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Hellyeah-Hellyeah-FrontalThis past Friday (June 22), the metal world found out some terrible news when it was announced that Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah/Ex-Pantera/Ex-Damageplan had passed away in his Las Vegas home. The second half of the greatest and most dynamic brother duo in metal history has joined his brother in Heaven. I decided that I was going to pay tribute to Vinnie Paul this week by dedicating the album of the week to him. While there are many bands that I can choose from whether it be Rebel Meets Rebel, Pantera, or even Damageplan, I decided that I was going to choose an album from his latest band Hellyeah. The album that I chose is my favorite album from the band that I got autographed by the band in their self titled debut album. It had been two years since Vinnie had joined a band and he decided that the supergroup that featured members of Mudvayne and Nothingface was the right choice. The band was made up of Chad Gray (Vocals), Greg Tribbett (Lead Guitar), Tom Maxwell (Rhythm Guitar), Jerry Montano (Bass), and Vinnie Paul on the drums. The album was released on April 10, 2007 and it took no time for the album to peak at it’s highest point on the Billboard Top 200 Charts at number nine selling over 45,000 copies in it’s first week.

hellyeah-back-cover1. HELLYEAH– The opening track can be considered some what of an anthem for the band and what they meant moving forward. An amazingly heavy track that reminds us why we love Vinnie and how much better he made this band. 5/5

2. You Wouldn’t Know– Some say that the track is about someone trying to be true to themselves in the way the industry is run and some say that it’s about Vinnie and he deals with the death of his brother. Nevertheless, this is one of my all time favorite Hellyeah songs. 5/5

3. Matter of Time– An insane in your face track that reminds me of Mudvayne a little much, but no surprise with Chad Gray at the helm. I think the track or at least a part of it could be about Dimebag once again in the verse when they refer to the man with the gun in his hand. 4.5/5

4. Waging War– Another in your face track that I have to be honest in saying that I think the track is about Phil Anselmo and what he had said in that interview about Dime and Vinnie. 4/5

5. Alcohaulin’ Ass-A cool track that starts out with some acoustic guitars and some slide guitar in this track that is just a good time party song. 5/5

6. GodDamn– A bad ass groove metal number that I think is the band confessing their distaste over the music industry exes that run it. 5/5

IMG_20180628_00017. In the Mood-I love the way this instrumental track starts off as it’s very melodic before it leads to the next track. 4/5

8. Star-A track that sludges along mixing a little element of Nu-Metal into it that I think is about a guy finding a new love that has made his life shine brighter. 4.5/5

9. Rotten to the Core– I think this is a cool track that can be looked at like it’s coming from the perspective of a Villain who just wants destruction and chaos. Check out the lyrics to the track. 4/5

10. Thank You– This is a track the band did in tribute to Dimebag Darrell, Tom Maxwell’s Mother and Chad Gray’s Grandmother who all passed away. 5/5

11. Nausea– A track that is about someone who just doesn’t care about life or anyone around him that he is willing to ruin everything only because he feels he’s been fed lies his whole life. 4/5

12. One Thing– The last track on the album that has a real Pantera feel to it musically in this track that is about someone who feels they’ve lost everything that they just want one sign of hope. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is still collectively my favorite album from a band that I have been up and down with over the years. There is no denying that they’ve come into their own over the years. My favorite tracks on the album are GodDamn and You Wouldn’t Know while my least favorite track is Nausea. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

Update 6/24/2018 8:19PM ET: Sources are reporting that someone close to the Abbott family are telling TMZ that Vinnie died from a Major heart Attack. Loudwire reached out to his management and this is the statement they released:

We have no knowledge of who spoke with TMZ.
Whoever spoke to them did so on their own and not
based on any factual information or authorization
from Vinnie’s family or Pantera management.

Our official statement remains:
Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul passed away on Friday, June 22.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah.
No further details are currently available.
When they are, an updated official statement will be released.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.
Thank you for your query.


