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HELLYEAH Release First New Track “333” Off Upcoming Album With Late Vinnie Paul’s Final Recordings

HELLYEAH Release First New Track “333” Off Upcoming Album With Late Vinnie Paul’s Final Recordings

Hard rock stalwarts HELLYEAH digitally release first track “333,” from their eagerly anticipated new album featuring the late Vinnie Paul Abbott’s final recordings via Eleven Seven Music Group HERE.  Early album pre-orders with classic merch are available HERE.

“Vinnie originally came up with the idea for 333,” said singer Chad Gray. “A lot of people may think Vinnie was just a drummer, but he was much more than just a badass, slamming, smashing drummer. He understood production and composition and he was very much a contributor to the writing process. This song was his baby; it belonged to and came from him. Unfortunately, by the time I was ready to actually write the lyrics, it was after Vinnie had passed. The lyrics embrace and recognize the feelings that most metal fans have. Being treated like outcasts and being judged for the way we look or dress. It’s a reminder to all the metal fans that no matter what, you will always have a place in our worldwide metal community. With that said…Welcome to the family! We’re all the root of half evil reppin’ 333!”

Gray continues, “I love 333 and what it represents — being half evil. It was a part of Dime (Darrell Abbott) and (brother) Vinnie before HELLYEAH was formed and very much became a part of HELLYEAH as we carried the torch for Dimebag. They were both so accepting of me and many others, and they taught us to treat people with respect, dignity and humility.”

HELLYEAH will perform a one-night-only special concert Celebrating the Life and legacy of Vinnie Paul, at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, May 11.  The band and Live Nation will donate a portion of each ticket to the American Heart Association, in honor of Vinnie Paul.Limited amount of tickets can be purchased at: https://livemu.sc/2UouEnW.

HELLYEAH was formed in 2006 by Pantera founder/drummer Vinnie Paul, singer Chad Gray (Mudvayne) and guitarist Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) with bassist Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple) and guitarist Christian Brady who joined in 2014. The band has released five albums, culminating in the #2 Hard Rock album release UNDEN!ABLE in June 2016. Their final album with Vinnie Paul is slated for release this summer.

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HELLYEAH: Announces New Album ‘Band of Brothers’ For Spring Release

HELLYEAH: Announces New Album ‘Band of Brothers’ For Spring Release

'Band of Brothers'

Hard rock supergroup HELLYEAH is back with a their third album, entitled Band of Brothers. The album, the band’s first effort for their new label home, Eleven Seven Music, was recorded in Dallas at drummer Vinnie Paul’s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio, and was produced by the band and Jeremy Parker (Godsmack, Evanessence), who also served as engineer.

Having produced track after track of heavy-hitting, in-your-face, feel good rock and roll on their previous two albums (2010’s STAMPEDE and 2007’s self-titled debut), Band of Brothers sees HELLYEAH taking a slightly different musical direction. Drawing on their former bands’ collective metal roots for inspiration, the influences and style of Mudvayne, Pantera, Damageplan and Nothingface are immediately recognizable in tracks such as“Band of Brothers,” “War In Me” and “Rage Burn,” while the party anthem “Drink, Drank, Drunk” retains the essence of earlier HELLYEAH.

Frontman Chad Gray comments, “I’m really excited about what we’ve done on this new album. I’ve always separated Mudvayne and HELLYEAH as much as I could, even though it was my voice. Melodies, lyrics and just the overall style of writing were different. With Band of Brothers, I just quit being afraid of who I am in relation to this band. I think we’ve all really gotten back to the original roots of what we’ve done individually and brought it together on this album. As an artist, as long as you’re painting with your own brush, no one can compare or challenge you. I just painted with a bigger, heavier brush than I had with HELLYEAH in the past. I think this is what fans have always expected to hear from us, and now were giving it to them.”

Vinnie Paul echoed the sentiment in a recent interview for Loudwire.com : “On our first two records, we were a new band. We really wanted to branch out and expand and experiment with all different styles. We all come from traditional metal bands and backgrounds, so it was a great breath of fresh air to play in a band that was rock ‘n’ roll, blues and Southern rock. We got that out of our system and got really focused on going back to our metal roots. It’s heavy, focused, groove-oriented and I’m excited about it.”

Jeremy Parker said, “It’s impossible not to have a good time jamming this record.  It has the anger and violence of Pantera and Mudvayne, but a party vibe that can only be HELLYEAH!”

Band of Brothers is set for worldwide release in early June. HELLYEAH will be announcing North American tour plans soon. They are confirmed to tour Australia and Japan in the coming months. Dates are as follows:

Feb 25 – Brisbane, AUS – RNA Showgrounds

Feb 26 – Sydney, AUS – Showground

Feb 28 – Melbourne, AUS – The Forum

Mar 01 – Sydney, AUS – The Metro Theater

Mar 02 – Melbourne, AUS – Showgrounds

Mar 03 – Adelaide, AUS – Bonython Park

Mar 05 – Perth, AUS – Claremont Showgrounds

Mar 31 – Jakarta, IND – Carnaval Beach Ancol

Apr 02 – Nayoga, JAP – Diamond Hall

Apr 03 – Osaka, JAP – Big Cat

Apr 05 – Tokyo, JAP – O-East

Apr 06 – Tokyo, JAP – O-East           

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