Helmet – Strap It On – Cassette
Brand new, never played and still sealed in the factory plastic seal
Amphetamine Reptile Records
Loud, heavy and precise: this is the sound of Helmet. On STRAP IT ON, their debut album, Paige Hamilton and the boys create some of the hardest-hitting metal around. Each song is laden with a saturated distortion that sounds like a Mack truck in need of a tune up, and culminates in a sudden break that sounds like that same truck hitting a brick wall at 100mph.
The critics called Helmet’s brand of heavy metal “sludge-rock,” but that term implies a sloppiness absent from STRAP IT ON, on which the band sounds like a well-oiled machine. Efficient and impacting, STRAP IT ON earned Helmet an instant cult following upon its release in 1990. Songs such as “Bad Mood,” “Sinatra,” and “Blacktop” are grunge classics.
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