HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell made his way to Dallas, Texas from his home base of Baltimore, Maryland yesterday (Sunday, September 27) to begin the songwriting sessions for the band's fifth album, tentatively due in early 2016. The new CD will once again be recorded with producer Kevin Churko, who previously worked with HELLYEAH on 2014's "Blood For Blood" album.
Maxwell wrote in a Facebook post: "Dallas bound to begin writing our next record. Not sure where it's going to go musically, but I'm sure it's going to be a great new chapter to follow up 'Blood For Blood'. Heavier, darker, moodier and full of piss n' vinegar. Let's do this!"
HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who has a home studio in Dallas, recently said: "We're gonna spend three months in the studio with [Kevin], and the record will probably be out around March or April next year. So we're gonna keep the pedal to the metal and keep kicking ass."
In a 2014 interview with This Is Not A Scene, Vinnie Paul stated about working with Churko on "Blood For Blood": "Kevin really knew how to get the best out of us, and it was really refreshing for me to be just 'the drummer' for a change. "
He continued: "Five years ago, I bought a house in Las Vegas and that's also the city where Kevin works from. So every now and again we've bumped into each other and we were discussing working together at some point. I'm big fan of his work with Ozzy Osbourne and all the other productions he has done, and he's a big fan of the things I've done. So when we got to the point in the band that we wanted to work with an outside producer, it was a no-brainer to work with him. He also got along great with Chad [Gray, HELLYEAH singer], which really smoothed the ride when it came down to record the vocals."
"Blood For Blood", was the band's first release since parting ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob "Zilla" Kahaha in 2013.
The new members of HELLYEAH are bassist Kyle Sanders and guitarist Christian Brady.
"Blood For Blood" sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart.