Strap It On
Released: Jan 1990
Strap It On is basically Meantime's skuzzy older brother. But despite the lo-fi grime smeared across every track, Page Hamilton's unique vision -- the grafting of NYC's post-industrial scum zone to the then-burgeoning merger of hardcore and metal -- arrived fully formed. Helmet are most ferocious when shifting into third gear: "Repetition," "Bad Mood," "Blacktop," "Distracted." Said tracks don't boast much variety, but that's not the point. The trio was all about crafting a wildly minimal alt-rock sound pivoting on whiplash-inducing start-stop dynamics and guttural, drop-D power riffage.