HellYeah performing their Unden!able Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Saturday 15th April 2017
Images and Review by Kevin Cooper
Last night at Rock City, an intimate crowd were treated to an eclectic night of music as headliners HellYeah returned to the UK after almost three years in support of their 2016 and fifth studio album, Unden!able.
First up were Milton Keynes’ Raveneye who delivered their usual high energy performance. Also promoting their latest album, Nova, it was hard to believe that this current line up have only been together for eight months as they delivered their catchy songs Madeline and Breaking Out. Vocalist Oli Brown, also an award winning Blues guitarist, held the attention of the crowd as he spat out new song Hate with a real intensity, before Eternity opened quietly showcasing his brilliant voice.
Up next were American rap rock band (Hed)PE who entertained with their infectious blend of metal, rap, hip hop, reggae and punk. With this newest incarnation of the band being musically very strong, they introduced new songs from their latest album, Forever!
The crowd were nicely warmed up for HellYeah and at the first bars to the musical introduction of X, the head banging and fist pumping began. Front man Chad Grey (ex Mudvayne) came onto the stage with his trademark dreads and goatee covered in ‘blood’, and the fun began. When he wasn’t defying gravity with his high jumps and spewing his own brand of venom during his songs, he got the crowd riled up with his inspirational heavy metal sermons.
With Tom Maxwell and Christian Brady on guitars keeping the crunch and mayhem constant, and Kyle Sanders working his magic on the bass, it was veteran metal drummer Vinnie Paul (ex Pantera) who drove the whole set along.
Songs such as Hush, Love Falls, and Moth brilliantly portrayed Grey’s vocal capabilities, whilst Startariot was a standout song from the new album. Phil Collins doesn’t usually come to mind when thinking about HellYeah but their rendition of I Don’t Care Anymore was very impressive.
Finishing with their namesake hit, HellYeah! they had delivered an astonishing set which had been a metal head’s delight.