|Studio album by Helmet|
|Released||18 March 1997|
|Recorded||July–November 1996 at Capitol and Hollywood Sound in Los Angeles and RPM in New York|
|Genre||Alternative metal, post-hardcore|
|Producer||Dave Sardy and Helmet|
|Singles from Aftertaste|
Aftertaste is the fourth album by Helmet, released in 1997 on Interscope. This proved to be Helmet's final album with original members John Stanier (drums) and Henry Bogdan (bass). Guitarist Rob Echeverria, who appeared on Helmet's previous outing, Betty, left the group to join Biohazard. Subsequently, the album was recorded as a three-piece, with Page Hamilton covering all the guitar parts. Guitarist Chris Traynor (formerly of Orange 9mm) came on board for the supporting tour.
Aftertaste harkens back to Helmet's earlier sound, omitting some of the experimental/jazz tendencies of Betty. The album met with a mixed critical reaction and poor commercial response and went out of print in 2006.
Writing and production
Hamilton said his goal in writing the album was to create a greater mix between smarts and crunch.
"I don't want to say that I'm sick of the visceral animal response that we get - I'm not, But I need more than that. I need more than seeing a bunch of kids jumping around and breaking each other's noses. I feel like I really need to communicate with an audience who will listen. I'm painted into a corner. Whatever I write in a rock 'n' roll context will elicit a conditioned response, unless I quit rock and make a country record or something."
Aborted 1996 release
The album was close to being released in the fall of 1996, with promotional interviews being held (Visions Magazin 09/1996 cover story) and advance tapes being sent to journalists. A 1996 version of the track "Insatiable" featuring the same intro that appeared as the final albums intro to "Pure" was released on the German Metal Hammer's magazine CD "Offroad Tracks Vol4" in the fall of 1996. The album release was withdrawn and the mix duties were handed from Producer Dave Sardy to Terry Date. The version of "Pure" that appeared on the "Exactly What You Wanted" CD single in 1997 appears to be taken from this early version of the album. The track list of the early version wouldve held Insatiable as the opening track and Pure as the album closer. "Renovation" at the time was not included in the album as it was to be contributed exclusively to a Soundtrack compilation album.
The album was met with mixed to positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic staff writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album a negative review, writing "Without the invention of Betty or the gut-level force of Meantime, Helmet is simply a bland alternative metal band, lacking riffs, hooks, and purpose and relying only on volume. It's a shocking and disheartening turn of events for one of the more intriguing metal bands of the '90s." Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme has mentioned Aftertaste as his favourite album.
All tracks written by Page Hamilton, except where noted.
|2.||"Renovation"||Bogdan, Hamilton, Stanier||2:55|
|3.||"Exactly What You Wanted"||2:36|
|4.||"Like I Care"||3:19|
|8.||"It's Easy to Get Bored"||3:26|
|12.||"Insatiable"||Bogdan, Hamilton, Stanier||2:31|
|Japanese bonus track|
|1997||The Billboard 200||47|
|1997||"Exactly What You Wanted"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||19|
- Ralph Cacciurri – Recording Assistant
- Terry Date – Mixing
- Suz Dyer – Recording Assistant
- Greg Gordan – Recording
- Helmet – Producer
- Dave Sardy – Producer
- Ted Jensen – Mastering
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- Aftertaste at AllMusic
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Albums such [as] Meantime (1992), Betty (1994) and even Aftertaste (1997) eschewed the traditional concept of heavy music, trademarked the drop-d power-groove in 5/4, and pioneered a whole new trend in music. Even now, these albums stand on their own as definitive texts in post-metal.
- "Helmet's riff-heavy, smart sound hits S.L.". Deseret News. 1997-07-04. Retrieved 2013-02-26.
- "muse : archives - microcuts.net - July 1999". microcuts.net.