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HELM are a five piece progressive, post-rock/metal from Australia. They are EPIC. This will be their third full length album after a 3 year silence following Vol 1…’Keelhaul’ (2008), Vol 2…’The Winter March’ (2009), and the Great Southern Land EP in 2010. This album finds Helm’s heaviest work to date and it kicks ass.

 

For Fans Of: Cult of Luna, Katatonia, Intronaut, Karnivool, Junius

 

I had received a link to this album in my email a few weeks ago. I was unfamiliar with HELM (shame on me) and the email described the album as “challenging, dark and intelligent. HELM’s third opus genuinely encompasses that ‘something special’ needed to place this uniquely Australian act directly alongside it’s International counterparts. Where Australian progressive rock is concerned, this will be a game-changer for 2013.”
 
Well color me intrigued. Australia already had a pretty bad-ass repution according to this U.S. kid for bring acts suck as Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Jerrico, and Twelve Foot Ninja to name a few. So when I saw these guys were from Australia, I knew there was good stuff ahead. So I jumped on the soundcloud link and pressed play. (As a personal preference, I try not to look at the soundcloud track, for I find it ruins the element of surprise in the dynamics of a song.)

 

Track 1, “Panthalassa” – What the hell does that mean anyway? Well a quick Wikipedia search and you come up with this:

Panthalassa, also known as the Panthalassic Ocean, was the vast global ocean that surrounded the supercontinent Pangaea, during the late Paleozoic and the early Mesozoic years.

It’s an instrumental track, alright. Not too pretentious. There’s some harmonizing vocals, acoustic guitar. I’m intrigued. I keep listening and I was certainly not prepared for what came next.

 

Track 2, “Iron Wall” – Holy shit! This is fucking awesome! Total headbang-stance opening. The verses calm down a little bit and there’s some nice clean vocals. There’s a slight whisper of a guitar that leads us back into the chorus. Then the chorus hits and it’s full on BEAST MODE.
 

The rest of the album follows suit. The songs can turn from unassuming melodies to a behemoth of destruction at the blink of an eye and it’s fantastic! (Just check out the “Bermuda” video below)

 

Key tracks: Iron Wall, Bermuda, The Taxidermist

 

Bio:

As far as experimental music goes, HELM are a unique and genuinely Australian outfit, with a tendency to ‘drag’ the listener through a vast array of emotion & sound. Aside from a couple honest stabs at receiving some airplay with ‘Home’ & ‘Bullets’ throughout 2011, If predictability & quick access to exactly what you want to hear is your thing, then this is not the band for you.
 

Now, we find the boys back in the ‘Helm Realm’ writing Vol 3, scheduled for release early-mid 2013. This album is shaping up to be the heaviest and most experimental release of their juvenile career, as musically, there have been some big and very welcome changes in the HELM camp. A kind of ‘sifting’ through the process of reclaiming the bands identity as accomplished musicians, and brothers.
 

With a renewed perspective, direction and inspiration, the productivity is at an all time high. Leading into their third release, you can’t help but feel the presence of a certain calm before the storm.

 

 


 

 
Australian Tourdates:
National Album Launch Tour w/ special guests DUMBSAINT
and more!!
FRI SEPT 6, SYD: W/ DUMBSAINT, ADRIFT FOR DAYS
SAT SEPT 7, MEL: W/ BRONSON, DUMBSAINT, ANNA SALEN
FRI SEPT 13, PER: W/ SERIAL KILLER SMILE, FORSTORA, LAW OF ATTRACTION
SAT SEPT 14, ADEL: DUMBSAINT, TABULA RASA
SAT OCT 5, GOLD COAST: DUMBSAINT, WIDOW THE SEA, HAMMERS
 
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