Hard rock purveyors Hellyeah have released their sixth studio album, Welcome Home, via Eleven Seven Music. It’s comes after almost 12 years since the release of their debut record, Hellyeah, and just over one year since the passing of bandmate and brother Vinnie Paul.
"We were dealing with the shock of Vinnie passing and we realised that all his drum tracks were finished, everything, which was a pretty surreal moment, ‘cause we realised he left it for us to finish. We wound up going back to Vegas which was really hard to do as we were still just reeling from the funeral and just losing him, but we managed to get through it and finish the guitars and the bass tracks. Then Chad went in there and literally was left to his own devices to finish the record, so that was rough. Listening to it now, completed, it’s a shame as Vinnie would have really loved this record and he would have been super proud of it”, explains guitarist Tom Maxwell.
"It's a celebration of life, it's a celebration of Vinnie", adds drummer Roy Mayorga.
Welcome Home, reveals 11 tracks, driven by their love, loyalty, reverence and respect for their fallen brother, including album opener and raging track ‘333’, one of two tracks Vinnie heard before his passing, guitar-driven ‘Perfect’, the gritty ‘Oh My God’ and the band’s fastest-growing song at US Active Rock Radio ‘Welcome Home’, which reached the Top 5.
As a toast from the rock-gods and as a loving letter to Vince, Hellyeah offers up their heartfelt, stripped-down track, ‘Skyy and Water’. ‘Choking back my tears again today, I can hear your voice / I can hear you say, don't sweat the small stuff and just keep on keeping on.'
About being half good and half evil and the track ‘333’ vocalist Chad Gray comments, “A lot of people may think Vinnie was just a drummer, but he was much more than just a badass, slamming, smashing drummer…The lyrics embrace and recognise the feelings that most metal fans have. Being treated like outcasts and being judged for the way we look or dress. It’s a reminder to all the metal fans that no matter what, you will always have a place in our worldwide metal community. With that said…Welcome to the family! We’re all the root of half evil reppin’ 333.”
Hellyeah continue their live assault across the US and Canada, kicking off the “A Celebration Of Life” tour in November through to December.
While on the road they have been honouring their late bandmate by donating a portion of ticket sales from each tour date to the American Heart Association in Vinnie Paul’s memory. Tickets and full routing are available HERE.
In addition to this initiative, HELLYEAH will host a TEXT TO DONATE campaign during each of their upcoming tour dates. Fans can TEXT ‘VINNIE’ to #41411, or head to a special CrowdRise page where they can also DONATE to help fight heart disease, as well as read more about the American Heart Association and HELLYEAH’s interview with them HERE.
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"Vinnie Paul Abbott wasn’t just a drummer, he was an iconic fixture in the metal and hard rock community, a pioneer, and an absolute legend. He was a self taught drummer who went on to win many awards for his impeccable skills throughout his career.
A founding member of Pantera, DamagePlan and his current band HellYeah, Vinnie was a vital force for bands and millions of fans worldwide. Whether fans were turning their volume to 11 or headbanging their hearts out at live shows, Vinnie was an inspiration.
His most recent release, Hellyeah’s 'Undeniable' contained three hit singles, thanks to support from Sirius XM’s Octane. “All of us at Octane are so broken hearted to hear of the passing of our brother Vinnie Paul. We sent love to his family, band members and fans. You will be missed. Thinking of you reunited and rockin’ with Dime… Rest in Peace, Vinnie Paul Abbott”, Octane released in a statement.
Today, the world not only lost a legend, but also a genuine human being who lived to put a smile on the faces of everyone he met. May he be reunited with his brother as we all strive to continue his legacy.
Eleven Seven Music is heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, bandmates, friends, and fans through this difficult time."
Internal Bleeding drummer and veteran FDNY firefighter Bill Tolley dies battling Queens blaze; band issues tribute with music video
"Rest in Peace our brother William 'Bill' Tolley. Drummer. Brother. Firefighter. Hero. Friend. Life will never be the same without him. We love you, Bill. Slam On." - Internal Bleeding
Internal Bleeding drummer and veteran FDNY firefighter Bill Tolley passed away Thursday, April 20th after falling five stories from a rooftop while battling a two-alarm apartment fire in Queens, New York. Tolley leaves behind a wife and eight-year-old daughter.
Said Tolley's bandmates upon his tragic passing, "Our drummer, the heartbeat of the band, William Tolley, died today. There are zero words to describe the loss. He was a good, decent, and honourable man who loved his friends, his family, and the people he served. There will never be another like him. There are no words to describe the utter sadness and despair we feel right now. Bill was our rock, our heart, and supplier of insane laughter. The music world lost a very influential drummer, and the world lost a friend, a father, and a damn good man. We love you Bill."
Yesterday marked the release of Internal Bleeding's digital single, "Final Justice." The track serves as a teaser from the band's forthcoming full-length, Corrupting Influence and the band planned to celebrate today's release with a new video for the track. Internal Bleeding wished to unveil the clip yesterday as planned in Tolley's honor. "Bill would want that more than anything. It will mean so much."
"Final Justice" takes the patented Internal Bleeding sound into new, more intense levels. It's still filled with all the hooks, slams, and grooves you've come to expect from the band, but at the same time, it's more sophisticated, sharper, and focused than anything they're released previously.
No Clean Singing is currently streaming the clip issuing, "It's now impossible to listen to the song and watch the video without thinking about yesterday's tragedy (and the original video has been modified since yesterday to include a remembrance and a dedication). Yet it's also a fitting tribute to Bill Tolley and his important role in creating the legacy of this band that obviously meant so much to him for so many years. There's a lot of visceral power in 'Final Justice,' and it captures the kind of immediacy, energy, and head-wrecking punch that you feel in a live performance..."
Read more and view "Final Justice" at THIS LOCATION.
"Final Justice" is available now via Unique Leader at THIS LOCATION and via iTunes HERE.
It is with sad regret that we have to announce that Wayne Static, formerly of Static-X has passed away at the age of 48. Wayne's publicist confirmed this with Global Metal Apocalypse early this morning.
He was always known for his spiked up hair (which took around 20 minutes to do) and his highly successful band Static-X, of whom had their song 'The Only' featured on the Need For Speed: Underground video game. After Static-X split, he pursued his own successful solo career; with a reformation of Static-X in 2012 however this was very short-lived (split in 2013).
Wayne Static was confirmed earlier this week to tour with Drowning Pool and Powerman 5000 and over the next several months, their European stint was meant to take place at the following locations and dates:
1/8: Ekaterinburg, RUSSIA @ Tele Club
1/10: St Petersburg, RUSSIA @ Glav Club
1/11: Moscow, RUSSIA @ Glav Club
1/13: Norwich, ENGLAND @ Waterfront
1/14: Reading, ENGLAND @ Sub 89
1/15: Wolverhampton, ENGLAND @ Slade Rooms
1/16 Manchester, ENGLAND @ Club Academy
1/17 Glasgow, SCOTLAND @ Classic Grand
1/18: Newcastle, ENGLAND @ Riverside
1/19: Leeds, ENGLAND @ The Stylus
1/21: London, ENGLAND @ The Garage
1/22: Southampton, ENGLAND @ 1865
1/23: Brighton, ENGLAND @ Concorde 2
1/24: Plymouth, ENGLAND @ The Hub
1/25: Bristol, ENGLAND @ The Fleece
Wayne Richard Wells (Wayne Static) is survived by his widow Tera Wray
Cause of death has not been confirmed at this point, we will keep you all posted.
Deadlock's founding member Tobias Graf has sadly passed away aged 35.
From everyone at Napalm Records and Deadlock
"We can hardly express the sadness in our hearts and we wish his family all possible strength in these dark hours. Farewell Tobi and may you have a safe journey!"
From all of us at Global Metal Apocalypse:
"You will stay in our hearts Tobi, keep the metal alive in the heavens above"
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