Plenty of rock “supergroups” don’t make it past the bloated expectations of their combined credentials. But the members of Hellyeah are hoping the July 13 release of their second album, “Stampede,” will convince doubters that they intend to make the band a going concern.
“That was our goal from the very start, for this to be a real band,” explains drummer Vinnie Paul (né Abbott), the former Pantera and Damageplan member who formed Hellyeah in 2006 in Dallas with Mudvayne’s Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, later adding bassist Bob Zilla from Rebel Meets Rebel and Damageplan.
“We knew everybody was going to have different commitments with all their other bands and stuff. But we really love playing together and there’s a real excitement when we’re together, so there’s no question (Hellyeah) will exist alongside whatever else we do.”
Hellyeah recorded “Stampede” at Paul’s home in Arlington, Texas, after making 2007’s “Hellyeah” in his late brother Dimebag Darrell’s studio in Dallas. “It was the same formula, basically,” Paul says. “The only thing really different is instead of driving 25 miles across town to Dime’s studio, we stayed right at my house, and any time you were inspired and felt like knocking something out, you just did it.”
One track from “Stampede,” “Cowboy Way,” is available as a free download at Hellyeah’s official website, while the group has also shot a video for the first official single, “Hell of a Time.” Overall, Paul says, the album is “as heavy as we’ve ever been before, but also a little more bluesy, a little more rock ‘n’ roll, a little more groove-y. It’s like a roller coaster ride, man — it just takes off and takes you for a little spin.”
Hellyeah performs with Seether, Drowning Pool and Lacuna Coil at the WRIF Rock Girl Finale, 7 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $28.50. Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.
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