Band Photo: Nothingface (?)
From: Washinton, DC, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded
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Launch Radio Networks reports: HELLYEAH releases its self-titled debut disc on Tuesday (April 10), featuring a new all-star collaboration between members of PANTERA, MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE. PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul was initially hesitant about joining the new project, but told Launch that NOTHINGFACE bassist Jerry Montano helped push him over the edge. "He just kept insisting, you know," he said. "He just called me seven or eight times. He's like, 'Dude, you gotta do this, you gotta be the drummer, man,'and finally one night he caught me when I'd been drinking and listening to some kick-ass music, and it just dawned on me. I just said, 'You know what? Let's give this thing a shot, you know.'And the next day I got on the phone with all the guys, and I just loved everybody's attitude. Everybody was so gung-ho about doing this thing, nobody had any ego, and it just really felt like the right thing to do. So that's why I decided to become part of it."
HELLYEAH is the first group Paul has played in since DAMAGEPLAN, the band he formed with his brother and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott after the breakup of PANTERA. "Dimebag" was shot and killed by a disturbed gunman during a DAMAGEPLAN show in December of 2004.
In addition to Paul and Montano, HELLYEAH features NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell, MUDVAYNE guitarist Greg Tribbett and MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray.
Chad Gray told Launch why he wanted to put it together in the first place. "I don't know, I think I always wanted another outlet besides MUDVAYNE," he said. "MUDVAYNE's pretty intricate, it's pretty technical, and there's, like, a lot of themes, and I just wanted to do a band that was all screaming and yelling and basically no singing — a band that I could really have fun on tour with. So I was just thinking, 'You know, we should just be insanely extreme and come out and just crush everything and have fun.'"
An exclusive version of HELLYEAH's album, featuring a bonus acoustic demo version of the song "Alcohaulin' Ass", is available at Best Buy.
Billboard.com reports: It took some doing to get Vinnie Paul into a band again. Nothingface bassist Jerry Montano approached the former Pantera and Damageplan drummer to be part of the all-star outfit Hellyeah several times before Paul -- still mourning the December 2004 onstage shooting of his brother, Dimebag Darrell, at a Damageplan show in Columbus, Ohio -- acquiesced.
"I've known Jerry forever," Paul tells Billboard.com, "and he started calling me and said, 'Dude, you've gotta be the drummer for this band.' And I was like, 'Man, I'm not sure if I'm ready to do this. I just started my own label (Big Vin Records)."
"But persistence pays off," Paul continues. "He kept calling and finally one night he got me when I'd been drinking and listening to music. And I said, 'This sounds like a great idea.' The next day I talked to everybody and loved everybody's attitude and said, 'What the f*ck. I'm in!'"
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
HELLYEAH, the new band featuring former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott alongside members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE, will release its self-titled debut album on April 10 via Epic Records.
The quintet includes three of hard rock's most revered and valuable players, with careers highlighted by an astonishing run of chart-topping gold and platinum albums, major industry awards, critical acclaim, Grammy nominations and music of monolithic power.
"Tom [Maxwell, NOTHINGFACE; guitar], Jerry [Montano, DANZIG, NOTHINGFACE; bass] and I have been talking about working together ever since we staggered through the streets of New Orleans five years ago," says MUDVAYNE/HELLYEAH vocalist Chad "Helvis" Gray. "I mentioned it to Greg [Tribbett, MUDVAYNE; guitar] and he immediately wanted in, and when Vinnie came on board the whole thing just took on a life of its own. This was a must-do project for all of us."
"The guys from HELLYEAH and the incredible music we've created have brought me back to what I love," states Vinnie. "'HellYeah' is the best record I've collaborated on since [PANTERA's] 'Vulgar Display of Power'. The vibe is positive with a kick-your-ass-attitude.' I can't wait to take this band on tour."
Gray and Tribbett will tour in support of the HELLYEAH debut in between recording the new MUDVAYNE album. The follow-up to 2004's blockbuster release, "Lost And Found", which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200, is due this fall and finds the Grammy-nominated quartet working once again with producer Dave Fortman (EVANESCENCE, SUPERJOINT RITUAL).
