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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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Is there a point in a band’s career when we stop calling them a supergroup and just call them a band? That could definitely be the case for this week’s band that is featured on Music Video Of The Week in Texas groove metal titans Hellyeah. The band is celebrating their tenth anniversary of being together this year with a new album and despite some member changes I would say ten years is a solid amount of time to think that maybe these guys are not going anywhere. The band is releasing their fifth album on June 3RD called Unden!able and they are releasing it via Eleven Seven Music. The band has also unleashed a brand new music video for their track Human and it’s mostly a performance based video with the band in a very dark and lightly lit warehouse. The feel and look  of the music video definitely matches the emotion that Chad Gray is pouring into his lyrics. It’s one hell of a track and I love the new look Chad Gray is sporting with the dreads. Check out the album when it’s released and see the band on tour right now as they headline the We’re All in This Together Tour with Escape The Fate, New Year’s Day, and From Ashes To New.

LL-TourIf you are a fan of rockers The Veer Union, then we have some exciting news for all of you. You can catch The Veer Union on tour starting in February on the Round 2 Live And Loud Tour as the band hits the road with openers Bobaflex, Artifas, and Bridge To Grace. The starts February 18TH at the Brick By Brick in San Diego and concludes on March 27TH at the Bada Brew in Crest Hill, Ill. The Veer Union hit the road in support of their 2016 release Decade which marks ten years since the band first released their debut album. Meanwhile, Bobaflex are tour in support of their 2015 release and Monster Entertainment Awards nominated album Anything That Moves, while newcomers Artifas and Grace To Bridge tour in support of their debut albums. The Veer Union are going to look a little different on the road to those who seen the band before as every member is new except for singer Crispin Earl. Check out the tour dates below to see if they’re coming to a city near you.

The Veer Union With Bobaflex, Artifas + Bridge to Grace Tour Dates

2/18 — San Diego, Calif. @ Brick by Brick
2/19 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Last Exit Live
2/25 — San Antonio, Texas @ Fitzgeralds
2/26 — Abilene, Texas @ Legends Rock House
2/27 — Tyler, Texas @ Clicks Live
2/28 — San Leon, Texas @ Clicks Live
2/29 — Lafayette, La. @ The District
3/02 — Slidell, La. @ The Corner Pub
3/04 — Clarksville, Tenn. @ The Warehouse
3/05 — Madison, Ala. @ 11th Frame
3/06 — Jackson, Tenn. @ The Empourium
3/09 — Tallahassee, Fla. @ Pugs Live
3/10 — Charlotte, N.C. @ Amos Southend
3/11 — Anderson, S.C. @ TJ Whispers
3/12 — Fayetteville, N.C. @ The Rock Shop
3/13 — Geensboro, N.C. @ Blind Tiger
3/16 — Charlseton, W.V. @ TBA*
3/17 — Morgantown, W.V. @ TBA*
3/19 — Hagarstown, Md. @ Hard Times Cafe*
3/25 — Kent, Ohio @ The Outpost*
3/26 — Southbend, Ind. @ TBA*
3/27 — Crest Hill, Ill. @ Bada Brew*
* no Bobaflex

The-Ghost-InsideBack in November of 2015, The Ghost Inside were involved in a bus accident outside of El Paso, Texas when their bus collided with a semi-truck. Most of the band members suffered serious injuries during the crash had to be taken to a hospital via helicopter. We have an update now on Guitarist Zach Johnson who had to have a couple of toes removed due to the accident. I will warn all of you that if you can’t take images like this then be forewarned that it looks gruesome. To see the image, please click this link.  I wish the band a safe and speedy recovery and hopefully we can see them on the road again in the future.

20130712-phil-anselmo-306x306-1373646895The ever outspoken former lead singer of Pantera/current Down singer Phil Anselmo is in some troubled waters as of late. During the Dimebash that happened last week Phil can be heard saying white power and giving the white supremist salute during the show. Now here is my issue with it, this isn’t the first time that he has done this. As we all know, he is very outspoken almost like a foot in the mouth kind of guy. Back when Superjoint Ritual were touring Ozzfest, he made some racist comments during the band’s set in Mansfield, MA. I know that because I was there and witnessed it first hand. Phi responded to the sentiment on Housecore Records Youtube page saying:

Ok folks, I’ll own this one, but dammit, I was joking, and the “inside joke of the night” was because we were drinking f—ing white wine, hahaha…
Of all f—ing things.
Some of y’all need to thicken up your skin.
There’s plenty of f—ers to pick on with a more realistic agenda.
I f—ing love everyone, I f—ing loathe everyone, and that’s that.
No apologies from me.
PHA ’16

Sad to say, but this is just Phil being Phil and there is nothing you can do about it.

