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The gold-certified and Grammy-nominated band Helmet has released eight widely acclaimed albums since originally forming in 1989 in New York City. Fusing Zeppelinesque riffing with a vehement post-hardcore precision, augmented by dense chords and offbeat time signatures based in singer Hamilton's formal jazz training. The combination was that rarest of visionary creations – it was successful in its own time.
Bands such as the Deftones, Rise Against, Pantera and Tool have all cited Helmet as an influence, and not just for Helmet's blistering, aggro approach but for the band's sheer musicality and brains. See, Helmet, among other things, is a work of art. Helmet will be touring in support of their new album Dead to the World.