Last year, the Butcher Babies released their third album, Lilith. One of the hardest working bands in the business, the group’s packed tour schedule brings them to the UK off the back of a highly successful run in Japan.

Tonight the Butcher Babies makes a welcome return to Tyneside for their first show in the region in almost two years.

This time around the band brings with them in tow a smouldering bill of international metal talent. Touring counterparts Klogr from Italy and Arizona based quartet Eyes Set To Kill deliver fierce sets for those in attendance early in the night, and leave the Geordie faithful more than warmed up on this bitterly cold evening in the North East of England.

Exploding onto the stage like a vortex of energy the Butcher Babies open their set with the title track from their current release Lilith. The sinister number itself was inspired by the tale of serial killer Lady Bathory.

Throughout the course of their dominating set, the band delivers the lions share of their latest offering, with eight of the eleven tracks on the record featuring. The likes of the frantic “Burn The Straw Man” which is executed at breakneck speed, the melodic metal number “Korova” and “The Huntsman” feature in the first half of the show. During the latter of which both Carla Coates and Heidi Shepherd take to the stage shrouded in red hooded cloaks.

Despite the emphasis on the new album, there is still plenty of room for old favourites with the likes of “Monsters Ball”, “The Butcher” and “In Denial” all featuring in the set tonight.

The Butcher Babies put their own distinctive metal tint on ZZ Top’s “Beer Drinkers and Hellraisers” before drummer Chase Brickenden takes his moment in the spotlight performing a hard-hitting drum solo which is delivered with both speed and precision.

With Lilith the Butcher Babies have really pushed their creative boundaries, after all, what is the point in making the same record over and over again. One track which falls into this category, in particular, is the band’s latest single “Headspin”. The number is incredibly catchy and somewhat pop-tinged in places, it’s certainly different from what we’ve come to expect from the Butcher Babies, whilst at the same time really refreshing. The song breaks up the set nicely.

Frequently throughout the show, Heidi and Carla can be found on the security fence encouraging the fans; their energy is both relentless and infectious and it doesn’t subside at any point in their set. Subsequently, circle pits open up in the crowd and during “Underground” Shepherd gets in on the action whilst orchestrating the madness in the centre of the room. The latter of which closes out the band’s main set.

Returning to the stage for a duly deserved four-song encore the group close out their incredible set with fan favourites “They’re Coming To Take You Away”, “Axe Wound” and “Magnolia Avenue”.

The Butcher Babies continue to go from strength to strength with each album and subsequent tour that follows, and judging by the response the group received tonight the band’s Geordie fans would certainly agree.

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Event Date: 24-Feb-2018

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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