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Page Hamilton

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Page Nye Hamilton (born May 18, 1960 in Portland, Oregon) is a singer, guitarist and record producer, mostly noted for his work with alternative metal band Helmet. Most of his work has been in the heavy metal or hard rock styles, but Hamilton has an experimentalist streak, and has worked in other genres.

Raised in Medford, Oregon, Hamilton moved to New York to study jazz guitar. While there, he “discovered distortion” and joined Band of Susans. Hamilton worked with composer Glenn Branca, after which he started Helmet.

Helmet’s albums at that time included Strap It On, Meantime, Betty, and Aftertaste.

After Helmet split up in 1999, Hamilton started Gandhi, and toured with David Bowie. About this time he recorded with Ben Neill.

He recorded Zulutime (duets with Caspar Brötzmann), played guitar on Ben Neill’s Goldbug and Joe Henry’s Trampoline, and wrote some music for the movie Heat. Hamilton has also made appearances on “Unbeliever” by Therapy? and “No, You Don’t” by Nine Inch Nails.

Hamilton restarted Helmet with an altered line-up in 2004, and they released the album Size Matters. Helmet released their latest album, Monochrome, on 18 July, 2006.

Hamilton has also done production work, including producing “Distort Yourself” by Institute, the new band started by Gavin Rossdale of Bush. Hamilton was also at the helm for Bullets and Octane’s second album, In The Mouth Of The Young, released in 2006, and has produced the upcoming Classic Case album Losing at Life due out early 2007.

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