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Helmet: Meantime (Interscope) ***½

Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 17 September 1992

A MARVEL OF precisely channeled aggression, Meantime could be the soundtrack to the mind of an NFL linebacker. Leader and rantwriter Page Hamilton sounds like he mainlines vitriol before stepping up to the mike; Hamilton's and Peter Mengede's guitars bark and pummel, coming in nasty, compact bursts, while bassist Henry Bogdan and drummer John Stanier do a convincing impression of a methodical beating. Strict, ingenious arrangements suggest a rock band as close-order drill team.

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