Butcher Babies

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Butcher Babies
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Butcher Babies Playing Mayhem Festival 2013
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresGroove metal, heavy metal, Thrash Metal
Years active2010–present
LabelsCentury Media Records
Associated actsAmen, Azdachao, Scars of Tomorrow, Thrown Into Exile.
Websitehttp://www.butcherbabiesofficial.com
MembersHeidi Shepherd
Carla Harvey
Henry Flury
Jason Klein
Chrissy Warner
 
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Butcher Babies
ButcherBabies.jpg
Butcher Babies Playing Mayhem Festival 2013
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresGroove metal, heavy metal, Thrash Metal
Years active2010–present
LabelsCentury Media Records
Associated actsAmen, Azdachao, Scars of Tomorrow, Thrown Into Exile.
Websitehttp://www.butcherbabiesofficial.com
MembersHeidi Shepherd
Carla Harvey
Henry Flury
Jason Klein
Chrissy Warner

Butcher Babies is an American metal band from Los Angeles, California. Frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, guitarist Henry Flury (Amen), bassist Jason Klein (Azdachao) and drummer Chris Warner (Scars of Tomorrow) make up the band.[1] The band so far has released one EP, and one Studio album.[1] Their debut album, "Goliath", was released on July 9, 2013 via Century Media Records. It sold 3,300 copies in the US during its first week of release and charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart and No. 107 on The Billboard 200 chart.[2]

First Release & Rise to Fame (2011-2012)[edit]

The Butcher Babies self-released their first EP in 2011. Also, in July 2011, they released a comic book at Comic Con International in San Diego on July 23 and 24th.[3] The comic book was written by Carla Harvey and illustrated by Anthony Winn.[4] Rock Journalist Keith Valcourt stated on the Butcher Babies: “The Hottest Band in the World” in his review of a show: "The Butcher Babies deliver a loud crashing blend of heavy metal, punk and thrash that recalls Pantera, adding their stage show embodies the horror antics of Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie. Carla and Heidi don’t merely sing: they assault the crowd with a blinding flash of aggression and abuse. And the crowd loves them for it.”[5] They gained a lot of attention from their Youtube video of them performing "Fucking Hostile" by Pantera.[6]

On January 6, 2012, the Butcher Babies Premiered a New Song, “Mr. Slowdeath”.[7] On May 24, they released their first music video for "Mr. Slowdeath", which was produced by Mudrock (Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack), which is from the band’s self-released EP.[8]

Goliath (2013-Present)[edit]

The band signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records in November 2012, and a month later embarked on a North American tour from January to February with Marilyn Manson.[9] Only days after wrapping the tour in the City Of Sin, the band was in an L.A. studio with producer Josh Wilbur Gojira, Lamb of God, Hatebreed recording their debut album, Goliath.[10]

On June 6, the band released the street single off their debut album "I Smell A Massacre".[11] On June 20, the band streamed another song titled "The Deathsurround".[12] On July 9, The band released their debut album Goliath via Century Media Records. During the first week of sales, the album sold 3,300 copies in the United States which landed it at No. 107 on The Billboard 200 chart.[13]

The Butcher Babies recently toured on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2013 on the Jägermeister Stage and will soon tour with Danzig along with Texas Hippie Coalition, and A Pale Horse Named Death .[14]

On July 26, In an interview with Artisan News, Heidi and Carla spoke about their decision to ditch the nipple-tape look during their live performances. Their appearance over the course of the last 6 years consisted of this look as an ode to the late Wendy O' Williams. However, they claimed that the message of creativity and individualism had been received and it was time to evolve to another look.[15]

In early 2014, the band plan to take part in The Hell Pop Tour II headlined by In This Moment with additional support from Devour the Day, West Hollywood heavy metal ensemble All Hail The Yeti and Los Angeles melodic metal quartet Before the Mourning.[16][17][18][19][20]

Music Style & Influences[edit]

Butcher Babies' music has been described by critics as Neo-Thrash, shock rock, and Heavy Metal. The band has cited their influences as,[21] Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Slipknot, and many more. However, the band Plasmatics had the biggest influence on the band. In an interview, they stated "We are big fans of Wendy O. Williams. We took the name from the Plasmatics Song “Butcher Baby“. Wendy was a bad ass… she didn’t give a fuck what anyone thought… we share that spirit".[22] In an interview with Revolver Magazine, Carla said: "As a biracial kid growing up in the Detroit area, I got a lot of shit for loving hard rock and metal, and seeing musicians that were also African American playing the music I loved made me strong enough to say, “Fuck you, I’m going to like what I want.”[7] While Heidi had said "My heroes are Slipknot, Wendy O. Williams, Gwen Stefani, and Joan Jett. Most of them being females that defy the male dominance in music!"[7] They also stated in an interview, they are heavily influenced by horror movies such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, House of 1000 Corpses, and The Devils Rejects.[22]

