Since their formation in 1989, Helmet can be said to be one of the forerunners of metal for the thinking man. With complex rhythms, powerful riffs and lyrics speaking of alienation, their music helped set the scene for bands like Deftones who followed in their wake.
While the band broke up in the late '90s, Helmet reformed in 2004. Since then, they've released three new albums. They've also recognized their legacy: On the 20th anniversary of their major label debut, Meantime
, the group embarked on a nationwide tour, playing the album in full. They're now doing the same with Meantime
's follow-up, the critically acclaimed fan favorite, Betty
. We spoke by phone with Helmet frontman and guitarist, Page Hamilton, about the legacy of Betty