180623013401-vinnie-paul-pantera-super-teaseI am still not quite sure what words I need to say to express the utter shock that the rock/metal world and I are in after the news broke of the passing of Former Pantera/Damageplan/Heallyeah drummer Vinnie Paul. At first, I had to do a search online to find out if this was one of those fake articles that are always posted on Facebook when it says a celebrity has died. CNN, the new site confirmed for me that Vinnie Paul born Vincent Paul Abbott died at the age of 54 years old. We still at this time do not know what the cause of death is, but what we do know is that he is finally reunited with his brother Dimebag Darrell. Vinnie along with his brother Dimebag were the co-founders of the groove metal band Pantera who dominated the metal scene with the release of Cowboys From Hell in 1990 and they continued to dominate with albums like Vulgar Display Of Power and Far Beyond Driven until the band broke up in 2002. They went on to start a new band in Damageplan releasing their only album in 2004 entitled New Found Power and toured with the act until the death of his brother in December of 2004.

getty638images-115361519jpgVinnie had taken some time off from the music scene releasing the home video collection Dimevision, Vol. 1 in 2006 as well as a never before heard collaboration album with Country music legend David Allen Coe entitled Rebel Meets Rebel. He didn’t get back in the studio until 2007 when he officially became a member of the supergroup Hellyeah which featured Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne, Tom Maxwell of Nothingface, and Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla to record the self titled debut album. Together the band would release five albums with the latest Unden!able coming out in 2016. It is said that Vinnie has laid down drum tracks for an upcoming album, but it is not known yet what will become of that album as of this time. The band however has released a statement with Tom Maxwell saying, “Just so broken hearted and in shock. I’m struggling to write this but we want to thank you all for your kind words and support in this tragic time. We don’t have much info to give you other then Vinnie is now with Dime and they are together in a better place. Sadness, shock, confusion, anger, despair. We feel it all together. Hug your loved ones and keep them close. Thank you all again for all your love. Vinnie will be and is greatly loved and missed but his music will live forever. Crank it loud today and scream to the heavens so he can hear you.” Fellow musicians and other celebrities have come out to pay tribute to one of the greatest drummers of the modern era. There is a lot more tributes online and on Twitter, but the ones below are just some of them. R.I.P. Vinnie Paul (1964-2018)

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Pantera battleThe latest edition of When Metal Bands Fight may be the saddest edition that we have ever done only due to who it is and what has transpired over the years. Back in the early 2000’s, Pantera had ultimately ended without us really knowing for a while. Phil Anselmo had revived his supergroup side project Down as they released an album followed with a tour while Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell stood still waiting. Next came Phil’s Superjoint Ritual side project and that was all the Abbott brothers could stand to take as they moved on and created Damageplan. For about a year, Phil Anselmo was trading jabs at the Abbott brothers with one infamous interview in Metal Hammer Magazine.  In the December Issue released in 2004, it was reported by Blabbermouth and here is a quote from Phil about Dimebag, “He would attack me, vocally. And just knowing that he was so much smaller than me I could kill him like a fuckin’ piece of vapor, you know, he would turn into vapor — his chin would, at least, if I fuckin’ smacked it. And he knows that. The world should know that. So physically, of course, he deserves to be beaten severely.” Seven days after Blabbermouth reported that quote, Dimebag Darrell was shot several times at a club in Columbus, Ohio. It is still known as the most infamous and tragic death in Heavy Metal history. Phi would try to claim that Metal Hammer Magazine misquoted him and that it wasn’t what he said or meant. Nevertheless, it started the war between Phil Anselmo and Vinnie Paul as shots were fired.

