There are some intriguing aspects of Band of Brothers from Hellyeah, some that made me sit back and think that this was going to be a decent album. Among those that piqued my interest was the Pantera-sounding guitars on a few of the songs as well as the overall heaviness of the album. However with the good must come the bad, and with this particular album there is quite a bit of bad thrown in that made me realize that this, in fact, was not going to be one of those quality “keep it in the car” albums.
The songwriting is pretty sad. While the music is heavy (though fairly similar) throughout, the lyrics, when understandable, are pretty ridiculous. “Raising hell like a murder of crows”? Really? That’s the best you can come up with? So the “Band of Brothers” will go around shitting on stuff? I realize that the guys from Mudvayne are basically pulling double duty, but if your songwriting abilities are going to be burnt out to the point where this is your best output, time to hang up the mic on at least one of your projects.
The previous two albums; Stampede and their self-titled debut did a good job of mixing heavy music with more accessible (and dare I say radio friendly) hits. It looks like they decided to avoid that mold altogether on Band of Brothers. I can imagine how that conversation went:
“Let’s be even more metal on this record”
“Yeah, none of that pop shit from the last few albums “
“ok, how do we do that”
“Screaming, lots and lots of screaming, and garble the words as much as possible”
“Yeah and try and take all of the Southern Rock out of it”
“This is going to be so cool”
This is really all this album is, similar sounding music with screeching, unintelligible lyrics over the top for every song. It does not let up for the entire album, unlike the previous two albums that had slower, more melodic sections to break up the ear-pounding monotony. This may be ideal to some people but if you can’t show a little variety in your music in terms of tempo or style then it is hard to take you too seriously.
This seems more like a Mudvayne album than a Hellyeah album. I am not a big Mudvayne fan so maybe that is what I dislike about this album in general. Any Mudvayne fans out there? Is this a good album? Is this a Mudvayne album with a couple songs that sound like they could (musically) be included with Pantera’s work?
I am not saying that this is a terrible album. If you are a fan of Pantera, Mudvayne or Damage Plan it would be right up your alley genre-wise. However I would suggest just listening to those older albums, and even the first two Hellyeah albums, instead of bothering with this one. It is a bottom the rotation CD at best.
Sorry if this review seems half-hearted, it is fitting though since the album itself feels so half-hearted as well.