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Vinnie Paul Abbott Says Hellyeah "Really Felt Like The Right Thing To Do"

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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.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. warlockzero writes:

cool, first post. let me be the first to say the album kicks ass. i bought it and it kills every other record that has come out this year. its balls out, headbanging metal. it also gave me my dring athem, alcohauling ass. great record, if anyone gets a chance, pick it up. it will not disappoint.

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2. MuDvAyNe fan writes:

totally agree with you (warlockzero)!! Hellyeah was everything i was hoping 4 and more! f*** that cd is amazing! best cd to come out in a long long time!
can not wait to c them at this years family values tour! \m/
* way to go Chad Gray you did it again!!!*

# Apr 13, 2007 @ 9:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. xXxBODOM OF MY HEARTxXx writes:

well chad grey actually doesnt like huge huge groups of ppl...and he doesnt like the camera and being famous, as seen in the mudvayne DVD so for him to be in another band and to go on such a gigantic tour is a bit strange in my mind....i think mudvayne in general is better but the album is still kick ass...well i guess this is a way of getting over that sort of thing...but ya keep it metal...cheers

# Apr 13, 2007 @ 10:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. evilcheeba writes:

I bought the album the other day and I got to say it is really good. It was a big relief that the album didn't fall flat like so-called "supergroups" often do as I am a big fan of Pantera, Mudvayne and Nothingface. I hope these guys come to Wisconsin if they do tour. Could they be the TBA band on the mainstage of Ozzfest? That would definitely be pretty frickin cool if it were to be so (although it is probably going to be BLS which wouldn't be terrible).

# Apr 13, 2007 @ 10:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Death Metal writes:

Hellyeah does kick a$$ the song '' you wouldn't know'' is a true headbanging song are they on the family values tour that would be cool if they were on main stage ozzfest

# Apr 14, 2007 @ 12:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. BodomBastard writes:

i saw their damn cd at best buy... wanted to smash every single copy there with a slegehammer cuz i f***ing hate everyone that is in that band, especially that piece of sh** chad gay...

# Apr 14, 2007 @ 1:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Zero 54 writes:

What bands do you like BodomBastard i want know you seem to like to disrepect every article about every band, wtf man. My hat goes off to Vinnie Abbott to continue to pursue music even after his brother was gunned down in front of him last time he played a show, Vinnie has more money then he would spend in a lifetime he could live on never picking up a drum sticks again and marveled at a tremendous legacy, even though i have never been into a lot of pantera i repect and support what him and his family have done for this industry. However i am a fan of chad grey and mudvayne and wtf don't you like about them, maybe youve never heard them or you like country music, maybe you made that connection with that little brain of yours when you saw them wearing Cowboy Hats on the Cover. ass.

# Apr 14, 2007 @ 3:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. warlockzero writes:

Bodom bastard is gay. Listen bodom there is an article on him just for u that u would probably like to read about yeh homo. Thats the type of sh** u listen to right asswipe.?
If you dont give a sh** ya getcha' hellyeah, throwing fist in the pit ya getcha hellyeah Bodom bastard thinks hes f***ing with this well hell no! I cant f***ing wait to see them on tour.

# Apr 14, 2007 @ 10:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. panterarulz writes:

hellyeah rocks but being a new band they can be even greater

# Apr 16, 2007 @ 4:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Scorpion69 writes:

I love their songs, now I can show my "wigga" friends what good music really is!!! Hellyeah is fvckin AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

# Apr 16, 2007 @ 12:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Death Metal writes:

Bodom bastard is a fag he's probably a emo fag that cuts himself.
HELLYEAH kicks bodom bastards little ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Apr 16, 2007 @ 8:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. acacia writes:

ok bodom bastard u have had ur say. know its time for mine u motherf***er. i just wanna say you are a d*** ed if i ever met you i would beat you sensless with my fists. and you hate everyone in the band so vinnie is sh**? LOL what is it with you... well you are probally releated to the d*** that shot dime. got a suggestion for ya GO AND KILL YOURSELF

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