Since his ’90s heyday as an alt-rock icon, Page Hamilton has cruised with a variety of artists, including Limp Bizkit, trumpeter Ben Neill and electro-popper Laptop. But wherever he went, he never forgot his Helmet.
Now, more than four years after he pulled the plug on Helmet, Hamilton has plans to resurrect the band, though no one from the original lineup will be along for the ride. Joining Hamilton this time are ex-Orange 9mm guitarist Chris Traynor, who toured with Helmet in 1998, as well as bassist Blasko and drummer John Tempesta, both veterans of Rob Zombie’s band.
Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist Charlie Clouser will produce the group’s record, and a tour is being planned. In the meantime, the retrospective Helmet Unsung: The Very Best of Helmet (1991-1997) is due September 23.
Hamilton and company are frequently credited as an influence on the jagged riffing and stop-start rhythms of nü-metal. Limp Bizkit, Disturbed and Chevelle are among the many bands who’ve acknowledged a debt to Helmet.
The hit “Unsung” helped make 1992’s Meantime Helmet’s best-selling album. It was followed up by 1994’s Betty and 1997’s Aftertaste.