Did someone say "Helmet"? They did? Well, fantastic, cause I just so happened to have this here live recording of said band playing on either German television or German radio (I'm not positive which, but if anyone from the Fatherland reads this, maybe they could translate and let us all know). The sound quality is tits, and the song selection is for the most part...uh, what's not quite as good as tits? Personality?
Sorry, that was sexist.
Misogyny aside, point is, the song selection is good, but you do have to deal with a couple jammers off of "Aftertaste", which live, aren't nearly as bad as that record would lead you to believe. And while I'm not here to say, "Helmet sucks after 'Betty'", I will say they weren't nearly as effective or enjoyable. Which is to say, they kinda did suck after 'Betty' isn't it? I suppose that if you judge most bands against the first three Helmet records they would "kinda suck" too.
In their heyday Helmet was pretty much unstoppable, and while 1997 was a few years after their prime, they were still a formidable killing machine, as evidenced by their versions of "Wilma's Rainbow", "FBLA II", and "Ironhead" on this recording. Holy fuck do those still smoke.
* Thanks to our eagle-eyed (and eared) Teutonic reader Mr Floppy for correcting me on the true origins of this particular bootleg. The files have been re-tagged and re-uploaded.