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. They licensed the following album Monochrome to Warcon Records in 2006. The band have finished a new album Seeing Eye Dog which will be self owned and set for release via the Indie imprint Work Song as well as being available on exclusive formats through the sales-direct-to-fan platform Topspin.