"It's cool to have both MUDVAYNE and HELLYEAH as creative outlets now, even though the approach, subject matter, and attitudes between the two projects are completely different," says Gray. "I'm looking forward to balancing both bands in my life — my new extremely busy life."
A nine-minute video of HELLYEAH writing and recording its self-titled album in Dallas, Texas has been posted online at YouTube.com. Two songs from the CD — "Hellyeah" and "Matter of Time" — are available for listening on the band's MySpace page.
Former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul has confirmed that his new band has been officially dubbed Hell Yeah.
The lineup also features Chad Gray (Mudvayne) on vocals, Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne) on guitar, Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) on guitar, Jerry Montano (Danzig, Nothingface) on bass.
In a recent interview with BW&BK, Paul was tight-lipped about the topic: "I mean, I can't really say what's going on, but I've got some stuff I'm working on right now, some people who've been really, really cool and a lot of fun to work with. And we're just kind of keeping everything under wraps." Expect an album from Hell Yeah to surface early next year via Paul's label, Big Vin Records.
An audio sample from HellYeah is currently streaming at the group's new MySpace page.
Pivotal Rage Discusses The Future Of Nothingface :
Pivotal Rage: So how was it getting out there and playing as NOTHINGFACE again in front of all your fans?
Maxwell: The tour was kickass and it felt amazing to get back up in front of the fans again. I wish we could have stayed out longer but we didn't want to bite off more than we could chew. Trust me, there will be plenty more tours down the road.
Did the crowd seem to react the same to your newer tracks, "Let It Burn" and "Walking On Bodies", as they did to NOTHINGFACE's older favorites?
For the most part the new songs went over well, but they're new. So the response wasn't going to be as massive as the older songs in the set. It's only when the fans have the songs embedded in their minds and hearts that they truly react without thinking about it. It's going to be great to see how the fans react when the new record comes out and they've lived with it for a while before seeing us live.
What made you guys decide to get back together?
The love and craving that we share for the music is what brought us back. I formed Nothingface over 10 years ago with original drummer Chris Houck. It's my baby, it's my passion, my heart and my pain all at once. Who was I kidding when I thought I could move onto something else after we went into hiatus back in late 2003. As much as something can sometimes break you in half and trample your emotions in a dozen different ways, it's who I am and what we are. And I fucking love it!! And besides, there has to be balance. The good/bad, black/white, love/hate. It's all a part of the chaos and makeup of life.
Are there any fears that whatever differences caused the band to break up in the first place might resurface again?
You can't live your life in fear of anything. Life happens. People are just as weak as they are strong and the music business as well as ones personal life can railroad you in an instant. Just stay focused and be willing to go to war with whatever is in front of you. Fuckin' bring it!
When Nothingface broke up, did you know, or did you even think there would be a chance of a reunion?
Not at first. We were so dysfunctional and unfocused that being in the same room with each other was a painful and bitter thought. Almost two years went by before myself and Matt even had a phone conversation. But time does heal and we have the scars to prove it.
In a recent interview conducted by Greg Maki of Live-Metal.net, NOTHINGFACE vocalist Matt Holt discussed the new project featuring NOTHINGFACE members Tom Maxwell (guitar) and Jerry Montano (bass), former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul and MUDVAYNE members Chad Gray (vocals) and Greg Tribbett (guitar).
Live-Metal: How is this new band or project or whatever it is with Tom and Jerry and Vinnie Paul and the MUDVAYNE guys going to affect NOTHINGFACE?
Matt Holt: "I don't think it'll affect us at all. First of all, Tom is 100-percent — I mean, NOTHINGFACE is his baby. And Chad and Greg, they're not going to leave MUDVAYNE. It's something that especially Tom and Chad and Jerry had talked about for a very long time, and Vinnie and Greg became part of it over time. I'm happy for those guys to finally do this. If anything, it'll probably help us because if it puts Tom and Jerry in front of mainstream people, it's just gonna bring more attention to us. I'm not looking at it as something that's hindering us or anything else like that. I think it's cool. Actually, I haven't heard it. I haven't gotten a chance to hear any of it yet. I can't even tell you what it sounds like. I've heard it was kinda Southern metal-ish. I can imagine what those guys would put together knowing all those guys so well. But it's gonna be good. People should be excited about it if they are. It's not going to affect NOTHINGFACE at all."
