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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.
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Helmet, the local alternative-metal quartet, are heading out on the road in celebration of their acclaimed 1994 album, Betty, playing it in its entirety each night—plus another set spanning their entire catalog. They hit The Bowery Ballroom twice this week, tomorrow and on Saturday. Each show is sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets to see Helmet on Saturday. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Helmet, 2/21) and a brief message explaining your favorite Betty tune. Eddie Bruiser, who’s currently wearing eight layers of clothes, will notify the winner by Friday.
From the beginning Toadies had a revolving lineup anchored by Todd Lewis (vocals and guitar) and Mark Reznicek (drums). The Fort Worth, Texas, band’s post-grunge sound is influenced by the Pixies and pychedelic-tinged Southern rock. And their “Possum Kingdom” was undoubtedly one of the biggest songs to erupt from the grunge explosion left in Nirvana’s wake. Despite lasting so long, Toadies (above, doing “No Deliverance”) don’t just mine their past. In fact the group’s fifth album, Play.Rock.Music, is out today.
Page Hamilton moved from Oregon to New York City to learn jazz guitar in the ’80s. But upon discovering distortion through the likes of Sonic Youth, he moved in a different direction, founding Helmet in 1989. With a raw sound and Hamilton’s snarling vocals, Helmet (below, performing “See You Dead”), in earning comparisons to Soundgarden, was the only East Coast band playing what would soon be labeled grunge. The group’s fierce sound remains to this day, and, along with Toadies, they play Webster Hall on Thursday.