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Helmet Return To Their Roots With "Monochrome"

HELMET will return July 18 with MONOCHROME, marking their first release on Warcon Records. This summer, the band--founding vocalist/guitarist PAGE HAMILTON, guitarist CHRIS TRAYNOR and new members, drummer MIKE JOST and bassist JEREMY CHATELAIN--will play to thousands of music lovers across North America as a main stage-headlining act on the Vans Warped Tour from June 15 through August 13. The album's first single "Gone" will arrive at radio in late June.

For MONOCHROME, PAGE enlisted Strap It On and Meantime collaborator Wharton Tiers to co-produce and return to the organic sound the band is known for. Tiers recorded the band's first two releases Strap It On and Meantime, the latter of which sold over a million copies and defined the brusque element of American's underground rock scene. The HELMET sound sparked a new brand of metal, crossing all traditional music boundaries, paving the way for bands like Chevelle, Deftones, Killswitch Engage, Norma Jean and Silverchair, among many others. The New York Times called HELMET "a band that made important connections between indie-rock and metal…" (September 12, 2004).

"Wharton was my only choice to co-produce this project with me," notes HAMILTON. "Apart from the sounds he can get in his studio, he was also a major influence in terms of helping me shape my guitar playing."

HELMET's catalog also includes Betty (1994) and Aftertaste (1996), after which they broke up in 1998. In 2004, HAMILTON rejoined with TRAYNOR and two other established players to release and tour in support of the critically acclaimed Size Matters. Jim Farber at New York Daily News praised the album, noting: "Helmet's smart rock has returned at just the right time."

The complete track list for HELMET's MONOCHROME is: "Swallowing Everything," "Brand New," "Bury Me," "Monochrome," "On Your Way Down," "Money Shot," "Gone," "Almost Out Of Sight," "Howl," "410" and "Goodbye."

Here is Helmet's current touring schedule:

Thu 6/15 Columbia, MD Merriweather
Fri 6/16 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheatre
Sat 6/17 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
Sun 6/18 Minneapolis, MN Metrodome
Mon 6/19 Kansas City, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
Wed 6/21 Nashville, TN Starwood Amphitheatre
Thu 6/22 Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Park
Fri 6/23 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
Sat 6/24 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
Sun 6/25 Orlando, FL Tinker Field
Mon 6/26 Charleston, SC Exchange Park
Tue 6/27 Raleigh, NC Alltell Pavilion
Wed 6/28 Atlanta, GA Hi Fi Amphitheatre Lot
Fri 6/30 Houston, TX Reliant Center
Sat 7/1 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center Lot
Sun 7/2 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
Mon 7/3 Las Cruces, NM N.M.S.U Practice Field
Tue 7/4 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Thu 7/6 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre
Fri 7/7 Pomona, CA Fairplex Park
Sat 7/8 San Francisco, CA Pier 30/32
Sun 7/9 Fresno, CA Selland Arena
Tue 7/11 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
Wed 7/12 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium Lot
Thu 7/13 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre Lot
Fri 7/14 Boise, ID Treasure Valley Speedway
Sat 7/15 Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Sun 7/16 Portland, OR Columbia Meadows
Tue 7/18 Vancouver, BC Thunderbird Stadium
Thu 7/20 Calgary, ALB Race City Speedway
Sat 7/22 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 7/23 Denver, CO Invesco Field
Tue 7/25 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
Wed 7/26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thu 7/27 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Fri 7/28 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
Sat 7/29 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sun 7/30 Chicago, IL Tweeter Center
Tue 8/1 Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Fields
Wed 8/2 Fitchburg, MA Fitchburg Airport
Thu 8/3 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center @ the Waterfront
Fri 8/4 Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
Sat 8/5 New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
Sun 8/6 Old Bridge, NJ Englishtown Raceway
Tue 8/8 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
Wed 8/9 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
Thu 8/10 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion Lot
Fri 8/11 Cleveland, OH Tower City
Sat 8/12 Toronto, ONT Park Place
Sun 8/13 Montreal, QUE Park Jean Drapeau

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psythe's avatar

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1. psythe writes:

heard of, but havnt heard these guys - are they worthwhile?

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2. IronMaidensoothsthesoul writes:

Dude, Helmet is one of the best metal bands of all time, but they are underappreciated. Check them out, u will love there crazy long guitar solos!!!

# May 31, 2006 @ 2:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. deathbringer writes:

They put out a "best of" a while back that you could pick up. I'm not a huge fan, but they did have some good songs over the years.

# May 31, 2006 @ 2:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. KORNDOGG writes:

HELMET IS THE sh**,
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM LIVE!
I DIDNT KNOW THEY PUT OUT A "BEST OF"
THANKS DEATHBRINGER,ILL DEFINETLY PICK THAT UP!

# May 31, 2006 @ 3:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. psythe writes:

thanks for the tip, I think I'll try and find a song or two on the net before I buy their whole album, though. just as a taste-testig, of sorts :P

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6. Tim writes:

HELMET ARE A KILLER LIVE ACT-CHECK THEM OUT AT ALL COSTS.......WHO THE f*** HASN'T HEARD HELMET???CHECK OUT ALL THEIR LP'S.THERE IS SOMETHING FOR ANYONE WHO APPRECIATES HEAVY AS f*** MUSIC!

# Jun 1, 2006 @ 12:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. killingtime420 writes:

Helmet could almost be considered the parents of the "nu" scene... the only reason I think they aren't is because Korn brought the heavier sound, albeit 2 years afterward.
They were the pioneers behind and before the "pioneers".

I don't know... Helmet is listenable, but most of the stuff I've heard didn't settle too well with me. Although a few songs like "See You Dead", "In The Meantime" are the sh**.

Psythe - check out Amazon's market-place sellers. Some Helmet stuff is under a buck that'd mean you'd be losing less than $3 if you didn't like what you heard, not too bad.

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8. psythe writes:

true, but buying things off the net often involves having a credit card or bank card of some descripition, which I have thus far avoided. but you can listen to songs on amazon before you buy them, cant you? think I'll do that. thanks for the help, guys.

# Jun 1, 2006 @ 11:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. SPIRIT OF THE ELDER GODS writes:

TO PSYTHE:-I ALWAYS PAY BY CREDIT CARD IF WHEN YOU ORDER YOU GET TO A PAD-LOCKED SCREEN (ICON BOTTOM RIGHT HAND SIDE) THEN THE SITE HAS 128 BIT ENCRYPTION EXTREMELY UNLIKELY HACKERS CAN BREAK IT.I HAVE JUST ORDERED OVER THE NET FROM (www.cduniverse.com) 3 BEHEMOTH CD'S I DID IT FRIDAY THEY SHIPPED YESTERDAY.THIS COMPANY IS A SISTER GROUP OF (www.allposters.com) WHO I HAVE ORDERED FROM 10-15 TIMES.I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL TO SAYTHEY HAD MY ORDER AND I JUST CHECKED I HAVE ONE TODAY WITH A SHIPPING DATE.I CAN EVEN GO ON UPS AND TRACK MY ORDER.THEY HAVE A BACK CATOLOGUE OF 3 MILLION CD'S,BASICALLY IF IT'S BEEN MADE THEY HAVE IT.I HAVE NEVER BEEN RIPPED OFF FROM EITHER OF THESE SITES AND NEITHER WILL YOU.THE FIRST TIME YOU ORDER VIA CREDIT CARD IT IS NERVY I GRANT YOU.THESE TWO ARE VERY REPUTABLE.IF THEY WEREN'T THEY WOULDN'T BE IN BUSINESS LONG.

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10. rulin kmadd writes:

pick up In The Meantime and Betty you will not be dissappointed! Classic cds imho.

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