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Wednesday, July 14 2010 00:00

HELLYEAH - STAMPEDE (Review)

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61byrgK0cVL. SL500 AA300 I wasn't impressed with the first outing by HELLYEAH, the rock Voltron comprised of lions from PANTERA, MUDVAYNE, and NOTHINGFACE.
 
On their second album, STAMPEDE (released this week through Epic), the band improves, though sadly not enough to bring Hellyeah into the same territory of their more famous other bands.
The tendency for veering into the fields of ballads is where the band fails, derailing the "stampede" into a mess of bland, boring, radio rock without any redeeming qualities whatsoever.
 
The band has always worked best when riding the alcohol-fueled waves of greasy Texas metal, and that hasn't changed. While nothing will ever be as classic as PANTERA, etc., tracks like "The Cowboy Way," "Pole Rider," and the title track show just how bad-ass HELLYEAH can be when they're focused.
 
With the amount of time that the band spends between Texas and Las Vegas, they should know by now that the type of rock that works in titty bars is devoid of acoustic guitars. Unless you're in the BLOODHOUND GANG, a lap dance isn't very good if the stripper is cryin'.
 

Perhaps the third time 'round will be the charm?

Rating: 3/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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