Helms Alee w/Earth
Great American Music Hall
May 28, 2019
While they honor their time-tested and well-loved brand of sludgy/psychedelic metal, Helms Alee are still eager to reinvent themselves. Their latest single, “Beat Up,” is testament to that indisputable fact. Oscillating between knuckle-dragging force and transcendental beauty, the trio bisect driving riffs and war machine drums with haunting vocal harmonies that have become synonymous with the Helms Alee paradigm.
Listen to the rage-filled riffer “Beat Up” below.
After more than a decade of existence, five studio albums, and a slew of EPs, it’s easy to imagine Helms Alee continuing on in perpetuity as one of those tightly guarded cult artists. Leaning on an extensive catalog of treasures, the Puget Sound trio has continued their evolution into one of noise rock’s most formidable forces with each new release. Their forthcoming LP, Noctiluca, is a brilliant new chapter for the trio.
Named for a bioluminescent marine algae that glows when excited, Noctiluca bears a radiancy all its own. A light blazing through a thicket of dark, Helms Alee’s music leaps from the sublime to the savage without warning or apology. With the aid of producer/engineer Sam Bell (Minus the Bear, R.E.M., The Cars), Noctiluca pushes the band’s methods (and volume) to new extremes.
Listen to “Beat Up” by Helms Alee: