"Goliath" (Century Media Records; 2013)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Butcher Babies are fronted by two females. They combine clean and distorted vocals and are backed behind a metal band that sounds like Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Otep, and In This Moment. Both fems cite Wendy O. Williams as their influence into the male-dominated world of heavy metal music, thus, they have a wild stage show and even emulate Wendy O. by placing electrical tape over their nipples when they are topless.

The music of Butcher Babies is nihilistic in its approach. It's heavy and quite brutal due to the dual vocals of Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey and it's also a breath of fresh air in the vocal department because some bands have one male vocalist who either screams or sings (not both). But Butcher Babies have both and they are both attractive. Call me a misogynist but they want the attention so I'm merely stating facts.

The music sounds great when they go full blast. There is also a creepy element to their approach; a lot of the songs slow down or have a shift in mood. Most of the time Butcher Babies are straight-forward, in-your-face, busting-your-balls rock. I'm sure they get a lot of attention for their stage show more than their music. Let's face it: two hot females, electrical tape covering their nipples, erotica while they sing about death and mayhem -- sounds sexy to me! Aside from their appearance, they do have really heavy music and anyone looking for a soundtrack that leads to bloodletting will find all they need with Butcher Babies.

As an update, if you are planning on going to a show just to see some skin you might have more chance of looking in the crowd since Heidi and Carla have ditched the nipple tape but still grind and groove when the music starts. This release, "Goliath" is the Butcher Babies first full length disc, they started with a self-titled EP.

Butcher Babies: Heidi Shepherd - vocals; Carla Harvey - vocals; Jason Klein - bass; Henry Flury - guitar; Chrissy Warner - drums.

For more information - http://www.butcherbabiesofficial.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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