In an interview from the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Heidi stated that she is very influenced by Slipknot, while Carla stated that she's heavily into old school metal such as Slayer and Iron Maiden, Jason's favorite band is Cannibal Corpse, Henry's favorite is Meshuggah, and Chris' favorite is Marilyn Manson.[23]

The Butcher Babies are formally known for their aggressive stage appeal, such as wearing nothing but tape over their nipples. This attire is heavely influenced by Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics. Heidi stated in an interview that "Wendy O'Williams was the first female in heavy metal. She had that single, 'Butcher Baby', hence the name BUTCHER BABIES, and she was the first female to just really go all out. She didn't care what anyone told her. She was going to be the performer she wanted to be without anyone telling her 'No'. We were both hugely influenced by her, and that's where the attire came from."[15]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album detailsPeak chart positions
USUS HeatUS IndepUS Hard RockUS Rock
Butcher Babies (EP)
  • EP
  • Release date: May 29, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
Goliath107137

Singles[edit]

YearSongPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
US
Alt.

US
Main.

US
Rock

2011"Blonde Girls All Look The Same"Blonde Girls All Look The Same
2012"Mr. Slowdeath"Butcher Babies EP
2013"I Smell A Massacre"Goliath

Music videos[edit]

YearTitleFrom the album
2012Mr. SlowdeathButcher Babies EP
2013Magnolia BlvdGoliath
2014I Smell a Massacre

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Butcher Babies - discography, line-up, biography, interviews, photos". Spirit-of-metal.com. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  2. ^ July 17, 2013 (2013-07-17). "Butcher Babies: 'Goliath' First Week Sales Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  3. ^ "Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. 2013 Bands Announced Tickets On Sale Now". Rockstarmayhemfest.com. 2011-09-19. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  4. ^ Running time: 02:30 (2013-12-18). "Butcher Babies Comic Con Promo | Video Youtube - NMETV Latest Music Videos and Clips". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  5. ^ "Century Media Records - Butcher Babies". Centurymedia.com. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  6. ^ "Butcher Babies – Free listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Last.fm. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  7. ^ a b c Brandon Geist (2011-09-19). "Exclusive: Butcher Babies Debut New Song, “Blonde Girls All Look the Same” - Heavy Metal News | Music Videos |Golden Gods Awards". revolvermag.com. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  8. ^ emoneill (2012-05-24). "Butcher Babies Premiere New Music Video, “Mr. Slowdeath” - Heavy Metal News | Music Videos |Golden Gods Awards". revolvermag.com. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  9. ^ December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11). "Butcher Babies To Support Marilyn Manson". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  10. ^ "Century Media Records - Butcher Babies: : debut album 'Goliath' out now". Centurymedia.com. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  11. ^ June 6, 2013 (2013-06-06). "Butcher Babies: 'I Smell A Massacre' Lyric Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  12. ^ June 20, 2013 (2013-06-20). "Butcher Babies: New Song 'The Deathsurround' Available For Streaming". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  13. ^ sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 107 on The Billboard 200 chart.
  14. ^ "Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. 2013 Bands Announced Tickets On Sale Now". Rockstarmayhemfest.com. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  15. ^ a b July 26, 2013 (2013-07-26). "Butcher Babies: Why We Ditched The Nipple Tape Look". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  16. ^ "In This Moment featuring Devour The Day / Butcher Babies / All...". www.ktvu.com. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  17. ^ "The Hell Pop Tour II with In This Moment and More | Missoula, MT". Jade Presents. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  18. ^ "In This Moment – Tickets – Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA – January 17th, 2014 | The Trocadero Theatre". Thetroc.com. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  19. ^ "In This Moment The Webster Theater". Webstertheater.com. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  20. ^ "The Hell Pop Tour II with In This Moment, Seattle WA, Showbox". Clubzone.com. 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  21. ^ [1][dead link]
  22. ^ a b "Gute Horrorfilme 2013 - Horrorfilm Reviews » Exclusive-Interview with The Butcher Babies". Horrorpilot.com. 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  23. ^ "Butcher Babies". YouTube. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 

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