"Hellyeah" (Epic; 2007)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Hellyeah is a heavy metal supergroup and the problem with some such supergroups is that you have to mesh a bunch of attitudes together and you might get a bunch of whiz and vinegar instead of great music. I’m satisfied to say that Hellyeah have put their egos aside and ripped a hole in the globezone. Members include Mudvayne’s Chad Grey and Greg Tribbett, Nothingface’s Tom Maxwell and Jerry Montano and Pantera/Damageplan stick breaker Vinnie Paul. You already know that they won’t be singing lullabies to pudgy little pampered tots.

Chad Gray spews his venomous lyrics with jalapeno filled profanity and also has the benefit of having a guitar smashing brood from two different bands creating an automatic competition. Greg Tribbett from Mudvayne and Tom Maxwell from Nothingface destroy more axes than Paul Bunyan on a rampage. Vinnie Paul clobbers his drums through the floor and Jerry Montano from Nothingface lets his bass have it by slapping it through the wall.

A few of the songs don’t stay in the trenches, such as “Star” which still rocks but it has a romantic attachment to it. Also, the song “Thank You” is an appreciation for all those who needed to be thanked for their contributions to life. They mention Dave Williams of Drowning Pool, among others.

While researching these guys I found that they don’t really like to call themselves a “supergroup,” they just happen to be a bunch of guys who came together to create some brutal music. If you’re a fan of any band listed above then avoid having these guys show up at your door to demand money for the gentlemen’s club jukebox; spend it on this CD first.

For more information, check out http://www.hellyeahrocks.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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