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That The Birthday Massacre’s most haunting album to date was released in October 2012 might seem like coincidental Halloween timing. But Hide and Seek also sounds darker because, between albums, singer Chibi was diagnosed with vocal polyps; this made her voice sound noticeably more sinister, as you can tell right from the opening “Leaving Tonight." But it’s not until the following “Down” that the Canadian goth-rock quintet ramps up its gloomy synth-rock with guitars that sound harder than any previous recordings. When Chibi starts screaming in the chorus, her voice transforms from its demure cool to a witchy rasp. Anyone who ever put on too much black eyeliner and went clubbing in the late '80s will feel right at home after hearing “Play with Fire,” an icy ballad with sweeping vintage synthesizer tones and Chibi inflecting in a lower register that resembles Siouxsie Sioux or Nico. “Need” also harks back to the tail end of the Reagan era, when DJs spun vinyl by bands blending new wave and goth.

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Fantastical

No, really. From the amazing synths to the rocking guitars to the stellar vocals, this CD is pure magic. It's what I've been waiting for, and then some. I started listening to The Birthday Massacre since Walking With Strangers came out, and I have never regretted it. They put so much dedication and thought behind the music, the lyrics, and the theme/concept and they have never disappointed me. Hide and Seek is beautifully crafted. The opening song Leaving Tonight will send chills up your spine; Need has the perfect retro 80s sound to it with incredible stand out lyrics; Alibis is a darker song with so much power to it musically and lyrically. I listen to one song, determined it's my favourite, and then the next one starts and I can't help but switch my favourite. This CD was well worth the wait, well worth the money. Chibi's vocals have really stepped it up a notch, she sings higher with hints of whispers/growls in certain songs, which works remarkably well with each song. Overall, the CD has a more synthetic/retro sound to it. Props to the Birthday Massacre for yet another success.

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Canada's darkwave pride and joy!

TBM consistantly release good albums and this is no exception! Each song is a darkwave delight! Chibi has a sexy voice, Rainbow and M. Falcore rock out, rhim's drumming is great, Owen's keyboards are magical and new bass player Nate does a great job.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in London, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New wave revival outfit the Birthday Massacre formed in London, Ontario, in 2000 -- originally dubbed Imagica, the founding lineup was comprised of frontwoman Chibi, guitarists Rainbow and M. Falcore, bassist Aslan, keyboardist Dank, and percussionist O.E. After recording a seven-song demo session, Dank left Imagica and the remaining members relocated to Toronto, where a second demo release followed in mid-2001. Upon renaming itself the Birthday Massacre, the group released its debut LP, Nothing...
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