On June 10, HELLYEAH members Tom Maxwell (guitar) and Chad Gray (vocals) took part in a Spreecast video chat. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below.
Gray and Maxwell said in a new interview with Artisan News that the hardest part of making their new album, "Blood For Blood", was parting ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob "Zilla" Kahaha just before recording began. Maxwell explained about their dismissal, "It was just personal stuff. Both of those guys just had some stuff going on that was distracting, some more severe than the other, and it just got to a point where it was just a toxic situation, and it could have broken us up, actually."
Maxwell added, "We said, 'Hey, this is bigger than any individual. We need to, kind of, pull the reins in, tighten up and really make this happen for us. We can't let somebody else's decline and downward spiral drag us down along with it.'"
HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott told The Pulse Of Radio that the problems started before the band even began writing. "You know, once we got together to start writing the new songs, it just became apparent to us that Greg and Bob didn't have the same focus that we had, you know," he said. "And we knew the only way for us to make the record of our career — which we needed to make at the time — was to part ways with them. And so myself, Tom and Chad wrote all the music, recorded all the music, and then comes time to put together a live band, you know."
The new members of HELLYEAH are bassist Kyle Sanders and touring guitarist Christian Brady.
"Blood For Blood" came out this past Tuesday (June 10) and follows up 2012's "Band Of Brothers".
The new disc is expected to sell between 13,000 and 15,000 copies in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double.
HELLYEAH will play various festival dates over the summer before heading out on a North American tour in September as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT.