Readying for a June 9th release of the album 'Blood For Blood', Hellyeah - featuring Mudvayne's Chad Gray on vocals, Pantera's Vinnie Paul on drums and Nothingface's Tom Maxwell on guitar - has brought a new level of audio fury to its new music.
Having parted ways with Greg Tribbett and Bob Zilla, the band has taken on Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple) on bass.
Blood For Blood is a welcome return to form. It leaves a mark, thanks to songs like the angular, vengeful "DMF," a song birthed by the sort of anger that can't be faked; it will leave you wondering who pissed these guys off.
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"Gift" is dirty, rowdy rock with equal parts groove and swagger, but also possessed of the sort of punk rock energy that would make Motorhead fans turns their heads. Then there is moodier, more contemplative fare like "Moth" or "Hush," which connect on an emotional, cellular level, proving that you can be incredibly heavy in ways other than loud and fast. The album sounds like a re-charged Hellyeah, taken up many notches.
The band have now announced a series of UK dates to coincide with their appearance at Bloodstock Festival:
9th August - Bloodstock Festival
10th August - The Live Rooms, Chester
12th August - The Fleece, Bristol
13th August - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
15th August - Sound Control, Manchester
16th August - Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
17th August - Underworld, London
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