The Birthday Massacre
Violet


4.0
excellent

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
September 18th, 2007 | 159 replies | 17,306 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fun, high tempo electronic goth rock.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

One day while strollin through the mall I decided to finally check out the Hot Topic. Typically I hate that place as it's usually overrun by weirdo's and not really my scene. Looking for music I found a band called The Birthday Massacre. The name of the band and the cover suprised me. The innocence of the album art and the violent name gave it a sinister edge which seemed very appealing to me. What I heard was not what I was expecting to hear at all. After giving it a run, I had to buy it right away, never hearing anything quite like that in my life. The Birthday Massacre play a highly interesting mix of industrial, new wave, electronica, and alternative showered in gothic influences. More or less they create more upbeat and postive music then what their contemporaies play.


Chibi -Vocals

M. Falcore-Lead Guitar

Rainbow -Rhythm Guitar, Sequencing

O.E. Bass

Rhim -Drums

Owen- Keyboards


The Birthday Massacre formed in Toronto Canada around the year 2000, releasing three full length CD's in the process. Violet is their second release. Musically they have a style of their own, garnering many influences from many types of music and rolling it up into one sound, but not able to be pidgeonholed into any single genre of music. The music they play is very happy and uplifting music, yet still has that dark edge providing the mystery factor in the music. Their shows bring fans of all types of music together to watch a spectacle unfold upon them. Some people are gonna let the image of this band get to them and immediately turn this off as just another goth band following trends, however, dont be fooled about that, just give it a chance.

Violet brings upon music filled with guitar riffs holding the rhythm's as the electronic's take over the music, giving it a personality, while Chibi's voice adds a poppy vibe to the ongoing music. Falcore and Rainbow(mind you) mainly hold down their parts by playing power chords throughout the disk.; Introducing a heavy edge to the heavy electronic parts being distributed by Owen and Rainbow. The electronica effects are well executed, adding energy ridden beats of various genres to the high tempo music being played. You just can't stand still like a tree while hearing what is being played, this music gets the blood flowing and kickstart's my body to go with the flow and just move along. The drumming isnt too technical or blast beat heavy as opposed to the music I always listen too, rather just keeping the beat and adding to the mix of styles merging into the music. Chibi's voice fits perfectly into this kind of music, adding various tones and ranges just adding to the atmosphere. adding a poppy yet haunting edge to the music being played. The atmosphere of the songs is undeniably what makes this band special, which is why they have massive cult like followings. Nothing in the music is too technical, it's just the right balance of musical skill to have people movin around instead of asleep with prog theatrics

The catchieness of this music is undebatable as tracks like "Happy Birthday"show their colors early on. The singing fits perfectly into the electronica drenched music being played, as the first track "Lovers End" demonstrates. Opening with a dark sinister keyboard line, the industrial effect right after, punches you in the face as the chilling voice of Chibi comes in, giving the track a dark ominous tone until the lighthearted chorus shows itself, as it revolves back and forth from dark to light. Their are many standout tracks to be found, all having the same quirky tone to it.

Anybody with an open mind should give this band a try as even I, a devout metalhead of the Sputnik Music Site,is delving more into the goth rock scene. Im not really suprised with all the attention being given to The Birthday Massacre. They are a band who deserves the hype, a band that just focuses on havin a good time, nothin more.



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DWittisarockstar
September 18th 2007



1501 Comments


I love the music video for Blue, but I haven't heard the rest of this album.

I really should.

BallsToTheWall
September 18th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah man, I love this band. I dont like the new cd as much.

clairvoyant
September 18th 2007



765 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

interesting stuff. a couple of the songs get old after a while, but its an ok album

BallsToTheWall
September 18th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yes.This Message Edited On 11.24.07

blackened07
September 18th 2007



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your review has inspired me to buy this cd. Than you Balls.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2007



15988 Comments


Good review, but this band doesn't sound that great lol.

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BallsToTheWall
September 18th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Why am I the only person on this site into goth industrial/electronica on this d*mn site.

Willie
Moderator
September 18th 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

I like industrial and electronica, and goth as long as it's mixed with other genres... but this just doesn't sound that good ;)

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blackened07
September 18th 2007



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like goth industrial.

BallsToTheWall
September 18th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Alright nice, cool guys, im not the only one here. Metal This Message Edited On 11.17.07

blackened07
September 18th 2007



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do you like jack off jill?

BallsToTheWall
September 19th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

A bit. Check out Deadstar Assembly. Mind the image.This Message Edited On 01.08.08

clairvoyant
September 19th 2007



765 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5


I put my heart and soul writing reviews and i get f***in measely comments and little votes for my hard work. God d***it.p.


chill out dude.

BallsToTheWall
September 19th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I kid, but in all seriousness, this is a great CD.This Message Edited On 11.17.07

Willie
Moderator
September 21st 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

I just checked out their new album because it was recommended to me on the iTunes Music Store thingy, and their new one is actually pretty good... I'll start with that one and probably work backwards to this one eventually.

BallsToTheWall
September 21st 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I enjoy their older stuff much more, alot darker than the newer stuff.

Willie
Moderator
September 22nd 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Really, maybe I'll check out the old stuff first...

blackened07
September 22nd 2007



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally got this yesterday, I like it alot, its a little different than everything else I listen to.

astrel
September 28th 2007



2613 Comments


I might check this out.

Metalikane
October 29th 2007



851 Comments


This one is pretty good, but I feel the one before this, "Nothing and Nowhere", is their best. While I dont quite like evey song on this one, I can listen to that one straight through. Violet gets a 3.5. Nothing and Nowhere gets a 4.5. However, I do like Violet a little better than the new one, for which I gave a 3.



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