(8/10) ‘Welcome Home’ is contemporary music history, not only because the album featuring well-done Modern Metal. It’s also the fact that it’s the last musical contribution of legendary Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott who passed away in June 2018.
With the exception of one song all tracks include the hard-hitting druuming of Vinnie Paul. ‘Skyy and Water’ is the only tune that was written and recorded later. Tom Maxwell wrote this acoustic number the day after losing his friend and bandmate. It’s a touching moment on the album with feelings like sorrow and loss being the centerpiece. You can’t say “Good-Bye” in a much better way.
The other songs are in line with the earlier Hellyeah releases and it’s ‘333’ being the starting point of a vigorous Metal records. The dynamic opener is a first punch, a fusion of metal, punk and hardcore.
‘Welcome Home’ is another song you should have heard. Calmer sections in the verse explode in the chorus, still keeping the overarching melodic approach in line.
The guys don’t loose themselves in long and complex sound structures. The album is a straight-forward wrecking ball with song just crossing the three minutes line. ‘Black Flag Army’ is one of these tracks with a raging chorus being a next slap into your face. Groove is the keyword.
‘Welcome Home’ is a special album. It’s a sonic blast that unfolds the power of Modern Metal. Equally important is the fact that it is Vinnie Paul’s legacy as well as it is a tribute to one of the best drummers in Heavy Metal.
- Oh My God
- Welcome Home
- I’m the One
- Black Flag Army
- At Wicks End
- Bury You
- Skyy and Water
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Genre: Modern Metal
Release Date EU: September 27th, 2019