Hell Yeah’s "Band of Brothers" is the Album We’ve Been Waiting For – Album Review

I’m a fan of Hell Yeah. I liked the first two albums. I caught them live and it was a great show. Hell Yeah features members from Mudvayne, Pantera, Damage Plan and Nothingface. The problem I’ve had with Hell Yeah is that with as great as those bands were/are (especially Pantera and Mudvayne, two of my personal favorite) Hell Yeah wasn’t anywhere near as good as you’d expect coming from those guys. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the first two albums, but I love Pantera, I love Mudvayne.

Then I got a copy of "Band of Brothers" and as soon as I hit play I was instantly in love. This was the album I was waiting for. The first track "War in Me" just smacks you in the face and the rest of the album holds you down. One song after another proves why some of these guys are legends in the heavy metal world. The first two albums just sounded like a bunch of friends getting together having a good time, which in and of itself has a certain charm to it, but "Band of Brothers" maintains that "charm" if you will while just being a bad ass record front to back.

 While I did enjoy the first two album (I know I keep saying that, I should stop) when I get a chance to see them live, I will not be disappointed if all they do is play songs off of "Band of Brothers." The highlights on the album are "War in Me," "Band of Brothers," "Bigger God," "What it Takes to be me," and "WM Free." Then I really like "Drink, Drank, Drunk." That song really defines this band. They’re a party metal band, but heavy as fuck. "West Memphis Free" is a great song about the West Memphis Three who just recently finally got released from prison after being wrongfully convicted of the torture and murder of three little boys.

 Beginning to end Hell Yeah’s "Band of Brothers" kicks ass. If you’re a fan of Pantera, Mudvayne, Slayer, Metallica, Nothingface or just fucking metal in general you must pick of "Band of Brothers." It’s their best effort to date. I cannot wait to see these songs live.

 BYLINE: Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.
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