Sound — 8
Helmet's rough and heavy sound is perfectly captured on this CD. Despite the fact the recording is poor, Page Hamilton's Drop D Riff's and Jazz inspired solo's are incredible (the solo to "FBLA" and the grinding opening riff to "Rude"). It's fair to point out that Nu Metal bands such as Korn and Deftones were heavily influenced by this band and let's face it, back in 1989, who else was playing this sort of stuff?
Lyrics — 8
Page Hamilton's lyrics are very angry. On some songs such as "Rude" and "Blacktop" Page can shout and groul like a man possessed, yet on tracks such as "Sinatra" and "Make Room" he sounds not a million miles away from Ozzy Osbourne. The overall impression of the lyrics are that they are dark and reflect a man who seems pissed off the state of affairs rather then his parents.
Overall Impression — 8
From the opening distorted chord of "Repitition" to the crashing climax to the Sonic Youth inspired "Murder", "Strap It On" is a very hard hitting and in my view an influential album. While there are Drop D Riffs a plenty, unlike the bands who followed them there are 8 songs out of the 9 that have solo's, and incrdible solo's that fit the dark nature of the songs. My favourite song off this album is "FBLA", just because the solo is INSANE! while "Sinatra" is my least favourite, although after the first three songs it's understandable to have a quieter song to break things up. If you can find it, buy this album in fact, buy EVERY Helmet album, especially if you like Nu Metal.