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Helms Alee Weatherhead

With an impressively value-for-money Hydra Head triple-header US tour drawing to a close, chances are a lot of people will be getting home and checking out Helms Alee for the first time.  Whilst nobody is going to argue the Seattle trio are the least well-known act on a bill that also includes Torche and Big Business, all that could be about to change with the recent release of the follow-up to their 2008 debut Night Terror. The 14 tracks on Weatherhead play like a one-band Hydra Head primer, with the band skillfully combining hardcore brutality and progressive math-rock with the precision of veterans Cave In, Harvey Milk’s soaring, majestic classic rock nods, and galloping punk riffs and blown-out sludge grooves that would do tour buddies Torche and Big Business proud. Throw in a few Spanish guitar interludes that border on modern classical and some pleasantly melodic male/ female vocals and you’re left with an adventurous and well-rounded document of a group on the verge of big things. Oh, and the cover (above) is pretty cool too.

Listen: “Elbow Grease”


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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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