Interviewer / Photograhper: Sergio Cesario
Date of Interview: July 31st 2013
Published: August 20, 2013
Read Sergio's review of the Butcher Babies live performance below.
Band: Butcher Babies
Release date: July 9th 2013
Label: Century-Media Records
Located: Los Angeles, California, USA
Tampa July 31st, 2013 Mayhem Festival
One might be able to say that this opportunity fell on my lap, but I consider it to be fate. It is by no coincidence that when Metal Master Kingdom received the Mayhem Festival press package, we were looking to cover the show and maybe interview a few heavy hitters. As the show approached and we started to get our interview selection times back, I received an email granting Metal Master Kingdom online webzine the opportunity to interview an upcoming band named The Butcher Babies. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of this; I had heard a little of a buzz about them, but not enough to run to the store and get their newest album “Goliath”. Well lucky for me, their PR rep sent me a digital download. One of the perks to contributing to a cause in which there is no pay and we devote our time wholeheartedly simply for “THE MUSIC”. Still skeptical of the music, I put on their first track “I Smell A Massacre”. Needless to say it took me two seconds to write back and confirm that interview. It was new, fresh and something that I hadn’t heard before.
Fast forward one week later here I am in Tampa, on what I consider to be one of the hottest days of the year, eagerly awaiting The Butcher Babies to take the stage. From my interactions with concert goers earlier, I was skeptical about how they would live up to what they recorded on “Goliath” with producer Josh Wilbur [Gojira, Lamb Of God, Hatebreed] in LA. we were about to find out what this band could do at 2PM, and temperature of 98 degrees F (felt like 200), with 1,500 ravenous metal fans. Game on bitches!
Out comes the band Butcher Babies, so crank up the beat and here we go!!! Not even halfway through the first song and the only thing I could say to the critics was: What the FUCK are you talking about? This band kicks ASS! From a musician's standpoint I could see the mark of a quality band. Overall the band is very tight live; song structuring is there with some very nice aggressive riffs. Nothing fancy, just heavy, rhythmic but what really sets this band apart are the dual vocals. Heidi and Carla have some incredible chemistry on stage as well as in song writing. As I mentioned in the interview,” I got dizzy”. And you want to talk about energy, it was very clear to me that these guys came on tour to learn as well as impress. Watching older videos and seeing them live really puts into perspective how they have progressed.
Now the band is named “The Butcher Babies”, and they are a dual female fronted band, but that is not to take away from the three incredibly talented musicians that are backing them up. Henry and Jason combine on very intense rhythmic structures, clearly influenced by Slipknot, but like that old proverb goes, “If you can draw from your influences, then what good are you?” And backing up the insanity with some punishing beats is Chrissy. I admit it was really hard for me to take pictures and be an effective field reporter when I was watching these guys just KICK total ass. I have seen over 500 bands in my lifetime, but The Butcher Babies are definitely a show you need to catch.