hellyeah2014lineupwbrady_638If you are a fan of Hellyeah then get ready for some news that the band just delivered. Hellyeah is going to be releasing a new DVD and they just set up a new Pledgemusic account to raise money to record a new album that would be the follow up to Blood For Blood. The name of the DVD is called We’re All In This Together and it was recorded during the band’s tour of Australia back in 2015. Some of the prizes you can get by donating money to the band is a gig-played drum set from Vinnie Paul that is going for $30,000, various autographed items, personal voice messages from band members, and so much more. To check out their Pledgemusic page, go here. Tom Maxwell talked about the new record saying, “It’s all coming along great. There’s a lot of new stuff coming out that we’ve never tried before, and a lot of heavy s–t.” Chad Gray added, “There’s definitely been a change. It’s definitely not the same, but that would be boring if it was the same. Whatever you do; tune in here, pre-order the record and keep coming to the shows.” Check out the trailer to the DVD here, and stayed turned for more info as it comes.

unnamedThe 8TH annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival came through Mansfield, MA as Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, and more stopped at the Xfinity Center. The only problem for Mayhem this year is the attendance numbers for all of the shows including a lackluster amount for the Mansfield stop. You knew it was troubling when the minute you walked in, the ticket takers told you to go to guest services to upgrade your tickets to better ones which is exactly what I did as I went from section 8 to section 3. The second sign that things were bad was when you walked to the second stage area which was usually held in a section of the parking lot, but due to numbers was held at the old second stage which hadn’t been used for a metal festival there since 1999. Unfortunately, I didn’t show up for most of the second stage acts, but I was able to catch Jungle Rot, Thy Art Is Murder, and one of my personal favorites in Whitechapel before I moved on to the main stage. While I was surprised that I enjoyed Jungle Rot and their style of death metal, I was a little discouraged at Thy Art Is Murder whose singer was more focused on the amount of “Hot Chicks” as he put it that were in attendance. Whitechapel came out firing with The Saw Is The Law and never looked back as they absolutely crushed it.

devil wearsAs far as the Main Stage was concerned, it was business as usual, but a sad site to see as there were thousands of empty seats all throughout the legendary amphitheater which could be the kiss of death. The Devil Wears Prada kicked things off for the main stage opening with Escape from their Zombie EP. The only problem for me for most of their set was that I couldn’t tell at times when a song finished and where a new one started. The one thing I can say for them is that they bring a hell of a lot of energy along with them. The band covered most of their bases as they touched upon almost every release giving you a history lesson on them and something to check out later on if you enjoyed the band. They also played a brand new track before they closed their set called Supernova which is off the bands upcoming Space EP. The Devil Wears Prada are definitely flying the flag for Metalcore as they made what I believe is their second appearance on Mayhem Fest.

hellyeahThe second band of the night to hit the stage was a very familiar one of the heavy metal scene as Hellyeah were in town. The band which boasted Vinnie Paul (Ex-Pantera), Chad Gray (Ex-Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell (who was playing injured as he was wearing a boot), Christian Brady (Magna-Fi), and Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple). I believe that Chad Gray was trying to save heavy metal last night as he preached throughout their set that heavy metal was very important to them in their lives. It was almost like a plea that we need to keep the scene going and a notion that I welcomed with open arms. The band was crushing it as they went through almost every track off of Blood For Blood opening with Soul Killer, Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood), and many more. The only criticism I have for the band is I wish they had played more from their first two records, but they under time constraints which I understand.

king diamondI was looking forward to seeing King Diamond as it was my first time seeing the master of the dark arts and music. The man and his high falsetto voice is legendary in the metals scene and we were about to be graced with his presence. King Diamond had the more elaborate set design than any other band on the tour and it came complete with all the theatrics that he could fit into his setlist which included a visit from grandma. King opened with crowd favorites The Candle and continued on with Sleepless Nights (a personal favorite of mine), Eye Of The Witch, and so many more. One of the biggest highlights from the set besides the backup singer, the actress on tour with them, was the appearence of Kerry King who came on to perform a blazing rendition of the Mercyful Fate classic Evil. It was evident through out the whole night that despite open heart surgery a couple of years back, the man did not lose a step whatsoever as he commanded the crowd in Mansfield. He closed the set with Black Horseman from the legendary Abigail album and it was definitely the perfect ending to his amazing set, but it meant one thing that the legendary Slayer was about to hit the stage.

slayerWhen the lights came down for Slayer, the crowd was pumped and ready to go on this cool evening, but Slayers pyro was about to heat the place up. The band crushed it immediately hitting the stage with the track Repentless which is off of the album of the same name. For the first half of their set the band went through the best of their later years like Hate Worldwide, Jihad, Disciple, God Send Death, and they even threw in new tracks When The Stillness Comes and Implode, The highlight for me is when the second half of the set arrived and the band went through classics like Mandatory Suicide, Chemical Warfare, Ghosts Of War, but it was during the intro to Dead Skin Mask that I enjoyed. Tom Araya known for finding chilling and interesting ways to intro various tracks told the crowd that it was a love song even though it’s about famous serial killer Ed Gein. The band closed out the rest of their set playing hellish classics like Hell Awaits, South Of Heaven, Raining Blood, and Angel Of Death. Overall, it was a great night, but this could be the end of Mayhem Fest as we know it. It’s  sad thing because Ozzfest is gone and now Mayhem could be joining the ranks. What will replace it if this is indeed true? Only time will tell my fellow Metalheads.