Interestingly labelled as “alternative metal”, American band Helmet have been rather popular worldwide since forming in 1989.
The 22nd of April saw them play their first sold out show in Auckland since 2011 – which did not fail to impress.
Helmet are notorious for having a huge influence on bands in many metal sub-genres and have been said to have inspired the likes of Slipknot, Korn and Queens of the Stone Age.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the concert as I wasn’t very familiar with the band at the time, but by the end of the show, I had definitely been converted to a fan.
The energy and fast pace that Helmet provided made for an exceptional night – which also resulted in multiple bruises and gashes from being a small female in an all-male mosh pit.
There is no feeling that can compare to crowd surfing across the masses, with the heavy chords from the bass guitar nearly giving me permanent tinnitus in the most pleasurable way imaginable.
Everybody in the audience from front to back were fully engaged with the show – either mildly rocking their heads, or full on shoulder barging into the nearest victim.
Helmet played the entirety of their beloved 1994 album Betty from start to finish, making for a decent hour and a half of non-stop chaotic moshing and lovingly barging into others. Frontman Page Hamilton even managed to fit in some light comedic relief occasionally, so everybody had a chance to rest and recover after every few songs.
Going into Galatos that night being unaware of what talent I was about to be blown away by certainly paid off.
I had the night of my life and escaped with only very minor injuries.
Though they’ve been around since the dawn of time, Helmet still knows how to put on a show and a half.