Magnetic Eye Records Want to Revisit Helmet’s Classic Meantime

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Helmet‘s Meantime is one of the most important alternative metal releases ever dropped on the world of heavy music, and it is almost certainly to be inducted into our own Groundbreakers Hall of Fame at some point in time. Its influence cannot be overstated, with bands both expected and surprising bearing the DNA of this release in their sonic veins. So it isn’t unexpected that a collection of artists would pay tribute to this killer album. However, Magnetic Eye Records needs your help getting it done.

MER are attempting to fund a tribute album of covers from some utterly righteous bands through a Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, it seems that we weren’t the only ones who missed this news, and there are now only three days left to help the label pull this thing off. Magnetic Eye are still about half of the way to their goal ($2,616 of $5,000 has been raised), but the roster for this project is stacked. If it gets funded, it will end up being like that Kerrang tribute to Metallica‘s Master of Puppets, except good. MER have listed the following bands for the standard edition (that’s only songs from Meantime), but you can see the other bands that will be playing on the deluxe edition by checking out the campaign page.

  • KEN MODE
  • WATCHTOWER
  • PHANTOM GLUE
  • IRONWEED
  • I AM BECOME DEATH
  • FUCK THE FACTS
  • FAMILY
  • MEEK IS MURDER
  • KINGS DESTROY
  • THE GLORIOUS REBELLION

I’m not totally familiar with all of those acts, but based on the tracks posted to the page, this should be a crucial collection of chaotic and crushing tunes. You’re probably thinking, “Dubz, that’s all fine and good, but what do I get for backing the campaign?” Well, Magnetic Eye are offering some killer perks, from colored LPs for just $26, $20 t-shirts with exclusive art from Jesse Schaller, and a big $420 package with autographs, test pressings, CDs, and more. These perks are quite reasonable for the product, so help MER reach their end goal.

There are only a few days left in the campaign, so let’s help wrap this up. In the meantime (huehuehue), let’s jam, uh, Meantime.

(Photo VIA the Campaign Page)

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  • The Beargod

    Firstly!!!

  • Tyree
  • I saw Helmet in a dive bar in NJ a couple years ago. They killed it. If you’re a big fan check out Wrong – total Helmet worship.

    http://youtu.be/ponWn7MDE3E

    • The Beargod

      Didya post these guise in the comments a while back?

      • Probably more than once, too bad it’s only 4 songs. Would love to hear a full length.

        • The Beargod

          I think I listened and like them dudes when you did.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      Dat guitar tone…

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • KJM

      That’s the stuff.

  • Rho Stone

    I’m still waiting for the holy promised covers album

    • RustyShackleford

      10/10 would buy

    • KJM

      Wo Fat also did this great cover
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P5VRVPwpBc

      • Óðhinn

        I love Wo Fat. This is a great cover too.

        • KJM

          I hope they hit the Boston area one more time before going into the studio for their next album.

    • Dagon

      Fuck yes

    • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

      The amount of posers I would sacrifice for that album is limitless.

    • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

      Can this come out already? I want to hear it so bad.

    • I want this so bad. I’m happy to see Electric Funeral is getting covered. That’s one of the most evil riffs of all time. I can still remember hearing it for the first time when I was camping in the woods. Twas a glorious night.

  • Scrimm

    Off topic but this needs to happen to Konami headquarters. http://media.giphy.com/media/HhTXt43pk1I1W/giphy.gif

    • Rho Stone

      why are people hating on konami now?

      • Castlevania.

        Oh, wait, no..

        Silent Hil.. 😛

      • The Beargod

        They cancelled Silent Hills and are fighting with Kojima. Ie. Committing suicide.

        • Even worse, they refuse to make a sequel to Sunset Riders, despite the 100s of letters I’ve written.

        • Rho Stone

          That’s like Nintendo cancelling Zelda U and getting on a fight with Miyamoto, I need some pop corn

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Don’t even speak such a thing.

          • Scrimm

            I won’t speak it. I’ll just hope it happens with all of my black little heart.

      • Scrimm

        One of the biggest debacles in game history if you ask me.

      • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

        SuperBunnyHop made a great video describing the whole situation. Its scary.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMK-kajdgMA

  • “If it gets funded, it will end up being like that Kerrang tribute to Metallica‘s Master of Puppets, except good.”
    YA BURNT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      Also Mendeed. I guess they weren’t really the future of metal.

      • Real talk, pretty sure I’ve never heard that name in my life.

        • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

          Literally all I know is that they covered The Thing That Should Not Be

          • Guest

            Fuck this, wrong place.

        • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

          I’ve never heard that name either.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      You mean you didn’t think Trivium’s bland-ass cover of “Master of Puppets” was amazing?

  • Heeeeey, Watch out, it’s Watchtower! It’s musical NERD time!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyCXRvwdFQk

    • Guppusmaximus

      And I’ll form the torso of this musical NERD that resembles a robot made up of transformable Lions…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Eto105EnkI

      • AND THIS IS THEIR MIGHTY GUN THAT SHOOTS INCREDIBLE LASERS BEAMS AT THE SAME FREQUENCE OF THE TWINKLE OF A DYING STAR DIVIDED BY PI:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LcZJ6_8nxk

        PIUM PIUM PIUM at 11/6 (or whatever, I don’t know about music).

        • Guppusmaximus

          However with a slash of the mighty sword that gets fused together and Twisted into Form we slay those who oppose the musical NERDs *Swoosh*

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J00_UzmMmIc

          • SUPER MUSICAL NERDS RANGERS!

            ASSEMBLE!!!!

          • Guppusmaximus

            *Stumbles into cockpit* Fuck I forgot how to operate this thing. Where are the drumsticks?!

          • FAST! CLAP YOU HANDS IN 2/3!

        • Taylor Jong Un

          I really tried, but I could never quite get in GN.

      • KJM

        And I’ll form the taint!!

  • Tyree
  • Guacamole Jim

    I’ve never listened to this album before, but am enjoying it! I probably won’t contribute though, as funds are low at the moment 🙁

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      Definitely a classic. “Unsung” is such a jam.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      Guys, zzzzzzz is more on topic than all of you.

      • The Beargod

        And you, good sir, are a squid. So…

      • KJM

        Sorry, kinda pissed off right now. An acquaintance has cancer and the outlook isn’t good.

        • Guppusmaximus

          Sorry to hear that… *Fuck Cancer*

          • KJM

            Thankx.

        • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

          Dangit. I’m really sorry to hear that 🙁

          • KJM

            Thanks.

        • Fuck cancer. Strenght!

          • KJM

            Straight up.

        • Sorry to hear that, but you never know what can happen. The head designer at the place I interned survived really aggressive colon cancer and lived to tell the tale.

          • KJM

            Just hoping for the best.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Honestly, your friend / acquaintance is living during a great time in Medical Science. The odds of beating Cancer nowadays are really, really excellent. My Father-in-Law survived throat cancer.

            Keep your head up!!

          • KJM

            We’re also lucky to live in Massachusetts which has great Cancer treatment clinics, great health care in general really.

          • Guppusmaximus

            So true. My wife’s father went to MGH…

        • Sad news, I think everyone of us knows someone who has been effected by cancer. I say get some greens in the system, might help.

          • KJM

            I help him out with that when he needs ’em, takes the edge off for sure

          • more beer

            I don`t know how accessible they are for you there. But strains that are high in cbd`s are the way to go. Strains that are high in thc are good for pain but the high cbd`s are the ones that have an effect on cancer cells.

          • KJM

            I tend to have access to 3-5 different strains at any given time. Even though mmj has been legal in Massachusetts since 2012, we still don’t have dispensaries yet.

          • more beer

            I`m willing to bet they are all high thc strains. This link will give you an idea as to which strains would be high in cbd`s. http://www.westword.com/news/medical-marijuana-strains-richest-in-cbds-top-colorado-samples-5894004

          • KJM

            I will check it out and let you know.

          • KJM

            White Widow, Afghani Diesel, and Bubba Kush show up here occasionally. The last few strains I personally had were Mr Nice Guy, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Sour Diesel.

          • more beer

            It`s so strain specific here as far as what is good for different things. If our government didn`t suck everyone would have access to all of these strains everywhere. I`m pretty knowledgeable about this stuff if you have questions feel free to ask. If I don`t know the answer I know someone who does.

          • KJM

            Thanks. It’ll be completely legal here in 2016 so the variety will open up bigtime.

          • more beer

            It need`s to be legal everywhere. Why should someone in Massachusetts not be able to have access to something that`s legal in Colorado?

          • KJM

            Exactly. The criminal cartel called the DEA needs to be shut down altogether and the War On Some Drugs needs to stop.

