Through six records the members of Hellyeah have proven they’re the loud, screaming exception to the short-lived ‘super group’ rule still oozing adrenaline on stage and sweating fire with their new record Welcome Home.
The album is a pounding tribute to lyrical themes held dear and a celebratory tribute to the life of Vinnie Paul. They’ve accomplished a lot in 12 years including helping Paul rediscover his passion for music.
The world lost an incredible musician and human being in Paul on June 22, 2018 but the music had to be heard. Welcome Home is a fitting swansong to the man that fueled Pantera, DamagePlan and Hellyeah.
Paul’s finished work before passing, giving each song his stamp. Bound by honor and respect they finished and released the record.
His passing was a collective, soul ripping moment with the band using his memory as inspiration and fuel to finish with guitarist Tom Maxwell writing Skyy and Water the day after he passed, pouring emotion into the tune with perfect lyrics by vocalist Chad Gray
They played their first post-show in Vegas in May introducing Stone Sour’s Roy Mayorga on drums with the Clark Country Board of Commissioners naming May 11th as Vinnie Paul Day.
Opener 333 starts with a screaming hello; and welcome to the family. It’s fast, loud and pit ready with slammin’ jamming good vibes, bringing people together in bashing style.
Oh My God is mid-tempo melodic, like a slow drink to slow down a dehydrated hallucination with enough blood and snake venom to make anyone see double.
Murky guitar notes start Welcome Home with melancholy lyrics, a dismal vibe and feelings of familiarity in loneliness and loss and a song that’s taken a double meaning after Paul’s passing. Classical instruments give a signature end with Gray’s clean vocals.
Black Flag Army is ominous with building notes enlarging the always growing army against the mainstream.
At Wicks End the candle drips its last drops with vocal tricks and shivering, shingling guitars. Skyy and Water has a soft delivery to end the record and compliment Paul’s legacy. Don’t sweat the small stuff and keep on, keepin’ on.
Welcome Home is both a swansong and a major milestone continuing the band’s history. It’s Hellyeah in 2019 and beyond. Whatever happens and wherever they go, the family will follow.
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