Hellyeah: Stampede

Hellyeah
Stampede
(Epic)

On their sophomore effort Stampede, Hellyeah demonstrate that their whole is greater than the sum of their parts – those parts being the elements of their band member pasts – Pantera, Mudvayne, Damageplan and Nothingface. With Stampede, Hellyeah is more than a mere heavy metal supergroup. The cohesiveness and tight musicality shine brightly through as the boys waste no time after the play button is pressed to show the listener really what they are all about – sheer grit and cocksure attitude, achieved through fist-pumping, thunderous guitar-a-thons like “Cowboy Way,” “It’s On” and “Stampede,” This is the same type of mosh-pit inducers you’d expect out of a band that has this sort of pedigree. There are the obligatory ballads here – the sort of tracks that will have you reaching for your lighter, efforts that effectively break things up as well as can be (“Better Man,” “Hell of a Time”). But, bear in mind, that Stampede is mostly a hard-charging affair, one that rarely takes its foot off the gas pedal. It’s that basic aesthetic, the stripped down, good ol’ feel ofStampede that makes things here seem enjoyable. It is a record you don’t have to invest much in. Vocalist Chad Grey’s songwriting won’t perplex or even surprise you – it will entertain you. If you spend any sort of time with Hellyeah in the past, then you should know what you are getting into once you pop Stampede into your CD player.