Violet Review

artist: The Birthday Massacre date: 12/25/2015 category: compact discs
The Birthday Massacre: Violet
Released: Aug 9, 2005
Genre: Gothic Rock, Industrial Rock, Synthpop
Label: Metropolis
Number Of Tracks: 13
From beginning to end the album immerses listeners in a swirling cocoon of dense, layered sounds and lyrics evocative of dreams both cherished and horrific.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 10
Violet Reviewed by: virginrealities, on september 12, 2005
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Sound: The Birthday Massacre are a band from London, Ontario (who recently tranferred to Toronto), who were originally known as Imagica. They've taken their new name from a line in their song, Happy Birthday. Even as an unsigned band playing small clubs and bars, they have always had a loyal and devoted fanbase, and now, in 2005, they have signed to Metropolis Records and recently released their album, "Violet," a smart, creative, and energetic synth-rock record full of trippy beeps, swirling guitars and heavy metal interludes. Many songs, like Horror Show, Violet, and Video Kid (which opens with a series of amusingly retro video game beeps and bleeps), have a distinct '80s vibe, a sort of Blue Monday mixed with The Cure type sound. Other songs, such as Lover's End, Happy Birthday, and the innocent-meets-evil single Blue, are wonderfully creepy goth-synth that would fit perfectly in the soundtrack to a late-night horror movie. Throughout the album, short intrumental interludes of industrial guitars and techno swirls come by way of songs like Red And Black (yes, quite a few tracks are named after colours). // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics, which are usually written by most or all members of the band, alternate between sweet and trippy to warped and wicked, often within the same song. And excellent example of this is in Blue, when lead vocalist Chibi sings about what seems to be a pleasant party. "Plastic blue invitations in my room/I've been waiting here for you/Reservations made for two," quickly morphs into, a few lines later, " Black tongues speak faster than the car can crash/You supply the rumours, and I'll provide the wrath." It's this type of contradictory lyrics that make The Birthday Massacre so special and unique, with lyrics that haunt you, excite you, and maybe creep you out a bit too. Chibi's voice is absolutely gorgeous, and, as proven in Blue, flexible as well. Her innocent honey-laced voice is the perfect backdrop to the overall creepiness of the record. It's a fun kind of creepy, though, and it's the kind of music you can dance to as well as headbang like a nutter. // 10

Overall Impression: The Birthday Massacre have proven themselves to be a nice change from the typically boring and repetitive goth music scene. If you're looking for a bit of diversity, and a lot of creativity in your music, then The Birthday Massacre are an absolutely perfect band for you. "Violet" contains all the right ingredients for a great album, and you'll find yourself coming back to it again and again. // 10

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overall: 10
Violet Reviewed by: Muser9909, on december 25, 2015
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: This album recently converted in one of my favourites ever, The Birthday Massacre is a creative band and every gothic teenager, specially the girls, will love to death to this band, they're awesome, and "Violet" is the proof, probably their best album. The production repently have getting so much better than the previous album, here're 2 tracks from "Nothing and Nowhere" that put it again in this album, that are the two greatest hits of the band, "Happy Birthday" and "Horror Show," but are a remake.

And don't forget to talk about music, oh god, i never think that the synthpop of '80s combined with all the dirty industrial rock type of Marilyn Manson, Killing Joke or Nine Inch Nails could be sound so fucking good, "Horror Show" probably should be enter in one of these pirate "Greatest hits of '80's." Yeah, but this isn't bullshit, the gothic elements are presents too, specially in excellent songs like "Lovers End" and "Blue," making it more dark. Some industrial rock moments are presents too, specially in the single "Blue," which is one of the most recognizable songs of the band.

"Violet" is simply a mixture between synthpop of '80s with gothic and alternative elements, the music is excellent, and his very, very dark. // 10

Lyrics: Chibi is a fantastic gothic singer, I love her voice, and is so hot (look her legs, :F, well, xD), but sincerely I love much more the whispers of her, scares a little, but is amazing, specially in songs like "Lover End," "Happy Birthday" and the amazing single, "Blue." Also the lyrics makes this album a kind of a teenage movie of horror, with lyrics that talks of ex-boyfriends ("Horror Show"), murder ("Happy Birthday"), self-danger ("Play Dead"), and other themes that all the band dominates with a strange, creepy and beautiful way, very, very catchy. // 10

Overall Impression: The Birthday Massacre are a very different band, put 10 seconds of a song of them to any other specialized in music and he knows after the 3 seconds that are them. The sound of this band is original, something unique, equal all of his covers, which are beautiful too, I've consider to this band a synthpop revival with much elements of industrial rock and gothic alternatives. I love the music, but I love Chibi too (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Hehe. The most impressive songs of the album are "Lovers End," "Happy Birthday," "Horror Show," "Play Dead" and "Blue" but I love the whole album and that is so much. This amazing album I recommend, specially for the gothic teenager audience, specially the girls, you will love, so much this album. Well, if catches you, you will love all the band. // 10

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