The Birthday Massacre
Show And Tell


3.0
good

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
April 30th, 2009 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Near-flawless live album but who cares?

Live albums are a hard thing to judge. In order for them to really be worth anything they should present something that the original albums didn’t. It could be something as simple as hearing a new member perform older songs or the live album having a better sound than the originals but there needs to be something. When a live album recreates the songs exactly as they sound on the studio recording there is very little incentive to ever really listen to it. That is the exact problem with this album - it has a great sound and the songs are faithfully recreated but there is nothing that is going to make this worth listening to over the original recordings.

With only two-and-a-half albums under their belt, the song selection for this album is unsurprisingly perfect. The band has picked the songs that should work best in a live situation and, as expected, they do. In fact, songs such as “Lovers End” do benefit from a live rendition if only due to vocalist, Chibi, providing a much more sinister and visceral vocal performance during the harsh portions of the song. Another song that receives a minor enhancement in the live setting is “Red Stars” due to the stronger percussion and fatter guitar sound. Unfortunately little gems such as that are few and far between. The norm is the band recreating the songs exactly as they appear on the albums with only the occasional crowd noise or off-key moment from Chibi to remind that this is a live album.

The only demographic that Show and Tell might really be worth anything to is the people that have never heard this band. The songs are re-created pretty well and the album does have a great sound so it would work as a solid representation of their discography. Those that had never heard The Birthday Massacre would find songs that seem to draw as much from industrial metal as they do rock and goth. They would get a chance to hear the appealing, occasionally dark, vocals of Chibi and her cute, macabre lyrics. Really, those are the main draws for this band; the conflicting sounds of a metal guitar with poppy synths and the cute, innocent-sounding vocals with the twisted meanings. Basically, they’d find a band that seems to flirt with a warped “Alice in Wonderland” vibe and it works really well.

Again, live albums are hard to judge and this offering from The Birthday Massacre is no different. It’s executed flawlessly and works as an excellent representation of the band’s discography but there’s still no appeal for an interested fan. There’s nothing on this album that isn’t done just a little bit better on the studio albums, which effectively renders it wholly unnecessary. The only reason to pick this album up is if you find yourself intrigued by the band, but have never taken the time to listen to them. For all others, your time would be better spent searching out some of the similar bands that are out there.



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Willie
Moderator
April 30th 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I hate reviewing live albums. If you like this band check out the recommended albums.

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NortherlyNanook
April 30th 2009


1285 Comments


huh, i was actually being talked to about this band with someone last night (had nothing to do with this album, and i haven't really talked about them with anyone). fancy that

not really my kind of music though

This Message Edited On 04.30.09

BallsToTheWall
April 30th 2009


44805 Comments


Will sleep outside hot topic till the doors open. I need this, not want this but i'll f-in knife a guy to get this before somebody else.

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kintups
April 30th 2009


491 Comments


Great review. Amazing band. Great album.

ToWhatEnd
May 1st 2009


3172 Comments


Well sir Trey I believe that the third comment in this review answers the question in your summary. I know a few people obsessed with this band but have never checked them out.

kintups
May 1st 2009


491 Comments


"never checked them out."

By listening to this band you will find a new purpose in life.

YouAreMySilence
May 1st 2009


3727 Comments


Near-flawless live album but who cares?

so true

Poet
May 1st 2009


5935 Comments


This band rules.

poweroftheweez
May 1st 2009


1290 Comments


This band rules live.
too.

BallsToTheWall
May 1st 2009


44805 Comments


I want to see this band live badly. I think their ihtting my area so I might go.

Willie
Moderator
May 1st 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's obvious that the band is great live, but there's nothing here that is going to make someone want to listen to this over the studio albums (IMO).

BallsToTheWall
May 1st 2009


44805 Comments


This doesnt come out for a few days? I'm assuming special staff powers?

TheStarclassicTreatment
May 1st 2009


2910 Comments


Nice

These guys are doing a show in my town soon, I might go. Anyone rec?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2009


8391 Comments


Oh a new review Willie, I didn't even notice that. Glad I did, your reviews are a pleasure to read, you must be one of the best (if not THE best) reviewers on this site and you pretty much always review pretty good stuff that is worth checking out.

Well as for the album, it seems pointless so I am not going to bother with it.

Willie
Moderator
May 1st 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah Balls. The special staff power is the power of the promo from the record company ;) I posted it early because I have two reviews to post next week and didn't want to post them back to back. Between this and my pending The Gathering review, this is the one I'd rather get buried by all the other new releases we have next week.

Thanks Metalstyles, it's appreciated.

BallsToTheWall
May 1st 2009


44805 Comments


Since this band is pretty mainstream, well kind of, i'm hoping Best Buy will carry this, otherwise i'm driving 45 minutes to a Hot Topic that "might" carry it. If neither have it soon, i'll just order it which I hate doing.

poweroftheweez
May 1st 2009


1290 Comments


These guys are doing a show in my town soon, I might go. Anyone rec?

definitely. i saw them open for MSI last summer and it was a pleasant surprise as it was the first time I had heard them. But yeah, just a really great live show. I'd say do it.

bloc
May 2nd 2009


35025 Comments


i really hope this is a hint that they will work on a new album soon.

hismajestythepope
May 2nd 2009


30 Comments


lol this band is the most hilariously bad shit i have ever heard

BallsToTheWall
May 2nd 2009


44805 Comments


I have a feeling Nunslaughter could be worse. thasn the TBM



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