When Canada's Helix burst upon the scene, the band was compared to April Wine and generally celebrated. The gang was formed in 1974 as The Helix Field Band. This act's first ever show was at a local high school and played covers of bands like Uriah Heep and Golden Earring. The debut LP was a success and the band even ventured into the USA for shows. The reception to White Heather & Black Lace was not as positive and following another album the hard rockers appeared on the verge of oblivion when it was rumoured that Vollmer took off to join Strutz. In fact, the band obtained a major deal with Capitol and head out to Europe to tour with Kiss. The act opened for Headpins at home. No Rest For The Wicked was a good effort, although the Kitchener band had lost the Doerner twins by now - although Brian returned for Long Way To Heaven and other albums.
Capitol, directly or indirectly, sent the band back to the drawing board for a more glam metal image. Nevertheless, or because of this fact, Helix had a hit single with the song Heavy Metal Love at this time. The makeover does not work out and by 1990 Helix is back on an independent. The band also released a sampler on the local Maximum Records, which also counted Anvil as a member of its roster.
Paul Hackman was killed on the road in Western Canada whilst on tour. Greg Fraser joined for It's A Business Doing Pleasure. Business was extremely slow, however, and the band called it a day. Vollmer became a vocal coach and various band members became studio musicans. Half-Alive was a collection of live and studio songs largely culled and released by Vollmer and the band. Vollmer and Gray collected a number of guest musicians and toured across Canada at the turn of the century. The band also released a DVD sampler.
Helix was preparing a new studio album and a thirtieth anniversary video in 2003. Helix released a new studio CD called The Power Of Rock And Roll through Capital Records/EMI in September of 2007. The band was singer Brian Vollmer, Jeff Fountain (bass), Steve Georgakopoulos (lead Guitar) and Rob MacEachern (drums). Helix was rehearsing for a new 2009 album due through AOR Heaven. The band was singer Brian Vollmer, guitarists Brent Doerner and Jim Lawson, bassist Sean Kelly and drummer Rob MacEachern. Helix announced Vagabond Bones as the title for its next album, which is due in the winter of 2010 through AOR Heaven. Helix released its new album, Vagabond Bones, on November 17th of 2009 through Universal Music in Canada. Singer Brian Vollmer and new guitarist Sean Kelly (Crash Kelly/Nelly Furtado) wrote the album. Select Canadian dates were planned for November. Toronto's Helix signed a deal with EMI Canada for the release of its acoustic album, Smash Hits Unplugged. The songs That Day is Gonna Come and Dream On were released as singles in January of 2011. Helix was being filmed for the pilot of a reality-TV show called Vagabond Bones in early 2011. Helix was tentatively planning to release a compilation album that autumn featuring five new songs plus tracks from the most recent three CDs, When Pigs Fly (Vollmer’s solo record from 1999), Vagabond Bones, and Power Of Rock And Roll. The band had already issued an acoustic album, Smash Hits Unplugged, in January. In June of 2012 guitarist Brent Doerner left Helix. He would play with the band in Toronto on September 28th and on September 29th in Stratford. Canadian hard rock band Helix picked Bastard Of The Blues as the title for its next album, which was tentatively due in March of 2014. According to singer Brian Vollmer, "The CD will follow in the vein of Vagabond Bones" album. The album featured a new line-up aside from Vollmer of course.
According to the band, actor Michael J. Fox once auditioned for the bassist slot, while comedian Jim Carrey once opened a show for the band performing his comedy routine.