Butcher Babies – Lilith (Century Media Records)

Genre: Heavy Metal

Fans of any rock music can thank the genius who decided Butcher Babies should go on a creative hiatus, because it’s worked wonders.

The American group have returned with their third studio album and it’s raw, vicious and full of energy. It’s everything rock music should be.

Fronted by Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, this is the band that crushes anyone who says that women can’t rock as hard as men. If anything, their vocal range is better. The highs are higher and the lows are impressively aggressive.

New drummer Chase Brickenden has replaced Chris Warner and keeps things impressively tight at the back, while Henry Flury and Jason Klein are as impressive as ever on the guitar and bass.

Right from the start of the album there is an attacking intent that doesn’t let up throughout the whole record. Burn The Straw Man is the perfect way to open up and showcases some of the best bits of the band: Shepherd and Harvey’s impeccable voices and the tighter-than-a-Yorkshireman’s-wallet song writing.

Lilith is one of the most emotive rock albums out this year and every tune takes you through some narrative. POMONA (Shit Happens) is one of the standouts from the record and tells the tale of a wayward journey gone horribly, destructively wrong.

Broken Witt Rebels talk their debut album and going toe to toe with the best!

Korova, surely a nod towards A Clockwork Orange, is a twisting, tumbling rocket of a song that’s preceded gloriously by iwokeuplikethis – another fast, rollicking thunderstorm of a tune that makes it almost impossible to sit still while listening to it.

Three albums in and Butcher Babies are still producing the goods like never before. There is creativity flowing through this band and the double act on the mic sounds better than ever.

RUSHONROCK RATED: 8/10 Killing it.