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As any other reviewer will say, Helmet were one of the first bands to use drop-D tuning and the stop and go rhythm-based metal that inspired a number of seriously inferior nu-metal bands in the late nineties. It's a shame that this is true, because while Helmet did start that off, there simply isn't any comparison between your typical nu-metal band and Helmet. Intelligent lyrics, a "raw" production sound, aggressive, crunchy riffs, and hoarse screaming from jazz-trained Hamilton make this album a memorable one. If anything, I'd count this as having more to do with Pantera than any mediocre nu-metal group.
It's hard to find this in the UK, but you can get it shipped from the states, and if you like the nu-metal sound but didn't like the dopey lyrics and the turntables, you should check out this album.
It is not only the opening track where this attention to detail is evident. It is a recurring theme throughout, and is what really elevates Helmet to their near-legendary status as one the pioneers of the hardcore genre. Well, that and the masterful riffs that songwriter and frontman Page Hamilton is able to churn out with such conviction.
The hardcore genre has since reached new heights and extremes, and has spawned many sub-genres. However, Helmet still have so much skill and passion behind their own music that 'Meantime' acts as far more than merely a foundation or stepping stone to modern hardcore, but remains a classic in its own right. The band have now split, but 'Meantime' catches them at their very best.