The fine folks who handle the press for the Synergy Entertainment Group asked me to share this video with you readers and since we just knew that you would eat it up, we kindly obliged. The short video features the band Buckcherry (an often mentioned favorite of That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk) as they discuss the upcoming 2011 Jagermeister Music Tour which they will be headlining. To make matters more interesting this event will feature Hellyeah as their direct support (you know, that Outlaw Metal band that features Vinnie Paul of Pantera and a couple of the guys from Mudvayne). To kick things up a notch we also get All That Remains who kick many levels of ass and the brand new project from Anthrax and Fall Out Boy members with The Damned Things. Check out the video and make sure you get your tickets for the performance in your town before they sell out.
Label: Epic Records
Release Date: 7/13/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal/Southern Metal
Before I begin this review I have to think back to my comments about the bands self-titled debut that we saw back in 2007. I’ll admit that it left me wanting a little bit more based on who was actually involved in the project and of course with most bands of this kind, I hardly expected a second release to ever see the light of day. That being said, Hellyeah has indeed returned and delivered unto those acolytes to their cause the album “Stampede” and after a couple of listens I had to say that the group seemed to be getting more comfortable in their skin. I know you might be ready to stone me for saying that but lets face it – just because members originally hail from Pantera, Mudvayne and more does not mean at all that their working together was going to make greater musical sense. I think that a lot of the reservations people had with their first album was that they expected too much from the Pantera/Damageplan side or too much of the technical Mudvayne side and I might have been guilty of that as well. What we get with Hellyeah is pure and simple drinking, rowdy, fist in the air Heavy Metal music. If you needed to lock in a particular genre for them I suggest we run with “Outlaw Metal” since it has a lot of rebellious drive to it.
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Label: Epic Records
Release Date: 12/21/2009
Genre: Math Metal
The fifth Mudvayne release is actually self-titled and musically finds the band taking a step back in the direction that their fans expect them to follow while also being one that calls to mind their earlier years in terms of some of the ideas that they are presenting. If this is confusing you then should realize how their previous release of “The New Game” had a more Rock and Roll vibe to it and was something that might have left the longest standing Mudvayne fans scratching their heads in wonder about where their favorite band was going. Now back to brass tacks on “Mudvayne”, I am happy to report that the album is an infectious one, and a very consistent listen that finds each and every track fulfilling your specific Mudvayne needs. The technical displays of Math Metal prowess are there but the album does not adventure so deep into that territory that it risks losing your interest and instead delivers a number of catchy hooks and solid riffs that when paired together in this fashion give you some great tracks. Chad seems to be singing better than ever and had me sold on the album by the time they reached “Scream With Me” which came as my first favorite on the release. “Closer” is also good and “1000 Mile Journey” as well – the latter track being probably the heaviest of the albums offerings.
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Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: 10 Years, Snot
Label: Epic Records
Having seen them a number of times over the past couple of years, I had to say that with the show that Mudvayne puts on for their fans that they are worth checking out when they come to your town. Tonight’s fun would probably be my last Metal show of the year by the looks of it and it was the perfect closer to what amounted to be an incredible list of shows. December was quieter than some of the other months this year and I found it to be a bit of a reprieve in some sense. Last week we found In Flames visiting and that was fun and just this past weekend was the Trans-Siberian Orchestra who served up the Holiday heaviness in perfect order. Tonight’s Metal menu would not only feature Mudvayne, but also 10 Years and Snot. The fun would take place at The Fillmore NY and after some excellent pre-game hanging at the nearby Watering Hole, I would find myself with friends at a sold out venue. Here is how the story went for those of you who did not take part in it.
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Label: Epic Records
Release Date: 4/10/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
The basic premise behind Hellyeah started in 2002 with singer Chad Gray (Mudvayne) and guitarist Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) but based on the schedules of their respective bands it did not actually become the group you are listening to on this CD until around 2006. Since the dawning of the idea to its actual inception and recording we have seen guitarists Greg Tribbett (also from Mudvayne) and bassist Jerry Montano joining forces on it along with powerhouse drummer Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan, & Rebel Meets Rebel). Now while some might define such a lineup as a “super group”, I am one of those who tend to hate the term and will instead label this as a super powered side project. After all, it is not like the members are leaving their groups of note to do this alone. What I found interesting about it immediately was that the listener can realize from the very first track that the music being done as Hellyeah is vastly different from that of their original groups. It’s heavy stuff without a doubt and surely aims for a particular listener demographic, but it is hardly the technical based “Groove Metal” material we found in Mudvayne or the overall brutality of a band like Pantera and Damageplan. Instead the self titled debut is a hodgepodge of different styles and at the end of the day it comes off as a quasi Metal meets Southern Fried Hard Rock outfit. Bands like this have been growing in popularity over the past few years so it could work out quite well. Based on this the listener will find that there are equal parts good and bad material on the release. The good is just simply good and not great, or fantastic and the bad will generally make you not sit through the track ever again. This might sound a bit harsh but I have to admit that I expected just a little bit more from it based on the membership roster. Lyrically this could have been stronger than it ended up being and I was disappointed to find this being the case. Gray is a solid song writer for Mudvayne, but it seems as though for Hellyeah this was more about stepping out of the known role and having a little more of a “let it all loose” fun with friends playing Metal. Those who wanted a sense of deep lyrical content could very well find some of this stuff rather banal and too laden with expletives.
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