Label: Amphetamine Reptile
Keeping the Helmet hot-hand going for minute here, I wanted to post this one for two reasons. First off, it's the debut record from Helmet, and it's the blueprint for a generation of post-hardcore dudes who decided that, as Page Hamilton once said himself (but I paraphrase), "the heaviness is found in the space between the notes". True dat son.
Secondly, I post this because there is a "maxi-single" (oh 80's...) version of this record that has two more songs. I do not have said "maxi-single", but would be thrilled to remedy that. Does anyone reading these words want to flip through their cassette collection and check to see if you have it? Maybe it came out on one of those queer little dust jacket cds as well, I don't know, but if you got, would you mind flaunting it? That goes for the "maxi-single", and your general animal magnetism...flaunt that too.
Also, I remember trying to trade Tony Erba (Face Value represent!) a random hardcore shirt for his Helmet shirt with this design on front. It was a non-starter and I was left with whatever random shirt that was (that I'm probably still wearing to this day [grow up dude]), but in his defense, he made the right call, at least on that day.
*Thanks to reader Whiteknuckle for providing the full "maxi-single" ep version of this record. I have updated the link below. So now you get the 2 songs from the 7", an additional song from that recording session, and an unreleased song from the "Strap It On" lp sessions. Nice right? Thanks Mr. Whiteknuckle, you're tops!