Hellyeah — Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul’s last band before his untimely death in 2018 — have unleashed a new song, “333,” the lead single off the metal supergroup’s forthcoming album, which features Paul’s final studio recordings. The cut comes paired with a gritty NYC-set music video shot in part at legendary metal bar Duff’s Brooklyn this March. The clip sees singer Chad Gray (formerly of Mudvayne) prowling the streets and throwing down with his bandmates at Duff’s. Hellyeah’s new album is tentatively scheduled for a June 28th release and is available for pre-order here.
“Vinnie originally came up with the idea for ‘333’,” Gray said of the song. “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. 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!”
“I love ‘333’ and what it represents — being half evil,” he added. “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.”
On May 11th, Hellyeah are set to play a special tribute show, dubbed “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Vinnie Paul,” at the House of Blues in Vegas. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the American Heart Association.