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Size Matters

HelmetAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B0002U9K7W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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SIZE MATTERS is the first collection of new HELMET music in seven years. The album's title refers to "An obsession in {American} culture with higher, louder, bigger & faster. There are no rewards {or regard} for integrity & progressive thought anymore." PAGE HAMILTON, singer, guitarist, & founder, has reactivated the HELMET name with a lineup including guitarist CHRIS TRAYNOR (Orange 9mm, Bush, Helmet), drummer JOHN TEMPESTA (Rob Zombie, Testament), & bassist FRANK BELLO (Anthrax). Recorded earlier this year & produced by HAMILTON with assistance from producer Jay Baumgardner & former Nine Inch Nails associate Charlie Clouser, SIZE MATTERS isn't necessarily a return to form. Rather, it's an expansion of the vocabulary that HAMILTON has built his reputation upon (minimalist crushing riffs, taut rhythmic propulsion, clusterbomb solos & seething lyrical invective) coexisting with a greater melodic sense.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of the Helmet trademark October 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the early nineties, hard rock and metal was almost exclusively a longhaired domain -- a place of words like thrash, death, and speed. It also meant pouty image bands, guitar solos at a million miles an hour, lion-maned lead singers and acres of tattoos. Then came Nirvana and the advent of grunge.

At around the same time, Helmet was a different animal. Led by jazz-trained guitarist-singer Page Hamilton, their image was quite straight-edge -- plain shirts and jeans, close-cropped haircuts, and the occasional baseball cap; tattoos and piercings were irrelevant. Their music came in volcanic blasts of sound, everyone blowing the same note out of the speakers at once. They could have been mistaken for a much heavier version of Fugazi. Their timekeeping was militarily precise, and solo breaks were often dissonant waves of noise. Guitars sounded closer to Malcolm Young than Angus Young. Hamilton's concept was economical -- their rehearsals were more athletic than musical, emphasizing a machine-like approach to making music -- and the band rarely wavered from the formula. Helmet carved their own special niche in the rock world, and many have credited (or perhaps blamed) them for inspiring the so-called "nu metal" movement almost immediately afterward.

And that is perhaps why Hamilton decided to revive Helmet after a layoff of almost seven years, with the release of SIZE MATTERS. Helmet was far more influential than anyone had realized in the mid nineties, when the band's formula had seemed to run its course. The bludgeoning attack of their second official release, MEANTIME, sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did when it first stormed onto the scene twelve years ago.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A shame October 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It did seem too good to be true. One of my favorite bands and arguably one of the most important heavy bands of the past 15 years has tried to rise mightily from the ashes...only to falter. Things like these always sound surefire at first. Not to insult Page in any way, but this comeback sort of reminded me of the "resurrected" Guns n' Roses. Both are hotly anticipated, and both only contain one original member, the frontman. Both are made up of talented musicians, replacing the originals, which sounds like a good idea. But sadly, no it doesn't work.

Page has always been Helmet's mastermind, but another thing integral about the band was the rhythm section of Henry Bogdan and John Stanier. Since Chris Traynor played bass on this record, I can't really compare ex-Anthrax bass player Frank Bello to Bogdan. I'm sure he's competent enough. But John Tempesta, himself an excellent drummer from the White Zombie days, doesn't fit the Stanier shoes very well. Tempesta's drumming is very traditional metal, but Stanier's mechanical single kick grooves really meshed well with Page's oddtimed guitar. It's just not the same. The songs themselves don't veer closely to nu metal, they're just dull. That's the only way I can explain it. The songwriting just lacks any real inspiration.

There are a plethora of good albums this fall. Sadly, Size Matters is not one of them. I can only hope Page can reclaim his former glory in some way that doesn't bastardize his band's legacy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better with Each Listen November 10, 2004
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How ironic that is it that one of the most influential bands of the past decade only came close to commercial success once with a track named "Unsung"? How bitterly was their decision to give their recent career retrospective the same name now that so-called alternative rock radio is awash with clones cashing in on much less talent? Luckily for any longtime Helmet fan, frontman Page Hamilton has resurrected the group after almost calling it quits several times over the past couple of years, and the results are very satisfying.

