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Hell Of A Time



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EVERY NIGHT is a Friday night for HELLYEAH and their fans. No matter what the situation, HELLYEAH's mission is a simple one: to provide fans with good time, spirit-lifting hard rock. When you’re at a HELLYEAH show or listening to their music, everything else takes a backseat to feeling good and focusing on living in the 'here and now’. That’s what real life is all about.

Exclaims frontman Chad Gray: "The band is called HELLYEAH, come on!  It's like, 'Hell yeah, let’s do it!'"

The way Chad sees it, the band is a salve that hard-hit rock fans can turn to in these rough economic times. While life may suck for many right now, HELLYEAH's goal is to bring their music to the people, like a port in the storm, the lifeline to save them from drowning in the harsh realities of life. And really, isn't that why people turn to music in their bleakest hours, for something to connect with?

Despite not-so-humble beginnings as an enjoyable side project for members of Pantera, Mudvayne & Nothingface, one thing is certain about HELLYEAH in 2010: that this is a real band that speaks to real people with their new album, STAMPEDE. While the members may have built their individual reputations in mega-successful, household name metal and rock bands throughout the years, when you strip things right down, the HELLYEAH musicians are essentially normal, average Americans who LOVE their music…

“First and foremost, we said if we were going to do this, it’d be about having a good time, with kick ass music and drinks, not a big corporate fuckin’ supergroup bullshit deal,” explains legendary drummer Vinnie Paul. “We have great chemistry, and for this second record, we knew that we’d found ourselves as a live band. So we wanted to translate what came off of the stage into the studio, with that same power and energy. But actually, the music is deeper and more diverse than that. Obviously, our roots are metal, but we have ties with Southern rock too, like Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Marshall Tucker Band, and we're bringing that out more on these new recordings...”

HELLYEAH toured for only nine months behind their 2007-released, self-titled debut, and they managed to sell nearly 400,000 records in the process. They performed at Family Values with Korn and at the lone Ozzfest date in Dallas, Texas in 200?, before the members took time off to attend to other commitments. However, in that short time span, HELLYEAH formed an unbreakable bond both with each other and with their fans, one that will be further cemented with STAMPEDE… 

"It's HELLYEAH, VERSION. 2.0,” says Vinnie. “More beer, more weed, more rock, more riffs!”

Guitarist Tom Maxwell believes that, through their first album activities, HELLYEAH is now even stronger as a unit, and that bleeds through into the music on STAMPEDE…

"It’s a TRUE brotherhood, y’know. It's middle finger in the air, wave the flag and mow everyone over with who we are and what we are. Like Vinnie says, 'Let the stampede begin’.”  

Tom adds:  "Our first album was in the moment, pure fire, piss and vinegar, but STAMPEDE is more song-orientated, with a lot of personality, and a lot of personal stuff, too."

The power of the band's music aside, HELLYEAH are also noteworthy as the project that brought Vinnie back to playing, after losing his brother and metal icon Dimebag Darrell to a tragic onstage shooting in 2004. 

“It was a humongous step in my life; for the longest period, I didn’t know if I wanted to do it again,” reflects Vinnie. “My brother meant the world to me and we did everything together. We were inseparable, and it took me a year before I decided to do this. One thing that struck a chord was when Dave Grohl sent me an email, saying, ‘Bro, I went through something similar with Kurt Cobain. I never thought I’d play music again, but music will heal you eventually’. That meant a lot to me, and that allowed me to open my heart and realise it was worth taking a shot.”

For STAMPEDE, the members converged on Vinnie's Texas abode for a recording process draped in a relaxed, pressure-free atmosphere, surrounded by the obligatory cocktails, good eats and family vibe….

“We were doing it at my house solely. We ate, drank & BBQ’ed together, which made the brotherhood that happened come through in the music,” says Vinnie.

The band members lived in bungalows on the grounds and turned Vinnie's house into a studio.  Drums were recorded downstairs and guitars upstairs, with video screens in each room so the members could see each other while tracking, the result being, in Vinnie’s words: “A broad, diverse album that covers rock, heavy metal and Southern rock. It’s not focused on just one thing,"

The high ceilings at Vinnie’s home allowed for the creation of a big, booming sound, allowing the musicians to work at their own natural pace…

"We slept there, so when one of us came up with an idea, we could jump on it straight away," recalls Maxwell.

GRAY REVEALS that HELLYEAH helped him to step outside of his comfort zone, normally a dark place, where he resides when with his other band (Mudvayne)…

"HELLYEAH has gone beyond that, and has country songs and Southern rock songs, and songs about girls. I never thought about writing that kind of shit before, and I was out of my element, but I'm making it work. In that sense, it’s exciting, and it’s allowed me to grow as a songwriter, having no boundaries."

STAMPEDE boasts an eclectic set of tunes, with the title track coming on like a battering ram that takes out anything in its way, while the thunderous, anthemic ‘Cowboy Way’ will get the blood coursing through the veins even if you've never roamed a range. It's a powder keg waiting to go off, one that could ignite an arena as quickly as a parking lot. It’s a song destined to become a fan favourite! Greg Tribbett and Maxwell's relentless tandem of riffery could take out a village, while Gray ‘flips the bird’ to all convention, belting out the heaviest chorus above and below the Mason-Dixon.

The uber-infectious ‘Hell Of A Time’ speaks to the people, with Gray’s ‘everyman’ lyrical proclamations about “making it to Friday night” and about how the girl, family, friends and music are all you need in this life. The band shifts gears for the contemplative ballad ‘Better Man’, while ‘The Debt That All Men Pay’ and the choppy homage to strippers, ‘Pole Rider’, jointly administer an industrial-sized can of whoop-ass! Of course, the entire album is anchored by Paul's percussive presence, which is as formidable and ferocious as ever, as Gray’s liquor-lubed vocals clamp down with razor-sharp teeth.

That "covers all ground" style and "writing without boundaries" technique is precisely why hard rock and metal fans react to and connect with HELLYEAH so fervently. Sure, they may have come to the HELLYEAH party out of curiosity and due to a penchant for the musicians’ other bands, but the music that HELLYEAH make and their genuine connection to their audience is what draws them in and keeps them coming to the shows and buying the records…

"We’re red state rock, man," admits Chad with pride. "Greg and I are from Peoria, the heart of the Midwest, and from our earliest days of touring, we always had a kinship with Texas, and I just couldn’t put my finger on it. I went down here with Vinnie and met his friends, and that was the thing I did not know I had. My connection is the people: the people are generally good people, down to earth, and that is my roots. They believe in family and friends and will kill to protect that, and I love that."

Rock and metal fans are sure to connect to the people in this band and get caught under this STAMPEDE. Get on board and get run over with HELLYEAH.

Official Site: www.hellyeahband.com

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