Vinnie Paul Triumphs More than Grief With ‘Hellyeah’


Vinnie Paul believed he would never perform songs yet again following the demise of his brother and bandmate, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, on Dec. 8, 2004.

The Abbott brothers formed Damageplan following the dissolution of Pantera, which they founded in 1981 and led to international steel stardom in the ’90s. Damageplan got off to an impressive begin with their 2004 debut New Discovered Energy, but their tenure was cut tragically shorter when a mentally sick lover shot Dimebag useless onstage at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.

Next Dimebag’s demise, Paul began his very own label, Huge Vin Data, and retreated from performing for around a calendar year and a 50 percent. But in mid-2006, the drummer accepted an invitation to jam with a burgeoning alt-steel supergroup consisting of Mudvayne singer Chad Grey and guitarist Greg Tribbett, and Nothingface bassist Jerry Montano and guitarist Tom Maxwell.

Montano had been label mates with Paul in the ’90s when his previous band, the Deadlights, and Pantera had been both of those on Elektra Documents. The bassist experimented with many instances to hook the drummer, who was to begin with unwilling to get again driving the kit. “Last but not least, soon after 7 or 8 phone calls, he caught me 1 evening when I’d been ingesting and listening to some outdated Kiss,” Paul told the Dallas Early morning News in 2007. “I just liked everybody’s mindset. Everyone was so gung-ho, everybody’s head was in the ideal put.”

With Paul onboard, the newly minted Hellyeah wrote and recorded their self-titled debut album in Dimebag’s Chasin’ Jason home studio in Arlington, Tex. “It was incredibly rough at first,” Paul informed Billboard in 2007. “But as soon as we got in there it felt like the dim cloud that was there went absent, and it genuinely felt like Dime was watching above us and guiding us. Everyone just actually had nothing at all but optimistic electrical power from the get-go. That is what made it work.”

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The ensuing 12-track album delivered a smorgasbord of whiskey-soaked celebration metal anthems, bursting with down-tuned riffs, scorched-earth screams and Paul’s characteristically pulverizing breakdowns. Unsubtle barnburners like “GodDamn,” “Alcohaulin’ Ass” and album opener “Hellyeah” exemplified the band’s groove-metal wallop and poor-boys-havin’-a-superior-time ethos.

“It’s rebellious,” Gray advised the Dallas Early morning Information of Hellyeah’s seem. “It usually means late teens, keggers and chicks and AC/DC and Metallica. Which is what I imagine when I listen to these songs. It can be a incredibly youthful, creating-terrible-selections-and-studying-from-them report. To me, it truly is summertime when I was 19 a long time outdated.”

Paul was similarly enthusiastic about the job, which he credited with restoring his travel to engage in new music. “Following the functions of Dec. 8, 2004, I didn’t actually know if I was ever going to perform yet again,” he instructed Greatest Ink in 2007 (via Blabbermouth). “I just explained to myself if I was, it was going to have been the final condition and drop into my lap. That’s what transpired [with Hellyeah]. Everybody experienced their head in the ideal position and that let us-tear-the-earth-a-new-ass angle. It was just a fantastic record to make. We come to feel like it is actually heading to established some benchmarks this year.”

Hellyeah launched their self-titled album on April 10, 2007. It debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and offered 45,000 copies in its first 7 days. The band toured rigorously and launched four more Top 20 albums — 2010’s Stampede, 2012’s Band of Brothers, 2014’s Blood for Blood and 2016’s Unden!ready — right before Paul’s demise on June 22, 2018. Hellyeah unveiled a single much more album, 2019’s Welcome Home, ahead of announcing their hiatus in 2021.

Grey paid tribute to his fallen bandmate in an emotional Fb publish after his death. “I just want to say thank you, Vinnie Paul!” the singer wrote. “For preserving my life, for your music, for your limitless generosity, for accepting me into your lifestyle, for producing our audio that touched people today, for becoming proud to be in Hellyeah and for normally treating me like a brother and far more importantly for treating me like a pal. … And for all of all those points you will live permanently in my heart. And I will never permit you go!!! I will always appreciate you and go to the conclude of the earth to have the torch for you and Dime’s legacy.”

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