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Butcher Babies will be hitting the road with Megadeth this fall as part of the "Dystopia" tour in North America. Also joining will be Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, and Metal Church.
The month long tour starts in Casper, WY on September 20 and concludes on October 16 in Camden, NJ. In addition to the tour, both Butcher Babies and Megadeth will be performing at this year's "Ozzfest Meets Knotfest" event, which takes place on September 24 & 25 in San Bernardino, CA
Speak about her enthusiasm for the upcoming tour, Butcher Babies vocalist Heidi Shepherd states, "We're incredibly honored to join forces with some of our idols, legendary musicians and bands! Megadeth is a staple in metal music and we can't think of a better way to round out our 2016 touring schedule than with these metal gods. Who didn't grow up with a Megadeth poster glued to your wall with dreams of dreams of sharing the stage with them. Bucket list... Check!" More...
I've never been to an open air music festival. Mostly since most music fests have only one or two artists who I like and try to jam as many different styles of music into one festival as possible to the point where they have no target audience anymore. Lollapalooza is perhaps the biggest offender in that regard to he point where it appeals to both everyone and nobody simultaneously. But thankfully Chicago finally got a metal festival of its own to compensate for a lot of the directionless festivals that the city is known for that have kept me at bay for so long.
Milwaukee Metalfest closed up around a decade ago so Chicago getting a heavy metal festival was (literally) music to my ears. The Rust Belt had nothing in the way of metal festivals and the only other big metal fests have been Rocklahoma, Maryland Deathfest, New England Metal and Hardcore Fest and 70,000 Tons of Metal. As somebody who doesn't live within driving distance from Oklahoma, Maryland, Massachusetts or Florida, I was incredibly excited for something to hit the Midwest as it was long overdue.
But the part that got me most excited was the potential for the future. Specifically a future where artists who only do festivals and mini-tours can finally hit a big outdoor stage and do so in my hometown. Think Anaal Nathrakh, Samael, Ihsahn, Pig Destroyer and Zardonic being able to not only play a real festival show in the Midwest but also be introduced to a whole new audience who would be coming for the far more mainstream headliner. At the very least, the fest could use some less obscure second stage openers and some more foreign bands who haven't come to America for years like Primordial, Vreid or Orphaned Land. But for a brand new festival, the lineup wasn't bad by any means, particularly when it came to headliners. It's a possible future outlet for all the cool stuff that I would never otherwise get to see in coming years which is what got me psyched more than anything else.
I waited in the mother of all lines upon arriving on Friday for a full 90 minutes. Everyone wanted to be in early to catch the opening band on the opening day of the inaugural festival. And the person in front of me was the evil doppelganger of a friend of mine from college. Same body. Same haircut. Same facial features. Same teeth. It was just completely uncanny, especially since one of them lives in west Iowa and the other in east Nebraska. More...
The Butcher Babies live streamed their performance at the "Northern Invasion" past sunday, May 15th, in Somerset, Wisconsin.
You can check it out below:
My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.
Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.
Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...
Butcher Babies are a band which have attracted plenty of attention in their relatively short time, garnering both praise and (sometimes unwarranted) criticism. However, they've always been more than willing to fight back and answer the naysayers, particularly in the live setting. Last week in London, the band, joined by Canadian outfit Sumo Cyco, brought their blistering performance to the English capital.
Although I unfortunately missed the majority of the local opener's set, I did arrive with plenty of time to see Sumo Cyco. Having known nothing about the group before watching them, I had the fair position of having no expectations about their performance. However, I am now convinced that I have seen the next big thing, a phrase I have never used before. Sumo Cyco bring a hard rocking take to some very catchy numbers, as well as something of a party atmosphere to a gritty, punk influenced style. More...
Following a run as direct support on the Cradle Of Filth North American tour, Butcher Babies has announced a headlining run in the states in support of new album "Take It Like A Man." Tickets for the upcoming shows are available here, and the upcoming dates are as follows:
3/10: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
3/11: Reading, PA @ Reverb
3/12: Halethorpe, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
3/13: Fayetteville, NC @ The Rock Shop
3/15: Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse
3/16: Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
3/18: Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live
3/19: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
3/20: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock More...
