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Say what you like about the era of Generation X, there was some fantastic music around. We’ve already looked at a few of the bands popular at the time such as Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Living Colour, and this week we’ll be examining one of the most innovative bands of the era, Helmet. Helmet was formed in early 1989 by guitarist Page Hamilton, shortly after his departure from the New York based noise rock band, Band of Susans. Before long, they attracted the attention of US Marine, Tom Hazelmyer, who was also the founder of Amphetamine Reptile Records, who had previously put out records from the likes of Killdozer and soon signed Helmet to the label. Their first release for Amphetamine Reptile was the seven inch single, "Born Annoying," which was followed the next year by their full length debut, "Strap It On." The album was very well received by listeners and is now regarded as a classic by fans of post-hardcore music, as well as becoming a small influence in metal, as evidenced when Deftones covered the song, "Sinatra" years later. Critics were also very welcoming of the debut, praising its atmospheric approach and distinctive riffs.
A year after the release of, "Strap It On," Helmet signed a new deal with major label, Interscope, who reportedly paid the group one million dollars for their next album. They began recording the album, which was to be entitled, "Meantime" in late 1991 and eventually released it the next summer. The time and (alleged) budget proved to be well worth the effort, as "Meantime" broke the band into the mainstream, peaking at number 68 on the Billboard Charts and becoming their first (and only) Gold Record in the United States, thanks largely to the success of the title track and the song, "Unsung." Once again, they had also put out a record which was adored by many critics, several of which gave the album perfect scores. The success of "Meantime" meant a much bigger increase in tour dates and soon the band found themselves performing in Europe, Asia and South America, as well as their native, United States. The heavy touring schedule, coupled with the new found spotlight brought problems to the band and strengthened internal tensions, eventually leading guitarist Peter Mengede to quit the group, with Rest In Pieces guitarist, Rob Echeverria taking his place. More...
Helmet has announced a headlining tour of Europe in March-April 2012 for the 20th Anniversary of the 1992 release "Meantime." The band will play the album in its entirety on the tour.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
5- Lisbon, Portugal @ TMN ao Vivo
6- Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club
8 - Madrid Spain @ Caracol
9 - Barcelona, Spain @ Apolo 2
10 - Hondarribia, Spain @ Sylocibenea
11 - Angouleme, France @ La Nef
13 - Lyon, France @ Ninkasi Kao
14 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Plaza
15 - Milan, Italy @ Arci Magnolia
16 - Rome, Italy @ Traffic Club
17 - Livorno, Italy @ The Cage Theater
19 - Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
20 - Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos Saal
21 - Vienna, Austria @ Szene Wien
23 - Berlin, Germany @ SO36
24 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega Jr
25 - Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
27 - Cologne, Germany @ Underground
28 - Nijmegen, Holland @ Doornroosje
29 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
30 - Paris, France @ Nouveau Casino
31 - La Roche, France @ Sur Yon Fuzzyon
2 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
3 - Manchester, UK @ Sound Central
4 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
6 - Bristol, UK @ Fleece & Firkin
7 - Birmingham, UK @ HMV Institute
8 - Reading, UK @ Sub89
The fantastic “South by South Death” earlier in the day would be a tough act to follow, but perhaps the best night show was set for the night of March 18th: The Metalliance Tour.
Following up the best day show yet, was the biggest official SXSW metal show: The Metalliance SXSW stop. The Metalliance tour featured an excellent lineup including The Atlas Moth, Howl, Red Fang, Weedeater, Kylesa, Crowbar, Helmet and Saint Vitus. The show was the first I’d attended at the Dirty Dog. It was a decent sized place, but not exactly laid out well for the crowd that would fill it that night.
I arrived while The Atlas Moth was playing. They had just a couple songs left in their set. The first thing I noticed is that the bass sounded very loud. It gave a groovier feel to their music and most of the bands who played that night for that matter. Their last two songs sounded pretty decent, even if bass-heavy.
Howl was up next and played a short set of their groovy style of doom. Still getting drinks and settled in, their set flew by with little sticking out to me, however. More...
Helmet have revealed its tour dates for its upcoming trip to Australia later this summer. You can check out all of the announced dates in the list below.
