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Helms Alee

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  • Formed: Seattle, WA
  • Years Active: 2000s

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Formed in 2007, Seattle, Washington’s Helms Alee meld jangly shoegaze with sludge to create a hybrid sound all their own. Featuring the talents of former Harkonen bassist Ben Verellen on guitar as well as bassist Dana James and drummer Hozoji Margullis, the band’s loose, melodic sludge simultaneously evokes the effervescent discordance of the Pixies and the pounding heaviness of Big Business. The trio made its full-length debut in 2008 with Night Terror, released by Hydra Head. For their sophomore record, Helms Alee went into the studio with Minus the Bear’s Matt Bayles, who would produce their 2011 album, Weatherhead. A third album, Sleepwalking Sailors, arrived on Sargent House in early 2014.

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Discover: Hydra Head Records

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

"One of the defining traits of many Hydra Head releases would be the marriage between the ugly and the beautiful, the dissonant and the melodic," says former ISIS frontman Aaron Turner, a co-founder of the label alongside Mark Thompson. "This kind of synthesis is apparent through many of our artists regardless of genre, perhaps at times in spite of it." In other words, there's more to Hydra Head than a battering ram blend of molten melodies,… more »