VINNIE PAUL Talks HELLYEAH, PANTERA, Weed, Strip Clubs In New Video Interview

On May 6, Metal Mark of SkullsNBones.com conducted an interview with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN). You can now watch the chat below.

In addition to Abbott, HELLYEAH features in its ranks Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE), Tom Maxwell (NOTHINGFACE) and Bob “Zilla” Kakaha (DAMAGEPLAN).

The band’s third album, “Band Of Brothers”, will be released on July 17 via the band’s new label home, Eleven Seven Music. The CD was recorded in Dallas, Texas at Vinnie Paul‘s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio, and was produced by the band and Jeremy Parker (GODSMACK, EVANESCENCE), who also served as engineer.

“Band Of Brothers” track listing:

01. War In Me
02. Band Of Brothers
03. Rage/Burn
04. Drink Drank Drunk
05. Bigger God
06. Between You And Nowhere
07. Call It
08. Why Does It Always
09. WM Free
10. Dig Myself A Hole
11. What It Takes To Be Me

“Band Of Brothers” (song) audio stream (courtesy of AOL‘s Noisecreep):

 

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“Band Of Brothers” (song) lyrics:

We walk the walk, like we’re 10 feet tall,
Hide in the tree tops of the timber, deliver death to all
We talk the talk, our voice is thunder,
My mission here is truly clear, I am the butcher
We are the shadow storm, rolling defenders,
Filled with piss and pride, and a courage unprecedented
It’s time to man up, when you’ve got a man down
It’s time to man up, never leave a man down

I’ve got your back and you’ve got mine,
As long as we stand together,
Everything’s gonna be alright
I’ll keep you high when you get low,
Just a band of brothers raising hell,
Like a murder of crows

We’ve got the skills, we’ve got the know how,
We bring a fury that makes you bow down,
My blood is poison, pumping through my veins,
Stalking like a madman killer, we bring the pain
I’d die for all of you, it’s my destiny,
My killer instinct, iron man with a war face scream
It’s time to man up, when you’ve got a man down
It’s time to man up, never leave a man down

I’ve got your back and you’ve got mine,
As long as we stand together,
Everything’s gonna be alright
I’ll keep you high when you get low,
Just a band of brothers raising hell,
Like a murder of crows

We’ve got the look, and it’s open season,
We’ve got that 1000 yard stare, and all we need is a reason
We’re locked and loaded, full metal jacket
We’re in the shit and we love it, let’s motherfucking do this [End of lyrics]

HELLYEAH last month released the “War In Me” digital single via iTunes.

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), HELLYEAH takes a slightly different musical direction on “Band Of Brothers”. 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.

Commented HELLYEAH singer Chad Gray, “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.”

In a recent interview with Loudwire, Vinnie stated about “Band Of Brothers”, “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.”