Page Hamilton

Yeah, he did. He’s a humble guy. And heck — ten years ago, I may have even agreed with him. Now? Not so much. There’s a lot of awesome bands out there, dude.

But yes, Page tells Australia’s Loud Magazine that “it’s frustrating that people write [us] off because we’re affiliated with or credited with or discredited with creating nu-metal and rap metal or whatever the fuck it is, which we sound nothing like. I don’t sit around worrying about that stuff. Is it frustrating, yes, but do I think that we’re better than 99.9% of the other bands out there? Absolutely. Rock or any other genre.”

Salty old Page also complained about the recent tour the band did with St. Vitus and Crowbar.

“You don’t tour the world for twenty five years and not know when someone’s trying to fuck you over. The tour was mismanaged and I think by the end there we were hanging on by our teeth. The band vibe was great. We really enjoyed all the bands and we had a good time, but there was a lot of unnecessary stuff on the business side of things that we’ve never experienced before.”

The mag also asked Page about the comparisons Helmet often gets to…AC/DC? Really? AC/DC? Helmet sound nothing like AC/DC.

“That’s why I think I love AC/DC so much. Everyone thinks it so easy and so simple, but no one can do AC/DC like AC/DC. No one can play that music. You just can’t! You start to play an AC/DC song and it just sounds like a wet noodle. It’s just impossible to do it the way they do it: they’re just so fuckin’ good. I love that about Helmet.”