The Birthday Massacre - Violet

01. Prologue
02. Lovers End
03. Happy Birthday
04. Horror Show
05. Violet
06. Red
07. Playdead
08. Blue
09. Videokid
10. Dream
11. Black
12. Holiday
13. Nevermind

Not really a massacre…

I know already many of you are clicking on this review because of the cover art, is funny, is creepy and is simply great. And I know, many of you haven't seen this cover in any webzine, Cd store or Metal magazine, the answer is easy, this band doesn't moves in Metal circles, so if you're open minded read this, if not, forward to the next review.

The Birthday Massacre is a brew of all kinds, take some electro synthpop, some eighties new wave, some industrial Metal and there you have it, as you can notice this definitively will NOT appeal every Metal fan out there. Only for open-minded listeners only.

The songs are catchy, but many fail to get my attention, the band counts with a female vocalist who handles all the vocals duties, her vocals are nice but they rarely reach their potential, they dwell in the same range always. Electronic elements are always present, but sometimes they get to pop for my tastes, forcing me to skip songs.

I could recommend this Cd for anyone that enjoys the whole Synthpop movement, I know for a fact that are many metalheads that love eighties Synthpop, new wave and EBM music, so this could be a real treat for you, as for more classic Metalheads I don't find any reason to recommend the album, so, you're on your own here, your good pal Undercraft is reserving his opinion to avoid confrontation, I'm so fuckin' smart.


written by Undercraft | 22.11.2005


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daveandterrena@shaw. - 23.06.2010 at 07:15  
I really like synth pop so I will check it out
vezzy - 23.06.2010 at 11:37  
Wait a minute... THIS BAND IS ON METAL STORM?! How did I notice after all the time I've looked up "Massacre"...
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.06.2010 at 12:00  
Pretty sure I've heard (or heard of) these guys before. Anyway this sounds like something I'll definitely enjoy given the genres involved so thanks for bringing it to my attention. [EDIT] Seems there's a couple of their albums already on my gf's PC ¬_¬
CyberSymphony - 28.08.2010 at 18:46  
I've listened to this album, but the songs didn't interest me either. Only Happy Birthday and Blue stand out.
Trojanman190 - 29.03.2012 at 19:07  
Written by CyberSymphony on 28.08.2010 at 18:46

I've listened to this album, but the songs didn't interest me either. Only Happy Birthday and Blue stand out.


Walking With Stranger is a much better album IMO but is no more metal than this one.

I have to say though, either I'm very out of touch with the alt metal scene or this is definitely not alt metal. I think blue is the only song on the entire album [violet] that ventures into a zone I can refer to as even remotely "heavy" and it barely does at that. Great song, probably not metal. Walking With Strangers is the same way, only one or two songs that scratch the surface of being metal but still a pretty awesome synthpop album.

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