Think of HellYeah as a heavy metal supergroup. A cherrypicked assemblage of musicians who had enjoyed previous fame in bands like Mudvayne, Pantera and Nothingface, HellYeah features dueling guitars, aggressive vocals and a signature sound that continues to challenge the boundaries of the genre.
The concept for HellYeah was born in 2000 on the Tattoo the Earth Tour. The Tattoo the Earth Tour brought many heavy metal bands together to play, laying the groundwork for the future members of HellYeah to meet and conceive of forming a "supergroup" of some of heavy metal's greatest talents. Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell met Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, and talks to form the band began. By 2006, it was a reality.
HellYeah's self-titled debut was released in 2007, debuting at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and kicking off the band's first tour cycle. Their sophomore offering, Stampede, was released in 2010. The album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, earning the group their highest-ever ranking to date.
HellYeah's darker direction
HellYeah's fourth album, Blood for Blood, emerged in 2014 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock charts, a huge turning point for the band. The album peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 and achieved a No. 7 standing on the Billboard U.S. Rock Albums chart.
Blood for Blood moved HellYeah in an even darker direction, a trend that continued with the release of the supergroup's most recent album, Unden!able, in 2016. The album achieved the No. 25 slot on the Billboard 200.