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BUTCHER BABIES/THE DEFILED
02 Academy Islington
Friday 14th February 2014
The Butcher Babies are no virgins to controversy. From the very early days they became famous for their bare breasted (albeit taped) antics on stage. À la Wendy O Williams of the Plasmatics.
They became one of the must see live music videos on YouTube when they covered Pantera's 'Fucking Hostile'. Their semi naked gyrations and aggressive vocal style attracted the attention of a certain Marilyn Manson, because they soon found themselves supporting him during his North American tour last year to much acclaim.
This time around, they are supporting The Defiled and promoting their new album 'Goliath'.
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On Friday 14th February (Valentine's Day) the group appeared at the O2 Academy Islington to a packed and expectant audience.
I try not to pigeonhole musicians but apparently these ladies call themselves "Slut Metal". Whatever it's called, they do a hell of a stage show. There is no denying the sexual energy of the pair.
Disappointingly to certain members of the audience they appeared with rather more clothes than they have become famous for. Heidi says it was time to evolve and move on, which they have proved tonight.
In the background, the power that the musicians in the band produce is raw and driven. Carla and Heidi work well in sharing the vocals and the stage. I must say this performance left me in a Goliath of sticky body sweat, shuttering with ecstasy and wanting much much more!
I Smell a Massacre
The Mirror Never Lies
Jesus Needs More Babies For His War Machine
National Bloody Anthem
Next headliners The Defiled are visually and musically appealing and fronted by the heavily tattooed Stitch D, alongside AVD manhandling his keyboards and leather masked lead guitarist, Aaron Curse.
They certainly demand attention from the audience. Needles on drums drives a powerfully hypnotic beat and the audience were enthralled.
I felt a little disappointed when bass player Vincent Hyde removed his mask during the first song, 'Sleeper'. Somehow, I felt that it was too soon to take away the illusion. During, 'As I Drown, Aaron Curse and Vincent Hyde stalked the stage like a pair of territorial pumas, never acknowledging each other and yet always aware.
This band has been hailed as the saviours of UK Metal. I am not sure that I would entirely agree with that, but they are certainly not going away anywhere soon. Their set finished with their highly popular, 'Call To Arms' and the audience adored them for it.
2. As I Drown
4. New Approach
5. Black Death
6. No Place Like Home
7. Blood Sells
9. 5 Minutes
10. Land Of Fools
11.Call To Arms