Californian metalcore unit Butcher Babies have been in hiding for a good few months know, seemingly hard at work at putting together the follow-up to their 2015 sophomore full-length, ‘Take It Like A Man’. Now, the band have broken their silence to confirm that album number three is now ready.
The band’s third album will be titled ‘Lilith’, the name of a dangerous demon of the night from Jewish mythology, and who are known to steals babies in the darkness, but are thought to derive from an earlier class of female demons in ancient Mesopotamian religion.
Though we’re waiting on a full track listing, lead single, and a release date, the band have thus far unveiled the artwork which can be seen below.
Co-vocalist Heidi Shepherd has expanded further on the choice of the album title, saying, “Historically, Lilith has become demonised as a representation of promiscuity and disobedience. We, however, see her as a positive figure. A symbol of autonomy, sexual equality and full control over our own destiny.
Lilith is the supreme representation of the left-hand path woman, independent, having discarded the patriarchal yoke, and not afraid to use all the tools available to her, including her sexuality, to gain the most out of existence.
The eels in the cover art represent sleek symbolism of new beginnings and adventure. With this album we have musically taken a leap through boundaries and landed in new oceans. It is said that a the dream or visions of eels is confirmation that the path we currently lead is the right one. In this new chapter of Butcher Babies, we welcome evolution as we bare ourselves with ‘Lilith’.”
The band’s other vocalist, Carla Harvey, also added her thoughts on the title, commenting, “When we were thinking of titles for our album, we wanted to find something that embodied sensuality, lust, danger, and power. We kept going back to Lilith. We researched Lilith and her origins in different cultures and forms and knew that this figure, once feared but now a beautiful, symbolic middle finger to repression, would be a perfect representation of our album.
The cover art we created along with our artist perfectly pulls together the last year we’ve spent working on Lilith. I’ve always loved water themes. There is something terrifying yet calming about the deep sea; submersing yourself in it could be the death of you, yet at the same time it’s cleansing and renewing. With this album we dove in fully and drowned ourselves in emotion, sexuality and even turmoil, and let the two headed beast we created emerge even stronger.”
‘Lilith’ will also mark itself as the first album with new drummer Chase Brickenden following the departure of Chris Warner last year.
More details surrounding ‘Lilith’ will be confirmed as and when they develop.