Helmet
Aftertaste


4.5
superb

Review

by Victor Silveira USER (22 Reviews)
February 6th, 2015 | 78 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maintain high visibility.

After the experimental but alt-rockish Betty, Helmet could have followed three paths: Full experimental, full Alternative Rock or going back to their roots and, well, they choose the Alt-Rock one. But, don't panic, it actually works better than the idea sounds. Rob Eccheveria, second guitarist on Betty, left the group, so Page Hamilton covered all the guitars, making them more straightforward and clean than the rest of the discography. Page said he wanted to balance the heavy and mellow parts of the band, making the music more relatable for the masses. And I know that it sounds like a bad idea, but it works in every way possible.

The album has a more direct sound, with catchy riffs and clean vocals, but without losing the groove and aggressive sensibilities. Page's vocals are top notch here, sounding more reflective and clever, but still aggressive when it needs to be. We have some of his softer(Easy To Get Bored), his harder(Crisis King) and the mix of both (Diet Aftertaste), and in everyone of them it sounds great. This mix is present in the instruments too, they are harder or softer when they need to be, but without losing the band's trademark sound, like in (High) Visibility or Driving Nowhere, both of the best songs on the album.

Their formula is still respected, but with an greater attention with the catchy sensibilities that they always had, but now it's the priority in the compositions. Even the songs that resemble the early albums(Crisis King) have a sense of catchiness that revigorates the band's sound, giving it new a new dynamic without sounding forced or pop. Songs like Pure and Driving Nowhere have an impressive accessibility and a strong groove, but they still sound like Helmet and something new at the same time, putting every member in the spotlight. Stanier's drums collaborate with that groove, leading to an much more organic feeling in the songs' structure. Bogdan's bass is much more aggressive, but sometimes it hides itself behind the guitars, making it a little more unnoticeable. Page's catchy-but-heavy approach is great, with cleaner effects but a little more predictable turns than the previous album.

Helmet achieves a more friendly sound without losing their riff centered approach, making it enjoyable and pumping at the same time. Working on a more catchy sound, they reformed their sound and restored their abilities, proving that even with less members, Hamilton, Stanier and Bogdan are the only force Helmet needs... But, well, in the next albums that changes a little.

Standout Tracks:
Driving Nowhere
(High) Visibility
Crisis King
Pure



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Comments:Add a Comment 
StKiyo
February 6th 2015


385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Back with my Helmet discography review...

I like this one a lot.

Supercoolguy64
February 7th 2015


11800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good rev pos'd

tbh this album was a little disappointing, especially when compared to their last 3 albums.

also where you planning of reviewing the born annoying comp? just wondering...

StKiyo
February 7th 2015


385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

No. I listened to it a couple of times but I don't have an opinion about it.

dbilidb
February 7th 2015


125 Comments


Pure and Exactly What You Wanted are my favs.

Davil667
February 7th 2015


4047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, sound rating, awesome album! Pos'd

Davil667
February 7th 2015


4047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IT'S NEVER EASY

BEING IGNORED

WHEN YOU'RE WORSHIPPED

AND ADORED

Supercoolguy64
February 7th 2015


11800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YOU'LL NEVER

GOOOOOOO DOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWNNN FIGHTIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNGGG

YOU'LL JUST GO DOWN

Davil667
February 7th 2015


4047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

THE CRISIS KIIIING IS MIGHTY

IN A CRISIS SHOWDOOOOOOWN

Supercoolguy64
February 8th 2015


11800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'D RATHER BE INSULTED BY YOU

THAN SOMEONE I RESPECT

IF I DONT SHARE THE SAME VIEW

IT'S JUST MY BIRTH DEFECT

oWhoadYo
September 6th 2016


2417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album never gets old

Supercoolguy64
September 6th 2016


11800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if im having fun

sympathize cause its easy to get bored

zakalwe
September 6th 2016


39159 Comments


Helmet aftertaste. lol.

oWhoadYo
September 6th 2016


2417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whats funny? I dont get it

zakalwe
September 6th 2016


39159 Comments


Helmet is a slang term used for the penis head or glans if you will.


oWhoadYo
September 6th 2016


2417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ahhh, very well

oWhoadYo
October 21st 2016


2417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Try and listen to High Visibility without gently grooving and headbanging. It cannot be done

Davil667
October 21st 2016


4047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah man, riffs damn hard fo sure.

Jeffrulesyou
October 31st 2016


1888 Comments


"Pure" Is fucking great. This is the last album by Helmet that really holds my attention. They went for a more melodic sound on this one while hamilton still had his back foot on the raw sound of their earlier records.

Koris
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2016


21278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, the band's first four albums are all basically classics of alt-metal/post-hardcore

Davil667
October 31st 2016


4047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's so nice to see at least some love for this awesome band on Sput :]



And I really think Size Matters and Monochrome are fantastic albums, way better than their rep. They just need more time to reveal their potential and kick in. Energetic and powerful af.



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