Hear Hellyeah’s New Song ‘333’ From Final Album With Vinnie Paul
Hellyeah have unleashed new song "333," the first single from their upcoming (and still currently untitled) sixth studio album and last with drummer Vinnie Paul, the band member and former Pantera icon who died last year, aged 54. Watch the music video below.
The band's new album is due out June 28, which was revealed yesterday (March 14) in ordering information on the band's online store. You can pre-order the approaching Hellyeah release on both CD and vinyl right now.
"Vinnie originally came up with the idea for '333'," said singer Chad Gray. "A lot of people may think Vinnie was just a drummer, but he was much more than just a badass, slamming, smashing drummer. He understood production and composition and he was very much a contributor to the writing process."
"This song was his baby; it belonged to and came from him," the frontman continued. "Unfortunately, by the time I was ready to actually write the lyrics, it was after Vinnie had passed. The lyrics embrace and recognize the feelings that most metal fans have. Being treated like outcasts and being judged for the way we look or dress. It's a reminder to all the metal fans that no matter what, you will always have a place in our worldwide metal community. With that said... Welcome to the family! We're all the root of half-evil-reppin' 333!"
Speaking about the lyrical direction, Gray offered, "I love '333' and what it represents — being half evil. It was a part of Dime and Vinnie before Hellyeah was formed and very much became a part of Hellyeah as we carried the torch for Dimebag. They were both so accepting of me and many others, and they taught us to treat people with respect, dignity and humility."
Hellyeah recently announced a special, one-night-only event to salute the life and legacy of the late drummer. It takes place Saturday, May 11, at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. Get tickets and more information here.
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