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I don't often do the HIGH FIDELITY-style "Top Five" lists, but I do know who my Top Five Musical Artists of All-Time are. These bands are ones that are always in the daily rotation, and today comes a big surprise - that two of my top five are going on a co-headline tour this spring. HELMET & PRONG. Both bands came up in NYC, bursting from the CBGB scene, and when I saw each of them live for the first time, it was in a location far from... Davenport, Iowa in the early 90s. Since then, I've seen each many times, in several cities, with both bands going through numerous lineup changes. Check out the official announcement below!

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Thursday, October 27 2016 20:50

Track Preview: HELMET - "Life or Death"

With DEAD TO THE WORLD, the new album from HELMET, hitting the streets tomorrow via earMUSIC, it's a little odd that they chose to serve up a track preview today rather than offer a full track. Alas, that's what's happened, and being that HELMET has been one of my personal top five favorite bands of all-time since the 90s, my interest is piqued. Check out a sample of "Life or Death" below, then grab the album when it hits stores in the morning...

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Wednesday, October 05 2016 13:20

Lyric Video: HELMET - "Bad News"

Whenever I'm asked to name my favorite bands, one that's consistently in the Top Five is HELMET. Sure, the band has completely changed lineups over the years, but at its center, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Page Hamilton has remained. On October 28th, HELMET will release their first new album in six years, when DEAD TO THE WORLD hits the streets via earMUSIC, and today comes the first taste - a lyric video for "Bad News." It's not what one would think of as the "classic" HELMET sound, but it's still a song worth listening to. Check it out below...

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Tuesday, February 16 2016 19:49

Chicago Open Air - Full Lineup Announced!

The full lineup for the First Annual CHICAGO OPEN AIR Music Festival has been released, and I'm digging it. The Chicagoland area hasn't seen a lineup like this in quite some time, and among the ones that had long-been rumored (DISTURBED, SLIPKNOT, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), there's some pleasant surprises - like the mighty HELMET, who actually received some premium poster space for this one. Perhaps the only thing that could make this better for me is if PRODUCT OF HATE were on the bill, but alas, they will likely be touring elsewhere in July as it is. Check out the official announcement for Chicago Open Air below...

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One of my favorite guitarists of all-time is PAGE HAMILTON, and that should come as no surprise seeing as his band HELMET is one of my top five favorite bands of all-time. Hamilton has also been involved in the art game for a bit, and on May 1st, "A Monumental Art Collection from Page Hamilton" will launch, and it's being called "abstract, vivid and built from guitar." Check out a teaser video below...

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Tuesday, April 24 2012 22:29

Watch & Rock: HELMET - Gigantor (1995)

Back in 1995, MCA released a fantastic compilation called SATURDAY MORNING: Cartoons' Greatest Hits. Produced by Ralph Sall for the Bulletproof Recording Company,  the album was a fantastic concept that has stood the test of time in our house. I'm going to take a deeper look at the album here on The Rock Father™ in the future, but for right now - watch & rock with HELMET and their slamming cover of the theme song to GIGANTOR. I believe that my toddler truly appreciates the breakdown that occurs at 1:17. I caught a wee bit of moshing, I think. Any child that is exposed to the works of Page Hamilton will have a bright future, indeed.

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