Two days in February will probably become two of the most sought after days for metal concerts in central Texas. This is because European bands invaded the Lone Star state. First, on Friday the 12th, Cradle of Filth ravaged the Aztec Theater in San Antonio. Then, At The Gates thrashed Austin. Both shows brought in a large crowd, which was partially due to their popularity but also due to the fact that Euro bands like these just don’t tour much.
My show report on At The Gates will post soon, but first let’s look at COF’s performance at the Aztec. Due to horrendous traffic, it took me 3.5 hours to drive from Georgetown, Texas to San Antonio Friday traffic is terrible and on this day I encountered 4 wrecks and traffic stalls. I guess next time I’ll need to take off around noon on Friday to see all the bands. The drive is terrible. Once I made it to the venue Butcher Babies were halfway through their set. Other than boobs on parade, I don’t give much credence to this band. They sound very cliché for the times and there is nothing that really grabs me.
The start of Cradle Of Filth's tour with Ne Obliviscaris and Butcher Babies was postponed due to visa issues, but today the band finally arrives and the tour kicks off with all remaining dates to go ahead as planned. The Filth comments:
"United States. We have arrived in Charlotte! And already we have been to a super Walmart star destroyer!
"The nine hour flight over was supplemented by copious amounts of wine and current movies and the bus (once customs was finally cleared) was found to be very much to our liking. Dark green as opposed to the bright yellow of the European tour, and cozy enough. Masses of pictures to follow...
"Today we play The Filmore in Charlotte. Support comes from Wallaby rockstars Ne Obliviscaris and of course, the Butcher Babies. See you down the front!" More...
Cradle Of Filth's tour with Butcher Babies and Ne Obliviscaris was recently postponed due to visa problems, but now the band is officially in transit to the States, with the trek to resume on January 31st.
Ne Obliviscaris fans can still catch that band live this week though, as several headlining shows were lined up in place of the cancelled tour dates while waiting for Cradle's arrival.
Cradle Of Filth has now checked in with the following update:
"CRADLE OF FILTH ARE ON THEIR WAY TO SEE ALL THEIR US FANS!! The band will be flying out Saturday to begin the tour in Charlotte Sun 31st Jan.
"We would like once again apologize to everyone who were intending to see the band at the four cancelled shows this week in the U.S. The cancellation, ironically, was mainly down to the slow return of Dani's visa from the American Embassy in London, rather than the brutal weather. Dani has now received his visa after an agonizing wait.
"We're utterly utterly sorry for the cancellations, but it has been something that has been totally out of the band's hands. We can only hope that the rest of the tour will be as amazing as planned. Thanks once again for your understanding and see you out on the road!" More...
Update: Ne Obliviscaris has now lined up several headlining shows to replace the cancelled starting dates of the tour. Full info available here.
The impending Ne Obliviscaris / Cradle Of Filth / Butcher Babies tour will be kicking off later than expected due to (what else?) visa issues. Ne Obliviscaris had this to say about the situation:
"Unfortunately we have received news that the first 4 shows of our tour - Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and Raleigh - have been cancelled this week due to a delay in Cradle of Filth's U.S. visas.
"We personally have already landed in LA on our way to Philadelphia tonight and are shattered that we can't play to our fans in these cities... From what we understand, it is expected that this situation will be resolved in the next couple of days so that the rest of the tour goes ahead starting in Charlotte on Jan 31.
"We are so sorry to our fans in these cities who I know will be just as disappointed as we are. We are looking into options at present for any shows in the Pennsylvania tri-state and Mid-Atlantic areas in the meantime in case it's possible to get a show happening on such extremely short notice, and will keep you guys updated as soon as there is more news on our end. Either way, we are here in America, with our Visa's in hand, staying positive and ready to play for you all." More...
