Sound — 5
Hellyeah is the new band from former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul, who you may know best as the brother of Dimebag Darrel. The band consists of Vinnie Paul, members of Mudvayne and Nothingface. I myself was eager to hear what this band could produce seeing as I'm a big Pantera fan and was curious to see how Vinnie got on without Dimebag. So about the album, the album was recorded in Dallas, Texas and was finished at the end of January this year. The album tries to give of that classic metal sound that Pantera managed to achieve but unfortunately in my eyes, they've either tried to hard or not enough as the album isn't too great at all. Overall it's a well recorded album but to be honest, it isn't that great and Chad Gray isn't the best of vocalists.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics featured on this album are slightly different to that of Pantera, alhough some you can't pick up due to Chad's shouting but on the more softer ballad types such as "Alcohaulin' Ass" and "Thank You" the songs give a more melodic style of singing and more sympathetic lyrics. Thank You is a big shout out to all the bands lost family members which is actually a good song compared to the rest. Most of the lyrics fit in well with the music but it's the shouting that really ruins the songs as to be honest, Chad can't sing nor shout and that factor unfortunatly makes the songs rather unlistenable, although they you can, to me it's quite bad.
Overall Impression — 5
Overall, this album has nothing on any of Vinnie's previous efforts, and the Mudvayne guys do slightly better and I've never heard of Nothingface so I can't comment on them. The most impressive songs are "Waging War" and "Thank You", most of the others in my opinion are very repetitive and get tiresome easily. The facts I like about the album are Vinnie is getting back in the game after the tragic death of Dime and it's always nice to hear his simple yet effective drumming. The hate I have of this album is the vocals and guitars, they don't sound very appealing and the guitars sound more suited for say Slipknot such as the intro riff on "Rotten To The Core". If this album were either lost or stolen, I really wouldn't bother buying or download it again, it's a decent effort but they really had so much expectation that it's a seriously big letdown.