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If you want pure Heavy Rock your in the right place,
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This review is from: MEANTIME (Audio CD)
For an album of incredible heavy hitting Rock/Metal then 'Meantime', by the shockingly underrated Helmet, is the album you are looking for. It puts basically every 'metal' band out there to shame with the amount crunching riffs and crashing drum rolls. When Page Hamilton screams you can feel your head shaking, none of this screamo rubbish. The admiration goes mostly to the rhythm section of the band, and it has to be said i've never heard a rhythm section as tight as Helmet. Henry Bogdan's bass is as loud as the guitars at times (finally a bassist that stands out). John Stanier is up there with the best of all time for me (mainly Jimmy Chamberlin and John Bonham), the beats are jaw-droppingly complex and amount of power he has is unbelieveable!
There are no standouts because the whole album really is that good. The only album that comes even remotely close for sheer raw power is 'Around The Fur' by Deftones. There is a lot of blaring guitar riffs but it some how fits together thanks to Hamilton's Ozzy Osbourne style vocals and raw howls as well as Stanier's incredible drumming. 'In The Meantime' is as loud an opener as you'll get, with its blistering walls of guitar, Hamilton's unworldly shrieks and relentless drumbeat. Songs like 'Ironhead' (astounding riff), 'Better' and 'Role Model' are pretty much the ultimate head banging songs. 'Unsung' is one of the bands most famous songs and its so synopticated its scary, whilst the soaring ending really shows that Helmet where in a league of their own. I've heard 'Turned Out' described as being hit in the face with a brick in a jazzy time signature, and that sums it up. Its so brutal yet groove ladden with Hamilton's jazz background clear for all to hear. The rest are catchy as hell rockers like the bass heavy 'Give It' and stop-start metal scorchers like 'You Borrowed', 'FBLA II' and 'He Feels Bad'.
If your into Noise Rock, Metal or looking for 'Heavy' music in general then there is no better album. It may be short but its straight to the point and no time is wasted at all. Definately one of the most underrated albums i've ever heard and with some of the best musicians of the 90's Alt Rock scene. If you haven't listen to this then its your missing out.