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Aftertaste

What do you expect from a Helmet album? Quality pounding drums? Check. Angry, sarcastic lyrics. Check. Mental free jazz tinged solos? Check. But most of all, huge, monstrous, Godzilla rampaging downtown Tokyo sized riffs? Check, mate. Neither as varied as predecessor Betty, nor as heavy as the seminal Meantime, Aftertaste is still a fantastic hard rock album. Page Hamilton still proves himself virtually untouchable when it comes to downtuned, start stop riffs and even throws in some catchy tunes and choruses. Although nothing comes close to his masterpiece Unsung, the majority of Aftertaste is a cut above most heavy rock contemporaries.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like many influential bands, Helmet were born out of an unusual set of influences. Oregon-born guitarist and founder Page Hamilton had actually moved to New York City to study jazz, but found inspiration in the late '80s through post-punk acts Sonic Youth, Killing Joke, and Big Black, and envisioned a group that combined then-unusual tunings (particularly dropped D) with uneven and jazz-like time signatures and harmonies. The result was Helmet, the East Coast's answer to Seattle's then-underground...
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