helmet to release new album sept. 7

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helmet to release new album sept. 7

June 29th, 2010 by admin

what mortal doesn’t still love “unsung”? the stop-n-go rhythm + ’90s guitar grinding is a like a warm, musical blanket. it just struck me how much the album cover from meantime references one of my ultimate favorite albums of all time: minor threat. news is helmet is releasing their first album in four years; see more info below this throw-back video i couldn’t resisting posting!

via a press release,

Seminal rock band HELMET return September 7 with a new full-length album SEEING EYE DOG–their first since 2006’s critically acclaimed Monochrome—and will tour the U.S. immediately upon its release and then Europe (dates TBA).

Marking their first release on the indie Work Song label (with physical distribution by Redeye and direct-to-fan digital delivery by Topspin), SEEING EYE DOG is their seventh album overall and was produced by band leader, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Page Hamilton, with additional production by Toshi Kasai and vocal production by Mark Renk.

On songs that consistently cut deep, Hamilton’s guitar is on fire as always and his vocals are as wicked as ever. The album’s 10 tracks include the title cut, “Welcome To Algiers,” White City,” the mostly instrumental “Morphing” and a cover of the Beatles’ “And Your Bird Can Sing.” HAMILTON is joined by drummer KYLE STEVENSON, guitarist DAN BEEMAN and bassist CHRIS TRAYNOR; Helmet’s live bassist is DAVE CASE.

“The Helmet musical vocabulary is well established at this point, but I continue to work on a variety of musical projects that inevitably influence the Helmet songs,” says PAGE. “I’ve been working on movies with Elliott Goldenthal and co. for 17 years now and had never really experimented with incorporating these soundscapes (or shit sculpting as I prefer to call it) into Helmet songs. We had a much better recording situation in which I felt much less time pressure and was working with an engineer who was patient and very creative (Toshi Kasai) so away we went. I started layering upper parts of the chords and was digging the sound so I went with it.”

He adds: “It’s so important to have great musicians in this band as we track the music with my guitar and the drummer and then overdub the 2nd guitar and bass. I can’t stand the sound and anti-human feel of edited rock music. People have always commented that we sound like our albums live. This has a lot to do with it. Humans playing music will always be better than chop shop rock so one has to find the right players.”

SEEING EYE DOG—as bracing as anything released by “a band that made important connections between indie-rock and metal…” (New York Times, September 12, 2004)–is being issued in five formats (see below), each of which will include a bonus live album recorded in 2006 in San Francisco.

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