Helmet was formed in New York City in 1989 by founding members Page Hamilton, Henry Bogdan, Peter Mengede, and John Stanier. The group siged to Amphetamine Reptile Records, and released their first full-length album, Strap It On, in 1991. Interscope Records soon came calling and signed the band in 1992.

The band found mainstream success with their Interscope debut Meantime, which debuted at number 68 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits "Unsung" and "In the Meantime". After releasing two more albums, Helmet broke up in 1998, while leader Page Hamilton explored other projects. Hamilton re-formed Helmet with a new lineup in 2004, and the band released their first post-reunion album, Size Matters, later that year. It was their last release on their longtime label Interscope Records. In 2010, the band's album Seeing Eye Dog was released via the Indie imprint Work Song and made available on exclusive formats via the direct-to-fan platform Topspin.

In 2016, Helmet released Dead To The World - their first album in six years - and followed it with a nearly year-long worldwide tour.