Fan-filmed video footage of BUTCHER BABIES' entire performance at this year's edition of Hellfest, which was held June 19-21 in Clisson, France, can be seen below.
BUTCHER BABIES will release their sophomore album, "Take It Like A Man", on August 21 via Century Media. The CD was produced by Logan Mader, who has previously worked with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DEVILDRIVER, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and GOJIRA.
"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," said BUTCHER BABIES 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."
While penning lyrics, Shepherd and Heidi Shepherd also opened up like never before. Blatant, brutal and (sometimes) belligerent honesty was the only rule.
"You have to dig to get that emotion out," explained Harvey. "Metalheads can sense authenticity. They know when you're real. Everything we write comes straight from the heart and our own experiences. It's not cookie-cutter bullshit."
That openness has already turned countless fans into believers. "Take It Like A Man" espouses an inspiring final word.
"We want to coerce feeling," Shepherd said. "If you're a musician who does that, you've succeeded. We just want to inspire anyone who listens to us — and melt their faces off."
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 are:
Heidi Shepherd - Vocals
Carla Harvey - Vocals
Henry Flury - Guitar
Jason Klein - Bass
Chrissy Warner - Drums