Genre: Heavy metal
Lil Tang – Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion Effects
Stone Age – Electric and Acoustic Bass, Lead
Joel Myers – Lead Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Gary Sheehan – Drums and Orchestra Bells
Iron Tiger - 1996
Welcome to the Night - 2010
1. Hello! How are you? How do you feel now
that your new album “Welcome to the Night” is released?
2. What kind of reactions did you receive so far?
We’ve really received a wide array of responses!
From words of genuine praise from fans, all the way down to the complaints
of a handful of critics who are so utterly stupid that I can’t believe
they’ve even been capable of learning how to use a spoon! Their total inability
to comprehend the idea that this record is a STORY is absolutely beyond
me, and affords me THE MOST humor I’ve experienced in years! I’ve spent
more than one night with a shot of bourbon, laughing my ass off, reading
through their absurd misgivings. Ha!
3. By the way now that the album is finished do
you think that there are things that you would like to change?
NO! Absolutely not! We were able to achieve,
PRECISELY, what we originally set out to do.
4. Why did you name the album “Welcome to the
Night”? It sounds to me a bit like a title for a horror movie.
This album IS a horror movie! Essentially,
the entire record is a “movie-on-CD”. One single 3-dimensional idea presented
in a linear musical format. I’ve always been inspired by nightmare-element
movies like “Phantasm”.
5. You released your debut album “Iron Tiger”
14 years ago. Why did it take you so long to release your new album?
Haha! Pick a disaster. We’ve probably lived
through it. Economic difficulties to deaths. We’ve seen the ENTIRE range
of troubles that can delay, inhibit, and entirely kill a project. If I
hadn’t witnessed it myself, I doubt I’d even believe some of them could
6. How have these 14 years of absence affected
the sound of the band?
I don’t believe our overall “sound” has changed
much since “Iron Tiger”. If anything, it’s just more focused.
7. By the way do you plan to re – release your
debut album “Iron Tiger”?
At the present time, that will depend, entirely,
on INFERNO. We would like to see it re-issued, so we’ll see.
8. I would like to stand a bit on the cover of
your new album which looks more like a cover of a death metal band.
Hahaha! Who’s the fool making up THOSE kinds
of silly rules? ONLY a death-metal band can have this kind of cover? Or
ONLY a speed-metal band can have that cover? Or ONLY a black-metal band
can have a whatever-kind-of cover? We find ALL “sub-genre” labeling, restrictions,
and/or ideology EXTREMELY ridiculous and creatively limiting! TRUE METAL
DOESN'T FOLLOW RULES! You’ve heard the expression: You can’t judge a book
by its cover? The same applies to an album. Besides, if you already know
what you’re getting, where’s the surprise? It kind of takes the fun out
of things! The mystery makes it magical.
9. How did you choose this one as a cover?
WE LOVE IT! We had it shot exclusively for
“Welcome to the Night”. It’s so reminiscent of the old-style “exploitation”
horror-flick posters that we grew up with in the ‘70s and’80s, and that
is EXACTLY the effect we were looking for. It’s got that whole “poster”
vibe that signals the type of story that’s on the inside. You don’t know
if our cover-model is a psycho killer, or a victim! She could be your mom,
your girlfriend, your teacher, your sister… anybody! Bathed in blood, she’s
beautiful AND repulsive ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Erotic, yet disturbing. Some
narrow-minded individuals may regard our cover as rather distasteful, BUT
once you’ve seen it, you’ll never forget it! You can love it or hate it,
but either way, I guarantee that you WILL REMEMBER IT!
10. Between the tracks of your new album you have
some dialogues that sound like a radio broadcast, why did you do that?