vinnie-paul-1In the March 2008 issue of Guitar World. Dimebag Darrell’s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney fired some shots at Phil blaming him for what happened in Ohio saying, “The bottom line is Phil’s actions led to what happened. The guy wouldn’t have been after Vinnie and Darrell if Pantera had not broken up. It was all due to Phil’s stupid, stupid actions.” While some may justify that comment, whose to say he wouldn’t have done it if Pantera were still together. I only say that because of the theories of why he did it that have been reported. In an interview with Metal Underground in January of 2008, Vinnie commented on whether or not he had been in contact with Phil saying, “No, man. I don’t want to talk to him. I don’t believe anything he says. He’s the master of lies. He says that shit because he wants the fans to believe what he has to say and follow what he does. And they’re like sheep and they will. I don’t want to elaborate on it any further apart from to say: listen to the Metal Hammer interview and you’ll know exactly how he felt about my brother. He can say anything he wants, now on the backside.

phil and vinnyIf Phil was trying to make amends with Vinnie Paul as what was being reported three years before, he certainly didn’t seem like he wanted to in a 2011 interview with Metal-Injection as he made this statement to them, “I’m fine with Rita. Me and Rita have always been cool. Sure, there was a fallout. But the way I look at it is, if it really is affecting someone to where they have to come out and say hateful things about me, untrue things about me, paint bullshit mystique about me, then, in their heart of hearts, they do care about me — that’s the point. Vinnie Paul’s closed-door policy when it comes to me, that’s something he’s gonna have to ride around on his shoulders the rest of his fucking life. I know this: My door is always open, and always has been open — always has been fucking open. And it is a little frustrating when you have a loose end and you’re trying to tighten everything up. But you can’t make everybody fucking happy all of the time — you can’t. So, Vinnie Paul, he has no effect on my life at all — no effect at all. Good job, I’ll say to Vince — you’ve hurt me. And you keep on hurting me. Great job! Where is it getting you? That’s my question to him. My door has always been wide open, and I’ll leave it at that, because I think everybody else knows the rest. It’s fucking pretty A-B-C simple. He doesn’t want to… There is a fear in him of me. That motherfucker is so fucking terrified of me. But somewhere within that terror, somewhere within this invented — and I do say ‘invented’ — scapegoat fucking slapping redneck hatred of his, there is a love bigger than any of that fucking shit, and that’s why he’s acting the way he’s acting. So that’s that.”

imagesDon’t worry because Phil made a response video claiming that Blabbermouth was to blame for the negativity in that last comment saying, “This is Philip H. Anselmo and I just wanna talk to you people out there and all the fans that might be interested in the last video interview that I did that [sic] got ahold of, and they picked one little sentence out of my entire transcript and they made it a headline and they made it look ugly. Really, all I was saying was that I love Vinnie Paul and my door is always open. I may not approve of how he may go about things and this and that in regards to our relationship, but still, the big deal and the bottom line here is, make no doubt and let there be no question, I love Vince, and all of you out there, you know what Blabbermouth is it’s a sensationalist site and they’re looking for as many hits as they can possibly get at anyone’s expense. So take that for it’s worth. I apologize to anyone who I might have offended who read this little headline. But for any of you who were offended, read a little deeper into it, and you’ll understand that I come from love as well. Once again, my choice of words wasn’t the best, but that’s just how I talk. Anyway, I love you all. See you soon on tour.

77_photoAccording to, Rex Brown, who was the bassist for Pantera weighed in on the issue of the war between Phil and Vinny giving us a little insight into how Vinnie Paul is during a press tour for his autobiography in March of 2013 saying, “When you read the book, you will understand his persona and his way of going about things. I’m not trying to hack Vinnie at all – I have a lot of empathy for him – but in the long run, the guy carries a lot of hatred with him that it’s not right… I don’t carry around this terrible vendetta against people.” Acccording to Phil, there was an effort made to patch things up as he told wikimetal Brazil, “Honestly — and I’ve spoken with Zakk about it as well — we’re very aware of the public perception out there, but honestly, until I speak with Vinnie Paul, which has not yet happened, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, nothing can happen. Honestly, I tell you, my phone is on the hook, my e-mail is wide open, my door is wide open. I would love to talk with Vince. Honestly, if there were no more bad feelings and we could talk, and we could come to an understanding, I think it would mean not only a lot for me and myself — it would mean the world to me — but it would mean a great deal to the fans out there as well. I think people don’t want to see this arguing anymore. It’s time for some peace. It’s time for some brotherhood. And honestly, we should be setting an example instead of being the opposite. And I’ll just say that my door is wide open, and so far, Vinnie’s door is closed, and it’s a shame.”