Live-Metal: How did [NOTHINGFACE] get back together again? More...
The recently rumored band will feature Mudvayne members Chad Gray on vocals and Greg Tribbett on guitar, along with Nothingface's Tom Maxwell on guitar and Jerry Montano on bass. Vinnie Paul will of course handle the drums.
In a bulletin that briefly ran on Nothingface's MySpace page, Montano said that "The five of us have been working our asses off on our 'Top Secret' project," that the new material the group has been working on "is amazing," and that their album should be out in the spring, followed by a U.S. tour.
The name for the group has yet to be officially confirmed.
Starting today, for the first time ever, the first two NOTHINGFACE albums — "Pacifier" (1997) and "An Audio Guide To Everyday Atrocity" (1998) — will be available online via the iTunes Music Store and other online retailers. These classic albums will also feature "rare" bonus tracks.
For original and classic NOTHINGFACE merchandise, check out the DCide Merch store at this location.
The current NOTHINGFACE lineup includes Matt Holt (vocals), Tom Maxwell (guitar), Jerry Montano (DANZIG, ex-THE DEADLIGHTS) and Tommy Sickles (drums)
NOTHINGFACE's fourth album, "Skeletons", was released in 2003 via TVT Records. The band has since split with the label.
Nothingface announce two shows as a break from the rigor of recording their tentative new album.
8-13-06 Recher Theatre - Baltimore, MD w/ Stillhoue, Gorman Prophecy
8-16-06 Myth - St. Paul, MN w/ Earshot, Rikets
Silent Civilian frontman/guitarist Jonny Santos has issued a statement regarding the Nothingface/Crossbreed situation that took place on the bands tour together, here's what he had to say:
?Regardless of any differences some bands may have with Nothingface, I would like to say this... We have been on this tour since day one, and Nothingface has treated us like family. Being in a band and touring for the better part of the last 8 years, I have learned that there are certain guidelines and rules that apply when you are a support act. Knowing this, any band on a tour like this should follow these guidelines. That?s just how it is. If you don?t play ball, not only is it not cool, but you could find yourself being kicked off of a tour. With that said, we have had the best time on this tour and feel that we have life long friends in the Nothingface family/band/crew. There were difficulties between certain bands on this tour that could not be rectified, and it was very unfortunate. None of us wanted to see that happen. But... from a 3rd party that was a witness to everything that happened, I would like to say that we feel Nothingface are some of the most awesome guys I/we have ever had the pleasure of touring with, and we are sad that the tour is coming to an end. If ever asked to tour with them again, I would not hesitate to accept their offer."
Crossbreed have dropped off of their tour with Nothingface and Silent Civilian after taking issue with the way Nothingface was running the tour, a full statement, complete with extensive details, can be found here.
More dates have surfaced for the Nothingface reunion tour and Silent Civilian are said to be supporting them. Here are the tour dates so far:
Feb 11th - The Recher Theatre - Towson, MD
Feb 12th - Peabodys - Cleveland, OH
Feb 14th - POPS - Sauget, IL
Feb 16th - 516 Soundstage - Shreveport, LA
Feb 17th - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
Feb 18th - Ziggys - Winston-Salem, NC
Feb 19th - House Of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC w/Disturbed
Feb 21st - The NorVa - Norfolk, VA w/Disturbed
Feb 23rd - Planet Rock - Battle Creek, MI w/ Crossbreed
Feb 24th - Streeters - Traverse City, MI w/ Crossbreed
Feb 25th - The Machine Shop - Flint, MI w/ Crossbreed
Another brand new NOTHINGFACE track, entitled "Walking on Bodies", has been posted online at the band's newly relaunched web site. The band are currently working with producer Drew Mazurek on material for their next CD, tentatively due later in the year.
