Indie art-rock trio Helms Alee released their new album on September 2nd, titled Stillicide. The album is a perfect encapsulation of the band's sensibilities, utilizing a post-hardcore aesthetic to deliver interesting and unexpected examples of math rock and heavy metal riffing. After 9 years, the band is still going strong, delivering more and more diversity and excitement with each release.
Here is the track list from Stillicide:
1. More Weight
3. Tit To Toe
4. Meats and Milks
6. Galloping Mind Fuk
7. Creeping You Company
8. Dream Long
11. Worth Your Wild
Stillicide opens instrumentally with the track “More Weight,” a heady and bombastic kickoff track to whet the appetite as it transitions to the heavy-hitting “Untoxicated.” “Untoxicated” is droney and fuzzed out in the best way. I get a kick out of the riff and the dreamy vocals on this song. I know I'm going to find myself listening to this again.
Their lead single from the album, “Tit For Toe,” is a great example of their blend of math and metal, a continual beat sets the course for the duet of the vocalists to play off one another, leading to a really big and triumphant final section that made my hair raise. If you're looking for heavy, the song “Meats & Milks” was written for you. It sludges along for the first 3rd of the track and eventually kicks into high-gear with power. It's killer and it's one of my favorite tracks on the album.
The title track “Stillicide” and “Galloping Mind Fuk” are wonderful chugging tracks that keep up the intensity of the album's flow, while “Creeping You Company” brings the speed down just a bit before building back up to the explosion of sound that is “Dream Long.”
The moth “math rock” sound on the album comes with “Bullygoat,” another excellent standout for me. Check this out if you like tight harmonies and interesting guitar play. “Worth Your Wild” is the last huge standout and send-off to the album, drawing the adventure to a bombastic close.
Helms Alee prove with this album that they can get the job done and get it done right. I'm looking forward to their next outing.
Helms Alee are in the middle of a big tour with The Melvins, so you can check out the tour dates right here!
Helms Alee Remaining Tour Dates:
Sep 10 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
Sep 11 Jackson, MS - Duling Hall
Sep 12 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
Sep 13 Little Rock, AR - Metroplex
Sep 14 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Sep 15 Oklahoma City, OK - The ACM @ UCO Performance Lab
Sep 16 Norman, OK - Opolis
Sep 17 Austin, TX - The Sidewinder
Sep 18 San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
Sep 20 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
Sep 21 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
with RUSSIAN CIRCLES
Sep 23-24 Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Fest
Sep 25 Detroit, MI - El Club
Sep 26 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Sep 28 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
Sep 29 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Sep 30 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
Oct 01 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 02 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall
Oct 04 Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5
Oct 05 Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Oct 06 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
Oct 07 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
Oct 08 Austin, TX - Barracuda
Oct 09 Dallas, TX – RBC