Hellyeah is a heavy metal supergroup, consisting of Mudvayne vocalist Chad
Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell,
Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla, and former Pantera and Damageplan drummer
Vinnie Paul. The idea to form a supergroup originated in 2001 on the Tattoo
the Earth tour, although plans were constantly put on hold due to scheduling
conflicts. The summer of 2006 allowed the band to take the project seriously
and record its first album.
Recorded at Chasin' Jason studio in Paul's backyard, a self-titled album was
completed in roughly one month. Released on April 10, 2007, the album
entered the Billboard 200 at number 9, selling 45,000 copies. All Music Guide
reviewer William Ruhlmann stated the album is "a competent example of its
genre" awarding the album three and a half stars. A week after the album's
release, original bassist Jerry Montano left the band to what was described
as "personal reasons on both sides". Damageplan bassist Zilla replaced him,
and the band released a DVD titled Below the Belt on November 13, 2007.
Hellyeah is the debut album by the heavy metal band Hellyeah, featuring
members of Pantera, Mudvayne, Damageplan and Nothingface. According to
Rockdetector the band finished album recordings in January 2007, and the
single 'You Wouldn't Know', went to U.S. radio in late February.
"You Wouldn't Know" is about the difficulty of maintaining one's integrity in
the profit-obsessed music industry and "Thank You" is a shout-out to all of
the band's recently departed family members: Dime, Maxwell's mother, and
The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 selling 45,000 copies in its first
week. As of September 26, 2007, it has sold 188,670 copies in the US.