Following a huge year in 2015, which saw the band release sophomore album, "Take It Like A Man," Butcher Babies will start 2016 as direct support to the metal titans Cradle Of Filth on the "Inquisitional Torture" tour. Rounding out the lineup is Australian progressive metal outfit Ne Obliviscaris.
Speaking about the upcoming run in North America, Heidi Shepherd (vocals) comments: "Touring with Cradle of Filth is a dream come true for me. Dani’s vocal are a huge inspiration for some of my vocal techniques. As for Butcher Babies, we are re-vamping our show to bring fans a whole new BB experience for 2016. Diving into another year of touring, we are excited to present another evolution of the band."
Carla Harvey (vocals) adds, "There has been overwhelmingly positive fan feedback and anticipation for this upcoming run with Cradle of Filth! We are so excited to be touring with such a legendary black metal band...horns up!"
Latest Butcher Babies album, "Take It Like A Man," was released on August 21st, 2015 via Century Media Records. More...
Ne Obliviscaris just announced a long-awaited North American tour so fans can experience the avant-garde metal mayhem stateside!
The 2016 "Inquisitional Tourture" run begins on January 26 in Philadelphia, PA and sees the band supporting Cradle Of Filth and Butcher Babies across the U.S. and Canada. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Ne Obliviscaris is touring in support of acclaimed latest album "Citadel" (reviewed here). The band is already on a European tour - also with Cradle of Filth - that will run through December 3, 2015. Full upcoming Ne Obliviscaris tour dates are available below. More...
The Butcher Babies are back with their new, full-length offering, "Take It Like a Man," and the official video for "Igniter" also comes online today - check it out below.
New offering "Take It Like a Man" was recorded in the Hollywood Hills with producer Logan Mader. Butcher Babies will support the album by joining Amaranthe across North America for a new tour starting October 29, 2016.
Heidi Shepherd (vocals) states: "We've all been in that different state of consciousness where rage over takes over your body and mind. ‘Igniter' is about these emotions and about that last straw that breaks you. We were so lucky as to film this video during our live performance at The Download Festival, Metal Hammer Boat and The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards. As it shows our intense live energy on the stage, it also shows our goofy off stage personalities.”
Carla Harvey further adds: “'Igniter' is a song about the anger and frustration that we can let consume and even destroy us at times. When we first started butcher babies, I was in a much darker place and often let that rage overtake me, but after 6 years of having a healthy outlet for those feelings through our music, I'm a completely different person. I love that the video for igniter, shot while we toured the UK this summer, shows a juxtaposition of on stage rage and our off stage fun personalities. It speaks volumes to the release that music provides not only for the listener, but the creators." More...
Amaranthe will make a triumphant return to North America this fall for a new headline tour. This marks the second time the band has toured through the U.S. and Canada in 2015, having previously performed alongside Santa Cruz.
The tour starts October 29 in Atlanta and runs through November 29 in San Jose. Butcher Babies will provide direct support, while Lullwater will open the show.
Those Butcher Babies have returned with their most abrasive and aggressive offering yet: "Take It Like a Man." The Century Media Records album was recorded in the Hollywood Hills with producer Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, Gojira) and is out everywhere today.
In place of a standard album stream, the band went and shot 11 music videos, back to back to back: one performance video for each track. Now instead of boring static images or just audio, they have added a visual competent that gives fans and new listeners a peek into the style, sounds and performance chops. Check it out below.
“We all come from different places and backgrounds, but every member of this band had to fight to be the person he or she is today,” affirms co-vocalist Carla Harvey. “That’s the whole basis for the record. It’s not a gender thing. It’s the inner strength you have to find in order to pull your boots up and keep moving forward, whatever the situation may be.” More...
The 6th Annual GWAR B-Q was held this weekend in Richmond, Virginia and the Bohabs lucky enough to survive the event are in agreement; this was the best GWAR B-Q ever! Fans from across the globe made their way to Hadad's Lake in Richmond to celebrate the 30th birthday of the intergalactic shock rock giants.
Riding high on the momentum from The GWAR B-Q, your intergalactic overlords are set to hit the road next week. The tour begins August 25 in Millvale, PA and ends September 19 in Toronto. Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and label-mates Battlecross, and this run will see the band playing all three Riot Fest dates (Denver, Chicago, Toronto) and the Befuddled Fest in New Albany, IL.
Following an appearance at the final Riot Fest in Toronto, GWAR will return to arctic slumber for less than a month before finishing the desecration of the North American continent. This time, the band will be joined by Born of Osiris and once again Battlecross. This leg of the tour kicks off October 7 in Cincinnati, OH and wraps up November 28 in Orlando, FL. For the Canadian dates on the tour direct support will come from Cryptopsy. More dates will be added in the coming weeks, so don't worry if your intergalactic rock gods have yet to announce a date in your town. More...
Butcher Babies gets a lot of hate on Metalunderground (and about any other metal site it seems like), but according to front woman Heidi Shepherd, that hate is what they want and it just propels the band on farther (this may make quality the band members for Sith status - discuss below).
During an interview at this year's Download Festival in Donington Park, Heidi spoke with Heavy Metal Artwork, in which she said:
"The naysayers are the ones that push me the hardest... I had this teacher in junior high that told my mom that I would never be successful at something. Like, what a jerk! And so I was, like, 'Yeah. Fuck that!' And I so I got great grades.... People who tell me 'no,' I'm going to do it. So thank you to the naysayers."
You can watch the full interview below. If you want to know what Butcher Babies brings to the live stage, check out the band's entire Hellfest performance right here, or you can see the recent music video for "Monsters Ball" at this location. More...
Butcher Babies premieres its new music video "Monsters Ball", which was produced by director Dan Dobi (Paramore, Set Your Goals).
Check it out below.
The Graspop Metal Meeting festival, held annually in the small Belgian town of Dessel, has become one of the highlights of the metal calendar, along with such festivals as Wacken Open Air and Hellfest and this year, the event proved how successful it is by celebrating it's twentieth edition. It was certainly a special way to mark the occassion, booking a number of bands who had never played the festival before but who fans had been clamouring to see. It has always traditionally catered to head bangers of all ages, bringing in bands from the early days of metal to the stars of today, as well as up and comers. Before we go any further, it should be noted that due to scheduling conflicts, some big names either will not be covered in this review, or only mentioned briefly, so don't be disappointed if your favourite band doesn't get the treatment you want, if at all. So, with all that said, just how good can a metal festival in the Flemish region be? Read on, MacDuff.
Arriving on the Thursday, the camp site seemed to be smoother than ever to get in to than previous years. Whether this is because the staff have further improved the planning of the grounds, metal heads have become friendlier over the past four years, or because I've been put on medication since my last visit, we'll never know. Anyway, the general atmosphere at Graspop was, as per usual, a very relaxed one, with people from all over the world coming to listen to and celebrate the music they love so dearly. There are some bands performing on this day too, mostly cover acts such as The Art of Pantera and Diolegacy. It's a good way to get introduced to the festival grounds, get some tokens (imagine Disney money but with skulls on,) and familiarise yourself with the stages, food stalls and the cafe, which is more of a pub with Warlock on full blast.
On to the most important thing however, the music. Kicking off the main stage, or rather, the second main stage as the festival now has two, was hard rock supergroup, The Dead Daisies. The band features a collective of solid names such as Marco Mendoza, Dizzy Reed and former Motley Crue vocalist, John Corabi. Looking at the bands on the members resume such as Guns N Roses, Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, their good time, hard rocking sound was pretty much what one would expect. This does not, however, stop them from doing their job of getting people on their feet, putting smiles on faces and generally bringing a great vibe to the event that is so vital in making sure a festival gets off to a good start. They're not just a party act either, they've got some genuinly good songs and a number of people seemed to be a little surprised how much they enjoyed the set. Bottom line: If you want to party like it's 1985, go see the Dead Daisies. You'll be glad you did. More...
Fan-filmed live video footage of Butcher Babies' entire Hellfest performance, which took place last Saturday, June 20th in Clisson, France is streaming below.
Check it out now.