Horns Up Rocks Pantera Phil Anselmo Vinnie PaulVinnie Paul of course gave his response to what Phil said when he told Envision Radio Networks Hangar 18, “I just don’t have any interest in it, man. I’m happy doing what I do, I’m enjoying being in a band where everybody really enjoys being around each other, likes each other. And I just don’t have any interest in living in the past, man. I wanna move forward in my life and that’s all there is to it.” 21 days later, Phil talked to and they asked him, if he was ever alone with Vinnie Paul on a one on one situation, what would he say to him and here is his response:

Well, first and foremost, I’d tell him I love him. I love the guy — as different as both of us are individually, we’re very different people. But the same can be said for all of us in Pantera. Rex [Brown] and I are very different people. Dimebag and everybody [were] very different people.

I would let Vince Paul know that I love him very much, and I would apologize to him for his misinterpretation in not understanding where I was coming from in my lowest point in our career. And then I would definitely touch upon how much lack of communication played a big role in our breaking up. A lot of that is on my back, which I’ve completely f—in’ owned up to. But I’m not sure the rest of them have owned up to their side of things, especially Vince, when it comes to communication.

At least in my life, I cannot hold onto grudges. It’s a waste of energy, a waste of time. And really, and I feel strongly about this, after we lost Dimebag in such a horrific way, I just cannot help but feel that Vinnie Paul’s entire healing process could have been helped a lot more had he reached out to Rex and I, and we could have healed somehow together — whether you want to call it ‘healing’ or not. But if we would have really focused together on this thing and come out of it as brothers — because we are brothers — in certain ways we could have formed an even stronger bond together. But that did not happen and I think it’s hurt us.

Put it this way, I don’t ever expect Vince to bend or break on his stance at all, I really don’t. But if ever given the chance, man, to get straight back to your f—in’ question, I would just really give him all the apologies, I’d tell him I love him and then I would say, ‘Look, let’s get down to differences now. You’re gonna have to hear my side of it. Take it or leave it, because you can leave it – you’ve already locked it out for x amount of years. What’s the harm in hearing me out one on one, away from everybody? What’s the harm?’

I have no anger toward Vince. No one can question a person — really he saw Darrell get shot. That’s a scarring thing for anybody. I wish it can be seen for what it is and that blame did not have to fall on anyone’s head or any circumstance. Because really it was a psychopath who had a hard-on for Pantera and it’s very well-known fact between Rex and I, between my family and myself — we all had to go through a lot of soul searching — but it could have been Rex, it could have been me, it could have been Vince. It was Darrell that was murdered and it’s just the way it happened. I could say, “I wish it would have been me’” or anything like that — I can say a million f—in’ things, man, and it still would not bring Dime back.

So this is always gonna be a tough thing to talk about, and I really wish instead of talking about it in this interview, Vince and I can be talking about it together and just ironing this thing out. I’ll end it with this: I don’t think this is fair to the Pantera fans. I really don’t. When you’re a fan of a band, you don’t wanna hear about them fighting. You don’t want to hear about their negativity. You don’t want to read that s–t. You don’t want to f—in’ hear about that crap.

I think it would mean a whole lot to a whole lot of people if one day Vince and I and Rex could all sit in the same room and work things out to the best of [our] abilities. I think everyone would breathe a great big sigh of relief, but the sad thing is I just don’t see it happening. 