Only the first “chapter” contains the dramatization
(the album is in 3 distinct “chapters”). Primarily because it is ESSENTIAL
to our story. We wanted to make an “entertaining” record to listen to,
but also, one that makes you think, and that has something to say. One
that was an “experience”, not just the same old “one-song-after-another”
type of thing, but the kind of record that a listener could submerge himself
in. One you can put on, and just allow yourself to become involved in the
story being presented. Much like reading a good book. There are far too
many “instant gratification” records out there already. We wanted a different
approach. Something separate. A little more unique. Our dramatization really
sets the stage for the entire rest of the album. (Besides being an extremely
creative way to actually USE our “bonus tracks” rather than simply tacking-them-on
at the end.) That’s why it all comes back in the epilogue. The listener
learns that the nuclear holocaust was NOT just-a-dream. Any listener or
critic that ignores the dramatization, or simply “blows-through-it” because
of their ignorance or impatience, is actually shortchanging themselves
by missing out on HALF the experience that we worked to create. This is
something we did especially for the listener to ENJOY. It’s a shame that
some metal fans are so accustomed to the “same-old” kind-of-album done
the same-old-way that they can’t accept anything beyond what they already
know. We believed they deserved something more.
11. On “Welcome to the Night” you have also included
2 songs that were composed from your previous band back in the 80s. Can
you tell us which songs these are and which your previous band was?
“King of the Hill”, and “Battleaxe” are actually
“bonus tracks” for the fans. We’ve been asked MANY times over the years
about our origin. So we thought the inclusion of the tracks would be a
fun slice of our history for the fans that were interested. We originally
began as a group called COVEN formed in 1982 and lasting until mid-1987.
BUTCHER is actually only an evolutionary derivative of that idea.
12. Did you change the songs and if yes to which
NO! Those songs are the original recordings
from August, 1986. The only thing done, really, was to have the tapes “restored”,
as there was a fairly extensive amount of deterioration that had taken
place over the years. Then, of course, they were simply re-mastered.
13. These questions are for your singer Lil Tang:
Have you been in other bands before BUTCHER?
YES! I played with two bands before BUTCHER.
Back in the ‘90s, I played drums in a thrash-band called COMPOUND FRACTURE
And when we lost a guitarist, we renamed the trio SLAG.
14. Have you released anything with them and which
do you think that are your influences?
We played the local shithole bars, and even
worked ourselves up a demo-tape. (They were cassettes back then). Sadly,
we never released an album. We had a lot of fucking fun though! My influences
are many, as I enjoy LOTS of different types of music. The TOP of the rock/metal
list would include Joan Jett, King Diamond, Wendy O. Williams, Chris Cornell,
Layne Staley, and L-7.
15. Also how do you feel to be the only woman
in a men’s band?
It’s actually quite normal for me! I’ve ALWAYS
hung out with the guys. I’ve never been in a band with other females! (I
can’t imagine a bus full of p.m.s.! Sure, we occasionally have issues,
but I’ll just throw maxi-pads and tampons at them if they piss me off!
I’m not a “girly-girl”, QUITE-THE-CONTRARY! I’m one of the biggest non-lesbian
tomboys you’ll ever meet. Needless to say, I’m quite comfortable with the
boys, ESPECIALLY the ones who are assholes like me! Hahaha!
16. Are there any plans for touring?
There are efforts currently being made in
that direction. We’ll know more once our replacement drummer, Zakk Reitgarde,
and our additional rhythm guitarist, C.T. Fritts (also formerly of COVEN),
are up-to-speed on all the material.
17. Do you have any plans to visit Europe and
A European tour has been my dream ever since
I was in high school. That is something I would truly love to see happen!
18. I think in my country there are many people
that would love your sound.
BUTCHER would love to play Greece, and get
to meet some seriously rockin’ fuckers in your country! Greece is one of
the countries that is VERY HIGH on our priority list!
19. If you had the chance to do an expensive video
– clip which song would you choose to visualize and how do you imagine
Fucking “Shockwave”!!! Hands down!! Expensive?
Hell yes! I bet it would cost MILLIONS!! We’ve always envisioned it with
a ton of first-rate, Terminator II style, Hollywood special effects! From
the nuclear blast to the band playing amidst the fires and ruins before
an audience of radiation-burned children crawling out from beneath the
rubble! With an American general pitted against a Russian general on a
“Monopoly-style” board-game called “Shockwave” (where all the play-pieces
are missiles) in the background! I actually had the visuals down before
I ever even wrote the song! If you read the lyrics, you’ll see it’s pretty
20. Thanks for your time answering my questions!
ANYTIME!! Thank YOU for asking them!
21. Good luck with your band and your new album!
22. The last lines belong to you…
Set aside a cold beer, and throw a steak on
the fire! Hopefully we’ll be seeing you SOON!
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis