For many years, Pantera fans knew drummer Vinnie Paul for his pounding, stripper-ready beats and ever-present smile. The man loved what he did, but the acrimonious—and very public—break-up of Pantera and the murder of his brother Dimebag Darrell took its toll on his spirits, and he wasn't sure if he would ever play music again.
Fortunately, his friends were not willing to let him quit. Paul first met Hellyeah singer Chad Gray when his other band Mudvayne played with Pantera and guitarist Tom Maxwell's band Nothingface on the Tattoo The Earth Tour. The pair hit it off and made plans to form a band together one day. When Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett decided they needed a break from Mudvayne, the pair ended up giving their old friends a call rather than "sit on the coach for three months," says Gray. "We didn't know each other at all, but the level of respect was high."
"It was a huge hurdle for me, personally, after the loss that I suffered. And I didn't know if I would ever get back in to music again," Paul tells Fuse. "I always told myself that if it happened it would just have to fall in my lap, and it just happened. We just got in there and worked."
Hellyeah sat down to talk with us about their new album, Band of Brothers, which Paul says is, "Our favorite record we've made collectively." For all the details, check out the video above.