Hellyeah
2006
United States
Music group
Hellyeah, sometimes spelled as Hell Yeah, is former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott's collaboration with members of Mudvayne and Nothingface.

Vinnie Paul had already turned down several offers to join a new band when an old friend, Nothingface bassist Jerry Montano, called him up and asked him if he'd like to jam with him, NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell, and Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribett. Again, Abbott declined, but Montano wouldn't take no for an answer. Recalls Abbott: "He called me over and over, and one night he caught me when I'd been drinking and listening to some music and I was in the right frame of mind. So I said, 'You know what, man? I might as well at least give this thing a fucking shot and see what happens."

Says Montano with a chuckle: "Even I was blown away when he agreed to do it. I called Chad and Tom all cool-sounding and said, 'Hey, guys, we got a drummer.' And they were like, 'Okay, who?' And I go, 'Dude — [long pause] — Vinnie Paul."


While Hell Yeah was in the studio working on its debut album, the band's activities were kept under wraps like classified military secrets. If it weren't for a stray comment made by Nothingface singer Matt Holt to a member of the press, practically no one would have known of the band's existence. Says Vinnie Paul Abbott of his decision to keep Hell Yeah under the radar: "If we had come right out of the chute and said the five of us were getting together, everybody would have these preconceived notions of what it would be about, and all of a sudden there would be this pressure on us to fulfill what people expect. So we just did it on our own, and that way we could do what we wanted with it. And the more we got into it, the stronger we all felt about it."

Hell Yeah's debut album is scheduled for release on April 10, 2007 via Epic Records.
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