's upcoming North American tour supporting Avenged Sevenfold
, drummer Vinnie Paul
didn't hesitate to share massive praises of the band, calling the California five-piece today's biggest metal act.
Chatting with Loudwire
, Vinnie noted, "They're probably the biggest metal band going today. They have an incredible following, we've been friends for a long time."I sent Matt
[singer M. Shadows
] three of the tracks before we got the tour and I'm pretty positive that's what nailed the tour for us. He loved them,"
the drummer continued. "He hit me up right away and said he was going to take us out with them, which was very awesome to be able to go and play 15, 16, 17 thousand seat arenas full of people that dig f--in' heavy metal. It'll be awesome. It's hard to do this day in age. To be on the bill with them is really great."
During the rest of the chat, Vince focused on the band's upcoming album "Blood for Blood
," dubbing it Hellyeah's most crucial release. "Well, we definitely felt like it was the most important record of our career,"
he explained. "We knew that we had to deliver the very best record. After the first two previous Hellyeah records, the first two were really directionally all over the place. "We really enjoyed doing them, we did something outside what we had done in our previous bands, songs like, any of them basically would not fly in Pantera or Mudvayne,"
the drummer aded. "We really got an opportunity to get that out of our system. And with our last record 'Band of Brothers' we really felt like got focused, got back to our metal roots, what we wanted to do with the record."
Hellyeah recently parted ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett
and bassist Bob Zilla
, announcing Kyle Sanders
as the replacement bass player. "Blood for Blood" is due on June 10, check out the tour details and ticket info here