Hellyeah – Stampede album revue
Epic / Sony
By Scott McAlpine
With band members from Pantera, Mudvayne, Nothingface and Damageplan, you know you’re in for something concrete heavy with Hellyeah. Originally they might have scored attention because of their supergroup status, but the band has proven they’re more than just a flash in the pan with the release of their second studio album, Stampede.
The album debuted at #8 on Billboard 200, so that should please fans and give listeners a clue as to how solid this piece of work really is. Right from the opening track of “Cowboy Way”, Hellyeah establishes the attitude for Stampede, and then gives the listener a little bit of everything, from headbanging, punishing metal to soft rock. 11 tracks feature a variety of styles, and sometimes that blend of styles is found within the same song. Track #9 of “Stand or Walk Away” and #11 titled “Order the Sun”, come off as standouts.
Inspirations from Pantera, Metallica and Marilyn Manson can be heard throughout the album, but these are only influences, because Hellyeah comes across as unique.
The sound is epic and nicely mixed, and is easy to listen to again and again because each track is diverse. And it doesn’t hurt that Mudvayne’s Chad Gray shines on vocals for every song.