Lord Helmet is the new post-prog project from former The Shadow Principle member David Tomkins and ex.Sloth drummer Adam Figura, you know the very underrated hard rock band with only one album released in 2003 - "Dead Generation".
The Shadow Principle released two albums with Tompkins, "Golden State" from 2012 and "Oblivion" from 2016. Both are very good but quite different soundwise from eachother. The first being more of a prog-oriented hard rock affair with new wave-ish melodies, while the second has elements of NWOBHM and punkrock.
Tompkins left TSP in 2017 to focus on more proggy material, the way he wanted to TSP to take after "Golden State" but didn´t. The debut album "Forget the end of the world" from Lord Helmet has more in common with the first TSP album than "Oblivion". Tompkins handles everything except drums and this time around he lets his bass stand back to let forward atmospheric guitars in a rather bleak soundscape. But oh, what a beautiful sound it is.
When the production lack of clarity, the music compensate in passion and strong melodies. It´s not so hard to figure out that Tompkins is a huge fan of David Bowie because Lord Helmet is the child of Bowie´s "Low" (1977), Rush´s "Vapor Trails" (2002) and Dredg´s "Catch without arms" (2005).
Highlights : Remade, Forget the end of the world, In blue