Revelator Show 109: Visit With The Lucid Butcher

 On this episode of Revelator I welcome music guest Lucid Fly & The Butcher Babies. This week in Revelator History features music by The GravelTones. I also cover the top movies and more.

This week’s blog features a 6 pack of photo sets from recent Nashville shows.

Let’s start this week’s blog off with the Root of Thrash tour featuring Testament, Exodus, and Shattered Sun.

Concert photos

I’ve had a really busy week ahead with concert photos of The Offspring, HellYeah, Godsmack, In This Moment and Chevelle coming to

This past week I was able to secure the help of Robbie Bolog who took photos for Revelator back in November for Steel Panther & past guest Like A Storm

This time around Robbie went to view “The Roots of Thrash Tour” headlined by Testament & Exodus. The main opener is Victory Records band Shattered Sun


 I had the opportunity to attend the Halestorm & The Pretty Wreckless concert at the Ryman Auditorium last week. It's always a great time when their is a big rock show at the Ryman. The last time I was at the Ryman was Halloween night for the Foo Fighters.

The opening act from Columbus Ohio was  Starset  who had an amazing stage presence, they came out dress as futuristic space explorers .  The transmission set the tone and the night was in full blast off more . Starset had a blend of sound that reminded me of Filter meets space.

The Pretty Wreckless led by the sexy, sultry and provocative Taylor Momsen. The Pretty Wreckless have been tearing up the charts with their newest release "Going To Hell"

The Pretty Wreckless make radio history as they top the Billboard mainstream rock charts with the third straight single “Follow Me Down” off the album “Going to Hell” released in 2014. The Pretty Wreckless set a record for the most mainstream rock #1 songs ever achieved by a female fronted act, surpassing Stevie Nicks, Halestorm and the Pretenders.

The Pretty Wreckless not only rocked the Ryman in Nashville they nearly stole the show.  Taylor & The Pretty Wreckless raised the performance bar pretty high but Lzzy Hale and Halestorm were more than up for the challenge.

This is my second time seeing Halestorm and first time photographing them. Halestorm is relentless! Lzzy Hale is outstanding. I mean it; there is nothing I can say that will give her and Halestorm justice for their live performance. Captivating, energetic, passionate, and all encompassing supremacy of Rock'N'Roll!

Halestorm shredded through their ever growing catalog of hits like "Love Bites" "I Get Off" and the newest single "Apocalyptic" off their newest album release "Into The Wild Life" Not only did Lzzy Hale command the stage both while singing and playing guitar she also put on a showcase behind the keep board with heartfelt tracks like "Dear Daughter"

As a big fan of percussion you've got to enjoy what Arejey Hale who did a really amazing drum / song mash up including audio samples from Jay Z to Metallica. His fury and charismatic presentation on drums is something rarely seen live at live shows. Drum solo to the next level. Halestorm took the night to the next level. After Arejay’s drum explosion it was time for shots! The band gathered and toasted to us. I really enjoy the sound of a sold out crowd banging on the old wooden church pews at the Ryman. It's a roar unlike any other. It’s what gives the Ryman one of its many charms.

Hailstorm would return to the stage and rock out for another 30 minutes or so before thanking the crowd and their staff & label for the ongoing support for now over 10 years. Rock'N'Roll is alive and well! If you think Rock is dead you may have nothing further to contribute to it any longer.


This week in Revelator History

The Graveltones appear on Revelator #9 Dark Roasted Graveltones. This week’s feature comes to us from London by way of Australia. The Graveltones are a 2 piece of big riffs, amazing drum fills and infectious lyrics. Groves brewed with a touch of getting punched in the face. Jimmy O and Mikey Sorbello formed the band in 2011 and in this short time are getting ready to release the bands 7th studio release “Love Lies Dying” that is available for preorder. The album is set for release June 1st. Album Teaser Preview

Lucid Fly:

I welcome Nikki the lead vocalist and co founder of the band Lucid Fly to discuss the bands history and their work on their upcoming release in the summer of 2015. Nikki and I also talk about the bands unique approach to song writing and the reoccurring space theme... On this episode of Revelator you’ll hear two songs “Waiting” and “What Winter Was Like” off the bands previous release “Stasis” This is the bands third EP.

Nikki shares her musical influences ranging from A Perfect Circle to the Deftones. She also shares some great info about artist Adam Kiger who designed some of the bands art work.

Nikki is also a co host for the NegativeSp8ce RadioShow on that airs on the first Tuesday of every month.

Loyal fans describe their music as "epic", "dark", alternative progressive, heavy rock with strong and at the same time vulnerable vocals; some say their sound is like Evanescence meets A Perfect Circle.

Lucid Fly founders Nikki Layne and Doug Mecca joined forces in Orlando, Florida in 2001. On the hunt for the perfect name, a friend stumbled over an old newspaper with a headline that read Lucid Flies into the Record Book, featuring an article on astronaut Shannon Lucid, who had broken the record for the longest duration in space by an American, as well as by a female. From that headline, Lucid Fly was born. The band exploded onto the Orlando music scene and quickly gained a large and devoted following. 2005 saw the release of their debut EP, Adapting to Gravity.

After playing venues all over Florida for a couple of years, singer Nikki and guitarist Doug saw it was time to head out to California to win over the West Coast. In L.A., they teamed up with drummer Aaron Ficca, who has toured with acts like Macy Gray. In October 2014, the band released a collection of 3 singles called "Stasis" to follow up their second EP titled "The Escape Stage" which has received stellar feedback and has also continued to grab audience’s attention and widen their fan base.

Lucid Fly has spent the last year working on new material. Their songwriting is stronger than ever, and the band is excited to report that they returned to the studio August 2014 and is working on their next release.

Butcher Babies:

 Carla Harvey & Heidi Shepherd the babes that make up the Butcher Babies join me on Revelator this week's show to talk about the bands current & past tours. The ladies also discuss the thoughts going into making their latest cover EP. "Uncovered" released late 2014.

Carla & Heidi also reveal a little info about an upcoming release for 2015. I tried my best to get the name of this release but it appears the Butcher Babies are keeping in under wraps until an official release date is set. I'll be taking photos of the band when they visit Nashville early this May.

Taken at face value, GOLIATH is the monstrous debut from one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the Los Angeles metal scene since System Of A Down turned the city on end nearly twenty years ago. But scratch beneath the surface and the haunting story behind GOLIATH blurs in and out of horrific focus, examining the ruins of an American culture obsessed with apocalyptic carnage. GOLIATH was born in the bleak wasteland where the more savage your act, the more celebrated you become - and in a world where the miserable feel obliged to retaliate, the BUTCHER BABIES shatter the dementia with molten fury and unbridled sonic bliss.

Hailing from the City Of Angels, the BUTCHER BABIES offer redemption from the overplayed underground, exorcising demons with a visceral sound matched only in scope by their explosive stage show. Frontwomen Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, guitarist Henry Flury [Amen], bassist Jason Klein [Azdachao] and drummer Chris Warner [Scars of Tomorrow] juxtapose brutal, aggressive riffs with beautiful melodies that wail with anguish and hope for redemption. 

The band signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records in December 2012, and a month later hit the road with Marilyn Manson on what proved to be one of the New Year’s most talked about tours. The run was a return to form for Manson and a call to arms for the BUTCHER BABIES, who honed their razor-sharp riffs and soul-searing vocals in front of live audiences as a source of manic pre-production. Only days after wrapping the tour in the City Of Sin, the band was in an L.A. studio with producer Josh Wilbur [Gojira, Lamb Of God, Hatebreed] recording the debut album that has the metal community buzzing. 

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