In the Meantime (Helmet song)

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"In the Meantime"
Single by Helmet
from the album Meantime
ReleasedJune 29, 1992
Format Vinyl
Recorded1992 at Chicago Recording Company
Genre Alternative metal, post-hardcore, groove metal
Label Amphetamine Reptile
Songwriter(s) Page Hamilton
Producer(s) Steve Albini, Helmet
Helmet singles chronology
"Give It"
"In the Meantime"
"Primitive/Born Annoying 1993"

"In the Meantime" is a song from the American alternative metal band Helmet's second album Meantime . It was nominated the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1992.


Recording and production

The song was recorded by Steve Albini and later remixed by Andy Wallace. Wallace's style of mixing, which involves (among other things) triggered samples and a cleaner more polished sound, irritated Albini. Later, when in negotiations to record Nirvana's In Utero , he stipulated a clause be added to his contract stating that Wallace would not be allowed to remix the album, after he had mixed Nevermind , which was released nine months before Meantime.

Cover versions

The song was covered by Soulfly on their 2004 album Prophecy, and by Pig Destroyer on their compilation album Painter of Dead Girls . In 2018, Lamb of God covered the song and it is featured in the band's cover album Legion: XX (under their original name Burn the Priest).


1999 The Boston Phoenix United States "The 90 Best Songs of the 90s"* [1]
2004 Kerrang! United Kingdom "666 Songs You Must Own (Alternative Rock)"8 [2]
"*" denotes an unordered list.

Track listing

Amphetamine Reptile Records 7" vinyl

Side A
1."In the Meantime"3:04
Side B
1."No Nicky No" (instrumental)2:13

Promo single

1."In the Meantime"3:04

Rock Ahead Records 12" vinyl

Side A
1."In the Meantime"3:04
Side B
2."You Borrowed"3:49



Technical crew


  1. "The Boston Phoenix - The 90 Best Songs of the 90s". The Boston Phoenix . Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  2. "Kerrang! - 666 Songs You Must Own (Alternative Rock)". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2010-01-18.