Artisan News Service conducted an interview with Vinnie Paul Abbott (Hellyeah, Pantera) on the "black carpet" of the third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which was held on April 20 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked about Hellyeah's plans for the next studio album, Vinnie said, "We've got some great ideas. We've decided that we wanna heavy it up a little bit on this next record - push it a little further. It's always gonna have the Hellyeah vibe - a little bit of the Southern vibe, a little bit of the rock and roll vibe, a lot of the metal vibe - you put all together and it turns out to be Hellyeah."
On why he thinks Hellyeah resonates with so many fans:
"I think it's just a real honest band - it's real straight-forward. We're not afraid to show out good-time side. A lot of bands really take their music a little too seriously - it's a lot of death, gloom and all that kind of stuff. And the world ain't so bad. We like to have a good time with our music, so that's what Hellyeah is all about."
On whether there are any more reissues from his former band, Pantera, on the way:
"We're gonna continue to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of each record as it comes up. We just had the 20th anniversary of 'Cowboys From Hell'. It was a pretty special thing for us to get to put out such a cool package for the fans and everything. Two years from now, when it's time for 'Vulgar Display Of Power' to roll around, we'll do the same thing. And then two years from then... So it's just a way to really celebrate the legacy of that band."
Hellyeah's sophomore album, "Stampede", sold 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Hellyeah's self-titled debut CD opened with 45,000 units back in April 2007 to land at No. 9.