The current NOTHINGFACE lineup includes Matt Holt (vocals), Tom Maxwell (guitar), Jerry Montano (DANZIG, ex-THE DEADLIGHTS) and Tommy Sickles (drums)
NOTHINGFACE's fourth album, "Skeletons", was released in 2003 via TVT Records. The band have since split with the label.
Upcoming NOTHINGFACE shows:
Feb. 11 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
Feb. 12 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
Feb. 14 - Sauget, IL @ POP's
Feb. 17 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
Feb. 19 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues*
Feb. 21 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA*
Feb. 24 - Traverse City, MI @ Streeters
Feb. 25 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
* w/ DISTURBED, BLOODSIMPLE
NOTHINGFACE have announced a few more upcoming tour dates. They are as follows:
February 11 Towson, MD - Recher Theatre w/ Catatonik
February 19 Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues w/ Disturbed
February 21 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa w/ Disturbed
The reunited Nothingface have posted their new demo track "Let It Burn" online, you can check it out at their newly launched official website, www.officialnothingface.com.
Re-united Washington band Nothingface are currently working on a new album. It's being produced by Drew Mazurek. A brand-new song entitled "Let It Burn", has been posted online at OfficialNothingace.com. No further details are yet available.
According to Jaggermusic.com, Nothingface would play a concert scheduled for next year, February 19 at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach SC, opening for Disturbed. This would mean the band will reunite for the first time since their break up in 2003. Nothing has been explicitly confirmed at this point, however.
In related news, Disturbed frontman David Draiman was to collaborate with Blessed in Black, a hard rock group featuring former members of Nothingface and Skrape. Draiman was to enter the studio in September to contribute to some songs slated for Blessed in Black's forthcoming debut album, tentatively due in early 2006.
DISTURBED frontman David Draiman is set to collaborate with BLESSED IN BLACK, a new hard rock group that features former members of NOTHINGFACE and SKRAPE. According to a posting on BLESSED IN BLACK's web site, Draiman will hit the studio in September to contribute to some songs slated for BIB's forthcoming debut album, tentatively due in early 2006.
BLESSED IN BLACK is:
Billy Keeton (ex-SKRAPE) - Vocals
Tom Maxwell (ex-NOTHINGFACE) - Guitar
Jerry Montano (DANZIG, ex-NOTHINGFACE, THE DEADLIGHTS) - Bass
Tommy Sickles (ex-NOTHINGFACE) - Drums
Former members of NOTHINGFACE and SKRAPE, who have come together to form BLESSED IN BLACK have revealed some working titles for new music that they are working on:
Pretty When You Cry
Where Were You?
Under the Stars
Burn the Sky
Made from Dust
Welcome to Nowhere
Angels Broken Wing
Before You Wake
Decadence is Mine
The Blackest Emotion
Back on you're Word
Like a Moth
The track 'Waging War', features guest vocals from MUDVAYNE's Chad Grey, and was slated to be a part of the band's former title and project COLD WHITE CHRIST, which at the moment still isn't finished, and has no set release date on it.
At the end of August BLESSED IN BLACK will hit the studio with DISTURBED's David Draiman to record some music. BLESSED IN BLACK is:
Billy Keeton -Vocals
Tom Maxwell - Guitar
Jerry Montano - Bass
Tommy Sickles- Drums
SEVER, the new project from former NOTHINGFACE members Tom Maxwell (guitar), Tommy Sickles (drums), and Jerry Montano (bass), plus former SKRAPE frontman Billy Keeton, have been continuing to work on new material as of late and will soon be making their live debut. Here's what Maxwell recently had to say on the matter:
"...We've been doing nothing but writing and recording songs. Now that we've reached up toward 30 songs, we're going to be turning up the heat from now on. Jerry has one more tour to do with Danzig and will be back in time for rehearsals and our first show in March. Which btw is on March 21st at Fletchers in Baltimore w/ DFD."
The group, who were previously known as COLDWHITECHRIST, are not likely to continue using the name SEVER however and are thought to be deciding upon a new moniker for themselves.