Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall, February 15, 2005

If there is one band that has more influence over the sound of today’s popular metal than any other, it could easily be Helmet. A little-know hardcore metal band in it’s day, Helmet took metal music to a new plateau with drop chords, halting riffs and a technique and sound that really was not even thought about for their time. Today, music fans love to talk of Korn’s tuned-down bass or metal’s choppy riffs, but all that was done almost two decades ago when Helmet hit the market.

 

Now on crossing the nation on the Winterfresh Sno Core escapade, Helmet is finally getting some much deserved recognition playing with relatively newcomers and heavily Helmet-influenced bands like Crossfade, Chevelle and Strata.

 

Being out of the music scene for about a decade, Helmet formed once again and put out a new record with just as much ferocity and disgruntled emotion as their preceded recordings. Releasing Size Matters in September of 2004, Helmet proved once again why they were such an influence on today’s nu-and-not-so-new metal. If you talk with almost any metal band today, they will directly or indirectly list Helmet as an influence, and no one sound is more “Helmet” than Frank Bello’s off-tune bass jams. Bello set out like Helmet the band, to do music in their own fashion. Not following any trends, Helmet was hell-bent on finding something new out in the music world, and for a sold five years, Helmet drove home that point with stop-riff authority.

 

Now, Helmet plays to a much younger crowd than their die-hard fans of the early 90s, but those going to Sno Core to see their new favorites get into Helmet as quickly as a duck takes to water. Helmet is everything new bands want to be, but with an originality behind them. The Newport Music Hall was packed full of Chevelle and Crossfade fans, but Helmet blew the hair back from everyone in attendance. Girls 18 years old body surfed their way to the pit, and guys 40 years old who remember Helmet from day one head banged in the back with a full 32-ounce draft beer in hand.

 

Perhaps one of the most underrated voices in rock music, Page Hamilton proved that good melodies and harmonies could be used with a backlashing of downbeats and kick-drum bass. Drummer John Tempesta and guitarist Chris Traynor round out the quartet and these for diehard metal heads are once again showing the world what Helmet and good, intelligent metal is all about.

Page Hamilton
Anthony Truglio
Page Hamilton
Chris Traynor
Charlie Walker
Chris Traynor