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Seeing Eye Dog

Helmet

Seeing Eye Dog

LabelWork Song
VertriebAlive
VÖ-Datum24.9.2010

Nur Bassist Chris Taynor ist ihm treu geblieben. Ansonsten steht Page Hamilton schon seit langem allein auf weiter Flur - spätestens auch beim Publikum seit Monochrome (2006). Die Bandbesetzungen forderten immer wieder Verwirrungen heraus und selbst hochkarätige Fans warfen Hamilton vor, nur noch das Geld vor Augen zu haben. Alles andere sei groß angelegtes Schauspiel. Es ist folglich wenig verwunderlich, dass die wenigsten noch ein gelungenes Album Helmets glauben.

Die Paarung aus Wut, Post Punk/Alternative-Metal mit dem Jazz-Hintergrund der Erst-Mitglieder führten zu der mathematisch minimalistischen Akkuranz des Klassikers Meantime und der harschen Experimentierflanke Betty. Der Underground der 90er kam an Helmet nicht vorbei, aber die Glanzzeit schien passé. Das neue Jahrtausend wollte Page Hamilton mit (s)einer neuen Band Gandhi beginnen. Das Demo war aufgenommen, doch Helmet versuchten es erneut und wie es sich für einen echten Chef seiner Marke gehört, fanden sich selbstverständlich einige Gandhi-Songs (z.B. Smart, See You Dead) auf Size Matters wieder. Die positiven Reaktionen blieben Mangelware. Und 2010 wird sich nicht viel ändern.

Seeying Eye Dog ist der nette Versuch, wieder an gute alte Tage anzuknüpfen, doch fehlt die letzte Überzeugungskraft des Albums, um diesem Vorhaben auch gerecht zu werden. Hamilton versucht, mit alten Rezepten den Geist wieder aufleben zu lassen und hangelt sich direkt an alte Riffmachenschaften: So Long. Wahrlich kein schlechter Versuch, eingängig obendrein und ein direktes Highlight. Aber der letzte Schliff der meisten Songs auf Seeing Eye Dog fehlt und die/eine neuere Idee wäre sicher ein feiner Zug gewesen. Auch wenn Helmet alias Hamilton mit dieser Gewalt meinen, vermeintlich nichts anbrennen lassen können. Ebenso mit der des Titeltracks des Albums. Ein gegentaktig angesetztes Riff und die Erinnerung an den Song Meantime schnellt hoch. Deja entendu. Reihenweise. Fortwährend. Und es wird im Laufe des Albums immer deutlicher: mehr als ein Aufguss vergangener Jahre ist Seeing Eye Dog nicht geworden.

Das Album strotzt vor Verweisen. Und die Wut wird weniger gelebt als in die neuen Jahre gerettet - nahezu schwach eintättowiert und demzufolge wenig glaubhaft können die Tracks dieses Bestreben vermitteln. Ein unvorhersehbares Ereignis eines experimentelleren Betty wäre eine andere, brennende Geste und Alternative gewesen. Doch so verblassen die Tracks im Schatten ihrer eigenen, selbstgebauten Vorbilder.

Tracklist:
  1. So Long
  2. Seeing Eye Dog
  3. Welcome To Algiers
  4. La Water
  5. In Person
  6. Morphing
  7. White City
  8. And Your Bird Can Sing
  9. Miserable
  10. She's Lost
Unsere Bewertung:
5 von 10
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