The Helmet that many of us identify with really only stuck to that singular sound for one LP, their classic 1992 outing Meantime. After that, the simple, militaristic stop-go that made them so compelling was replaced with more melody and more clean vocals, effectively transforming the band from the noise-core juggernaut they once were to a harder-edged alternative-rock act.
But what if they didn't stop after Meantime? What if Helmet still abided by the Unsane/NYC underground blueprint they charted on Meantime (and to a lesser degree Strap It On), following that muse further and further into the darkness? It's a question that Miami's Wrong attempt to answer on their second LP, Feel Great, and with their latest single/video "Culminate." The new cut, which makes it's debut here today, is clearly a nod to classic Helmet, specifically the swing from the classic "Give It." Guitarist/vocalist Erik Hernandez (also of Torche) anchors the song with clenched teeth, projecting a fury that many aspire to but few achieve. Rough stuff, and in the coldest, most unrelenting way.
Check out the video above; you can order your copy via Relapse Records ahead of the album's April 20th release date.