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Chad Gray opened up about the latest Hellyeah album, Band of Brothers. Chad told May The Rock Be With You that the group just needed to get back to their roots and stop caring about what other people thought of them.
Chad said, "I think that what we did was, we just, we just f*****' quit being afraid of who we are. This is the first time that we actually went, "F**k it - we're gonna be ourselves. I'm gonna be Chad Gray, I'm not gonna be Chad from MUDVAYNE, but I'm gonna be Chad Gray, and that was the Chad from MUDVAYNE, on a level, writing songs like "Alcohaulin' Ass", "Pole Ride" and "Hell Of A Time", that s*** was fun because I've never done it before, so I didn't know if I could do it. Now I know I can do it, but I like darker imagery, I like deeper darker lyrics, I like more helpless songs and s*** like that, that's what I dig, that's what I always did with MUDVAYNE is play heavy music. Vinnie's drum tone has gotten more open over the years, more focused, versus PANTERA where it was just f****n' in your face and up the middle and the kick beaters just hit you in the head. We said, "I want you to play like you play but I want that sound, too. Be Vinnie Paul, be the dude that f****n' everybody fell in love with." You know what I mean? We don't have to hide from that, I want to be Chad Gray that people fell in love with."