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Helix is Canada's longest serving metal band, established in 1974 in Kitchener, Ontario. The original members were Bruce Arnold (drums), Brian Vollmer (lead vocals), Don Simmons (keyboards), Rick Trembley & Ron Watson (guitars) and Keith Zurbrigg (bass). The band went through many membership changes in their first couple of years of existence, eventually ending up with Brian Doerner (drums), Brian Vollmer (lead vocals) Brent Doerner & Paul Hackman (guitars) and Keith Zurbrigg by the time they recorded their first indie album in 1979 on the H&S label. By this time they had toured Canada from coast to coast (with the exception of Newfoundland) with several trips south of the border to Ypsilanti, Michigan (The Underground Club) and to New York State (The After Dark in Lockport and The Penny Arcade in Rochester). Their first album, Breaking Loose, changed all that. Due to airplay from Joe Anthony of KISS/KAMAC in San Antonio and Chris Johnson of Amarillo College they embarked on their first tour of the Lone Star State with four dates: Houston and Dallas at the Bijou Club, Helotes with Y&T, (an outdoor concert) and Amarillo College at Jackson Street Live (another outdoor concert). The song "You're A Woman Now" from Breaking Loose became a hit in the state and still gets airplay to this day.

The band's second album "White Lace & Black Leather" was released in 1983. By this time Brian Doerner had been replaced by Leo Niebedeck and Keith Zurbrigg had been replaced by Mike Uzilac. Women Whiskey & Sin, the first single from this album became a Number One Import in the U.K., and the band started to get ink in music mags such as KERRANG and SOUNDS. Back in Canada the magazine MUSIC EXPRESS was a huge supporter of the band, helping to raise their profile right across the county. By 1983 the band was one of the highest paid bands on the Canadian bar circuit. In between sets they had sold 15,000 copies of their first two indie albums, which made the major labels sit up and notice.

The band was finally signed to Capitol/E.M.I on their third album