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Helmet

Helmet was hardly a typical metal band (and in fact the band themselves probably didn't consider their music as metal), signing to a non-metal record label in Amphetamine Reptile and adopting a musical style that relied little on flashy guitarwork but instead focus on wall-of-sound riffing, undeniably hard and heavy but not quite the typical metal style. Moreover, their visual image of regular short-haired guys was far from the accepted norm of flamboyant metal showmen. Nonetheless, the band's second album, 1992's Meantime, was a tremendous hit among metal audiences and is by far the band's best-known work, as well as an influence on many a late-90's band. Two more albums were released after Meantime, but by 1998 the band decided to break up, with frontman Page Hamilton declaring intentions to pursue a solo career and the others possibly continuing in other projects as well. But by 2004 Hamilton had put together a new version of Helmet, and two albums have since been released (Size Matters in 2004, Monochrome in 2006). A new lineup is in place for 2008, though recording plans are not settled at the time of this writing.

Current Members

Page Hamilton

guitars/vocals

Dan Beeman

guitars

Dave Case

bass (ex-Grey Skies Fallen)

Kyle Stevenson

drums

Former Members/Guests

Peter Mengede

guitars (ex-Handsome)

Rob Echeverria

guitars (ex-Biohazard)

Chris Traynor

guitars

Jimmy Thompson

guitars

Henry Bogdan

bass

Frank Bello

bass (Anthrax)

Jeremy Chatelain

bass (ex-Handsome)

Jon Fuller

bass

John Stanier

drums

Mike Jost

drums



Discography



Strap It On  
1990 Amph. Reptile
  1. Repetiton
  2. Rude
  3. Bad Mood
  4. Sinatra
  5. FBLA
  6. Blacktop
  7. Distracted
  8. Make Room
  9. Murder
  • Page Hamilton
  • Peter Mengede
  • Henry Bogdan
  • John Stanier
1990 Readers' Album #48




Meantime  
1992 Interscope
  1. In the Meantime
  2. Ironhead
  3. Give It
  4. Unsung
  5. Turned Out
  6. He Feels Bad
  7. Better
  8. You Borrowed
  9. FBLA II
  10. Role Model
  • Page Hamilton
  • Peter Mengede
  • Henry Bogdan
  • John Stanier
1992 Readers' Album #28




Betty  
1994 Atlantic
  1. Wilma's Rainbow
  2. I Know
  3. Biscuits for Smut
  4. Milquetoast
  5. Tic
  6. Rollo
  7. Street Crab
  8. Clean
  9. Vaccination
  10. Beautiful Love
  11. Speechless
  12. The Silver Hawaiian
  13. Overrated
  14. Sam Hell
  • Page Hamilton
  • Rob Echeverria
  • Henry Bogdan
  • John Stanier



Born Annoying (b-sides/unreleased)  
1995 Amph. Reptile
  1. Born Annoying (1989)
  2. Rumble
  3. Shirley MacLaine
  4. Geisha To Go
  5. Taken
  6. Your Head
  7. Oven
  8. No Nicky No
  9. Primitive
  10. Born Annnoying (1993)
  • Page Hamilton
  • Peter Mengede
  • Henry Bogdan
  • John Stanier



Aftertaste  
1997 Atlantic
  1. Pure
  2. Renovation
  3. Exactly What You Wanted
  4. Like I Care
  5. Driving Nowhere
  6. Birth Defect
  7. Broadcast Emotion
  8. It's Easy to Get Bored
  9. Diet Aftertaste
  10. Harmless
  11. (High) Visibility
  12. Insatiable
  13. Crisis King
  • Page Hamilton
  • Henry Bogdan
  • John Stanier



Size Matters  
2004 Interscope
  1. Smart
  2. Crashing Foreign Cars
  3. See You Dead
  4. Drug Lord
  5. Enemies
  6. Unwound
  7. Everybody Loves You
  8. Surgery
  9. Speak And Spell
  10. Throwing Punches
  11. Last Breath
  • Page Hamilton
  • Chris Traynor
  • Frank Bello
  • Mike Jost



Monochrome  
2006 Interscope
  1. Swallowing Everything
  2. Brand New
  3. Bury Me
  4. Monochrome
  5. On Your Way Down
  6. Money Shot
  7. Gone
  8. Almost Out Of Sight
  9. Howl
  10. 410
  11. Goodbye
  12. Unlisted
  • Page Hamilton
  • Chris Traynor
  • Jeremy Chatelain
  • Mike Jost



Seeing Eye Dog  
2010 Work Song
  1. So Long
  2. Seeing Eye Dog
  3. Welcome To Algiers
  4. LA Water
  5. In Person
  6. Morphing
  7. White City
  8. And Your Bird Can Sing
  9. Miserable
  10. She's Lost
  • Page Hamilton
  • Jimmy Thompson
  • Jon Fuller
  • Kyle Stevenson



Dead To The World  
2016 earMUSIC
  1. Life or Death
  2. I ? My Guru
  3. Bad News
  4. Red Scare
  5. Dead To The World
  6. Green Shirt
  7. Expect The World
  8. Die Alone
  9. Drunk In The Afternoon
  10. Look Alive
  11. Life or Death (Slow)
  • Page Hamilton
  • Dan Beeman
  • Dave Case
  • Kyle Stevenson




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