Monochrome (Helmet album)

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Monochrome
Helmet Monochrome.jpg
Studio album by Helmet
Released July 18, 2006 (2006-07-18)
Recorded May 6, 2006
Genre Alternative metal
Length 41:04
Label Warcon
Producer Helmet, Wharton Tiers
Helmet chronology
Size Matters
(2004)Size Matters2004
Monochrome
(2006)
Seeing Eye Dog
(2010)Seeing Eye Dog2010
Singles from Monochrome
  1. "Gone"
    Released: June 2006[1]
  2. "Monochrome"
    Released: November 2006[2]
  3. "Money Shot"
    Released: April 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (6.3/10)[4]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[5]

Monochrome is the sixth album by the American alternative metal band Helmet, released in 2006 through Warcon. This is the third Helmet album in a row to be recorded as a three-piece, with new drummer Mike Jost joining veterans Page Hamilton and Chris Traynor. Bassist Jeremy Chatelain, who replaced Frank Bello on the Size Matters tour, rejoined the band for the 2006 Warped Tour in support of Monochrome.

The track 'Monochrome' is featured on the soundtrack for Saw III and is played over the film's end credits; a music video was created which featured Jigsaw's puppet, Billy, lip-synching the song while riding his bike. Also featured are shots of the band on TV screens and some clips from the film.

Background and production[edit]

The album is said to be a "return to roots,"[6] co-produced with Wharton Tiers,[6] who recorded Helmet's first two albums Strap It On and Meantime.[6]

At least two of the tracks, "Money Shot" and "Bury Me", are known to be from Hamilton's former band Gandhi, but they have been rerecorded with the new Helmet line up.

A cover of the song "Requiem" by the band Killing Joke was included on the vinyl release. The CD versions included a code to download the song.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Page Hamilton, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Swallowing Everything" 3:54
2. "Brand New" (Hamilton, Jost, Traynor) 4:11
3. "Bury Me" 4:31
4. "Monochrome" 3:50
5. "On Your Way Down" (Hamilton, Jost, Traynor) 4:16
6. "Money Shot" 3:14
7. "Gone" 3:31
8. "Almost Out of Sight" 4:17
9. "Howl" (instrumental) 1:04
10. "410" 3:47
11. "Goodbye" 5:33

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2006 The Billboard 200 159

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Helmet Gone (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Helmet Monochrome (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ Monochrome at AllMusic
  4. ^ Pitchfork Media
  5. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/9666/Helmet-Monochrome/
  6. ^ a b c d "Helmet Return With 'Monochrome' | News @". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved 2013-02-26.