The Birthday Massacre - Violet
The Birthday Massacre must have gone through some cryptic stuff between Nothing and Nowhere and Violet. Their latest release (2005) Violet is one of the creepiest albums I've ever listened to. The need to dance is still there, the metal riffs still keep me grooving, but this definitely isn't an album that I would want to listen to before I head off to bed. Chibi has developed the urge to emulate something from The Exorcist with her vocals in certain portions of this album that is sure to give you goosebumps.
In relation to Nothing and Nowhere, Violet is an album much more focused on the metal portion of their sound. Don't get me wrong, The Birthday Massacre wasn't lacking anything in that department in their last release, but Violet brings it to an entirely new level. The high-pitched electronic melodies are less frequent and a bit more tasteful in their placement and the heavy guitars see a lot more of the dreary world that is their musical creation. They truly have a knack for making the darkest music they can while maintaining a sound that is easily accessible to any listener. Every song has you feeling like you're at a dance club in the middle of a dead forest during a full moon, but you feel completely comfortable being there.
The Birthday Massacre has developed their sound in a great way with Violet and although their extensive underground fan base would probably hate it, I wouldn't be surprised to see The Birthday Massacre getting some mainstream attention in the near future. Violet is a great progression from Nothing and Nowhere that stays true to their original style and develops it further than I thought they could. You'd be seriously deprived if you didn't pick up this album.
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