"The previous two records we did ('Hellyeah' and 'Stampede', MR) indeed really strayed away from our individual trade marks and sounds. With 'Band oO Brothers' we really tried to bring all that back."
Indeed the album sounds less forced and more fun. The heavy approach seems to finally do the trick for the European scene. Paul: "The reactions by both press and fans have been amazing, especially in Europe. People are really diggin' the heavy direction we took! Over the last three albums we have grown as a band and as songwriters. Going back to our roots really brought up what Hellyeah is all about, kicking ass!!"
The (stereo)typically Texan drum-legend recently played two big festivals with Hellyeah in Las Vegas and Phoenix and the band is about to embark on a headline tour through America before jumping on a Canadian run with Lamb of God until the end of the year. After that it's Europe. Paul: "We will definitely be seeing you guys in 2013...It's very important for us to establish Hellyeah in Europe and we feel like 'Band of Brothers' will do it for us." So far no dates have been confirmed.
The title of Hellyeah's third album 'Band of Brothers' is unequivocal. Paul: "There is great chemistry in this band! We all like to jam, drink, raise hell and barbeque...it makes us the real deal." When asked about his enormous Pantera legacy and how that affects his PR-position in the band he is clear: "We are all the face of Hellyeah, mine is just more familiar."
Drumming and Rebel Meets Rebel
Recently Vinny Appice, another of metals drum-giants, released an album with his new band Kill Devil Hill, including Paul's Pantera-college Rex Brown on bass. Appice mentioned he at times uses the drumkit as a writing tool a la John Bonham, also one of Vinnie Pauls major influences. "I have not listened to Vinny and Rex' band, but I have always approached the drums as a writing tool with all my bands. I believe that's why my drum parts are so memorable and air-drumable.".
In 2007 Vince, together with Dimebag Darell and Rex Brown, collaborated with the country-rebel David Allan Coe for a onetime album. 'Rebel Meets Rebel' turned out to be great fun to listen to, but never got the attention it deserved in Europe. When asked about how the album did in the States, Paul mentioned it did very well. "It sold over 150.000 units in the USA alone. That is a huge success. It was a very important record for my brother and I was very proud to put it out and let people hear what the first real collaboration between a true country outlaw and a true heavy metal outlaw band sounds like."
Vinnie and David Allan Coe are still good friends, but music-wise it seems that Rebel Meets Rebel will always remain the project it was. "I love David and he's great, but without Dime I don't believe we could carry on the Rebel Meets Rebel spirit..
Vince would like the conclude with the following words:
"I LOVE YOU GUYS!! THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS SUPPORTING ME IN ALL MY BANDS, PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN, REBEL MEETS REBEL AND NOW HELLYEAH ...AND THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND MEMORY OF DIMEBAG AND KEEPING HIS LEGACY ALIVE!!!
BIG LOVE VP"