Helmut are a band from Switzerland that combines stoner, doom, and sludge metal with 70's blues/southern rock and this is a review of their 2012 album "XI IX XI" which was released by Heimathome Records.
Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with not much in the way of fast playing or blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced riffs that combine sludge, stoner, doom, blues and groove metal together, while the lead guitars are very 70's rock sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use full chords, sound effects and finger picking to bring a southern rock feeling to the music with a brief use of slide guitar playing.
Vocals range from deep death/groove metal growls, high pitched sludge screams and clean singing vocals, while the lyrics cover dark and everyday themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound to it.
In my opinion Helmut are a very great sounding sludge/stoner/doom/groove/blues metal hybrid and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Divine Kebab" "Tap 7" "Chickenbrian' and "Doomkopf". RECOMMENDED BUY.