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New York City (1989 – 1998, 2004 – present)

Helmet are an band formed in New York City in 1989 by founding members Page Hamilton (guitar/vocals), Henry Bogdan (bass), Peter Mengede (guitar) and John Stanier (drums). They are known for their frequent use of tuning and experimental approach to music, earning the band the nickname “the thinking man’s metal”.

The group signed to Ampthetamine Reptile Records, and released their first full-length album, Strap It On, in 1990. Interscope Records soon came calling and signed the band in 1992.

The band found mainstream success with their Interscope debut Meantime which debuted at number 68 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits “Unsung” and “In the Meantime”. After releasing two more albums, Helmet broke up in 1998.

Leader Page Hamilton later put together a new lineup in 2004, with Aftertaste-era guitarist Chris Traynor, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello and drummer John Tempesta. The band released their first post-reunion album, Size Matters, later that year and it was their last release on their longtime label Interscope Records.

Following more lineup changes, they licensed the following album Monochrome to Warcon Records in 2006, the rights to which have since reverted back to Helmet. On September 7th, 2010, the band self-released a new album Seeing Eye Dog via a marketing and distribution deal with Work Song. The album is also available in exclusive formats and multiple options direct from the band’s website www.helmetmusic.com.

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  • Evilmantheone

    They really played for more than 2 hours in Berlin ?? Woaw. All their dates like that ?

    13 Oct 9:58pm Reply
  • SirJJM

    like they wouldn't knew when nothing is

    2 Oct 6:05pm Reply
  • SirJJM

    kyle is the man for sure, but stainer is mofo, if i would daily practice drums, i would play exactly the same things without even giving a shit like it always existed in my head before and after i head one. any freaking way TEMLEH EROCNE, hope november europe gigs are coming if my car won't start right fuaking now or i finally collapse from not allowing myself to breathe

    2 Oct 5:43pm Reply
  • EliasOE

    I don't think John Stanier will ever be replaced by anyone similar, but Kyle Stevenson is a beast, totally not to be overlooked!![2]

    23 Sep 8:51am Reply
  • JLjuju

    @Sjef87 I don't think John Stanier will ever be replaced by anyone similar, but Kyle Stevenson is a beast, totally not to be overlooked!!

    21 Sep 2:01pm Reply
  • vals81

    Here pics and impressions of the Berlin show: http://itsonlymusicbutlive.com/2014/09/16/helmet-so36-berlin/

    16 Sep 10:57am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Helmet

    6 Aug 8:14pm Reply
  • JarOfLies-

    Awesome!

    25 Jul 11:02am Reply
  • SirJJM

    please get stainer back, then it would be even more me, you know he is best

    2 Jul 12:31am Reply
  • SirJJM

    YESSS YESSS

    2 Jul 12:15am Reply
  • Hank_Shrader

    They will play some BETTY 20th anniversary shows!

    21 May 12:08pm Reply
  • earthcrossing

    Love this band - was so awesome to see them live at last, a few years back. and Page Hamilton was so down to earth, he hung around after to greet everyone. awesome night!

    20 May 1:34am Reply
  • Soci0path

    ... no telling how good these guys were (are), their debut releases are more than influential & remain my personal favorites... Otherwise ; there is a Limited Edition of a recorded live called "Bad Moon" (March 1991) , (1000 copies were made so it's a bit "unknown') , i don't see it here among their releases & i thought i'll mention it regarding how "ecstatic" it is,.. it's a real rocking sh*t, anyone who love these guys should try it ... & will love it.. need help about it, let me know via pm. maybe i can help. // Thank You Helmet.

    17 May 5:51pm Reply
  • nobody-01

    just a casual band. no custom made mic stand, no overdue haircuts, no whingecore, no bull and they just casually shit all over everyone

    7 May 9:51am Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    I didn't know John Cena was in Helmet. Anybody else see him in the main pic?

    5 May 6:07pm Reply
  • cyberpufik

    page hamilton will be on new linkin park's album

    7 Apr 6:20pm Reply
  • WordsComeBack

    very unique sound

    2 Apr 6:03pm Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    Everything up until and including Aftertaste was fucking amazing, although I have to admit I wish they had stayed disbanded. The albums after Aftertaste have been pretty shit, and almost work to ruin the groups early output.

    7 Mar 2:50am Reply
  • Gaeltacht

    comparison with Pantera is not completely out of place. They come from very different scenes but they do have a few things in common sonically speaking, so if you're into one you might easily be into the other. But I don't see how you could say that one is better than the other.

    27 Jan 6:10pm Reply
  • Trempest

    Betty is one of the best metal albums of all time says me!

    24 Jan 10:18am Reply
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