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Sadly, the two terms “super-group” and “short-lived” are invariably synonymous. Here’s the all-too-familiar tale: talented individuals from different bands join forces to a huge fanfare of hype and all is well.
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playBut then, a mere album/tour cycle or two later, the so-called “super-group” implodes and disappears. History has proven this irrefutable truth time-and-time again…
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playThankfully, every rule has an exception and HELLYEAH is a truly remarkable exception to this one….to the tune of 12 years; six albums; tireless touring; and a genuine brotherhood that’s as palpable off-stage as it was on. Unfortunately, as we are all acutely aware, the band’s story took a tragic twist on June 22nd, 2018, when world-renowned drummer, Vinnie Paul Abbott, left this mortal coil to once more be reunited with his beloved brother, Dimebag Darrell. Dauntless, the heartbroken HELLYEAH bravely soldiered on to complete the album Vinnie had already recorded his drum parts for – the outfit’s sixth offering, the brand new, Welcome Home. “The world deserves to hear Vinnie’s last piece of work,” lead guitarist, Christian Brady, states. “He was so proud of it. There was definitely a huge sense of responsibility to honor his legacy.”
HELLYEAH is the brain-child of Mudvayne frontman, Chad Gray, and Nothingface founder, Tom Maxwell. It became a reality in 2006 when the pair successfully convinced Vinnie Paul, the legendary drummer of Pantera and Damageplan, to pick up his sticks again after the tragic loss of his equally legendary brother. “The first few times Chad and Tom asked me, my answer was ‘No.’” Vinnie told me a few years later, before adding with his usual trademark grin: “But, they were real persistent and also had a really infectious, positive attitude, so I eventually decided to give it a go.” Hard rock and metal fans all over the globe joyously celebrated Vinnie’s return and HELLYEAH was immediately dubbed “a heavy metal super-group” by press and public alike.
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playThe band’s self-titled, debut hit the streets in 2007, entering the Billboard 200 album chart at number 9. 2010’s Stampede hit number 8 on the same prestigious chart, and 2012’s Band of Brothers proved that HELLYEAH was in it for the long haul. “I honestly feel that Vinnie found something with us that gave him that passion again,” Tom states. “HELLYEAH reignited his fire and made him love getting back on stage again. That’s what’s kept us all going for so long – our genuine love for what we do.”
For the band’s ever-growing legion of fans, 2014’s, Blood for Blood, was the “bar-setting” release they’d been anxiously anticipating since day one. This critically acclaimed album deservedly debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Album chart. It also saw the group’s membership stabilize in rock-solid fashion with the introduction of Christian Brady on lead guitar and Kyle Sanders on bass.
As a result of the burgeoning success of Blood for Blood, HELLYEAH toured the globe for 18 grueling yet glorious months. Then, after a mere two-week break, the boys started working on album #5. The resulting release, 2016’s metal-masterpiece, UNDEN!ABLE, continued the brutal bombast of its predecessor.
“As well as being one of the best drummers of all time, Vinnie also knew his way around songs really well,” Maxwell reveals. “His input was always really positive and he taught me how to harness hooks and really focus on riffs, while not being busy or disjointed. His philosophy, especially since Blood for Blood, was to write songs that were so musically good that you could listen to them without vocals and they’d still take you for a ride. We really reigned in on that art on this new album, Welcome Home.”
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playIn late 2017, after another successful bout of touring, HELLYEAH started work on album six with their producer since Blood for Blood, Kevin Churko. “Kevin is a huge part of the HELLYEAH family,” Christian Brady states. “He’s brought a lot of things out of this band.” All was going well – really well – until Friday, June 22nd, 2018, when the heart-wrenching news of Vinnie Paul’s sudden and unexpected passing, quite literally stunned the hard rock world into silence. He was 54 years young…
“We were so far ahead with the music that we decided to take a little breather, to give Chad some time to work on his melody lines and lyrics,” Sanders states. “We all left the studio that Thursday evening, Tom and myself flew home on Friday and Vinnie passed that night.”
The fact that Vinnie had not only completed recording his drums on HELLYEAH’s new Welcome Home album but was truly delighted with both his performance and the material is perhaps the only slight glimmer of possible solace regarding his tragic passing. “Once a song was completed to Vinnie’s satisfaction, he’d put his stamp of approval on it and move on to the next one,” Vinnie’s bass playing partner, Kyle recounts. “He did that for every single song on this album.”
Despite their unimaginable feelings of both loss and pain, the four remaining HELLYEAH members regrouped to do what they knew Vinnie would want them to do: Finish what he’d started. And driven by their love, loyalty, reverence, and respect for their fallen brother, they did exactly that. The result is Welcome Home - a truly stunning album that does both Vinnie’s memory and groundbreaking legacy proud.
Heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah (appropriate name) features singer Chad Gray from Mudvayne, Tom Maxwell on guitar from Nothingface and, as the beating heart of the band, Pantera legend Vinnie Paul on drums. Hellyeah was the first time Vinnie Paul got back behind the kit (publicly) after the tragic murder of his guitarist brother Dimebag Darrel, and as a result there has always been something of a celebratory and emotional vibe about the whole project (lots of their songs are about or dedicated to Dimebag).
Of course, Chad Gary’s vocals are extremely distinctive and as a result their recorded output can sound like a mutated, straightforward version of his day job - but they are so much more than that, taking influences from all the members’ past and present bands.
I first encountered their brand of southern-tinted groove metal at the Apollo in Hammersmith, London, when they were supporting Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour (on Halloween!). They gave it their all and triumphed with relative ease, with songs like ‘Alcohaulin Ass’ perfectly summing up their cowboy, country metal aspirations. Witnessing Vinnie Paul behind a drumkit was something of a dream come true for me, a former drummer and Pantera superfan.
Hellyeah seem to get better with each album, so I would recommend going to check them out live when they next tour.
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playSome bands get their name absolutely right and Texan supergroup Hellyeah are a great example of this as if you ask anybody after their show if they enjoyed themselves the resounding response is: 'hell yeah!'.
The metal supergroup features previous members of Mudvayne, Nothingface and Pantera so when they announced tours back in 2006 a fanbase was already present for the band to go out and play to. They have now released four albums and the setlist comprises of the best selections from all releases without having to rely on the members' previous back catalogues. The energy of the whole room is high and the crowd are ready to clap, stomp and jump along to gigantic renditions of 'Matter of Time' and 'War in Me'. There is a small mosh pit near the front which remains throughout the show which impresses lead singer Chad Gray as he commands the audience to 'lose their fucking minds' for the last two songs 'You Wouldn't Know' and 'Hellyeah!' as they surge as one towards the piercing guitar riffs and thumping percussion booming out of the stage above.
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playHellYeah were absolutely amazing from the offset, and although this may sound a little byest but from my point of view, but their presentation, performance, interaction and message to and with the crowd no matter how little or over powering we were was clear and second to none.
Wether or not anyone is into this kind of music, I would highly recommend listening or even reading through the lyrics, researching them or just taking a chance at something new.
HellYeah rocked hard! I left refreshed in heart, Mind, soul and body. Highly recommend.
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playAwesome show -4th time seeing HELLYEAH and they keep getting better! I was told that someone hit the floor and stayed down for a few in the mosh pit, I was front row centre and enjoyed every minute of it. When HELLYEAH returns I WILL BE THERE!! Venue was new for me and I loved the set up very comfortable and sound was excellent !! All bands did a great job definitely a good night out !!
In one word? Hellyeah! Awesome performance. Had seen them before opening for Avenged Sevenfold and they were awesome then but didn't get to do too long of a line-up, but this was great, they were from and center this time and I think they really cut loose more, therefore. Will never miss them when they're in my area!
The "Hellyeah" concert in Christchurch was amazing!!!
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playHad the best time. Good venue, well organised.
Would see them again.
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playThe best therapy money can buy!!!
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playThe only bad thing was there didn't seam to be many people attend, which was disappointing.
Killer show! Was our second time seeing Hellyeah. Both shows had high energy, great music, this is a band that really knows how to get the crowd jumping! Plus Chad Gray has the most intense vocals! Was totally worth braving the cold night.
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playThis was an awesome experience something I wouldn't change down for anything what a great time great people got good and drunk had good friends I would do this again and again and again and again Hellyeah is one of the best groups there is
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playIt was a really good show. I was a little disappointed that they didn't play "Hush", but it was a cool venue and a rocking show.The 1st opening band Righteous Vendetta was also really good. That was a pleasant surprise.
We had a fantastic time. They put on the best hard rocking concert. The music was so kick butt. We enjoyed it so much. Can't wait to see them again. The lights, the music and everything about them was terrific.
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playGreat band! Awesome live and very entertaining. Everyone that loves metal needs to see them at least once in their life. Chad Grey has an amazing voice. Hellyeah is badass. #join the hellyeah family
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playThey were awesome. I was really impressed with his ability to belt out a scream like he does after so many years. They kept the energy high and the music loud just like metal is suppose to be.
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playWhat an awesome show!!!!!!So much interaction with the crowd. How can you
not love them!
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playChad has so much energy and emotion.
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playHellyeah kicked some serious butt.
Love love love
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playbad as show love them super show got see them very time they come and I never been disappointed they rock
meet all kinds of people who are there for they same thing just like us
快穿之妩媚系统h,带道具上学playHellyeah put on a great show!!! I never got to see Pantera back when I was young, so to see Vinny Paul "up close" was surreal! Super high energy gig and well worth it!
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