According to Blabbermouth.net, "Band Of Brothers", the third album from the metal juggernaut known as Hellyeah - featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott (Pantera, Damageplan), Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) and Bob "Zilla" Kakaha (Damageplan) - will be released on June 5 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
Hellyeah earlier in the 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."
Added Jeremy Parker, "It's impossible not to have a good time jamming this record. It has the anger and violence of Pantera and Mudvayne, but a party vibe that can only be Hellyeah!"
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."