          • more beer

            I`m of the school of it just needs to stop. People are going to do drugs whether they are legal or not. We need to treat addiction and drug abuse as health issue and not a criminal one.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            I agree. People are always going to do drugs and you can’t stop that from happening. I also agree that addiction should be treated as a health issue.

          • more beer

            Treating them as criminals is not the answer. A felony drug charge for possession. Will ruin someones life. Once you have that felony you`re fucked. Decent employment isn`t even an option. So most choose to stay fucked up.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            I know people who have had addiction issues and I know people who have cleaned up. They’re not criminals and they shouldn’t be treated as such.

          • more beer

            No they shouldn`t be but that`s how they are treated.

          • Taylor Jong Un

            Yeah, but that won’t change. There’s a definite industry with the prison system, with plenty of hands in the pot (pun intended). There in lies the problem.

          • more beer

            It`s a huge system. Which is fine in the case of murderers and rapists and other criminal types. But locking people up for having a drug problem is not the way to go about it. I would certainly rather have a non violent drug user on the streets than a murderer. Also law enforcement using drug seizures as their personal piggy banks is a huge problem. I`m not talking about cartel type dealers. But average Americans who are losing all of there property, for getting caught with drugs they are using.

          • KJM

            Agree 100%. More often than not, hard drug addiction is a symptom of untreated mental illness resulting from severe childhood trauma.

          • more beer

            Things are starting to change. But it`s slow going. Between law enforcement types, for profit prisons, and big pharmaceutical company’s . It`s going to continue to be slow going. These are the one`s, who are fighting tooth and nail. To keep things the way they are. These a huge problems that need to be addressed. But they all have the politicians in their pockets.

          • KJM

            For-profit prisons, that’s some evil shit.

          • more beer

            Yes it is! It used to be if you went to prison. You were a guest of the state. Now you are the guest of some multi-death corporation!

          • Taylor Jong Un

            Same with me getting a clean, STD-free, legal hooker over here because I could in Vegas!

          • OldMetalHead

            It’s not really legal in Clark County which includes Vegas. You’re supposed to drive to Ely and use one of the legal brothels. Of course the so-called escort services use loopholes to get around the law in Vegas. You’re paying for their time, not for sex, etc…anyway… I’m a pretty hard core Libertarian, so I believe in personal choice. If two consenting adults want to enter into a monetary agreement that hurts no one else, it should be their right. Holland has both legal prostitution and decriminalized marijuana. It’s one of the cleanest, nicest places I ever lived.

          • Taylor Jong Un
        • Taylor Jong Un

          All my best wishes to their recovery.

          • KJM

            Thanks.

    • Maik Beninton

      Unsung is a classic.

    • KJM

      I think I still have a copy of that Galactus comic.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      Goddamn you. Now I’m stuck watching all these top 10 things. Fuck. This is almost as addicting as TSN’s top 10 countdowns.

      • KJM

        The origin of Galactus vid is cool if you’re a Marvel fan.

  • Dagon

    I’m turning my eyes away from class just to say the line up of this project is fucking amazing.

  • Dr. W.’s Tentacles, i’ve been told so many times that i would dig Helmet. that they do crazy things with time signatures or something. and today i needed a push.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6kN-w6EB61E/UKFYOvKJ6KI/AAAAAAAAAJY/xjau1QsFyDU/s1600/The+Avengers-+needed+a+push.jpg

    • They do it all – good songs, good musicianship. A huge influence on so many bands. Anytime you hear a stop and go riff chances are it’s from Helmet’s influence.

      • oh buddy, i’m digging this thing! best track so far, the one right after Unsung. <3

        • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

          Yayyyy

  • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

    Who’s seen this advert, its really funny.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ-wJ74qDo8

  • Helmet’s Meantime was a hella-great album when it was released.

    On another note: I live in a strange era; one where bands who historically weren’t called metal and refused the term as descriptive of what they were doing are now being called alternative-metal. (Meanwhile I daily try to convince twenty-somethings that bands that were really-for-real called “heavy metal” and owned the term are not “just hard rock” because they don’t like the way they dressed or whatever. Strange days.

  • Taylor Jong Un

    I’d check it out for the Watchtower track. The rest, nah.

  • CT-12

    Completely unrelated (like most of my comments) but I saw Cormorant last night, and I felt so bad for those guys. There were maybe 15 people in the audience, and I had to leave early because my ride was super tired. Lame…

  • OldMetalHead

    Forgot how good this album is 🙂

  • Apparently Magnetic Eye Records forgot to turn the fucking caps lock off.