Helmet - Meantime
Meantime was Helmet's first breakthrough album, and for what reasons I don't think I will ever understand. It came right after that very influential time in the world known as grunge. I'm not a particular fan of post-grunge music, and why this album is classified as post-grunge is way beyond me. You can't compare this to Nirvana or Bush because they don't sound alike. Not that similar sounds should compare bands, but if I compared "You Borrowed" with "Rape Me", I don't think I would be the only one to casually raise my hand and say that Helmet should not be placed in the same category as Nirvana. If I was to make any comparisons between Meantime and another album, I would compare it to something along the lines of The Blessed Hellride by Black Label Society.
I am in no way saying that Meantime is a bad album. I am just perplexed at why the music industry of the 90's chose to praise this album. It is like nothing ever heard in that decade and I think it even influenced that heavy rock genre that we hear so much of nowadays. Helmet was and still is the epitomy of the garage band that never got the recognition it deserved. Why this is the only album that went gold is beyond me, but in all honesty it doesn't suprise me. People were in no way ready for Helmet to come into this world and shake up the snowglobe known as the music industry. One of the most forgotten treasures of the 90's left it's fossilized mark in music, and just like all other fossils, by the time we dig this one up, it will be too late to save.
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