Editors Note: A few years ago, Groove International worked with the highly controversial metal band Butcher Babies on more than several events. To say that this band was going places was definitely an understatement.
Written by Jason Nauman
I am terrified of Butcher Babies. No amount of money or alcohol would make me confident enough to approach their female vocalists and attempt to start a conversation. It would only end in both of them ripping my head off, throwing it in a wood chipper, and spitting on the shredded pieces that fly out. This is actually a good thing, because if your metal bands aren’t evoking some kind of fear, then they are not doing it right.
Attractive girls bellowing gloomy metal lyrics may seem like a gimmick at first glance, but the instrumentalists in the Butcher Babies ban any such thoughts, delivering their own brand of tightly wound metal fury. It’s as if they are out to assault your senses from every possible angle.
The Los Angeles based group’s first EP was self released in 2011. They used creative tactics to promote the eponymous debut, tapping into the writing talents of singer Carla Harvey to create a Butcher Babies comic book and releasing it at San Diego’s Comic Con that summer. Later that year, they also posted a YouTube video of the band performing Pantera’s “Fucking Hostile” live in Anaheim, drawing further attention from the metal community.
The success lead to a supporting slot for Marilyn Manson’s North American tour in 2012. The group was then signed to Century Media Records that Fall, which released the Butcher Babies first full length album, Goliath. The full length promptly went number one on Billboard’s US Heatseekers chart. 2014 is already lining up to be another successful year, as they were tapped to take part in the Hell Pop II tour and join The Defiled for a run of shows in the UK.
Despite only being a band for a few years, they already have a comic book, record deal, and tours booked in multiple countries. They are beautiful, they are terrifying, and they are awesome.