06/22 Gold Coast, AUS – Coolangatta Hotel
06/23 Brisbane, AUS – Hi-FI
06/24 Sydney, AUS – Manning Bar
06/25 Melbourne, AUS – Hi-Fi
06/26 Adelaide, AUS – Fowler’s
06/28 Perth, AUS – Amplifier
06/30 Canberra, AUS – Anu Bar
07/01 Wollongong, AUS – Uni Bar
07/02 Newcastle, AUS – Newcastle Leagues Club
THE 2011 METALLIANCE TOUR will have to move their Chicago show this Sunday due to recent gang-related activity in the vicinity of the venue. The city has imposed a seven day hold on the venue's operations license forcing the show to a new venue called BADA BREW (802 Theodore Street). The show will go on as scheduled. All tickets will be honored.
THE 2011 METALLIANCE TOUR has enjoyed early success with two sold out shows on it's inaugural run thus far. Headlined by HELMET, ST VITUS and CROWBAR and supported by metal heavyweights KYLESA, RED FANG, HOWL and THE ATLAS MOTH on all dates.
Here are the remaining Metalliance 2011 Tour dates:
03/25/11 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza **VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT**
03/26/11 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
03/27/11 Joliet, IL @ BADA BREW
03/28/11 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock (No Helmet)
03/29/11 Denver, CO @ The Summit
03/31/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/01/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/03/11 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/04/11 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
04/05/11 Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
HELMET is performing their 1992 platinum-selling release of "Meantime" in its entirety.
The lineups have been announced for the upcoming SXSW music showcases that will be occurring between March 16th - March 19th. Details are as follows:
Wednesday, March 16th
Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
12:20 The Roller
1:55 The Secret
2:40 Ken Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
Thursday, March 17th
Thrasher/Impose Day Party
Venue: Scoot Inn [Outside Stage]
5:00pm - Trash Talk
4:00pm - Weedeater
3:00pm - Zoroaster
2:00pm - Liturgy
1:00pm - The Body
Full Metal Texas / BrooklynVegan Stage
Venue: Emo's [Inside Stage]
5:00pm - YOB
4:05pm - Trap Them
3:10pm - Hull
2:20pm - Kverlertak
1:35pm - Rwake
12:50pm - All Pigs Must Die
12:05pm - Goes Cube More...
The 2011 Metalliance Tour will be supported by metal heavyweights Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl, and The Atlas Moth on all dates. Dates have now officially been announced. The tour features headlining bands Helmet, Saint Vitus, and Crowbar for its inaugural line up. "We are glad to be part of this tour; I think it's a great bill. The bands I have heard so far each have a strong musical identity as opposed to so much of the generic, lowest common denominator music out there," says Helmet front man Page Hamilton.
Here are the latest Metalliance 2011 Tour dates:
03/17/11 Dallas, TX @ Southside Music Hall
03/18/11 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog / SXSW
03/19/11 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/20/11 St Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
03/21/11 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
03/22/11 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
03/23/11 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
03/24/11 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
03/25/11 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
03/26/11 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
03/27/11 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
03/29/11 Denver, CO @ The Summit
03/31/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/01/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/03/11 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/05/11 Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues More...
UPDATE: This information was gleaned from listings on Ticketmaster.ca, which appear to be erroneous on several points, including specific tour dates. Furthermore, Intronaut has not confirmed participation in this tour and all listings on Ticketmaster.ca have since been removed, save one.
Los Angeles progressive post-metallers Intronaut have revealed that they will be appearing on select dates for the forthcoming "Metalliance Tour." The "Metalliance Tour" features headliners Helmet alongside Saint Vitus and Crowbar. Other special guests scheduled to appear include Kylesa, Howl, The Atlas Moth, Naam, and Royal Thunder. You can view a list of the tour dates reported by Ticketmaster.ca below.
03/17 Dallas, TX – Southside Music Hall (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth, Royal Thunder)
03/18 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar (“SXSW“)
03/19 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth, Naam)
03/20 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth)
03/21 Orlando, FL – Firestone Live (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth)
03/23 West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
03/24 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (feat. Howl, The Atlas Moth, Moth Eater)
03/25 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03/26 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth, Keelhaul)
03/27 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
03/29 Denver, CO – The Summit (feat. Kylesa)
03/31 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre (feat. Howl, The Atlas Moth)
04/01 Seattle, WA – El Corazon (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth)
04/03 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
04/04 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
04/05 Hollywood, CA – House of Blues (feat. Intronaut, Kylesa)
Some of these appear to be in error, however, and we recommend going by the previously announced dates until an official update with special guests is released.
The 2011 Metalliance Tour has officially been announced, featuring HELMET, SAINT VITUS and CROWBAR for its inaugural line up. The festival tour will run through the U.S. from March 17th through April 5th. HELMET will be performing its 1992 platinum-selling release of "Meantime" in its entirety. The official tour dates can be viewed below:
Mar. 17 - Dallas, TX - Southside Music Hall
Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog / SXSW
Mar. 19 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
Mar. 20 - St Petersburg, FL - State Theater
Mar. 21 - Orlando, FL - Firestone Live
Mar. 22 - Greensboro, NC - Greene Street
Mar. 23 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Mar. 24 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Mar. 25 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Mar. 26 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Mar. 27 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Mar. 29 - Denver, CO - The Summit
Mar. 31 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Apr. 01 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Apr. 03 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
Apr. 05 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
The 2011 Metalliance Tour has officially been announced, featuring HELMET, SAINT VITUS and CROWBAR for its inaugural line up. The festival tour will run through the U.S. from March 17th through April 5th.
HELMET will perform their 1992 platinum-selling release of "Meantime" in its entirety. The
Interscope Records release gave the band mainstream attention with songs like "Unsung" and "In The Meantime."
One of the most highly influential Doom Metal bands in America, SAINT VITUS are regarded as one of the first bands of the genre starting out as early as the 1970's. The band featuring Scott "Wino" Weinrich, bassist Mark Adams, guitarist Dave Chandler and drummer Armando Acosta has influenced so many bands in doom and metal. "Saint Vitus is more than ready to infect The Metalliance Tour! We've been wanting to do something like this for some time now...so prepare for destruction!!" says lead guitarist Dave Chandler. The band has done a handful of shows and some European Festivals but this will be their first full US tour in over a decade.
CROWBAR front man Kirk Windstein concludes, "Wow! This tour is gonna rule! I've loved Helmet since the beginning and loved St. Vitus even longer. With the new Crowbar record having hit the streets by then, look out! This bill will bring just what we need to crush each city with an avalanche of stylistic thunder!"
Helmet has announced the following European tour dates:
11/17 - Luxor Live - Arnhem, Gelderland, nl
11/18 - W2 - Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brab, nl
11/19 - Forum - Bielefeld, Nordrhein-, de
11/20 - Knust - Hamburg, Hamburg, de
11/22 - Voxhall - Århus, Midtjyllan, dk
11/23 - Vega Jr - Copenhagen, Hovedstade, dk
11/24 - SO36 - Berlin, Berlin, de
11/26 - Feierwerk - Orangehouse - Munich, Bavaria, de
11/27 - Szene Wien - Wien, Wien, at
11/29 - Sommer Casino - Basel, Basel-Stad, ch
11/30 - bart Music Club - Zurich, Zurich, ch
12/01 - Amalgame Club - Yverdon-les-Bains, Vaud, ch
12/03 - Bronson - Ravenna, Emilia-Rom, it
12/04 - Spazio 211 - Torino, Piemonte, it
12/05 - Le Brise Glace - Annecy, Rhône-Alpe, FR
12/10 - Elysée Montmartre - PARIS, Ile-de-Fra, FR
12/11 - L'Austrolabe - Orleans, Centre, fr
12/12 - Grand Mix - Tourcoing, Nord-Pas-d, fr
12/14 - Vooruit - Gent, Flemish Re, be
12/15 - Scala - London, Greater Lo, gb
12/16 - Manchester Academy 3 - Manchester, GB
12/17 - The Cathouse - Glasgow, Glasgow Ci, gb
Southern California’s INTRONAUT, will release their new album, "Valley of Smoke," on October 12th. They have also posted the new track, “Elegy,” exclusively at this location. This is the final album version so if you already heard the track via the Invisible Oranges.com debut then this is the proper version.
Riff monsters Bison b.c. and alt-metal rockers Helmet have gotten together for a West Coast Tour This September. The tour has 13 total dates ranging from the southern part of the West Coast (San Diego, CA) to the middle of nowhere (Calgary, AB).
Bison b.c. Guitarist and vocalist James Farwell commented on the tour: " I first started listening to Helmet when I was doing bonelesses and acid drops wasted in back alleys with big pants and small wheels; a long fucking time ago. Now my body is a jerk, but I still think of them when I drop tune - it is a fucking god damn honor to tour with Helmet."
Sept. 8 Sacramento, CA Harlow's Night Club
Sept. 10 Oakland, CA The Uptown
Sept. 11 San Jose, CA The Blank Club
Sept. 13 Portland, OR Dante's
Sept. 14 Seattle, WA Showbox at The Market
Sept. 16 Vancouver, BC Venue
Sept. 18 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
Sept. 19 Calgary, AB Dickens Pub
Sept. 21 Casper, WY Downtown Grill & Venue
Sept. 23 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
Sept. 24 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
Sept. 25 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Sept. 26 Redondo Beach, CA BriXton
Helmet, the alternative metal band from New York City, have announced that their new studio album, "Seeing Eye Dog," will be issued in five different formats. Every seperate edition of the album is also set to include a bonus live album recorded in 2006 in San Francisco.
The available formats include:
1. Digital Only (new album plus 1 live album)
2. Two-disc CD (new album plus 1 live album) + digital
3. Limited Edition Double 180g Vinyl (New album plus 1 live album) + digital
4. Limited Edition Deluxe: New album and 1 live album on two-disc CD, new album and 1 live album on double 180g Vinyl, custom HELMET USB key with four more live albums, signed package + digital of new album + 1 live album
5. Super Deluxe: Same as Deluxe but includes gold laminate/tour access component
In a recent interview with CityBeat's Amy Harris, Helmet frontman Page Hamilton revealed that the band's new studio album, "Seeing Eye Dog" has been delayed until August. An excerpt from the chat reads as follows:
Q: The new album, Seeing Eye Dog, is set for release June 22nd. Can you tell me about the inspiration behind the name?
A: "The album release has actually been pushed back to August 24th as we try to finish artwork and finalize the tracks. I usually shy away from political statements, but there is some social commentary on the album. A seeing eye dog is one that leads the blind around. I also read a poem by Ezra Pound, one of my favorite poets, called “The Seeing Eye” and the image just stuck in my head."
Read the full article at CityBeats.
The forthcoming new video game Madden 10 will be seeing its fair share of metal music featured on its soundtrack, as classic songs from the likes of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Pantera and Iron Maiden will be appearing on the game. The game will be released on July 31st.
The tracklisting for the game is as follows:
2pac - Can't C Me
Airbourne - Heads Are Gonna Roll
Alice In Chains - Them Bones
B.O.B. - Created A Monster
Bang Camaro - Revolution
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Cypress Hill - Get 'em Up
Helmet - Unsung
Iron Maiden - Aces High
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Kid Rock - I Am The Bulldog
Killswitch Engage - Reckoning
Korn - Blind
Mastodon - Divinations
Nas feat. Puff Daddy - Hate Me Now
Nirvana - Breed
Pantera - Walk
Public Enemy - Shut 'em Down
Rage Against The Machine - Guerilla Radio
Set Your Goals - Gaia Bleeds (Make Way For Man)
Slipknot - Duality
System Of A Down - Sugar
The Vanity Plan - Before I Die
Young Dre The Truth - Cheah Beah
A variety of musicians, actors, journalists and more will be featured in the upcoming documentary "The Heart Is A Drum Machine". According to the press release, the film "explores music's role in shaping human history, the profound connection people have had to music throughout human history, how it has shaped our experiences and its involvement in our daily lives." In addition to providing his thoughts in the film, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan will contribute a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man". Other notable artists featured include Page Hamilton (Helmet), Wes Borland (Black Light Burns, Marilyn Manson), Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, etc.), John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Brendon Small (Dethklok) and many more. Put together by Zu33 Films, production on the effort has just been completed.
US icons HELMET have announced a string of dates for North Carolina in June, which include:
15 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
16 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
17 - Charleston, SC - The Dive
More dates are expected to follow
ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.
US hardcore/punk icons HELMET have issued the following update:
"Say hello to Dan Beeman: our new guitar player, and legend in his own lunch time."
Upcoming Helmet dates include:
13 - Red Seven - Austin, Texas
14 - Viper Room - Austin, Texas
15 - The Playground - Park City, Utah
17 - Canes Bar and Grill - San Diego, California
18 - Key Club - Hollywood, California
24 - Coolangata Hotel - Gold Coast, Australia
25 - Great Northern Hotel - Byron Bay, Australia
26 - Hoey & Moey - Coffs Harbour, Australia
30 - Gaelic Club - Sydney, Australia
1 - Uni Bar - Wollongong, Australia
2 - Anu Bar - Canberra, Australia
3 - Hi Fi Bar - Melbourne, Australia
4 - Fowler’s - Adelaide, Australia