The first photo of HELLYEAH‘s current lineup — featuring the band’s new bassist, Kyle Sanders (former member of BLOODSIMPLE and the brother of MASTODON‘s Troy Sanders) — can be seen above.
HELLYEAH recently parted ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bass player Bob “Zilla” Kakaha. A post at HELLYEAH‘s Facebook page discussed the split, saying, “Things happen for necessary reasons. It’s so easy for people to assume or make up reasons for things. Don’t ASSUME anything! The reasons for this parting of ways was for the better good. When you hear the new record, you’ll understand.”
Still in the lineup are original drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, guitarist Tom Maxwell and singer Chad Gray.
It’s unclear if Tribbett will be replaced.
HELLYEAH‘s fourth studio album, “Blood For Blood”, will arrive on June 10. The first single, “Sangre Per Sangre (Blood For Blood)”, will hit rock radio in April.
Other tracks include “Demons In The Dirt”, “Soul Killer”, “Moth”, “Gift”, “Hush” and “Black December”.
HELLYEAH is currently filming a video for an as-yet-undisclosed song off “Blood For Blood”.
Photos from the video shoot can be seen below.
A press release describes “Blood For Blood” as a “welcome return to form” for the band, adding that it “sounds like a recharged HELLYEAH, taken up many notches.”
HELLYEAH will hit the road this spring, starting with several festival slots in April and May.
HELLYEAH was formed in 2006 by NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell and bassist Jerry Montano, MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, and former PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott.
Montano left a week after the release of the band’s self-titled debut album in 2007 and was replaced by Bob “Zilla” Kakaha, who had played with Abbott in DAMAGEPLAN.
HELLYEAH‘s other albums include 2009’s “Stampede” and 2011’s “Band Of Brothers”.
MUDVAYNE has not released an album since 2009 while Gray and Tribbett have been working with HELLYEAH.