Los Angeles-based metallers BUTCHER BABIES have selected "Never Go Back" as the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album, due at the end of the summer via Century Media. An official release date for the single has not yet been announced, but the track is expected to arrive at radio "in about a month," according to BUTCHER BABIES singer Heidi Shepherd.
BUTCHER BABIES have been performing another new song, titled "Monsters' Ball", on their current tour, to a great reception from the crowd.
"We wrote that song about the pit, actually," Heidi told Tina Smash of "Big Smash Radio" at the Carolina Rebellion festival, which took place May 2-3 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. "It's called 'Monsters' Ball'. That's what it is out there. All of us are just like monsters running around. There's a line that says, 'The broken limbs are leaving the match. A ringmaster's itch for a mass to scratch.' It's just.. We're all out there kind of doing the exact same thing. 'Over the edge, you take the decadent fall.' That's when kids come over the edge for crowdsurfing and stuff. But it's just, like, in the end, you can't stop moving. All of us, we grew up in the pit. All of us felt the exact same thing. And when you're out there and you're feeling it, [starts chanting], 'You can't stop moving; no, you can't stop moving; no, you can't stop...'"
Added fellow BUTCHER BABIES frontwoman Carla Harvey: "It's a really incredible feeling to see a sea of people singing a song that literally has never been heard yet. It's really cool. Every show we've done so far on this tour we've gotten them into it, and it's an amazing feeling."
Regarding the musical direction of BUTCHER BABIES' forthcoming CD, Carla said: "The majority of the album is very aggressive thrash metal. On this album, we wanted to go back to our roots, which were aggressive thrash, and ninety percent of the album is that."
Added Heidi: "But the thing is we're not ever gonna sacrifice who we are for that. What we're attempting with this is to bring back the metal and the aggression into radio. So we kind of… We merged the two worlds. And radio stations who have heard it so far are impressed and we're very excited for that."
BUTCHER BABIES' new album was produced by Logan Mader, who has previously worked with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DEVILDRIVER, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and GOJIRA.
"Monsters' Ball" performance: