Helmet performing in 2008.

Helmet is an American alternative metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1989, the group originally featured guitarist and vocalist Page Hamilton, guitarist Peter Mengede, bassist Henry Bogdan and drummer John Stanier.[1] The group released its debut album Strap It On in 1990, followed by Meantime in 1992 on Interscope Records.[1] Due to increased tensions with frontman Hamilton, Mengede was fired from the band on February 17, 1993.[2] After his dismissal, the guitarist went on to form the supergroup Handsome.[3] Rob Echeverria was enlisted to perform on the 1994 album Betty, although he also left the band in 1996 to join Biohazard.[4] Helmet recorded Aftertaste as a three-piece, with Hamilton performing all guitars.[1] After touring with former Orange 9mm guitarist Chris Traynor,[1] the band broke up in 1998.[5]

In 2003, it was announced that Helmet had reformed with bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and drummer John Tempesta joining Hamilton and Traynor.[6] A spokesperson for Hamilton later debunked the news, but noted that Hamilton and Traynor were working on an unidentified project.[7] In early 2004 the Helmet reformation was officially announced, with former Anthrax bassist Frank Bello and Tempesta joining the group.[8] Bello left to return to Anthrax in early 2005, with Jeremy Chatelain taking his place for remaining tour dates.[9] Tempesta left in early 2006 to join The Cult,[10] with Mike Jost taking his place a few months later.[11] In September, more lineup changes were announced as both Traynor and Jost left the group.[12] New additions Kyle Stevenson (drums) and Jon Fuller (bass) were announced the following month, which also marked Chatelain's departure.[13] Jimmy Thompson took Traynor's place later, although only remained with the band until late 2007 before being replaced by Dan Beeman the following February.[14]

Helmet returned with new studio album Seeing Eye Dog in 2010, which featured a returning Traynor on bass;[15] Dave Case was officially announced as the group's new touring bassist around the same time.[16] The band released its eighth studio album Dead to the World in 2016, which was the first to feature Case.[17]

MembersEdit

CurrentEdit

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Page Hamilton
  • 1989–1998
  • 2004–present
  • lead and rhythm guitars
  • lead and backing vocals
all Helmet releases
Kyle Stevenson 2006–present
  • drums
  • backing vocals
Dan Beeman 2008–present
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Seeing Eye Dog (2010), including all bonus USB key live albums except Live in Detroit
  • Dead to the World (2016)
Dave Case 2010–present
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Dead to the World (2016)

FormerEdit

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Henry Bogdan 1989–1998 bass all Helmet releases from Strap It On (1990) to Aftertaste (1997)
John Stanier drums
Peter Mengede 1989–1993 rhythm guitar
Rob Echeverria 1993–1996 Betty (1994)
Chris Traynor
  • 1997–1998
  • 2004–2006
  • 2010 (studio only)
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals (plus studio bass 2004–06, 2010)
John Tempesta 2004–2006 drums Size Matters (2004)
Frank Bello 2004–2005 (touring only)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
none
Jeremy Chatelain 2005–2006 (touring only) Seeing Eye Dog (2010) – Live at Warped Tour bonus disc only
Mike Jost 2006 drums
  • Monochrome (2006)
  • Seeing Eye Dog (2010) – Live at Warped Tour bonus disc only
Jon Fuller 2006–2010 (touring only) bass Seeing Eye Dog (2010) – bonus USB key live albums only
Jimmy Thompson 2006–2007 rhythm guitar Seeing Eye Dog (2010) – Live in Detroit bonus USB key live album only

TimelineEdit

 

LineupsEdit

Period Members Releases
Early 1989 – February 1993
1993–1996
  • Page Hamilton – vocals, lead guitar
  • Rob Echeverria – rhythm guitar
  • Henry Bogdan – bass
  • John Stanier – drums
Mid-1996 – early 1997
  • Page Hamilton – vocals, guitars
  • Henry Bogdan – bass
  • John Stanier – drums
Early 1997 – early 1998
  • Page Hamilton – lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Chris Traynor – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Henry Bogdan – bass
  • John Stanier – drums
none – live performances only
Band inactive 1998–2004
March – June 2004
  • Page Hamilton – lead vocals, guitar
  • Chris Traynor – bass, backing vocals
  • John Tempesta – drums
June 2004 – April 2005
  • Page Hamilton – lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Chris Traynor – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Frank Bello – bass, backing vocals (touring)
  • John Tempesta – drums
none – live performances only
June 2005 – February 2006
  • Page Hamilton – lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Chris Traynor – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Jeremy Chatelain – bass, backing vocals (touring)
  • John Tempesta – drums
May – September 2006
  • Page Hamilton – lead vocals, guitar
  • Chris Traynor – rhythm guitar, bass, backing vocals
  • Jeremy Chatelain – bass, backing vocals (touring)
  • Mike Jost – drums
October – late 2006
  • Page Hamilton – lead vocals, guitar
  • Jon Fuller – bass (touring)
  • Kyle Stevenson – drums, backing vocals
none – rehearsals only
Late 2006 – late 2007
  • Page Hamilton – lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Jimmy Thompson – rhythm guitar
  • Jon Fuller – bass (touring)
  • Kyle Stevenson – drums, backing vocals
February 2008 – June 2010
  • Page Hamilton – lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Dan Beeman – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Jon Fuller – bass
  • Kyle Stevenson – drums, backing vocals
June 2010 – present
  • Page Hamilton – lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Dan Beeman – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Dave Case – bass, backing vocals
  • Kyle Stevenson – drums, backing vocals

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Interview - Rolling Stone - August 25, 1994". Blue Cricket. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Jeffries, Vincent. "Handsome: Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Alva, Freddy (August 15, 2014). "Interview: Rob Echeverria (Straight Ahead, Rest in Pieces, Biohazard, Helmet)". No Echo. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Lukes, Daniel (January 12, 2011). "Justify Your Shitty Taste: Helmet's "Size Matters"". Decibel. Red Flag. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "Helmet Reunite, Plan New Album". Blabbermouth.net. August 22, 2003. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Helmet Reunion A No-Go: Spokesperson". Blabbermouth.net. August 25, 2003. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Helmet To Release 'Size Matters' In September". Blabbermouth.net. June 2, 2004. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Helmet Fill Bassist Slot". Blabbermouth.net. June 8, 2005. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "Drummer John Tempesta Joins The Cult!". Blabbermouth.net. February 14, 2006. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "Helmet: New Album Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. May 26, 2006. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  12. ^ "Helmet Mainman Seeks New Members". Blabbermouth.net. September 27, 2006. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  13. ^ "Helmet Mainman Announces New Rhythm Section". Blabbermouth.net. October 13, 2006. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  14. ^ "Helmet Adds New Guitarist". Blabbermouth.net. February 28, 2008. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "Helmet Return with "Seeing Eye Dog"". Helmet. June 27, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  16. ^ "Welcome Dave Case!". Helmet. June 1, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  17. ^ Kennelty, Greg (September 8, 2016). "Helmet Announces First Album In Six Years, Dead To The World". Metal Injection. Retrieved October 9, 2017.

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