Being the singer, guitarist, originator and driving force of the “thinking man's metal band” is a role that Page Hamilton fulfills easily and …well, lovably. Helmet, which had its heyday in the 1990s and then left its fans bereft when they split up in 1998, was revived by Hamilton in 2004. It's been a revolving […]
At a time when critics were trumpeting the groundbreaking nature of Metallica's black album, Helmet was making genuinely alternative hard rock music. Known best for their album, In the Meantime, which featured the single “Unsung,” Helmet shared as much in common with heavy metal bands of the day as they did with independently-minded bands such […]
Helmet's Page Hamilton: 'We Never Set Out to Play Music for the Masses, Sell Toilet Paper or Boner Pills'
In 1998, after nine years and four albums, Helmet's front man Page Hamilton officially put the band to bed. But after a six-year hiatus, Helmet returned not only with a new lineup but also a new full-length: 2004's Size Matters. Now, six years into its second incarnation, Helmet is back in the groove of doing […]
Helmet—well, Page Hamilton and three new guys: guitarist Jimmy Thompson, drummer Kyle Stevenson and bassist Jon Fuller—are out pounding the tour and promo-circuit. The clean-cut rockers are the guys behind “Revenge Destroys Everything,” the hardcore title track of Tatua—the latest in graphic-novel-inspired films, coming soon to a theater near you. On their return trip from […]
Helmet doesn't really do much to dissuade the superfans and supernerds. The hybrid style they pieced together like so many sonic Duplo bricks appeals to metalheads who are over the fact that Helmet leader Page Hamilton looks like Jack Johnson, hardcore kids who can also skank to complex song structures, and noise aficionados who sense […]
Buck Owens is Black Sabbath and Totimoshi knows why: distinctive guitar tone and songs about Satan make a boy from Bakersfield do good, and Totimoshi guitarist Tony Aguilar learned the necessary lessons from both. Central Valley-raised—where he grew up on country/western as much as rock N roll and Mexican corridos—Aguilar and now-wife/always- bassist Meg Castellanos […]
Page Hamilton says he's to thank for all those jockguitarists in baggy shorts and baseball caps: “Any guy who likes heavy music that's picked up a guitar post-Helmet will experiment with drop tuning and playing a minimalist riff,” he says. “It sort of has become part of the rock vocabulary.” And he's right—even though Hamilton's […]