BUTCHERS BILL was formed in Croatia back in 1992, before closing up shop and moving to New York City around '97. This move probably had a lot to do with the development of their authentically dirty, punked up sound. "Love Killer" is their second release, and while it doesn't really offer anything particularly new or earth-shattering, it does give the listener more than his/her daily quotient of raw, fun, rock n' roll. The rhythm section is laid back and smooth, grooving effortlessly on tracks like "Go To Hell" and "Roll Over," the latter featuring some sweet THIN LIZZY style axework from guitarists Patrik Tekovic and Andy Scopaz. The punk explosion of "Go Bitch!" is a welcome foot-tapper. There's nary a clunker to be found on this platter.
There is enough indie flavor present in BUTCHERS BILL's tunes to appeal to more than just the average rock n' roll shut-in. The band even shares some common ground with current day mainstream-friendly rock revivalists like JET (check out the track "Girls Are Mean" for the clearest example). If they were to smooth over some of their rough edges just a tad and get the proper representation, BUTCHERS BILL might find themselves up to their necks in major label scratch while pulling a train on Paris Hilton. We can hope that the lure of fame, riches, and HIVed up celebutards will not sway the boys. It would be a pity to see them added to the death toll in that OTHER ongoing war: the war against lame crap. We'll keep all available digits crossed, but until then, this is one bill that will be paid happily.