"Size Matters" doesn't immediately demand your complete attention like earlier Helmet masterworks such as "Meantime" and "Betty" did. However, you'll find that with each listen, you can hear more and more touches of their influence in many of the tracks. In fact, the album plays a bit as if the material was written at various stages of their development and then saved for recording at a later date. "Smart" and "Crashing Foreign Cars" sound a lot like the thrash that defined their early works. "Everybody Loves You", "Throwing Punches" and "Last Breath" have that "Meantime" heavy, driving aggression. "Unwound" adds some alternative elements like the "Betty" material did. The first single, "See You Dead" is an absolutely great track that alternates a pounding metallic verse with a bluesy, melodic chorus.

I agree with the other reviews here that noted how Page's voice is immediately distinguishable from all of the other Helmet recordings. I read an interview recently where he indicated that he wanted his voice to be more of an instrument this time around. It's still the Helmet trademark, alternating between melodic chorus Page and growling screaming verse Page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aim low...thanks for the warning Paige October 9, 2004
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Paige Hamilton sings "Aim low" during the first track which is prophetic. If long time HELMET fans keep your aim low and simply enjoy the fact there is some new Hamilton music then you'll be fine. Another reviewer was spot on saying this is more like a Paige Hamilton solo album. Without Bogdan and Stainer there is no HELMET.If ever there was a power trio it was HELMET. If your introduction to HELMET is the recent airplay of See You Dead you should really start at the begining. Buy Strap it On first. The production values stink but you'll get an idea of their style. Then buy Meantime. That should be enough to get you hooked.If your unfamiliar with the band their bio is pretty simple. Take a guy with a Masters Degree in jazz guitar..a classically trained drummer..and a bass player who loves Hawaiian music..dress them up like surfers from a summer J Crew catalog..and naturally you end up with the tightest aneurysm-inducing music to come out of the early 90's music boom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A totally underrated album
While it has been said that some Helmet fans don't view this as a true Helmet album, I am a big fan. It is Page Hamilton's most melodic and hook based work. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Darin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, hated it, LOVE IT!!!!
First listen, I loved it because I'm a Helmet junkie and a huge fan of Hamilton.
Second listen, for some reason, it seemed like a lot of it was like songs you hear in a real... Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by Scott C. Meeker
2.0 out of 5 stars Small sounds
The Helmsters begin to remove the shoddy aftertaste of a previous album, though essentially offers, with exception, meandering metal-pop sans enough hairy hooks needed to seal any... Read more
Published on January 13, 2010 by IRate
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but easily their weakest
"Size Matters", unlike all other Helmet records, features predominantly nu-metalesque production values and several very radio-ready songs. Read more
Published on December 10, 2009 by Dirk Funk
4.0 out of 5 stars Part of the "Aftertaste" sound but...
...produced with more emphasis on the mid and high range guitar sound and, in my opinion, not as good as Aftertaste, with its emphasis on the low range of the base and drums. Read more
Published on June 26, 2009 by DB
4.0 out of 5 stars Different... but that shouldn't be mistaken for bad.
This was Page Hamilton's return after seven years of no Helmet, and he came back with an entirely new line up for "Size Matters. Read more
Published on August 27, 2008 by Otto Correct
5.0 out of 5 stars Nu metal?....yeah right
This is one of the best of helmet albums ever!People say they had something to do with the nu metal thing,was it because they wore the 90's baseball caps and dress different than... Read more
Published on July 27, 2008 by Brusso Magallanes
4.0 out of 5 stars Strap it on again baby!
I believe alot of the previous reviews made alot of good points. I will admit upon first listen, this release had to grow on me and it has! Read more
Published on September 11, 2007 by YOUNG-G-C
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a second chance - As good as Aftertaste/Betty.
For those that like Helmet, read on. For those not wanting the details, skip to the bottom.

I loved Betty, Aftertaste, & Meantime. Read more
Published on October 27, 2006 by Music over Noise
4.0 out of 5 stars The underpinnings of Helmet still solid, slight let down
This is the first album from Helmet (well at least Paige Hamilton) in several years. With the help of John Tempesta (Testament) and Frank Bello (Anthrax), Helmet lays down 11... Read more
Published on July 30, 2006 by Concerned One
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