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Butcher Babies

With support from Klogr and Eyes Set To Kill.
Rescue Rooms Nottingham 20th February 2018.

As I travelled North up the treacherous M1, to get to the Rescue Rooms which happens to be our venue tonight, I thought it only correct to blast out the new album ‘Lilith’ from the Butcher Babies (tonight’s headline act) which got released last year. In doing so, thanks to this bands sheer aggression and raw power, I found myself at the venue in no time at all, was I driving fast, probably faster than normal, as a result. I also appeared to have pins and needles in my face, due to all the grinning I was doing, forced on in the knowledge that I was off to see Butcher Babies again. It’s been some four years to the day, since I saw this band last!

As a side note, I’m starting to really enjoy visiting the Rescue Rooms venue as the staff are so friendly, are always happy to see me and they usually have the guest list ready for when the doors open. Tonight though, they didn’t because the band were late giving it to the door however, I told them my name and they stamped me in, no questions, in the knowledge that I was there for a reason and wouldn’t be lying. I guess, when the staff start to recognise your face, what with the amount of times I’ve attended this venue, they’re starting to trust me. This is just a small observation that makes me feel good. Thanks Rescue Rooms!

The first of the two support bands on tonight started their set very soon after doors opening, as it would appear the nights schedule was running late due to the Butcher Babies having a meet and greet in the venue, prior to the show, which meant the support bands didn’t really get a sufficient amount of time to complete sound check. I digress, tonight’s first band go by the name Klogr, which means absolutely nothing to me but seeing as this band are primarily from Italy, it may mean something profound and inspiring, in their native language? Either way, these guys play rock and metal and have toured the UK many times now, with the likes of Prong and Ghost, I think Rusty said, when I briefly spoke to him and PQ between sets. During that conversation we discussed many things, like the fact metal isn’t really celebrated in their own country as much as it is in the rest of Europe, so I asked, how did you get into rock/metal then? His reply, probably the same as many others our age “My older brother loved Metallica”. Enough said! The band are performing at every show on this run of 24 dates, across the UK and Europe and are travelling by van, driving themselves. Seriously, look at the locations, that’s a lot of driving, going past venues to be played at later. Seriously, who organises these tours, do they own a map? I thought Klogr where slow starting tonight, but they soon warmed up and the crowd started to respond but it was only the first night! By the end of the tour, this band will be on fire!

Eyes Set To Kill were the second support band on tonight and are also from America, Tempe, AZ to be precise. They too took a little time to get firing on all cylinders, which was a shame because I was looking forward to seeing this band perform. By enlarge, it was a credible set, but sadly Alexia’s amp was playing up on her and after 3 cable changes, I think she gave up on it and stuck to vocals. The band paid tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan, of the Cranberries, who sadly passed away earlier this year, by playing one of that bands biggest hits ‘Zombie’. Although Alexia’s guitar kept cutting out and her vocals suffered as a result, the crowd appreciated the bands gesture and cheered generously, out of respect for the late artist. Great band, just not at their best tonight, due to lack of sleep, mostly, but these guys will be a band to watch out for, in the future!

As previously stated, it’s been almost four years to the day since I last saw the Butcher Babies perform, in the very same venue, no less. That doesn’t mean to say they haven’t been here since, I recall them playing at Rock City Basement in 2017, but I missed that show, sadly. I have noticed this band seem to play the smaller venues here in the UK, which surprises me greatly, as they are one of the best and quite possibly one of the most brutal metal-core bands around at the moment. In a over saturated genre, I feel Butcher Babies have found a winning formula and stand out as one of the best in this genre.

They’ve got a very distinctive sound, which is easily recognisable. Yes, the two lead vocalists are drop dead gorgeous, which does help to give this band a dynamic edge but they are no less brutal, as a result. If anything, they are even more hard working, almost as if they are trying to prove that woman can do it too. Well, I know they can and I support them 100%! I love this band, they should be selling out arenas, they are that good. I also love how they make me work for my shots too, I mean, who doesn’t love a challenge, when photographing a band that doesn’t stop moving? It makes it more rewarding when you get a decent shot. I was respectful enough to adhere to the first three tracks rule usually imposed on gig photographers and as a result, it was the fastest 3 songs, of my life!

It may have been a long time since I last saw Butcher Babies perform, yet they are no less energetic or brutal since our last encounter! If first night nerves were present, they didn’t show – not with these professionals! If you’re a fan of Hatebreed, Devil Driver and Jinjer, then you seriously need to see this show while they’re here in the UK, because it’s BRUTAL!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

The Rasmus

‘Dark Matters’ European Tour.

Klogr to support The Rasmus on their ‘Dark Matters‘ European tour this November.

The alternative rock metal band, Klogr, is ready to hit the road again. The group, in collaboration with K2 Music Management, has been confirmed as special guests for the upcoming The Rasmus European shows this Autumn.

Klogr frontman Rusty says:We are so excited to be back on tour on November, especially with such a great band like The Rasmus. After 2 years spent in studio for the new album, we have really missed the stage and our fans. We can’t wait to play the news songs, we hope you will enjoy them. See you on the road.”

‘Dark Matters Tour’: November 2017

  • 10th Hamburg, Markthalle (DE)
  • 11th Berlin, Columbia Theater – Sold Out (DE)
  • 12th Warsaw, Stodola (PL)
  • 14th Krakow, Kwadrat (PL)
  • 15th Prague, Roxy (CZ)
  • 16th Vienna, Simm Club (AT)
  • 18th Paris, Le Trabendo (FR)
  • 19th London, Scala – Sold Out (UK)
  • 20th Koln, Kantine (DE)
  • 21st Amsterdam, Melkweg (NL)

The highly awaited new album ‘Keystone’ is released 6th October, 2017 via Zeta Factory / PHD.

Klogr’s third studio album was recorded at Zeta Factory Studio and mixed at Mainstation Studio in Toronto, Canada, by Grammy award winner David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Muse, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Dream Theater, Stone Sour, Rush).

Watch ‘Prison Of Light‘ (music video):

Pre-orders for ‘Keystone’ are now available in two exclusive bundles with limited edition t-shirt.

Klogr

Announce ‘Keystone’ cover & tracklist; pre-orders!

With two albums, a DVD and 23 dates supporting Prong on their European tour, the alternative metal band, Klogr, is back, heavier and more powerful than ever.

Klogr release their third studio album ‘Keystone’ on 6th October via Zeta Factory (distributed in the UK/Europe by PHD) and today have revealed the album artwork and tracklisting.

The artwork is a piece of a painting by renowned Italian artist, Andrea Saltini.

Klogr frontman Rusty comments: “A while ago, I saw a paint of Andrea Saltini and I was really impressed by it. When ‘Keystone’ came to life with its music, I immediately remembered that painting and thought it would be perfect for our cover. Luckily it was still available and we were able to use it for our design.”

Watch the new music video ‘Prison Of Light’:

Pre-orders for the new album ‘Keystone’ are now available in two exclusive bundles with limited edition t-shirt:

‘Keystone’ tracklist:

1. Sleeping Through The Seasons
2. Prison Of Light
3. Technocracy
4. The Echoes Of Sin
5. Pride Before The Fall
6. Something’s In The Air
7. Drag You Back
8. Sirens’ Song
9. Dark Tides
10. Silent Witness
11. Enigmatic Smile
12. The Wall Of Illusion

Klogr’s new album was recorded at Zeta Factory Studio and mixed at Mainstation Studio in Toronto, Canada, by Grammy award winner David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Muse, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Stone Sour, Dream Theater, Rush).