Merlin Alderslade of Metal Hammer magazine conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott at this year’s Download festival, which took place June 14-16 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
HELLYEAH has been confirmed for this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also scheduled to appear on the bill are headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, NEWSTED and DEATH DIVISION.
HELLYEAH‘s third album, “Band Of Brothers”, sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Released on July 17, 2012 via HELLYEAH‘s new label home, Eleven Seven Music, “Band Of Brothers” was recorded in Dallas, Texas at Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio, and was produced by the band and Jeremy Parker (GODSMACK, EVANESCENCE), who also served as engineer. Gray told The Pulse Of Radio that the album represents the first time that the members of the band have fully embraced their musical roots. “It’s definitely my favorite HELLYEAH record to date, for sure,” he said. “I think the first couple were kind of experiments and stuff, and I think we kind of kept what we’ve done individually away from HELLYEAH, with our, you know, previous bands and stuff, and this time it was like we just kind of said, ‘Screw it,’ we just kind of quit being afraid to be ourselves. I’m really, really proud of it, I think we all are.”
The band has stated that “Band Of Brothers” is a heavier, more metal-sounding effort that either its self-titled 2007 debut or 2010’s “Stampede”.