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GRUNGE GODS HELMET ROCK HARD

The thinking man's heavy metal band joins Filter on tour

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Once touted as the thinking person’s heavy metal band, Helmet – aka Page Hamilton and the revolving door of musicians who support him – has stayed faithful to the atonal, aggressive songwriting style it helped develop in the post-hardcore days of the early ’90s. Initially, it’s hard to believe the ham-fisted, distorted, stop-and-go drop-D riffs are the brainchild of a guy with dual degrees in classical and jazz performance, but that’s kind of the point. The band’s breakthrough 1992 release, Meantime, captures the dissonance, grit and (dare we say) sloppiness that signified the bands of the era. Filter (“Hey Man, Nice Shot”) headlines.

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