Hellyeah is an American heavy metal supergroup, consisting of Mudvayne singer Chad Gray and guitar player Greg Tribbett, Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, Damageplan bass player Bob Zilla, and former Pantera, Rebel Meets Rebel and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul. The idea to form a supergroup originated in 2001 on the Tattoo the Earth tour, although plans were constantly put on hold due to scheduling conflicts. The summer of 2006 allowed the band to take the project seriously and record its first album. while an interview for the January 2009 issue of Revolver magazine, singer Chad Gray revealed there may be hint of Hellyeah in the self-titled Mudvayne album, put forth December 22, 2009.
Recorded at Chasin’ Jason studio in Dimebag Darrell’s backyard, a self-titled record was completed in roughly one month. put forth on April 10, 2007, the album entered the Billboard 200 at number 9, selling 45,000 units. Allmusic reviewer William Ruhlmann stated the album is “a competent example of its genre” awarding the record three and a half stars. A week after the album’s release, original bass player Jerry Montano departed the lineup for what was described as “personal reasons on both sides”. Ex-Damageplan bassist, Bob Zilla, took the place him, and the lineup issued a DVD titled Below the Belt on November 13, 2007.