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Strap It On

HelmetAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 4, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B000001Y5L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the TRUE Helmet. July 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Strap It On is the sound of 4 guys struggling to eke out a living in the hell hole that is NYC's lower east side. It's the release of all of the tension such a life entails. This is pure, raw emotion EXPLODING into sound. Helmet were what they were because of their struggle to live in such a place. This album was originally released on the then-microscopic indie label Amphetamine Reptile Records. At the time, I assumed that Helmet was doomed to obscurity, like so many other abrasive and "unmarketable" bands were in 1990. (Hell, I thought the same thing of Nirvana at the time.) But through just a few months of touring, Helmet generated such a huge amount of word of mouth praise and attention, Interscope swooped right in and picked them up, gave them a multi-million dollar contract and everything. Now, I won't say that this "killed" the band, because I can't deny that I did enjoy all of Helmet's later albums as well... but I will say that none of their records that came later, records made by 4 guys who were now making a reasonably comfortable living relative to their Strap It On days, don't even come close to holding a candle to the pure unleashed power and fury of their first album. This isn't a record so much as it's a wrecking ball.

Those who were weaned on the kinder, gentler, more polished Helmet may not enjoy this so much.

EDIT (over 10 years later): I wince every time Strap It On is described as a "metal" record. I suppose on paper it may resemble metal: over-driven guitars, heavy power chord riffs, lockstep rhythms. Granted, metal heads latched on to it almost immediately and Helmet's sound rapidly became more and more metallic as they went on. But on this, their first album, this is not metal. This is noise rock with a major emphasis on riffs. And in its day, it was the ONLY noise rock with an emphasis on riffs. Riffs are (or at least were) anathema to noise rock.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orgins of Helmet December 8, 2004
By Wolfdog
Format:Audio CD
This debut album "Strap it on" shown many Metal Heads that you do not need long hair to pump out some serious tunes. Quite possibly the most unique bands to ever come out, Helmet announced their entrance with pure Chaos and rage.

The Album is one of art. Paige Hamilton's singing (sorry Screaming) compliments the entire bands attitude. You can search for the most heavist of metal bands and none could compete or be compared to this bands sound and harshness.

As for the album itself? If you enjoy pure destruction, you will love this album. The guitar harmonics and distortion will really get your heart pumping, your mind to go slowly down the road of beautiful insanity. Songs like Repetition, Rude, FBLA will make peoples head turn (Especially Slipknot, Linkin Park fans) and wonder "What the heck is that"? If you love pure metal, buy this album! You will not be disapointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is possibly the best Helmet release to date February 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Helmet are definitely highly influential. Without a doubt. And this album is a must-own for all Helmet fans, as i believe it's probably their best album.

Starting off with Repetition, you know you're in for a headbanging 30 or so minutes from then on. Rude kicks off with a kinda long drum intro, then the riff...Is just HELMET. Helmet really are unique in the way they structure their riffs. Paige Hamilton might not be the best vocalist in Alternative/Metal/Grunge..But the music more than makes up for that.

Bad Mood is one of the best songs on here. Pretty fast, in which if they had a video for it i think they'd have someone getting chased by the Cops or something. Sinatra, the next song, is the longest song on this CD, as it goes for 4:30 mins. It's pretty good, then it gets better at around 2:40 secs, as it builds and builds and builds..then yet another trademark Helmet riff begins, really heavy as Paige Hamilton is screaming, "What's the best for me?!" over and over.

The weakest songs on here, which aren't even that weak just not as good as Helmet can really do, are probably FBLA and Make Room. Distracted is a very good riff-based song yet again. My 2 other favourites on this album, aside from (pretty much all of them, but..) Bad Mood..are Blacktop and Murder. Murder, i think, has the best Paige Hamilton screaming on it. And Blacktop has probably the coolest riff in it. Very headbangable.

All in all, a great Helmet album. For all fans of Helmet, get this if you haven't already. And to all those who haven't yet bought any Helmet albums, i'd buy this first and see what you think. If you like this, i'm sure you'll enjoy all of their other albums. This album is extremely good.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great driving music May 22, 2001
By D. E.
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD at a Helmet show in Mobile, AL (at the "Vincent Van GO-GO" in '91 ???) before it was in stores. A few years later there were LOTS of bands with a similar dissonant, crunchy sound but at the time these guys so amazingly different from anyone else that this album is still one of my favorites. I think Helmet is one of those bands that influenced a disproportionate number of other bands relative to their own commercial success. Very heavy stuff. Not at all the obnoxious kind of "heavy" stuff you usually associate with angry, zit-faced adolescent teens (ie: Maralyn Manson, Korn, Pantera, Metallica, etc.). I would place these guys more in the "league of there own" category with the likes of the Ministry or Jesus Lizard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound...
Of pure and hateful music. Helmet's debut is filled with all types of energies and hooks. Very strong, loud and sails along the waves of heaviness with their solos and dark lyrics. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JoB
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered Classic
ORG did a tremendous job with this vinyl release. Already a classic, "Strap It On" has unfortunately suffered from a lackluster recording. Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by T. Hewson
3.0 out of 5 stars Helmet Noise Rock
I heard a Deftones cover of "Sinatra", and I thought I would check out this album that came out before "Meantime", which is a great album. Read more
Published on November 11, 2010 by J. T. Parrish
2.0 out of 5 stars Turn it off
Shame to know the group was essentially a one trick pony from the get go, with only a few later releases able to do anything with what the rough debut attempts to lay down.
Published on July 9, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Band Alert
This album provided the harshest pummeling during an era filled with many awesome aggressive and abrasive bands. They were just as intense live. Read more
Published on March 12, 2008 by Marc A. Brindza
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Helmet album
I have alot of things I could say about this cd, all of it good, but i'll keep it short. EVERY song on here is great! I'm addicted and i cant stop listening. Read more
Published on January 21, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars Which Helmet are you?
To me there are two careers to Helmet, the "Meantime" and the "Aftertaste". Most Helmet fans are Meantime, I'm an Aftertaste. Read more
Published on September 21, 2006 by DB
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice hint of what would come!
Strap It On is a raw, unrelenting, definitive look at what Page Hamilton and the boys of Helmet had in mind when they first got together, jammed, and realized their signiature... Read more
Published on May 10, 2006 by Seth FM
4.0 out of 5 stars helmet is great, however...
i am giving this album 4 stars only because of the song "Rude". It is horrible, it is the worst song Helmet has ever created, and all because of the vocals. Read more
Published on August 23, 2005 by pErFecTsToRm
5.0 out of 5 stars Brass knuckles, Ballpeen hammers and Belt sanders
Like shots to the jaw from a brass knuckled fist...
ballpeen hammers tap, tap, tapping at your temples...
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Published on April 5, 2004
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