4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Their best, and it's a classic,
This review is from: Meantime (1992) (Audio CD)
This was Helmet's second release on a big label, and their first big album - it made me an instant fan.
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.