In the Meantime (Helmet song)

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"In the Meantime"
Helmet In the Meantime.jpeg
Single by Helmet
from the album Meantime
ReleasedJune 29, 1992
Format Vinyl
Recorded1992 at Chicago Recording Company
Genre Alternative metal, post-hardcore
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 for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1992.

Alternative metal is a rock music fusion genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres not normally associated with metal. Alternative metal bands are often characterized by heavily downtuned, mid-paced guitar riffs, a mixture of accessible melodic vocals and harsh vocals and sometimes unconventional sounds within other heavy metal styles. The term has been in use since the 1980s, although it came into prominence in the 1990s.

Helmet (band) band

Helmet is an American alternative metal band from New York City formed in 1989. Founded by vocalist and lead guitarist Page Hamilton, Helmet has had numerous lineup changes, and Hamilton has been the only constant member.

<i>Meantime</i> (album) 1992 studio album by Helmet

Meantime is the second studio album and major label debut by American alternative metal band Helmet, released on June 23, 1992 through Interscope Records.


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.

Steve Albini American record engineer and rock musician

Steven Albini is an American musician, record producer, audio engineer and music journalist. He was a member of Big Black, Rapeman and Flour, and is a member of Shellac. He is the founder, owner and principal engineer of Electrical Audio, a recording studio complex in Chicago. In 2018, Albini estimated that he had worked on several thousand albums during his career.

Andy Wallace is an American music studio engineer with a long track record of successful productions, beginning with the 1986 production of the Run-DMC/Aerosmith collaboration on "Walk This Way" with Rick Rubin. Following this breakout success, Wallace went on to work with Feeder, Sum 41, The Cult, Slayer, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Sepultura, Soulfly, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, The Misfits, White Zombie, Jeff Buckley, Ben Folds Five, Faith No More, Rollins Band, Rush, Alice Cooper, Bernard Butler, Bad Religion, Sonic Youth, L7, Guns N' Roses, Rage Against the Machine, Front 242, Alabama 3, Linkin Park, Trapt, Foo Fighters, Silverchair, At the Drive-In, Staind, Sevendust, Blind Melon, System of a Down, Phish, Skunk Anansie, A Perfect Circle, Limp Bizkit, 3 Doors Down, Fuel, Chevelle, Disturbed, Paul McCartney, The Cribs, Atreyu, Young Astronauts Club, Avenged Sevenfold, Dream Theater, Ghost, A Day to Remember and many others. As of October 2005, over 80 million album units had been sold worldwide that contained a credit to Andy Wallace.

<i>In Utero</i> (album) 1993 studio album by Nirvana

In Utero is the third and final studio album by American rock band Nirvana, released on September 21, 1993, by DGC Records. Nirvana intended for the record to diverge significantly from the polished, refined production of its previous album, Nevermind (1991). To capture a more abrasive and natural sound, the group hired engineer Steve Albini to record In Utero during a two-week period in February 1993 at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. The music was quickly recorded within that time with few studio embellishments. The song lyrics and album packaging largely incorporated medical imagery that conveyed frontman Kurt Cobain's outlook on his publicized personal life and his band's newfound fame.

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).

Soulfly heavy metal band

Soulfly is an American heavy metal band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997. The original lyrical content revolved around spirituality, political and religious themes, with later albums encompassing other themes including war, violence, aggression, slavery, hatred and anger. Soulfly is led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, who formed the band after he left the Brazilian group in 1996. To date the band has released eleven studio albums, one tour EP, twenty-three singles, one video album, and twelve music videos. Their debut album, Soulfly, was released on April 21, 1998, while their most recent album, Ritual, was released on October 19, 2018.

<i>Prophecy</i> (Soulfly album) 2004 studio album by Soulfly

Prophecy is the fourth studio album by the metal band Soulfly and it was released in 2004.

Pig Destroyer American band

Pig Destroyer is an American grindcore band formed in 1997 in Alexandria, Virginia. The band was formed by vocalist J.R. Hayes, guitarist Scott Hull, and drummer John Evans. Throughout the band's earlier history, they were a three-piece group until sampler Blake Harrison joined in 2006, notably had no bassist until the inclusion of John Jarvis in 2013, and went through 2 past drummers with the role currently held by Adam Jarvis. Pig Destroyer is one of the most well-known grindcore bands in the genre due to Hayes's poetic lyrics, Hull's incorporation of thrash, punk, and doom influences in songwriting, and diverse and precise drumming.


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



Peter Mengede is a musician best known as the former guitarist for Helmet. He formed his own group, Handsome, in 1993 with former members of Quicksand, Cro-Mags and Murphy's Law. They released one album before disbanding in 1998

Guitar Fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Henry Bogdan, is an American musician. He is perhaps best known as the original bass guitarist and a founding member of the alternative metal band, Helmet. Henry Bodgan played bass for all of Helmet's albums released up until 1997 which included Strap It On, Meantime, Betty, and Aftertaste.

Technical crew

Wharton Tiers American record producer

Wharton Tiers is an American audio engineer, record producer, drummer and percussionist.

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  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.