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  • Audio CD (2 Dec. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0002U9K7W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This album seems to have been received some negativity from old fans of the band, as it is not like the early full on metal alternative angular riffs and abstracted lyrics but it does have a lot going for it. It is simply a different clearer direction, and they are trying something new. Nothing wrong with that as the songs have a very accomplished, layered, defined style, very built up, but catchy, and modern, moving on as their sound was becoming stale and very much copied by many over the years. It has a fresher feel, a positive sound and new bigger style. Very good move.
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Being a long time Helmet fan, a die hard kind of thing, i was slightly concerned upon hearing Jon Stanier wasn't on the new record due to his Tomahawk commitments. But, it doesn't make a great difference.
Granted, there are one or two album fillers on here to pass the time to, but the remaining songs are as gruesome, chunky and beautiful as ever before, with a mr.Page Hamilton speaking for all the males out there who have ever been treated like dog turds by women. Own it, now
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By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Mosh Monsters Helmet return with a new line up and this stunning new album. the new line up includes ex-members of "Bush" and "anthrax" and members of Rob Zombies Band. some interesting new material. highly reccomended
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars 76 reviews
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of the Helmet trademark 5 Oct. 2004
By Christopher Nieman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the early nineties, hard rock and metal was almost exclusively a longhaired domain -- a place of words like thrash, death, and speed. It also meant pouty image bands, guitar solos at a million miles an hour, lion-maned lead singers and acres of tattoos. Then came Nirvana and the advent of grunge.

At around the same time, Helmet was a different animal. Led by jazz-trained guitarist-singer Page Hamilton, their image was quite straight-edge -- plain shirts and jeans, close-cropped haircuts, and the occasional baseball cap; tattoos and piercings were irrelevant. Their music came in volcanic blasts of sound, everyone blowing the same note out of the speakers at once. They could have been mistaken for a much heavier version of Fugazi. Their timekeeping was militarily precise, and solo breaks were often dissonant waves of noise. Guitars sounded closer to Malcolm Young than Angus Young. Hamilton's concept was economical -- their rehearsals were more athletic than musical, emphasizing a machine-like approach to making music -- and the band rarely wavered from the formula. Helmet carved their own special niche in the rock world, and many have credited (or perhaps blamed) them for inspiring the so-called "nu metal" movement almost immediately afterward.

And that is perhaps why Hamilton decided to revive Helmet after a layoff of almost seven years, with the release of SIZE MATTERS. Helmet was far more influential than anyone had realized in the mid nineties, when the band's formula had seemed to run its course. The bludgeoning attack of their second official release, MEANTIME, sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did when it first stormed onto the scene twelve years ago. Indeed, it compares favorably to practically any of the current bands who wear the unfortunate label of "nu metal." A steadily growing number of young listeners are going back to discover what Helmet was all about, and SIZE MATTERS is here to continue the band's tradition.

John Stanier and Henry Bogdan, Helmet's great rhythm section, have been replaced for this album. White Zombie veteran John Tempesta takes over drums for Stanier, while AFTERTASTE-era guitarist Chris Traynor is back, filling in on bass temporarily while Hamilton handles all the guitars on this release (Frank Bello of Anthrax is touring on bass, but the full time bass slot may be an open question). Tempesta's drumming is more expansive, and a little closer to traditional metal than Stanier's more efficient, military style. The guitars are vintage Helmet, and Traynor's bass rarely explores space outside Hamilton's rhythm guitar. Hamilton's vocals probably have more of a growl than ever, and yet when he sings melodically, he sounds just like Lenny Kravitz, especially when double-tracked with a higher pitch on top. Overall, the Helmet sound is a bit looser, but not much; I still miss the relentless precision of Stanier and Bogdan a little.

The album rarely strays into the experimental nature of BETTY. Here we get a dose of the classic Helmet sound, with few exceptions. "Smart" is a typical example, straight ahead with a bellowing vocal, followed by the frenetic pace and venomous verses of "Crashing Foreign Cars." A nice opening salvo propels album highlight "See You Dead" with percussive bursts of sound and sneering lyrics. Later on, "Unwound" sounds exactly like a Smashing Pumpkins song (no insult intended), and I can even imagine Billy Corgan's voice in every line. Near the close, "Throwing Punches" has a down-and-dirty groove and a nastily sung verse, and then there's "Last Breath," another album highlight, with all of the familiar Helmet attributes.

I think SIZE MATTERS is worth three and a half stars, but it kind of assumes you already know what Helmet is all about. While it's an adequate introduction to the Helmet sound, MEANTIME is still their archetypal record. This album will probably not attract many new fans all by itself, but you never know. If you're trying the band for the first time, devour MEANTIME first and then come back and enjoy this one. If you're already familiar, you can think of this as worthy of the Helmet trademark.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A shame 17 Oct. 2004
By Rob Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It did seem too good to be true. One of my favorite bands and arguably one of the most important heavy bands of the past 15 years has tried to rise mightily from the ashes...only to falter. Things like these always sound surefire at first. Not to insult Page in any way, but this comeback sort of reminded me of the "resurrected" Guns n' Roses. Both are hotly anticipated, and both only contain one original member, the frontman. Both are made up of talented musicians, replacing the originals, which sounds like a good idea. But sadly, no it doesn't work.

Page has always been Helmet's mastermind, but another thing integral about the band was the rhythm section of Henry Bogdan and John Stanier. Since Chris Traynor played bass on this record, I can't really compare ex-Anthrax bass player Frank Bello to Bogdan. I'm sure he's competent enough. But John Tempesta, himself an excellent drummer from the White Zombie days, doesn't fit the Stanier shoes very well. Tempesta's drumming is very traditional metal, but Stanier's mechanical single kick grooves really meshed well with Page's oddtimed guitar. It's just not the same. The songs themselves don't veer closely to nu metal, they're just dull. That's the only way I can explain it. The songwriting just lacks any real inspiration.

There are a plethora of good albums this fall. Sadly, Size Matters is not one of them. I can only hope Page can reclaim his former glory in some way that doesn't bastardize his band's legacy.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better with Each Listen 10 Nov. 2004
By D. R. Jeanclerc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
How ironic that is it that one of the most influential bands of the past decade only came close to commercial success once with a track named "Unsung"? How bitterly was their decision to give their recent career retrospective the same name now that so-called alternative rock radio is awash with clones cashing in on much less talent? Luckily for any longtime Helmet fan, frontman Page Hamilton has resurrected the group after almost calling it quits several times over the past couple of years, and the results are very satisfying.

"Size Matters" doesn't immediately demand your complete attention like earlier Helmet masterworks such as "Meantime" and "Betty" did. However, you'll find that with each listen, you can hear more and more touches of their influence in many of the tracks. In fact, the album plays a bit as if the material was written at various stages of their development and then saved for recording at a later date. "Smart" and "Crashing Foreign Cars" sound a lot like the thrash that defined their early works. "Everybody Loves You", "Throwing Punches" and "Last Breath" have that "Meantime" heavy, driving aggression. "Unwound" adds some alternative elements like the "Betty" material did. The first single, "See You Dead" is an absolutely great track that alternates a pounding metallic verse with a bluesy, melodic chorus.

I agree with the other reviews here that noted how Page's voice is immediately distinguishable from all of the other Helmet recordings. I read an interview recently where he indicated that he wanted his voice to be more of an instrument this time around. It's still the Helmet trademark, alternating between melodic chorus Page and growling screaming verse Page. "Smart" also uses some two-part harmonies with himself that are very interesting and effective - if you've ever heard Machines of Loving Grace's later work (recommended listening - "Gilt"), it's very reminiscent.

The lyrics are also classic, focusing on feelings of being jilted and wronged in personal relationships. "Enemies" is so tongue-in-cheek, you'll have to fight not to laugh. He sings "We'll Be Enemies / So Disatisfied" over a sing-songy rock riff that includes background oooh-ooohs similar to the end of the Beatles' "Hey Jude".

The recording itself is so tight and so well-done, you'll feel like you're in the studio. Turn it up and enjoy punishing your equipment.

"Size Matters" is a must-have for Helmet fans. It elevates itself above being "Aftertaste" part two within the first couple of listens. If Amazon would allow fractions, it's a solid 3.75. For anyone just finding out about this seminal act, I recommend their recent best-of "Unsung" first.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aim low...thanks for the warning Paige 10 Oct. 2004
By Hal Egan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Paige Hamilton sings "Aim low" during the first track which is prophetic. If long time HELMET fans keep your aim low and simply enjoy the fact there is some new Hamilton music then you'll be fine. Another reviewer was spot on saying this is more like a Paige Hamilton solo album. Without Bogdan and Stainer there is no HELMET.If ever there was a power trio it was HELMET. If your introduction to HELMET is the recent airplay of See You Dead you should really start at the begining. Buy Strap it On first. The production values stink but you'll get an idea of their style. Then buy Meantime. That should be enough to get you hooked.If your unfamiliar with the band their bio is pretty simple. Take a guy with a Masters Degree in jazz guitar..a classically trained drummer..and a bass player who loves Hawaiian music..dress them up like surfers from a summer J Crew catalog..and naturally you end up with the tightest aneurysm-inducing music to come out of the early 90's music boom.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helmet Will Always Matter, But Does This Album Matter? 17 Dec. 2004
By Andy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Maybe it's the fact that so many bands have taken Helmet's style that makes it hard to find the really great moments in Helmet's "reunion" album, "Size Matters." Afterall, you could credit Helmet for giving birth to nu-metal. Even though they are lesser known than, say Korn or the Deftones, both bands have cited Helmet as an influence and it is obvious in their music, which in turn has helped usher in countless bands that have ripped so many Helmet riffs, it's criminal. On "Size Matters," Helmet's first release since their 1997 swan song "Aftertaste," frontman/lead guitarist Page Hamilton has assembled a completely new line-up for Helmet 2004. Chris Traynor, formerly of Orange 9mm, does all of the bass-work on the album (Frank Bello, Ex-Anthrax handles live bass duty), along with additional guitars, while John Tempesta of White Zombie fame sits in on drums. Both players bring a slightly different style to the table than previous members, but that's not really what drags this album down. Afterall, both guys are in top-form, and I love them just as much here as I did in their former bands. But the main downfall is the lack of variety. Now, Helmet never were ones to really change up their sound, but face it, this is 2004. Show us some new tricks, Page. A lot of the riffs sound oddly like ones churned out by lesser bands between 1997 and 2004 and show a bit of immaturity. The lyrics on this album can be somewhat cheesy, and "aims low" as the opening track "Smart" puts it. I really feel that Page rushed to get this album out, trying to get some new Helmet material out as soon as possible. Pretty much all of the songs blend into each other, the only ones that stood out for me were "Throwing Punches" (Page's contribution to the "Underworld" soundtrack), "See You Dead" and "Unwound." The rest is almost like sludge. Very difficult to get into. I thought it would take multiple listens, but given this album so many chances, it still hasn't stuck. I'm not saying it's a completely awful album, but sadly enough, some of the nu-metal bands that came out after Helmet's break-up have made this album already, and made it better. Helmet just don't do a good job of making sure that they still matter here. Maybe it works better in their live shows, and maybe they'll advance a little more on the next Helmet album, but right now, this is just average, which is something Page & company have never been.
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