“Certainly in this day and age, people identify with their bands due to a fashion or concept more than the music.”
Helmet have always occupied an odd place in the music world. Armed with sledgehammer riffs heavy enough for the metal crowd and an unpretentious DIY aesthetic with enough integrity for the indie underground, the New York natives could seemingly fit into any genre when they emerged in the early 90s.
And yet, they’ve never really seemed to fit in anywhere. Be it touring with the Beastie Boys, or festival appearances alongside Slayer or Rise Against, the four-piece have always been the odd ones out, which main man Page Hamilton admits may be the key factor in the band not having the mass appeal of some of their contemporaries.