Helmet
Strap It On


4.0
excellent

Review

by David Foster Wallace USER (72 Reviews)
March 27th, 2010 | 37 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Helmet create an influential album of the early 1990s that still holds up today

Helmet's first album was produced by famous producer Wharton Tiers(Unsane,Sonic Youth,Cop Shoot Cop). His production style makes this album rawer than Helmet's later efforts. Strap It On is heavy, violent and packed full of glorious noise. It came out in 1990 and heres a review for this excellent album.

Page Hamilton proves himself an excellent riff writer with his ability to create catchy, incredibly heavy, stop-start staccato riffs. His thick chords create a wall of sound that takes shape in the form of hardcore punk-meets-metal style guitar playing. The riffs are heavy and rhythmic and keep the listener entertained throughout. His guitar soloing isn’t bad either. Songs like Sinatra have noisy, thick solos wh9ilst other songs like Blacktop have distorted solos of jazzy, John Coltrane-esque, shredding but on the guitar. (Fun fact: Page Hamilton has a masters degree in jazz guitar). He shreds up most of the songs on here without too much guitar wankery.

The vocals for the most part are aggressive, hardcore yells mixed in with small bits of clean singing. The shouts come off as if Mr. Hamilton tried a little too hard with his screaming. His clean vocals, while sparse, work the best here and he sounds similar to a cleaner Ozzy Osbourne. The bass playing is a bit too quiet and it’s heavy and pretty much follows the guitar riffs. John Stanier is an absolutely insane drummer and he plays a hip hop-meets heavy metal style of drumming with a nice staccato drum sound and rhythmic playing. His fills aren’t too bad either.

The songs on Strap It on are mostly simplisitic, but they’re just so well written that you can’t help but appreciate them for what they are. Everything is executed perfectly, whether it be loud, noisy guitar playing or small drum fills that accentuate the songs, the musicians featured on this record perform really well.
I have nothing bad to say about the album other than that it’s a bit too repetitive and some of the songs blend together. A masterful debut album from the pioneers of the 90’s alternative metal scene.

Helmet-Bad Mood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjPRTW3aOPs
Helmet-Blacktop
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t66ghrhGEdA



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Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this took some time to do. something other than unsane and lone ninja. shocking right

porch
March 27th 2010


8459 Comments


awesome album, bad mood and sinatra are classics. this deserves more love

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks. ITS SINATRA"S WORLD

Zettel
March 27th 2010


599 Comments


"something other than unsane and lone ninja. shocking right"

Yeah man, I was shocked. Nice work, very good one.


Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude check this out now. you wont be disappointed

bloozclooz
March 27th 2010


1770 Comments


what's all this talk about strap ons?

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

humph. played out joke is played out

ExcentrifugalForz
March 25th 2013


1756 Comments


After all these years still one of my faves to jam to.

ezzomania
June 15th 2013


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album... meantime & betty are masterpieces but this is still a very very good album

NeoSpaz
June 15th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah

KILL
September 27th 2013


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

RUDE

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

KILL
December 7th 2013


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best band

demigod!
December 7th 2013


44713 Comments


damn always meant to hear these guys lps but never did



Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

KILL
December 7th 2013


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude wtf ur killin me today

demigod!
December 7th 2013


44713 Comments


take a look at your hair cut

KILL
December 7th 2013


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude what

demigod!
December 7th 2013


44713 Comments


nothin


so should I start here???

KILL
December 7th 2013


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea why not but get the first 3 they all rule

demigod!
December 7th 2013


44713 Comments


noted


I remember these guys from one of the GTAs

KILL
December 7th 2013


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea unsung was on san andreas good times



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