Helmet: October 11, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 16, 2011
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[Photos courtesy of Dana (distortion) Yavin.  See more of her excellent work HERE.]

I can remember the first time I heard Helmet’s disc, ‘Meantime‘, which has since become the standard bearer for alternative metal.  Aggressive songs that held riffs hitting like a sledge hammer, frontman Page Hamilton (trained as a jazz guitarist and sole original member) threw the musical rulebook out the window and led a troupe of expert musicians who obviously had serious chops.  Having grown up on a steady diet of hard rock and heavy metal, I was instantly hooked.  The times I saw them play live before their breakup in 1998 were no less riveting.  And hearing of the band’s reformation in 2004 was very welcome news.  Having been well over a decade since I had last gone to one of their concerts, I jumped on tickets when I heard they would be coming through on their current tour.  I was further thrilled when they gave me the greenlight to record the show.  With cuts spanning the group’s career and from nearly all of their albums, particularly the recent, ‘Seeing Eye Dog‘, Helmet played quite a few favorites and a monstrous version of “Turned Out”.  Judging by his interaction with the crowd, Page seemed to be having a hell of a good time and very excited to be back in the band’s original hometown of NYC.  And he wasn’t the only one: I’m happy to report that the music I heard that night sounds just as good and tight as the tracks that put a smile on my face nearly 20 years ago.

We recorded this show with a four-microphone rig from our usual spot in the balcony.  Combining the always great sound of Bowery Ballroom and the impressive skills of the sound engineer and the result is an excellent recording.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did and PLAY IT LOUD!!

Stream “She’s Lost”:

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Stream “Ironhead”:

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Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Helmet
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, USA

Source: AUD > AKG C 414 B-XLS’s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, adjust levels, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > Trader’s Little Helper (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC) > FLAC Level 8
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:16:21]
01. Wilma’s Rainbow
02. So Long
03. Renovation
04. Welcome to Algiers
05. Give It
06. In Person
07. banter
08. White City
09. Harmless
10. Smart
11. banter / band intro
12. Crisis King
13. She’s Lost
14. Blacktop
15. Tic
16. encore break / banter
17. Ironhead
18. banter
19. Turned Out
20. Milquetoast

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Helmet, visit their website, visit their Facebook and MySpace pages, and purchase their official releases (including their most recent album, Seeing Eye Dog) and merchandise [HERE].

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3 Responses to Helmet: October 11, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

  1. November 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    This takes me back to my teens back in 93 :) Thanks!

  2. acidjack
    November 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Mine too! Superb job, John!

  3. Ed
    December 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Awesome show, loved being in a Helmet pit again for the first time in years. Nice talking to you while you were setting up to record John.

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