Dec 2014 01

The Birthday Massacre - SuperstitionThe Birthday Massacre
Category: Goth / Darkwave / Rock
Album: Superstition
Stars: 4
Blurb: Proving that the well of ideas has not yet run dry, The Birthday Massacre delivers one of its most powerfully engaging and darkly melodic albums to date.


What can be said about The Birthday Massacre that hasn’t already been said? Since first appearing in 2002, the Canadian dark rock outfit has carved out an enchanting niche of its own, combining heavy riffs with mystical atmospheres in a manner that has laid the groundwork for a new generation of artists. With each album, the band has solidified its core sound and continued to please audiences; while Hide and Seek perhaps adhered to closely to the norm already established, Superstition demonstrates The Birthday Massacre’s determination to follow its own singular path with no compromises.

From the onset, Superstition is The Birthday Massacre in peak form as “Divide” begins the album with a monstrous wall of melodic grandeur. Mystical synths twinkle alongside wails of guitars and Chibi’s harmonious vocals weaving tales too enticing to ignore, and the return of her acerbic growl is most welcome, especially as it introduces a spacious and sweeping guitar solo. Unlike the previous album’s sense of urgency and speed, Superstition allows each song to breathe and to make use of the ambience inherent to the band’s musical mélange; this is evident in the mysterious and swelling title track, as well as the despairing “The Other Side,” notable for its mix of offbeat rhythmic changes. Similarly, “Surrender” begins almost cautiously as labored breathing underscores a sparse keyboard arpeggio that eventually erupts into a vicious and bouncily rhythmic rocker, the shimmer synths seemingly bouncing off of Chibi’s saccharine melodies like raindrops, much like the skittering percussive loops that are sprinkled throughout “Rain.” But for those who yearn for the band’s more poppy moments, fear not for “Beyond” and “Oceania” deliver in spades with instantly danceable beats underscoring sweet melodies impossible not to sing along with.

Superstition was funded through a PledgeMusic campaign in which the band reached its goal within 24 hours; the fans had clearly spoken and The Birthday Massacre made good on its promise not to disappoint. While all of the hallmarks of the band’s majestic sound are still present in abundance, they are exhibited with such precision and cinematic flair that recalls the power of an earlier release like Walking with Strangers, proving that The Birthday Massacre has not yet run the well of ideas dry.
Track list:

  1. Divide
  2. Diaries
  3. Superstition
  4. Destroyer
  5. Surrender
  6. Oceania
  7. Rain
  8. Beyond
  9. The Other Side
  10. Trinity

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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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