Aftertaste (album)

Aftertaste (album)

Aftertaste is the fourth album by Helmet, released in 1997 on Interscope. This proved to be Helmet's final album with original members John Stanier (drums) and Henry Bogdan (bass). Guitarist Rob Echeverria, who appeared on Helmet's previous outing, Betty, left the group to join Biohazard. Subsequently, the album was recorded as a three-piece, with Page Hamilton covering all the guitar parts. Guitarist Chris Traynor (formerly of Orange 9mm) came on board for the supporting tour.

Aftertaste harkens back to Helmet's earlier, rawer sound, omitting some of the experimental/jazz tendencies of Betty. The album met with a lukewarm critical and commercial response. "Exactly What You Wanted" was released as a single.

Track listing

  1. "Pure" – 3:32
  2. "Renovation"† – 2:55
  3. "Exactly What You Wanted" – 2:36
  4. "Like I Care" – 3:19
  5. "Driving Nowhere" – 4:19
  6. "Birth Defect" – 2:31
  7. "Broadcast Emotion" – 2:44
  8. "It's Easy to Get Bored" – 3:26
  9. "Diet Aftertaste" – 3:16
  10. "Harmless" – 2:58
  11. "(High) Visibility" – 2:41
  12. "Insatiable"† – 2:31
  13. "Crisis King" – 3:54

(All tracks by Hamilton, exceptby Bogdan/Hamilton/Stanier)

The Japanese release has one extra track, "Complete", which had also appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 movie Johnny Mnemonic.

Chart positions


Year Chart Position
1997 The Billboard 200 47


Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Exactly What You Wanted" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19


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