Helmet Come to Music Hall of Williamsburg Sunday with New AlbumNovember 11th, 2016
Bridging the gap between heavy metal and indie rock with syncopated staccato guitar riffs, unusual tunings and uneven time signatures, Helmet rose up out of New York City in 1989, a cornerstone of alt-metal. The band found success in the ’90s while signed to Interscope, but with relentless touring and several lineup changes, Helmet (above, doing “Blacktop” live on KEXP FM) broke up before the turn of the century. Of course, it’s tough to keep a good band down, and so again Helmet rose up, in 2004. And again the lineup changed but it’s since been steadied with Kyle Stevenson (drums), Dan Beeman (guitar) and Dave Case (bass) joining founding member Page Hamilton (vocals and guitar). Last month, Helmet returned with Dead to the World (stream it below), their first album in six years. “Dead to the World isn’t the best Helmet record in almost 20 years because it returns to the sound of old,” says Sputnik Music, “but rather because it employs their more melodic style with tact, confidence and, most of all, conviction.” Touring the country behind the new tunes, Helmet return home to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday night. Local H open the show.