Texas based metal group Hellyeah spent Valentines day here in Denver and they didn’t come alone. Archer, Like a Storm and Devour the Day came in to support the super group
Consisting of Mudvayne lead vocalist Chad Gray, Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, bassist Kyle Sanders and former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul.
While known for their hard rock party vibe, the band has chosen to take their music into a more serious tone with their last two offerings; Band of Brothers and Blood for Blood. This new direction for the band has made for some killer new music.
The night started with the new band Archer from Santa Cruz, California. Supporting their upcoming debut album, Culling the Week. Frontman Dylan Rose has a very Zakk Wylde-esque stage presence and was very energetic and interactive with the crowd. Bassist David De Silva has a very thunderous sound and harmonized really well with Dylan. Drummer Keyhan Moini thrashed on the drums and held it all together as the quickly filling venue got into the groove.
Next up came New Zealand’s own Like a Storm, lead singer Chris Brooks came out with a didgeridoo which captivated the audience as they took the audience over. I had not heard of this band yet but the crowd respond to them as if they were headlining the evening. They also performed a cover of Coolio’s “Gangsters Paradise” and AC/DC’s “TNT” complete with Chris Brooks jumping into the crowd to sing and mosh with us. By now everyone was in full on rock mode.
New band Devour The Day hit the stage and opened with their set with “Respect” from their debut album Time and Pressure. Their sound is punchy and heavy, and their stage presence is in your face. A really good combination for a great live show and the crowd responded accordingly the pits got more aggressive.
By now the crowd was primed and ready for Vinnie Paul and crew as Hellyeah opened the show with “ Hellyeah” and “Matter of Time”. The audience was in lead singer “Chad Grays” fist as he loomed over the audience and bumped fists with the audience.
The next song “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood for Blood)“ had new bassist Kyle Sanders spit what appeared to be blood directly into Chad Grays face. As he was singing and screaming directly above me, his face was dripping onto me and my camera. For a split second I was concerned about getting my equipment damaged but that was immediately overridden by sheer excitement as this is why I love metal shows!
Bassist Kyle Sanders was completely in his element as his massive dreads thrashed about the stage as if they had a life of their own. New guitarist Christian Brady appeared and performed like he was in the group since it’s inception. Guitarist Tom Maxwell riffed through the crowd and was clearly into his own zone as spit dripped from his mouth while he performed.
Former drummer from the legendary band Pantera, Vinnie Paul was on point as his drum sound is extremely distinguishable and reminiscent of the Cowboys from Hell Days.
Very thankful for us all showing up and supporting live music Vinnie Paul and the boys did not disappoint. Right up to the last encore “Cowboy Way” Hellyeah’s live show is not one to be missed as it’s intensity was something you could feel.
All images from this show can viewed in the "On Stage" link.