The influential rockers who have inspired scores of bands like Silverchair, TOOL, Faith No More and Deftones are touring in support of their latest album, 2016’s Dead to the World.
The band formed in 1989 and rose to prominence in 1992 thanks in part to the success of their first major label release Meantime and its hit single “Unsung.”
The band enjoyed sustained success throughout the next decade — albeit on a more underground level than the peers they inspired — primarily by never straying from their trademark sound of heavily distorted, syncopated, staccato guitar riffs, unique time signatures and cerebral, sociopolitical lyrics.
Helmet released four records from 1990 through 1997 — including my personal favorites Betty and Aftertaste — until breaking up in 1997. The band, well, mainly founding member vocalist and lead guitarist Page Hamilton, regrouped in 2004 with new members and have since put out four more studio releases.
Helmet is more than just another metal band, though. Tracks like “Milquetoast,” “Like I Care,” “Sinatra,” “Wilma’s Rainbow,” and “In the Meantime” have solidified the New York hardcore veterans into the annals of metal folklore. And if you’re like me and have never seen the band perform, Friday night’s show is a can’t-miss event. If you can’t make it, keep an eye on this space next week for a full review of the show.