why i love helmet

February 16, 2011

One of the reasons is in 1.33 – 2.12.

It is simply a beautiful aural experience to hear the same monotonic chord being played over a changing bassline. It is hypnotic.

Though Helmet isn’t the only one to do this, I’ve heard Nine Inch Nails do the same, for example like in “La Mer“, with a synth. But I think Helmet was the one to start this, right from the beginning with “Unsung”.

I myself give this a little attempt in my far away fountain demo, though in my case it was just a power-chord being played over a changing bass line.

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