Helmet @ Phoenix Hill Tavern

Friday, Oct. 28

Phoenix Hill Tavern
644 Baxter Ave. • 636-0405
$15; 7:30 p.m.

Co-founded by Page Hamilton in New York in 1989, Helmet and its heavy music — call it post-hardcore if you must — married aggression and precision, beginning with its 1991 debut Strap It On. Hamilton wasn’t your average angst-ridden barker/shredder, using his formal jazz training to infuse Helmet’s work with compositional strength. The following year, Helmet’s major label debut Meantime went gold, earned a Grammy nomination and influenced thousands of acts, like The Deftones and Tool. In 1998, Helmet disbanded. Hamilton, for his part, dove into soundtrack work for “Catwoman” and “Saw,” as well as a continuing partnership with Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal (“Heat”). Hamilton played lead guitar in David Bowie’s backing band before rebooting Helmet in 2004 with a new lineup. Their seventh album, Seeing Eye Dog, promises more brains and brawn. Stroker, Trophy Wives and Trails also perform. —Mat Herron

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