Featuring current and former members of heavyweights Mudvayne, Nothingface, Damageplan, Pantera and Rebel Meets Rebel, Hellyeah is a groove-metal supergroup of epic (and crushing) proportions. Falling somewhere between the sonic brutality of the aforementioned Pantera and Clutch's love for the blues, the Dallas-based band laces its gnarly breakdowns and smack-your-face riffage with touches of Southern rock and brooding neo-grunge. Because of the members' respective bands being so busy, the group's evolution from concept to an actual recording and touring act took some time. Nearly seven years, in fact. After a long and winding road littered with brainstorming sessions, recording dates, business meetings and the obligatory scheduling conflicts, Hellyeah dropped its self-titled debut in 2007. In addition to its punishing sound, another highlight is vocalist Chad Gray's wildly aggressive lyrics, which crawl across the underbelly of American culture: booze, anger, madness and more booze. Despite performing well both commercially and critically, its follow-up didn't arrive for another three years. Nevertheless, 2010's Stampede built upon the successes of its predecessor.
HELLYEAH Concert Films
Below The Belt
Runtime: 1 hr 42 minMetal supergroup Hell Yeah features members of Mudvayne as well as Pantera's Vinnie Paul. This documentary consists of concert footage, interviews, recording sessions and extensive behind the scenes footage.
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Chile on Hell
Runtime: 1 hr 51 min“Chile On Hell” was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10, 2013, and features Anthrax – Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello and Jon Donais. The band performed an extended set that featured songs from Anthrax’s entire catalogue – all the fan-favorites including “I Am The Law,” “Indians,” “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “The Devil You Know,” and “I’m Alive.”
Countdown to Extinction
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minThe concert film Megadeth: Countdown to Extinction Live features the heavy-metal legends performing their album Countdown to Extinction in its entirety smack dab in the middle of a ferocious set that also includes renditions of "Trust," "Peace Sells," and "Public Enemy."
Classic Album: Metallica
Runtime: 50 minThe story of the making of this remarkable album is told here via exclusive interviews with band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Jason Newsted, archive footage and performance, and contributions from producer Bob Rock. Featuring the five singles from the album, Enter Sandman, Sad But True, "The Unforgiven", "Wherever I May Roam" and "Nothing Else Matters", this is the compelling story of one of the biggest selling albums of all time, a true Classic Album.
"The making and continued influence of Metallica's commercial breakthrough (known simply as "the Black Album") is entertainingly recounted in this must for Metallica fanatics, especially those who are interested in the recording of one of hard rock's most sonically breathtaking albums. Drummer Lars Ulrich, singer James Hetfield, and producer Bob Rock take up the lion's share of the interviews, and their reminiscences a decade after the fact include many juicy tidbits (like Ulrich and Rock loathing each other by the time the recording was finished, or that the final mix was nearly ruined by a digital clicking sound on the master tape--luckily, a successful remastering was done). The Dolby 2.0 Stereo sound is appropriately pummeling, even if we are treated to mere excerpts from the songs, videos, and even some of the original demos. Classic Albums: Metallica adroitly summarizes a pivotal moment in hard rock history."
Doom Troopin': The European Invasion
Black Label Society
Runtime: 1 hr 54 minBlack Label Society is the brain child of guitar great Zakk Wylde. Hard and heavy, big on riffs and even bigger on the solos, BLS is the bastard child of Black Sabbath only pumped up on steroids. Having graced the worlds stages for the last 18 years, both as Ozzy Osbournes right hand man as well as fronting BLS, Zakk Wylde has established himself as one of the few remaining guitar heroes. "European Invasion" captures BLS live on their sold out European tour last year - one of the most anticipated tours of the year and they didnt disappoint. Witness the full Paris show as well as 4 tracks from the Astoria in London. Bonus footage includes a 1 hour long On The Road documentary, 3 promo videos taken from the Billboard top 20 album "Mafia" and the making of documentary for the promo video "Suicide Messiah".
As the Palaces Burn
Lamb Of God
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minOriginally released in May of 2003, Lamb of God's As The Palaces Burn is considered to by many to be one the most influential, modern day metal records of our time. The album is as uncompromising lyrically as it is musically. As The Palaces Burn takes an unflinching look at the events and attitudes that resulted from the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil. Songs like "Blood Junkie" are unequivocal in their condemnation of George W. Bush and his administration's jingoist stance. "Retribution or vengeance in matters not, as long as the pig stays on top of the ladder of bone his father has built," Randy Blythe howls for all to hear. It's courageous and blunt, a statement for the time, and one that the band felt compelled to make. "We all lived through that time and we had the vehicle to express those opinions," says drummer Chris Adler. "I think it would have been irresponsible to not speak our minds."
Josh Wilbur (who has worked with Lamb of God as both an engineer and producer since 2006) was careful to conserve the album's lightning-in-a-bottle energy. "A lot of people, including myself, love the original," Wilbur says. "The whole point was just to do a more 'hi-fi' version of an already great record and not to damage the killer vibe that Devin Townsend and the band had captured...Real musicians sweating it out in a studio in Virginia over a decade ago."
Runtime: 3 hr 18 minFerret Music recording artist Chimaira made some big noise with their 2009 release THE INFECTION. Chimaira paved a successful path on tour, bringing their unrelenting, blistering form of metal to larger audiences by performing on the Music is a Weapon Tour. Now with COMING ALIVE, fans will see a 2 hour + concert with a documentary featuring the making of the album and world tour.
Live at the White River Amphitheater
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minAmerican nu metal heroes Godsmack are taking over the stage at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn Washington. Completed in 2003, the 98-acre project cost more than $30 million and hosts musical events under an acoustically treated metal roof; it features two 30-by-40-foot video screens on either side of the stage. The band performs hit songs as “Locked and Loaded,” “Keep Away,” “Out of Line,” “Generation Day,” “Cryin' Like a Bitch, ” and many more. Sully Erna's singing style has been stated as "the snarl of James Hetfield", and "composed of dark harmony that sounds a lot like Alice in Chains". Merrill's bass style has been described as "bulldozer bottom with occasional slap-bass reverb". Larkin's drumming is thought to "worship at the twin altars of Neil Peart and John Bonham". And Rombola's guitar playing style has been praised as "guitars that sound like percussion instruments".
Live at The Metro Theatre
Five Finger Death Punch
Runtime: 50 minNo bells, no whistles...just straight-ahead bludgeoning metal. Playing a vintage style of thrash and groove, Five Finger Death Punch have been pummelling audiences since their inception in 2005. During this 2009 performance at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, see why Metal Edge calls Five Finger Death Punch “the sound of violent exhilaration, giving contemporary metal a belligerent shove in an exciting direction.”
Live in The LBC & Diamonds in the Rough
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minWhile headlining the Rockstar Taste Of Chaos tour earlier this year, Avenged Sevenfold (aka A7X) taped its full, incendiary April 10 homecoming gig at the Long Beach Arena. This film includes unreleased songs and covers (including Iron Maiden and Pantera) recorded during the sessions for last year's #4 charting, near-gold self titled album.
Live at Wacken
Runtime: 43 minVolbeat is a heavy metal band from Denmark, founded in 2001. They released their first album, The Strength/The Sound/The Songs, in 2005 and the follow up, Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil, was released in Denmark on February 19, 2007, and in the rest of Europe on February 26, 2007. In March 2007, it topped the Danish album chart as the best selling album, the first metal album ever to do so.