Helmet
Size Matters


3.5
great

Review

by rodrigo90 USER (11 Reviews)
March 18th, 2014 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A step forward towards "Aftertaste", one step back from "Meantime"

When it comes to a cult band like Helmet, it is known that you will stay respectful to Page Hamilton's band, even if he do a "hit and miss" record, and that is the best description to their 5th album.

It has been a long time since Hamilton's band released "Aftertaste" the last album with the classic lineup (although in this particular album were reduced to only three members) and also, the last album that had their signature sound.6 years later, Page decided to awake Helmet from it's sleep and try to make another album and this is the result:

I'll try to be as sincere as I could about Page's decision to change their sound. First of all, it was the year 2004, and those were the glory days of the nu-metal genre. Where did the nu-metal thing came from" the answer is obvious: Helmet was a main for not saying THE influence.
Well, Page knew that he couldn't stay in his own roots in fear that the band would become a spent force due to the presence of much popular bands like Deftones or Korn, whom they took helmet's sound to create their own style.
The result of this great process gave birth to an album that, naturally evolved from the "quieter" tracks of aftertaste, plus a singer that was meeting his 40's.

Size Matters is a more personal record for Page as it was his reflection of his experience when he broke up with his then-wife Wynona Ryder as oposed to their earlier albums where his lyrics were rather vague and ambiguous.
The album mixes a lot of styles from the vulnerable almost "power ballad" Unwound, to the brutal "Crashing Foreign Cars" (which it is one of the few tracks in the album that are reminiscent of the early period of the band), to the catchy "Throwing Punches". The lead single of this album was "See you dead" which retains some of the classic helmet sound, but in a more melodic and less angrier tone than their predecessors. The opening song "Smart" is also very reminiscent of the opening track of Aftertaste "Pure", which some would considered that it was a sign that "Helmet is back". One interesting aspect to remark (or critizice depending on your own perspective) is that this album doesn't contains odd time signatures as was the case in songs like "Insatiable" from Aftertaste, but the album still retains the "alternative" nature of the band, considering that Page is a clasically trained jazz guitar-player which makes him rather unique from his contemporary peers in terms of guitar skills and song-writing.

All in all, the album doesn't meet the standards of Helmet by any means and the main criticism goes for Hamilton who tried to move away from his roots replacing the growls of the first albums with a more conventional singing while retaining the signature sound of helmet. BUT if you enjoy to listen to a much contemporary metal album, this is your album. However, I'd not recommend this album if you are a casual listener and you have never listened to Helmet; I'd rather recommend you to pick up one of the classic albums of the band (most notably Meantime, Betty or Aftertaste).


Standout tracks:

*Smart
*See you dead
*Everybody loves you
*Throwing punches



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ExcentrifugalForz
March 18th 2014


2124 Comments


love early Helmet albums but have yet hear their later stuff.

I'll have to check those standout tracks

YourDarkAffected
March 18th 2014


1832 Comments


it is known

zakalwe
March 18th 2014


25913 Comments


Helmet size matters.
Brilliant!

rodrigo90
March 18th 2014


4918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@YourDarkAffected: Thanks for the comment, I asked a peer if the sentence was gramatically incorrect.

tempest--
March 18th 2014


20626 Comments


band rules hard m/

rodrigo90
March 19th 2014


4918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still feel that the review is a little empty, but there isn't much to say about this album except the technical aspect and the highlights of the album for each listener.

Davil667
March 19th 2014


3546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has some of Helmet's best material on it. Smart is one hell of an opener followed by the brutal masterpiece Crashing Foreign Cars, Last Breath is the perfect closer, Unwound has some really deep harmonies which are not easily accessible but hit hard once fully grasped. An amazing album which will grow on anyone taking the time and patience needed to truly understand this awesome piece of music.

Davil667
March 19th 2014


3546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And thanks a lot for reviewing this great album! I really appreciate your respectful tone of voice for Hamilton’s work.

Wizard
March 19th 2014


20202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Please clean up the paragraphs and I will vote for this.

KILL
March 19th 2014


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this sucks

rodrigo90
March 19th 2014


4918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Kill you mean the review or the album?

KILL
March 19th 2014


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album obv



crashing foreign cars sounds like static x or some shit

rodrigo90
March 19th 2014


4918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm proud that most of you liked the review since english is not my first language and compared to the review of Genesis's self titled album I improved a lot.

KILL
March 19th 2014


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

pos :D

zakalwe
March 19th 2014


25913 Comments


Fair play rodders

KILL
March 19th 2014


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

bless his cotton socks

zakalwe
March 19th 2014


25913 Comments


For 20yrs whenever this band name crops up I just can't help but think of a massive bell end.
Am I the only one?

KILL
March 19th 2014


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you a fan of purple helmets then?

zakalwe
March 19th 2014


25913 Comments


Nah but a psychologist would have a field day with that one!

YourDarkAffected
March 20th 2014


1832 Comments


@rodrigo90: oh, no sorry about that haha I wasn't saying it was wrong. It was just a strange thing to assert as common knowledge. Actually, your fix to that sentence makes it wrong now. This would be correct:

When it comes to a cult band like Helmet, it is known that you will stay respectful to Page Hamilton's band, even if he does a "hit and miss" record, and that is the best description to their 5th album.




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