"Helmet are definitely highly influential. Without a doubt. And this album is a must-own for all Helmet fans, as i believe it's probably their best album.
Starting off with Repetition, you know you're in for a headbanging 30 or so minutes from then on. Rude kicks off with a kinda long drum intro, then the riff...Is just HELMET. Helmet really are unique in the way they structure their riffs. Paige Hamilton might not be the best vocalist in Alternative/Metal/Grunge..But the music more than makes up for that.
Bad Mood is one of the best songs on here. Pretty fast, in which if they had a video for it i think they'd have someone getting chased by the Cops or something. Sinatra, the next song, is the longest song on this CD, as it goes for 4:30 mins. It's pretty good, then it gets better at around 2:40 secs, as it builds and builds and builds..then yet another trademark Helmet riff begins, really heavy as Paige Hamilton is screaming, "What's the best for me?!" over and over.
The weakest songs on here, which aren't even that weak just not as good as Helmet can really do, are probably FBLA and Make Room. Distracted is a very good riff-based song yet again. My 2 other favourites on this album, aside from (pretty much all of them, but..) Bad Mood..are Blacktop and Murder. Murder, i think, has the best Paige Hamilton screaming on it. And Blacktop has probably the coolest riff in it. Very headbangable.
All in all, a great Helmet album. For all fans of Helmet, get this if you haven't already. And to all those who haven't yet bought any Helmet albums, i'd buy this first and see what you think. If you like this, i'm sure you'll enjoy all of their other albums. This album is extremely good.
Orgins of Helmet
Wolfdog | 12/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This debut album "Strap it on" shown many Metal Heads that you do not need long hair to pump out some serious tunes. Quite possibly the most unique bands to ever come out, Helmet announced their entrance with pure Chaos and rage.
The Album is one of art. Paige Hamilton's singing (sorry Screaming) compliments the entire bands attitude. You can search for the most heavist of metal bands and none could compete or be compared to this bands sound and harshness.
As for the album itself? If you enjoy pure destruction, you will love this album. The guitar harmonics and distortion will really get your heart pumping, your mind to go slowly down the road of beautiful insanity. Songs like Repetition, Rude, FBLA will make peoples head turn (Especially Slipknot, Linkin Park fans) and wonder "What the heck is that"? If you love pure metal, buy this album! You will not be disapointed."
Great driving music
D. E. | Alpharetta, GA USA | 05/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD at a Helmet show in Mobile, AL (at the "Vincent Van GO-GO" in '91 ???) before it was in stores. A few years later there were LOTS of bands with a similar dissonant, crunchy sound but at the time these guys so amazingly different from anyone else that this album is still one of my favorites. I think Helmet is one of those bands that influenced a disproportionate number of other bands relative to their own commercial success. Very heavy stuff. Not at all the obnoxious kind of "heavy" stuff you usually associate with angry, zit-faced adolescent teens (ie: Maralyn Manson, Korn, Pantera, Metallica, etc.). I would place these guys more in the "league of there own" category with the likes of the Ministry or Jesus Lizard."
Which Helmet are you?
DB | Burlington, VT | 09/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To me there are two careers to Helmet, the "Meantime" and the "Aftertaste". Most Helmet fans are Meantime, I'm an Aftertaste. Strap It On is the predecessor to Meantime and shows a lot of metal influences while still having its own unique style. I guess I would call it a heavier Henry Rollins and Black Flag if anything. While I am a fan of the early Helmet stuff, Aftertaste is really uncomparable. No matter which side you are on Helmet should be part of your collection including Strap It On."
Five stars is a gross underestimation
Surgerator | Tampa, FL | 12/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have had this CD for 9 years now (today is 12/13/01) and I still get get a thrashing vibe from it! These hard rifts make it easily one of the best albums ever produced!"