Violet

Violet

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by The Birthday Massacre
     
 
After a spooky synth intro track that sounds like a snippet of '70s Italian horror movie specialists Goblin, the Birthday Massacre's debut album swiftly moves into a reimagination of '80s new wave styles rather similar to fellow Toronto band Metric but with more of a goth/darkwave

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After a spooky synth intro track that sounds like a snippet of '70s Italian horror movie specialists Goblin, the Birthday Massacre's debut album swiftly moves into a reimagination of '80s new wave styles rather similar to fellow Toronto band Metric but with more of a goth/darkwave vibe. Two synthesizer players do battle with a rock guitarist fond of the kind of crunchy hard-candy riffs that the hair metal bands made inescapable for a few years. Over this, mono-named singer Chibi does a passable imitation of Lene Lovich's quirky phrasing, occasionally shooting for a more ethereal Kate Bush sort of sound. The resulting mélange of half-remembered styles from the not so distant past is entertaining enough.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2005
Label:
Metropolis Records
UPC:
0782388038423
catalogNumber:
384
Rank:
50705

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Violet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the first ever song i heard by this band was the dream and loved it and the song i like on here is holiday since some of the other songs are on the album nothing and nowhere.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
All the songs are great. One of my favorite bands. Recommend this and Nothing and Nowhere and especially their newest album, Pins and Needles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title pretty much sums up what The Birthday Massacre sounds like - maybe a little more Pop than Goth. I love TBM, their sound is just beautiful. They mix distorted guitars and beautiful synth/keyboard arrangements perfectly. I am usually into metal and things a bit "harder" than this but something about their music brings up memories of childhood. Plus, if you have a thing for female vocals you can do no wrong with buying this album. Chibi has a lovely voice that one just can't get tired of. The track 'Lovers End' is very haunting and one of my personal favorites. A line from the song goes "Wait, is someone else here? And I can't stop my tears, i've never been so scared..." 'Blue' is one of their singles and also has a video. The song goes back and forth from being very poppy to very dark/distorted. 'The Dream' is another one of my favorites mainly because it seems to evoke so many emotions of things. That is probably the greatest thing with this band. Anyway, if you like 80's New Wave, you will most likely love TBM.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this band. Chibi has an honest and &amp quot at times&amp quot innocent voice, accompanied by synth sounds and dark undertones. I'd reccomend this to anyone who likes a good female fronted band.
The_Black_Death More than 1 year ago
Violet is possibly my favorite TBM album thus far. It has a completely unique sound that you won't find from any other artist. Chibi has a lovely voice that perfectly complements the sparkling synths and spooky dark guitars. Highly recommend Lovers End, Blue, Violet, Happy Birthday, Video Kid...the whole thing really, just go ahead and get it. You will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago