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Helmet

Formed: 1989
From: NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Helmet news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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New Helmet Album To Be Issued In 5 Formats

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

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Helmet Delays New Album

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.

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Metal Music To Be Featured In Madden '10 Game

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

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Musicians To Appear On Music Documentary

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.

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Helmet Announce More Tour Dates

US icons HELMET have announced a string of dates for North Carolina in June, which include:

June
15 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
16 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
17 - Charleston, SC - The Dive

More dates are expected to follow

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More Bands Added To Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

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.

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Helmet Introduce New Guitarist

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:

March
13 - Red Seven - Austin, Texas
14 - Viper Room - Austin, Texas
15 - The Playground - Park City, Utah

April
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

May
1 - Uni Bar - Wollongong, Australia
2 - Anu Bar - Canberra, Australia
3 - Hi Fi Bar - Melbourne, Australia
4 - Fowler’s - Adelaide, Australia

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Helmet Update Live Schedule

US hardcore/punk icons HELMET have updated their live schedule as follows:

March
13 - Red Seven - Austin, Texas
14 - Viper Room - Austin, Texas
15 - The Playground - Park City, Utah

April
17 - Canes Bar and Grill - San Diego, California
18 - Key Club - Hollywood, California
24 - Coolangata Hotel - Gold Coast
25 - Great Northern Hotel - Byron Bay
26 - Hoey & Moey - Coffs Harbour, Australia
30 - Gaelic Club - Sydney, Australia

May
1 - Uni Bar - Wollongong, Australia
2 - Anu Bar - Canberra, Australia
3 - Hi Fi Bar - Melbourne, Australia
4 - Fowler’s - Adelaide, Australia

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Helmet Announce New U.S. Tour Dates

HELMET have confirmed the following US tour dates:

October
29 - Mon TX Austin, TX - Red 7
30 - Corpus Christi, TX - House of Rock
31 - Houston, TX - Meridian

November
2 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre
3 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
4 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
6 - Orlando, FL - The Backbooth
8 - Wilmington, NC -The Soapbox Laundrolounge
9 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
10 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
13 - Knoxville, TN - Blue Cats
14 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
16 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita's
17 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre
19 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
21 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock

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Helmet Announce Fall Tour

HELMET will be hitting the road for a Fall U.S. tour with Brooklyn’s DUB TRIO. The following tour dates have been announced:

September 15th in Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
September 17th in Reno, NV @ Club Underground
September 19th in Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre
September 20th in Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
September 21st in Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
September 22nd in Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 24th in Vancouver, BC @ The Red Room
September 25th in Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
September 26th in Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
September 28th in Chico, CA @ The Senator Theater
September 29th in Sacramento, CA @ The Kennal Club
September 30th in San Francisco, CA @ Independent
October 2nd in Fresno, CA @ Club Fred
October 3rd in Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
October 4th in Long Beach, CA @ The Vault 350
October 5th in Malibu, CA @ Malibu Inn

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Helmet and Dub Trio Release First Tour Date

HELMET will be hitting the road for a Fall U.S. tour with Brooklyn’s DUB TRIO. The first date to be released is as follows:

September 30 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent

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Helmet Post New Song Online

You can check out a new song from HELMET entitled “Revenge Destroys Everything” online over at the band’s official MySpace page. The song will be featured in the upcoming new film “Tatua.”

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Helmet's Hamilton On Return w/o Bogdan, Stanier

Helmet frontman Page Hamilton spoke with Australia's Time Off magazine about the bands return in 2005 after disbanding in 1997, and how tensions between himself and former bassist Henry Bogdan and drummer John Stanier prevented the original line-up staying in tact. "That was just a matter of there being a lot of water under the bridge," Hamilton admitted. "We'd been together for ten years, and we never really worked on our personal relationships at all. Communication is huge in a band, and you can't really underestimate the importance of it. People often accuse me of being a control freak, which I think isn't fair. It's just that I'm better than they are [mocking seriousness]! There are always issues, life is constantly throwing things at you. But I think now I'm better at dealing with things right when something happens."

Read the full article at Time Off.

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Totimoshi Signs To Volcom Entertainment

San Francisco's Totimoshi has signed a deal with Volcom Entertainment for the re-release of their 2006 album, Ladron. The re-release is due out in March 2007 and the band will be playing a series of dates with Helmet this winter to support it. Here are the tour dates:

1/7 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
1/9 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
1/16 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
1/17 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
1/20 San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew
1/31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
2/1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour

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Helmet Added To Guns N Roses Tour

Helmet have been added to Guns N' Roses' current tour after The Eagles of Death Metal were kicked off the tour earlier this week, referring to them as "The Pigeons Of Shit Metal" when he took the stage that same night.

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Final Saw III Soundtrack Tracklisting Revealed

The current reigning champ of all of the horror film franchises – Saw – will have the third and most psychologically intense installment of the series – Saw III hit theaters on October 27th. Fans of the series will be excited to hear that the Saw III Soundtrack (Artists' Addiction Records) will feature twenty tracks from of some of the hardest, bone crushing rock bands on the planet including: Blue October, Slayer, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Ministry, and many others. Brand new exclusive tracks from Static X "No Submission," and Drowning Pool "No More," are stand out songs on the Saw III Soundtrack.

Saw III (Twisted Pictures & Lionsgate) stars Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell. Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff (Angus Macfayden) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

Saw star Shawnee Smith makes a cameo singing backup vocals on Hydrovibe's track "Killer Inside" on the Saw III Soundtrack.

"I've am a huge fan of this band Hydrovibe!," commented Shawnee. "Heather St. Marie has a breathtakingly beautiful voice as powerful as my character in the Saw films: Amanda. I'm thrilled our female fan base has a movie and a soundtrack to sink our patent leather stilettos into."

Here is the final track listing for the Saw III soundtrack (as well as a couple of audio streams): More...

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Helmet Guitarist and Drummer Depart

HELMET mainman Page Hamilton is currently producing an album for a band from North Carolina called CLASSIC CASE. "After I finish, I'm playing some more guitar on the movie 'Across the Universe' and getting ready to do some HELMET shows in a month or so," Hamilton says in a posting on the band's web site. "The first round of shows start October 17th somewhere near New York. The Warcon folks and people involved with the movie 'Saw III' are putting the tour together and planning another HELMET video for the song 'Monochrome'."

In other HELMET-related news, guitarist Chris Traynor has announced that he has left the band after nearly a decade of working with Hamilton. A few days later, drummer Mike Jost also exited the group in order to attend to his duties as a new father. It is not presently clear if bassist Jeremy Chatelain will continue playing with HELMET. Hamilton is reportedly already auditioning new members.

HELMET is tentatively scheduled to tour Europe in November and Australia in December.

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Saw III Soundtrack Tracklisting, Release Revealed

Warcon Enterprises has set an October 24 release date for the "Saw III" soundtrack. The tentative list of tracks that are set to appear on the effort is as follows:

SLAYER - "Eyes Of The Insane" (exclusive remix)
EIGHTEEN VISIONS - "Victim"
MASTODON - "The Wolf Is Loose"
LAMB OF GOD - "Walk With Me In Hell"
HELMET - "Monochrome"
ALL THAT REMAINS - "This Calling"
DRAGONFORCE - "Fury Of The Storm"
CHARLIE CLOUSER - "Score Suite" (exclusive)
AS I LAY DYING - "Empty Hearts"
EVERY TIME I DIE - "Guitared & Feathered"
HYDROVIBE - "Killer Inside"
BLUE OCTOBER - "Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek"
OPIATE FOR THE MASSES - "Naked" (unreleased track)
DRY KILL LOGIC - "My Dying Heart" (unreleased track)

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Warcon Announces Special Saw III Inspired Show

In anticipation of the opening of Saw III, which hits theaters October 27th, the Saw franchise teams up with Warcon Records to begin "pulling out all the stops" with a show at Webster Hall in New York City, October 19th. The show focuses on the musical side of Saw.

The evening combines appearances by bands featured on the Saw III soundtrack, to be released October 24th, via Artist Addiction, Warcon Enterprises and Fontana Distribution. The night will be headlined by the infamous Helmet, The Smashup and Hydrovibe. The show will be hosted by Shawnee Smith (who stars as "Amanda" in all three Saw films). Special guests from the Saw franchise will also make appearances.

The show will also feature a Saw museum that includes: torture devices, headgear, set pieces and even Jigsaw’s infamous puppet "Billie" as well as other authentic props from the Saw franchise. All on exhibition for the first and only time ever. As an added bonus, true Saw devotees will be able to join the "Circle of Blood." Circle of Blood participants will gain early access to the venue for a private meet and greet autograph session with Shawnee Smith, the bands, and members of the cast and will take home a commemorative bag of Saw merchandise.

You can get ticket information and to find out how to take part in the "Circle of Blood" here.

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Helmet To Headline Musical Evening

In anticipation of the opening of the upcoming horror film "Saw III", which hits theaters October 27, the "Saw" franchise will team up with Warcon Records to begin "pulling out all the stops" with a show on October 19 at Webster Hall in New York City. The show focuses on the musical side of "Saw".

The evening combines appearances by bands featured on the "Saw III" soundtrack, to be released October 24 via Artist Addiction, Warcon Enterprises and Fontana Distribution. The night will be headlined by the infamous HELMET, THE SMASHUP and HYDROVIBE. The show will be hosted by Shawnee Smith (who stars as "Amanda" in all three "Saw" films). Special guests from the "Saw" franchise will also make appearances.

The show will also feature a "Saw" museum that includes: torture devices, headgear, set pieces and even Jigsaw's infamous puppet "Billie," as well as other authentic props from the "Saw" franchise — all on exhibition for the first and only time ever. As an added bonus, true "Saw" devotees will be able to join the "Circle of Blood." Circle of Blood participants will gain early access to the venue for a private meet-and-greet autograph session with Shawnee Smith, the bands, and members of the cast and will take home a commemorative bag of "Saw" merchandise.

For ticket information to participate in this special event, and to find out how to take part in the "Circle of Blood," click here.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.net.

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