

Although Kevin Moore was a central figure in Dream Theater and the creation of their unique sound, he never cared much for touring and didn´t embrace his celebrity status with joy, so he called it quits after recording his parts for Dream Theater´s 3rd full-length studio album "Awake (1994)". He was replaced by Derek Sherinian for the tour supporting the album.

In that light it´s maybe not surprising that the music on "Dead Air for Radios" is not loud and flashy progressive metal, but instead a laid back, mellow, and pleasant ambient/atmospheric type of pop/rock. The only thing Kevin Moore did with Dream Theater, which remotely resembles the sound on "Dead Air for Radios" is "Space Dye West". The atmosphere is melancholic, the playing and the singing subtle, and the omnipresent piano and keyboards pleasant and well composed.

The material on the 9 track, 53:28 minutes long album is slightly one-dimensional in terms of atmosphere and it´s not exactly dynamic either. Emotionally monotone is probably a valid description, because even though there are plenty of melodic themes on the album, they aren´t hook laden, and therefore very few tracks on the album stand out or are memorable after the album has stopped playing. The most aparte track on the album is the electronic almost techno inspired track "Camera 4", which is also one of the highlights.

"Dead Air for Radios" is very well produced although the drum sound could have prospered from a more organic tone. Overall it´s a nice laid back atmospheric pop/rock album and a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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