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Helmet, live in London

Live Review

Venue: Islington O2 Academy

Ooh, Betty… alt metal legends return to fan favourite album

A couple of years ago, Helmet (or frontman Page Hamilton’s current version of Helmet, for those who can’t see it as quite the same thing without original bassist Henry Bogdan and drummer John Stanier) headed to the UK to tour their 1992 breakthrough album Meantime, putting the tracklist in reverse so it ended on the magnificent opener In The Meantime. The London show was well executed but because it was in the large, somewhat soulless Electric Ballroom in Camden, and far from sold out, it lacked the full intensity everyone present knew this band are truly capable of.

Two years on and it’s a different story entirely. This time round, as jazzy warm-up music hangs in the air before the band take to the stage at the insanely early time of 7.45pm, the room is rammed with fans of meaty mid-90s alt metal, a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation vibrating through the crowd. 

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