by: Jayson Shell
I first saw The Butcher Babies, before I ever heard any of their music. My first thought was “is this a joke”? Vocalist‘s Heidi Shepherd (the blond) and Carla Harvey (the brunette) are both former playboy models and very beautiful, they use this to their advantage on stage going topless with just the tiniest pieces of black tape covering their nipples on stage. That isn’t what this is about. This article is about their music. Which as it turns out isn’t a joke at all.
Their debut EP “Butcher Babies” track listing reads like something you would find on most Black Metal albums:
- Axe Wound
- Mr. Slowdeath
- Jesus Needs More Babies For His War Machine
- National Bloody Anthem
However the album and the band aren’t BLACK METAL at all. The girls themselves call it “SLUT METAL”, I don’t know what I personally would classify this material as. I had another DJ friend of mine say it’s a cross between STOMP ROCK and DEATH METAL. I’m not sure I would take it there but I will however say this; the first 3 tracks all have very catchy hooks (80’s style almost) and if it wasn’t for lyrical and subject matter could all easily find airplay on many radio stations (FM) across the country.
Mr. Slowdeath, is the single off the EP and is very much in your face right from the beginning. Fast paced with a very catchy hook. I’ve found myself listening to it over and over again on my ipod.
Overall in spite of the fact that like most EP’s its very short, it’s actually a lot of fun to listen to. The girls can actually sing and for the kids there’s plenty of screaming too.
The musicianship displayed on the album is pretty good as well. Henry Flury is the guitarist, he can lay down a riff with just about anyone. The Bassist is Jason Klein and The Drummer is Chrissy Warner together they make one hell of a rhythm section. All together they help make Butcher Babies into “NOT A JOKE” If you have a chance to see this band live I would also recommend that.
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Butcher Babies, put it all out there on stage and are a hoot to watch you can definitely tell that Shepherd and Harvey are having a blast up there on stage. Unlike some bands I have seen lately. If you aren’t into seeing half naked women playing metal though I wouldn’t go, but hey I’m a guy half naked women going just about anything is cool by me
My final thoughts on Butcher Babies; Would I buy this album… I have. Would I recommend it to a friend? I have. Would I play them on my show… I have. Do you need this album to complete your music collection? No, but it is definitely worth the money.