One of the most extra ordinary bands of all time, Helmet was the result of Page Hamilton’s love for alternative metal. Moving to New York to study Jazz, Page Hamilton found his true inspiration in bands like Sonic Youth, Killing Joke and Big Black. After working with composer Glenn Branca and later joining the ‘Band of Susans’, Page decided that it was time to start his own band. Hence, the band came into being. Named as the ‘thinking person’s heavy metal band’, the unusual sound and continuous experimentation with their music is what makes helmet the exceptional band that it is today. Their amalgamation of different tunes with Jazz like sounds and compositions makes them the most unusual yet outstanding heavy metal band of all time. With numerous replacements in the band, Page Hamilton never lost his faith in Band and always remained a part of it.
Starting out with bassist Henry Bogdan, guitarist Peter Mengede and drummer John Stanier, the band started appearing on the New York’s underground circuit. These talented young men were spotted by Tom hazelmyer, the owner of Amphetamine Reptile records and were immediately signed on. 1990 was the year when ‘Strap it on’; helmet’s first album was released. The band with an unusual sound and a mood for experimentation with music was not very well accepted by the masses. In the next few years, the music industry saw the rise of heavy metal rock bands and soon, some of the biggest recording labels were looking for helmet. Interscope records was the label that landed a deal with the band. ‘Meantime’; helmet’s next album got them their first taste of success as the album acquired a gold status in the US. The album sold over a million copies and the band started their journey on the road to success. It was not long before tensions started mounting between band members and guitarist Peter Mengede left and was replaced by Rob Echeverria. The band with a new guitarist launched their next album ‘Betty.’ Even though the band touched new heights of success with their single securing a 45th position on billboard top 200, the album was not such a huge success. It was not long enough before helmet’s newest band member also left. By 1997, the band’s personal disputes had risen so much that the band decided to break the group. Each and every member started new ventures and tried their luck in the music industry all over again. In 2004, interscope records urged Hamilton to revive take the helmet legacy forward and start the band again. Hamilton took the challenge to revive the band again only Chris Taynor joined the band again. With Tempesta the newest addition to the band, ‘Size Matters’ was the newest album of the band. The band’s equation with Tempesta did not work out too and also left the band. In the next few years, the band saw numerous replacements but Hamilton never lost hope in the band and still continued his dream of making exceptional music. Amidst the replacements and havoc going on in the band, helmet released ‘Monochrome’ in 2006. The latest feather to their cap is their newest album ‘Seeing eye dog’ which has been recently released. The album is doing wonders for the group and is putting a new soul in the band. The songs of the band’s albums have been used in some of the most popular video games of all time. Games like Need for Speed, Guitar Hero, True Crime, Saints row 2 etc include helmet’s songs.
Over 2 decades of undying music, 9 studio albums, 8 compilation albums and innumerable band member replacements; helmet has seen it all. Redefining the rules and breaking clichés of hard rock bands, helmet is a band that likes to keep it simple. With hard rock bands having a typical look of long hair and black clothes, the band members like wearing simple shirts, jeans and short hair. Helmet’s live concerts are energy filled and worth watching, the energy of their music has made them one of the most followed bands in today’s time. Their genres are alternative metal, noise rock and post-hardcore make their fans go crazy in live concerts. With helmet’s latest album recently released, the band is touring in some of the biggest arenas in the country to give you a taste of what’s in store for you in their latest album. So buy a helmet ticket and listen to some of the greatest hits by the band itself.
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