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Helmet Biography

Assembled in New York, USA, in 1989, this Alternative-Metal band initially consisted of frontman singer+guitarist Page Hamilton, guitarist Peter Mengede, bass player Henry Bogdan and drummer John Stanier.

Two years later the quartet released an independent album entitled "Strap It On", subsequently, the group, inked a deal with Interscope Records that re-released the debut disc.
In the summer of 1992 the band issued "Meantime", which cracked The Billboard Top 200 chart reaching the #68 position, it included the Modern Rock top 30 hit single, "Unsung".
The following year Helmet contributed the opening track, "Just Another Victim", to the "Judgment Night" soundtrack, a Rap-Metal duet with House Of Pain.
After taking time out for themselves and after new guitarist Rob Echeverria joined to replace Mengede, the band set to work, recording their third effort, 1994's "Betty"; the album climbed into the top 50 of The Billboard Top 200 chart and generated the Mainstream Rock top 40 single "Milquetoast" plus the minor hits "Wilma's Rainbow" and "Biscuits For Smut".
A collection of early material and unreleased songs, called "Born Annoying", was released a year later, then Echeverria left the band, the remaining members decided to continue as a three-piece.
Helmet resurfaced in the spring 1997 with "Aftertaste"; the record peaked at #47 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and the single, "Exactly What You Wanted", cracked the top 20 of The Active Rock chart; they toured for a bit and then in early 1999, the band decided to call it quits.
After a five-year hiatus, Hamilton reformed Helmet, with guitarist Chris Traynor, former Anthrax bassist Frank Bello and drummer John Tempesta; the band's come-back album, "Size Matters", was released in September 2004; it reached #121 on The Billboard 200 and yielded The Mainstream Rock top 30 hit "See You Dead".

The band, Hamilton, Traynor and new members, bassist Jeremy Chatelain and drummer Mike Jost, recorded "Monochrome" in 2006 and released it in July. Their first album on Warcon Records, which peaked at #11 on the Billboard's Top Independent chart, included the single "Gone".

Three years later Hamilton returned to the recording studio with another new Helmet line-up, Dan Beeman on guitar, Dave Case on bass and Kyle Stevenson on drums. The record, titled "Seeing Eye Dog", was essentially self-released by the quartet in September 2010.


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