There are plenty of moments of social contradictions, such as these, to be observed when discussing underground music. Interestingly, these moments of inconsistency are often illuminated by the proverbial third man in, the last guy to the fight or a band like Helmet. A band that attracts and organizes the disparate elements of sub and dominate culture in a manner that feels methodical, yet new if not original, while maintaining some level of the familiar. 1989 and 1990, were the years that broke NWA, Nirvana and Sonic Youth. Amidst this, what the fuck is this and what happens next? Helmet's debut album, STRAP IT ON, with it's competent musicianship, staccato riffs, verse then chorus structure and explosive if not deafening power, makes all the sense it possibly can in a changing world. Alternative Press called STRAP IT ON, one of the 90 best albums of the 90's. Rolling Stone gave the album three stars, Q- four stars. Org Music, now offers up the definitive vinyl version of a game changing album by a visionary band who still sound as hard as they do smart.