Adam Kirk of Capital Chaos TV talks with Tom Maxwell & Kyle Sanders of Hellyeah @ Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival – June 28, 2015 – Mountain View, California
Hellyeah is an American heavy metal supergroup, consisting of Mudvayne lead vocalist Chad Gray, Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, bass player Kyle Sanders, Rhythm Guitarist Christian Brady and former Panteraand 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. Recorded at Chasin’ Jason studio in Dimebag Darrell’s backyard, a self-titled album was completed in roughly one month. Released on April 10, 2007, the album entered the Billboard 200 at number 9,[selling 45,000 copies. Allmusic reviewer William Ruhlmann stated the album is “a competent example of its genre” awarding the album three and a half stars.
On November 11, 2014 Sacramento based progressive thrash band, SALYTHIA releases their new video for “Affliction” directed by Ethan Parrilla (Atrocious Works Productions). Being the first SALYTHIA song ever written, it is only fitting “Affliction” is monumentalized with a hard hitting, energy driven video that captures the essence of the band’s live presence.
There’s no such thing as a band born to greatness. In order to achieve greatness you need to shed blood, sweat, and tears. SALYTHIA strives for nothing less and displays just that dedication through their musical compositions.
Alex Skolnick of Testament performs Planetary Coalition @ Mariott Hotel NAMM 2014
Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Alex began playing the guitar at age nine, inspired by Kiss and The Beatles. Though he’d originally dreamed of becoming a singer/guitarist, Alex immediately shifted his focus to lead guitar upon hearing guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen, as well as the Ozzy Osbourne band’s late guitarist, Randy Rhoads, whose plans to one day attain a university music degree would inspire Alex’s own ambitions.
Alex’s parents, Jerome Skolnick and Arlene, were Ph.D graduates from Yale University and on faculty at UC Berkeley where his mother was a research psychologist and his father was a tenured professor of sociology. Visualizing a similar path for their son, a music career was frowned upon, although guitar lessons were begrudgingly accepted. Alex studied the basics on an old acoustic instrument with Berkeley folk/children’s artist Gary Lapow, before moving on to local rock and blues teachers who played electric guitar. By his teens, Alex had become a student of master virtuoso Joe Satriani – then a full time guitar instructor in Berkeley and not yet a household name. Alex would become one of many Bay Area guitarists who studied under Satriani to achieve recognition (others include 8-string jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter, Larry Lelonde of Primus and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett).
The silver streak in Alex’s hair is natural and appeared at age fourteen (long before Joe Perry and Johnny Depp adopted a similar look). Raised in the Bay Area, he now considers Brooklyn, New York his home.