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Helms Alee - Stillicide

Washington heavy trio Helms Alee had already shared a couple songs from their imminent new LP Stillicide, and now we’re pleased to premiere a stream of the whole album. Produced by Kurt Ballou, Stillicide is officially out Friday (9/2) on Sargent House, and you can pre-order a physical copy of this thing at their store. For now, you can stream Stillicide right here.

This is one of the more sonically varied, genuinely arty metal albums you’re likely to listen to this year. Pulling in elements of sludge, post-rock, math-rock, noise, and plain old hard rock, there are changeups around every corner here, with the uniting factor being that everything is crushingly heavy. They hit so many beats here that it can be hard to keep track of: “Untoxicated” is a shuddering noise/sludge stomp; the title track is an evil doom banger that takes a turn for the soaring and has a bit of an early Kylesa thing going on; “Galloping Mind Fuk” actually made me laugh out loud with a Rage Against The Machine-style rap-rock passage; the verse section of “Bullygoat” has a lovely, unsettling piece of melody that, call me insane, weirdly sounds kind of like Neko Case. In short, it’s really cool.

Helms Alee have a ton of tour dates coming up, both with Melvins and with Russian Circles. That Russian Circles tour comes through NYC for a show at Warsaw on September 30. Tickets for that are on sale now.

All dates for Helms Alee are listed below.

Helms Alee/Melvins — 2016 Tour Dates
Sep 01 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sep 02 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (no Melvins)
Sep 05 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Sep 06 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Sep 07 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Sep 08 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Sep 10 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
Sep 11 Jackson, MS – Duling Hall
Sep 12 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
Sep 13 Little Rock, AR – Metroplex
Sep 14 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Sep 15 Oklahoma City, OK – The ACM @ UCO Performance Lab
Sep 16 Norman, OK – Opolis
Sep 17 Austin, TX – The Sidewinder
Sep 18 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
Sep 20 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
Sep 21 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress

Helms Alee/Russian Circles — 2016 Tour Dates
Sep 23-24 Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Fest
Sep 25 Detroit, MI – El Club
Sep 26 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Sep 28 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Sep 29 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Sep 30 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
Oct 01 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 02 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
Oct 04 Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
Oct 05 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Oct 06 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
Oct 07 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
Oct 08 Austin, TX – Barracuda
Oct 09 Dallas, TX – RBC

Helms Alee — 2016 Tour Dates
Oct 11 Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit
Oct 12 Los Angeles, CA – Complex
Oct 13 San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern
Nov 22 Portland, OR – Lola’s
Nov 23 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

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