HELLYEAH‘s video for the song “Moth” can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s fourth album, “Blood For Blood”, which sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band’s previous effort, 2011’s “Band Of Brothers”, opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19.
In an interview with Loudwire, HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott stated about “Moth”: “It’s in different time signature. It’s in 6/8. I don’t think I’ve ever ventured onto anything in HELLYEAH with 6/8. It was a different mood.
“I remember when I first played the demo for Kevin [Churko, producer], just the music, he was, like, ‘Man, there’s something really special there.’ It’s really dark but it’s also beautiful. That was the first song Chad [Gray, vocals] felt drawn to musically. He wrote the lyrics, sang the words to that song first. That was an odd choice even by Kevin. He was, like, ‘Man, I thought for sure he was going to dig into the real heavy stuff out of the chute,’ and he really felt drawn to that song.
“It’s a song basically about — there are so many things in life that you know are wrong and you’re going to get burned, but you have to give it a try, whether it’s relationships, jobs, this, that or another. It’s like a moth, it sees that flame and it’s drawn to it even though it’s made out of paper and he’s going to get torched when he gets there. That’s kind of what the song is all about.”
Gray and HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell revealed in a separate interview with Loudwire that the band came close to breaking up before it finally parted ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob “Zilla” Kahaha. Maxwell explained, “They just pretty much had a lot of other stuff going on in their life that just took the focus of the band away, and for us to continue, we had to part ways with them. It was a toxic situation that almost broke the band up. They just couldn’t get it together and it was a very painful time for us, it was very emotional, but I think, you know, with the love we have for each other and the band, we needed to kind of do the worst case scenario and part ways with them.”
Maxwell told The Pulse Of Radio that both Kahaha and Tribbett had their own specific issue that were hurting the group. “I don’t think Bob ever really was as passionate about this band,” he said. “He never became a full member or anything like that. It just didn’t gel, so it was just time just to part ways, you know. And with Greg, I think he had just a lot of stuff that happened to him in his life in recent years that really affected him and became distracting for us and we just couldn’t go forward.”
Gray said that the recording sessions for the band’s new album, “Blood For Blood”, were emotionally volatile, saying, “This is such a heavy record on so many levels — it’s not just the anger, the frustration, the angst, but its also the helplessness that we felt.”
The new members of HELLYEAH are bassist Kyle Sanders and touring guitarist Christian Brady.
HELLYEAH is playing various festival dates over the summer before heading out on a North American tour in September as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT.