Heaven The Axe share live video of Butcher Babies support show

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Aussie hard rock band Heaven The Axe have shared a live video of their track “Good Things Come To Those Who Hate.”

The footage was shot by Skeleton Crew TV during HTA’s support slot for Butcher Babies at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar earlier this year.

In our recent interview with the band, Heaven The Axe said of the show: “Butcher Babies were here in Australia as part of the Soundwave festival. A number of bands play side shows and we were invited to play in support of them. It was a fun night, a cracker crowd with a bunch of the international bands from the festival coming along and partying with us.”

When asked what success would look like for them in 2015, Heaven The Axe’s vocalist Phoebe Pinnock summed it up: “To be honest, all we really care about is writing and recording the new music right now and believing in ourselves. We would rather be patient because we know from experience that when the magic happens it’s always worth the wait. Our next step is to be able to grasp new musical directions, to be able to communicate as a group and write lyrics that mean something to help people define how they feel. Then, we’ll let you know.”

Check Heaven The Axe’s live footage of “Good Things Come To Those Who Hate” live at Cherry Bar below, and check out Skin Back Alley’s recent interview with the band here:

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Butcher Babies release official video for new track ‘Monsters Ball’

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Butcher Babies have released an official video for their new track “Monsters Ball.”

The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album Take It Like A Man, scheduled for release on the 21st of August via Century Media.

Says co-vocalist Heidi Shepherd of the track: “We wanted to use the swingy feel of the song to create a jazz type club scene. A Monsters Ball is how we describe the pit.

“Being an adult who always has and still thrives in the pit, I’ve always seen it as a carnival of monsters where it doesn’t matter what you look like, where you came from, what you do for a living or your sexual orientation. We’re all the same monsters there for the same reason – to rock the fuck out!”

Butcher Babies played a set at Download earlier this month, and will play a string of shows throughout Europe before heading back to the US to tour with Gwar and Battlecross.

Butcher Babies’ European tour dates are:

Jul 07th: Lille Le Splendid, France
Jul 08th: Besancon La Rodia, France
Jul 09th: Nuremberg Hirsh, Germany
Jul 10th: Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal, Germany
Jul 11th: Ostrava Barrak, Czech Republic
Jul 12th: Prague Exit, Czech Republic
Jul 13th: Bratislava Randal, Slovakia
Jul 15th: Dornbirn Conrad Sohm, Austria
Jul 16th: Karlsruge Substage, Germany
Jul 18th: Paris Divan Du Monde, France
Jul 20th: Tolmin Metaldays 2015, Slovenia
Jul 22nd: Pratteln Z7 Konzertfabrik, Switzerland
Jul 23rd: Comar Le Grillen, France
Jul 24th: Tuoro Sul Trasimeno Moonshine, Italy
Jul 25th: Pavia Fuorionda, Italy
Jul 26th: Povoletto Interstate Summer Fest, Italy
Jul 28th: Mannheim Alte Seilerei, Germany
Jul 29th: Munich Free & Easy Festival, Germany
Jul 30th: Eindhoven The Jack, Netherlands
Jul 31st: Wacken Festival, Germany

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Without A Song | Heaven The Axe are coming for you

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Without a song throws a spotlight on bands, albums and tracks beloved of Skin Back Alley. Old, new, classic or cutting edge, our aim is to share good music that has touched us through the years.

Enough metal energy to power a sizeable township for a week; hooks so colossal they could catch a killer whale; a rock n’ roll flame firing so hot and heavy that it will wipe you out and leave nought but your shadow plastered to the nearest wall. Sometimes you look at a band, consider what they have going for them, and have no option but to be left mouth-agape wondering why on earth it is that they aren’t globe-conquering megastars.

Welcome to you, Heaven The Axe.

Hailing from Melbourne in sunny ‘Stralia, theirs is a blend of some serious hard-rock chops bolted on to a wall of monstrous heavy-metal. Frontwoman Phoebe Pinnock’s voice is an instrument of astonishing power and flexibility, and the musicians count amongst their number members and ex-members of such well known Aussie outfits as Manticore (guitarist Steve Watts), Damaged and The Berzerker. In other words, they boast serious musical pedigree.

Yes, yes, I hear you. Pedigree counts for nothing if the songs don’t live up to their billing. It’s a bloody good job that they do then, isn’t it. Heaven The Axe’s debut album Sex, Chugs & Rock N’ Roll is full to brimming with songs that contain enough aggression to make them metal, without sacrificing some stunning melodies along the way. These tracks are home to the kind of rhythmic hard-rock dynamism that will keep the tips of your toes and the hairs on the nape of your neck tingling long after your MP3 player of choice has run out of charge.

Album opener “Enemy” is a prime example of HTA’s puissant prowess; a fast moving balls-to-the- wall slug of sonic sagaciousness that punctures heart and mind like the proverbial piñata. It’s a blinding opening salvo and a real statement of intent. Likewise “Masochist” and “So Nirvana” impress with their fierce fret-hopping and gargantuan grooves. Not even the Greek Titans could conquer this mighty metal cohort.

Pinnock and the boys have some high-octane opportunities coming their way in the near future that will hopefully help to raise the band’s profile over and above their current following. March sees them play a set at India’s Hammersonic Jakarta International Metal Festival on a bill alongside metal and hardcore heavyweights like Lamb Of God and Ignite. Then just next week sees HTA perform in support of LA’s very own Butcher Babies as they head down under for a Sidewave show at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar. Bolstered by additional support from Kashmere Club, it promises to be one helluva show.

Of course television exposure can’t help but provide some much needed coverage for the cause, and Heaven The Axe’s theme tune to 7mate’s popular Aussie TV show Bogan Hunters is delivering just that. (No idea what a Bogan is? Google it, dude.)

So do your ears a favour and check out this diamond-hard, razor-sharp, needle-pointed band whilst they’re on the cusp of greatness, and don’t say we didn’t warn you. We’ve no doubt that this heavenly axe will very soon be swinging your way.

You can watch Heaven The Axe’s video for “Good Things Come To Those Who Hate” below:

Find out more at Heaventheaxe.com or check out HTA’s official facebook page

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Butcher Babies head for “more thrashy” sound on album No.2

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Butcher Babies have revealed that they are aiming for a “more thrashy” sound on their second studio album.

Speaking to Revolver, vocalist Carla Harvey has revealed: “This time we’re taking a different approach and working with producer Logan Mader. We recorded Uncovered with him and it was almost scary for me because Logan works so fast. I’m like, ‘Wait! Are you sure it’s good enough?’ But it’s nice to capture that because I know Heidi and I are best live on stage and he captures that raw energy.”

“He already knows our strengths, weaknesses having worked with us before. I’m really thankful for that. We can go in and just kick ass with him on this one.”

Adds co-vocalist Heidi Shepherd: “It’s going to be honest, it’s going to be raw, it’s going to be heavier than Goliath which we’re really excited about – more thrashy. We all started as thrash metal kids and we tried a bunch of different stuff. Goliath was great but this album we’re going to slay Goliath.”

Check out Carla and Heidi’s backstage interview with Revolver recorded at Knotfest below:

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Watch! Butcher Babies release slasher themed video

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Butcher Babies have released a video for their cover of Napolean XIV’s song “They’re Coming To Take Me Away.”

The track is taken from the metal band’s EP of cover versions, Uncovered.

Says Butcher Babies singer Carla Harvey: “It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them.”

“We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was They’re Coming To Take Me Away, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen.”

“The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat.”

Discussing the video, singer Heidi Shepherd said: “As kids, we always loved this creepy, quirky song around Halloween time. So, we thought it would be perfect to ring in the Halloween season with this video reminiscent of old slasher films.”

You can watch the video below:

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