Tune in later for Part two of When Metal Bands Fight: Vinnie Paul Vs Phil Anselmo

We are celebrating Dimebag Darrell Week here on Moshpits and Movies because it is the ten year anniversary of the tragic death of one of metal’s greatest guitar players in Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Dimebag did a lot of colaborations back in the day and he performed with various artists besides the ones we know in Pantera, Damageplan, and Rebel Meets Rebel. He also did some covers with other artists for tribute albums and the song I chose was a cover of Believer he did with Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) for a Randy Rhoads tribute record. The song also features Kane Roberts (ex-Alice Cooper) on Rhythm Guitar, Mike Brignardello (Giant) on bass, and Michael Cartellone (ex-Damn Yankees) on Drums for this kick ass cover of the week track. Dimebag and company sound absolutely awesome on the track as does Sebastian Bach with the vocals. This is as good as it gets when it comes to covers and the solo by Dime is absolutely nuts in how close to the original it is with a Dime twist to it. Check it out below and remember Dimebag Forever!!!

dimebag 2To further celebrate Dimebag Darrell week here on Moshpits and Movies, we are picking a music video from Dimebag’s Darrell’s career. I decided to pick one from the last band that Dime was officially in with Damageplan which featured Bobzilla (Bass), Vinnie Paul( Drums), Patrick Lachman (Vocals), and of course Dimebag Darrell (Guitars). The band released one album called New Found Power on February 4, 2004 and I believe the first music video from the album was Breathing New Life. The song was punishing and in your face and the music video matched the intensity of the song with the video being a performance based video with smooth fades and cuts to various members of the band. Even though the album received mixed reviews, I was a fan of the record and at the time I was just happy to hear new music from Dimebag Darrell. Enjoy this week’s Music Video Of The Week and never forget the memory of Dimebag Darrell. Dimebag Forever!!!

DimebagTo help celebrate Dimebag Darrell Week here on Moshpits & Movies, we are celebrating the career of Dimebag Darrell, the late guitarist for mega metal band Pantera and Damageplan. On December 8, 2014, he was taken away fro us when a crazed fan went on stage and shot him to death and the metal world has never been the same since. Dimebag was one of the last great soldiers of metal who lived, ate, and breathed metal, but most importantly he loved his fans. You always here great stories of how he felt about his fans and how he treated them that it saddens you that he was taken away. Once again, that is why we are celebrating his career in metal, but for the Single Of The Week, I wanted to pick something that was outside of Pantera or Damageplan. One of my favorite projects that came out after his death was the collaboration that he and his brother Vinnie Paul would do with country legend and the infamous David Allen Coe. After all, I believe the story is that the first guitar Dimebag won was a David Allen Coe signature Dean Guitar so it could be fate, but the two first met in Fort Worth, Texas after having a conversation over the similarities between country and metal. The song I chose from the record is Nothin To Lose which at first sounds like a hard charging Pantera song with David Allen Coe singing over it with some hard charging bass from Rex Brown, but it shows you the beauty of infusing two different genres together to form Country Metal. Besides this song, it truly is an amazing record that if you are a fan of Pantera and Dimebag, then you need to check it out.

DimebagIt’ll be ten years since the tragic death of one of heavy metals greatest soldiers in Dimebag Darrell of Pantera/Damageplan/Rebel Meets Rebel fame. It was a loss that every metal fan no matter where in the world you were at the time it happened will never forget. Losing Dime left a huge hole in Metal that has still to this day not been filled and who knows when it will. So, to celebrate the amazing career and life of one of metal’s most genuine souls, we are going to celebrate it. What that means is starting on December 8TH, every music related post will have something to do with Dimebag Darrell unless it’s the rock and metal news post (cause that’s different) and it runs for a week straight. So, stay tuned here on Moshpits and Movies for one heck of a celebration!!!

I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but we have added some new segments to the blog like Super Sunday, Tuesday Stand Up, and even Ass Whoopin Wednesdays which has been a lot of fun to do for me and I hope that all of you are enjoying it as well.  I hope in the near future to add some more cool things to talk about, but for now this is enough.