Hellyeah
Hellyeah


2.0
poor

Review

by AaronBatt USER (50 Reviews)
May 30th, 2014 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hellyeah? More like a "yeah, probably not".

For awhile, this was my single favorite band in the universe. Based on my fandom of Pantera and Mudvayne, I thought this would be balls-out awesome, and for a while I thought it was. I was young and incredibly stupid back then, I'll admit. Now, when I listen to any Hellyeah record, I see them for what they truly are: a painfully generic groove-metal "supergroup" that borders on terrible. And that all started with the band's self-titled 2007 debut. For a quick refresher, the original lineup featured here is Chad Gray (vocals) and Greg Tribbett (guitar) of Mudvayne, Tom Maxwell (guitar) of Nothingface and Bob Zilla (bass) and Vinnie Paul (drums) of Damageplan and Pantera in Paul's case.

You might expect Hellyeah to sound like a combination of progressive nu-metal and groove metal. Instead, they are a Southern-rock inspired groove metal band that is woefully average at best and terrible at worst. From the opening titular track to "Goddamn" and the final track "One Thing", Hellyeah the album is a record full of bored guitar chugging from Tribbett & Maxwell (fun name for a Southern law firm specializing in DUI cases), lackluster drumming from Paul and nearly inaudible bass lines from Zilla.

However, the single worst offender on Hellyeah is vocalist Chad Grey. His vocal style is not necessarily the problem, as it (mostly) fits into Hellyeah's groove-metal sound. However, when he tries to go country on the unmitigated dogshit party tune "Alcohaulin' Ass", the results are hilarious. Grey literally possesses not an iota of twang to his voice, which is necessary to sing Southern rock. All of this means that the vocals on "Alcohaulin' Ass" are so dull that it almosts sound like Chad was forced to record them at gunpoint. The music that accompanies said vocals on "Alcohaulin' Ass" is not much better, as it tries so hard to be Lynyrd Skynyrd that you almost expect the ghost of Ronnie Van Zant to show up and start shooting motherfuckers because of how offended he would feel.

In fact, the biggest problems on Hellyeah are the words that exit the mouth of Chad Grey. Almost every song revolves around either hating everyone ("Rotten To The Core", "Waging War", "Goddamn") or getting ***ed up ("Hellyeah", "Alcohaulin' Ass") and so on. First single "You Wouldn't Know" really isn't bad lyrically, as the song confronts someone dragging Grey down. "Thank You" is dedicated to Dimebag, and it's decent if nothing else. In "Matter of Time", Grey actually tells someone to "suck your shit". The lyrics are terrible and border on offensive in many cases. Hellyeah the album features so many uses of the "F" word that it comes across as juvenile.

Musically, the only notable diversions from the groove-metal beatdown are the bluesy tracks "Thank You" and "Star", as well as "Alcohaulin' Ass". Ironically, the first two of those tracks just happen to be the best tracks here. Otherwise, everything just blends together into a monotonous shit-fest, right down to that "Goddamn" awful artwork on the cover. Hellyeah spends so much time trying to convince that they're complete badasses and that this is the best shit ever that they forget to, "You Know", write anything musically that is remotely decent.

Based on that lineup alone, Hellyeah should be so much better than what they are. But, in classic "super"group style, they wasted that potential on a musical style that is beneath them. To be fair, Pantera basically invented the groove-metal sound, but at least they were inventive about it. Mudvayne took nu-metal and went progressive with it, while Nothingface just kinda did their own thing. However, it is the band that Zilla and Paul were involved in, Damageplan, that laid the groundwork for Hellyeah. Granted, Damageplan's only studio album was/is far better than anything Hellyeah has ever released, due to the presence of Dimebag Darrell on guitar and Pat Lachman on vocals.

However, much like Hellyeah, Damageplan marked the first signs of Vinnie Paul's decline. The difference is, Vinnie still gave a fuck when Damageplan was happening. I truly believe that Vinnie Paul stopped giving a fuck about anything the moment Dimebag Darrell was murdered on-stage on that December night in 2004. No matter how much Vinnie talks about how Hellyeah "revived" his interest in and passion for playing music, it's glaringly obvious that he is only here for the money, and the chance to get fucked up all the time without getting bitched at, because his fellow band members are all shit-faced as he is.

When famous friends from various bands decide to come together musically, people call it a "supergroup". However, for every supergroup that lives up to the sum of their parts (Them Crooked Vultures for example), there are a thousand Hellyeahs, a band full of friends who see their project as a diversion from their main project and thus don't take it seriously. In Hellyeah's case however, it's almost more offensive that this album sucks so much because it's obvious their lack of shit-giving is blatantly intentional. If Vinnie Paul and co. wanted an excuse to party all the time and play shitty music, maybe they should've just opened a bar instead.



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2014


24403 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

terrible band

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AaronBatt
May 29th 2014


113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Touche, although I actually like Band of Brothers and the songs I've heard so far from Blood for Blood. I just hate the first two records with a burning passion and I'm ashamed to admit that I own them.

MuhNamesTyler
May 29th 2014


6179 Comments


I dug You Wouldn't Know when this came out, didn't really bother with anything else though. Review was cool, pos

AaronBatt
May 29th 2014


113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah I felt the same way about You Wouldn't Know.

BMDrummer
May 29th 2014


13984 Comments


I refuse to listen to this, I don't want to further ruin my view of Vinnie Paul. Good review though, pos.

SnakeDelilah
May 29th 2014


19829 Comments


5. Alcohaulin' Ass

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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2014


8439 Comments


Fuckno

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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2014


8439 Comments


5. Alcohaulin' Ass [2]

scottpilgrim10
May 29th 2014


4748 Comments


Awful. Sitting through their set was unbearable

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2014


10804 Comments


Good review bro. That album cover is horrible though.

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RogueNine
May 30th 2014


3318 Comments


I still dig You Wouldn't Know to an extent. Can't stand anything else from their discog though.

someguest
May 30th 2014


28614 Comments


You wouldn't know what you're talking about.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2014


13427 Comments


It actually disturbs me there are 4's and 5's for this....

RogueNine
May 30th 2014


3318 Comments


They never grew up.

tempest--
May 30th 2014


20544 Comments


hell no

tempest--
May 30th 2014


20544 Comments


/scoot

sharkmsc
May 30th 2014


135 Comments


The wording at the end of the first paragraph is confusing; I had to read the sentence several times. Good review

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2014


13427 Comments


Truly one of the worst bands to ever exist. That album art is trollin' for christ sake.

Darkwatch025
June 4th 2014


334 Comments


You Wouldn't Know and Thank You are the only two songs worth listening to off this generic piece of shit album.

sapient
June 4th 2014


2406 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Such a great cover I wish I was that great at photoshop



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