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CD Pre-Review: Blood For Blood by HellYeah


Out: JUNE 10, 2014
Groove supergroup Hellyeah blaze a trail of aggression with their newest release. Filthy, trudging riffs make these visceral anthems music for pulling angry faces and furious headbanging. Former Mudvayne singer Chad Gray spews his furious lyrics with a grit and ferocity to match the best, combined with the speedy, free-flowing delivery that made Mudvayne stand-out from the Nu Metal explosion of the late 90’s. Ex-Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott maintains his position as one of metal’s finest percussionists, with his signature groove and swing, reinforced by the truly beastly kick of the bass drums, which drive the punishing attitude of this album forwards. Ultimately, that is the word that surmises this album best; Attitude. It’s heavy, catchy, aggressive and driven, though some might find it a little too much of a good thing. Despite the lyric’s clear intentions as outlets for aggression, there’s nothing too outrageous or unique that can’t be found in bands such as Slipknot or Pantera, and it feels like a few of the riffs on the faster tracks rely a little too much on the open string. Though not a progressive work by any stretch, it’s a fine example of the sound of modern metal. A no-nonsense, balls-to-the-wall scorcher, with some thrilling fret-work and an attitude that calls for the clenching of fists and moshing of pits. Dimebag would approve.


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Dane Pavitt
As a university fresher in the big world, curiosity brought me to the local rock & metal bar, where for the first time I heard the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera and Slayer. Since then I’ve played as a rock DJ across the midlands, hosted my own radio show, seen dozens of bands at concerts and festivals, and become an entirely better person because of the influence of music, as my library continues to expand and diversify. Other favourites include Black Sabbath, Dio, Queen, David Bowie, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Nightwish, Danzig, Brendon Small, Devin Townsend, Testament, Emperor, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Neil Diamond and countless others, though I’ll listen to anything that sparks an opinion. Cheers and horns up!