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With New Members and New Energy, HELLYEAH Releases Blood for Blood Today

Image courtesy of David Jackson (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of David Jackson (via ABC News Radio)

HELLYEAH 's new album,  Blood for Blood , hits digital and bricks-and-mortar retail outlets today. The band members, and critics who have heard the album already, believe that this is HELLYEAH's definitive album. Drummer  Vinnie Paul  tells ABC News Radio, "It's HELLYEAH's  Back in Black ." 

Blood for Blood  comes after a long period of strife within the band: two members have left since their last release. But HELLYEAH singer  Chad Gray  tells ABC News Radio that the resolution of that conflict has given the band new energy. "In the first rehearsal [with our new bassist  Kyle Sanders ] I look [over] and it's like, 'Have I been in this band for seven years, or seven minutes?'" he says. "It felt like it just started." 

Gray says that the sense of a fresh start permeates the whole project.   It's "the thing about this record and everything [else] -- new kind of attitude, new kind of vibe, new players," he says. "Everything feels brand new. It's like Christmas morning when you're like, 'Wow!' It's like, 'Holy hell, this is a brand new band.'"

After a well-publicized falling out with band mates  Greg Tribbett  and  Bob Zilla , Gray, Paul and guitarist  Tom Maxwell  had to rebuild the band. They've done so by hiring Sanders on bass, and guitarist  Christian Brady , who's a touring gun, at least for now. Maxwell tells ABC News Radio, "We love [Kyle]. We didn't want to hold auditions and have a bunch of clowns come in, people that we didn't know. [We knew Kyle] and [he's] a beast of a talent."

Buzz has been building for  Blood for Blood  for months, since before the band's recent tour with  Avenged Sevenfold , and Gray tells ABC News Radio he's been dying for June 10 to arrive. "I was like, 'Man, I can't wait for the record to come out,' [but it was] like two months away. It's like, we're gonna wake up tomorrow and it's gonna be June tenth, so it's all good. It's just there's been a lot of excitement, with the Avenged tour, and seeing new people [out there],  people that wouldn't normally go to a HELLYEAH show. So it's been exciting." 

You can find  Blood for Blood  in all of the usual outlets.


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