Based in Toronto, Canada, The Birthday Massacre is a synth rock group comprised of Chibi (vocals), Rainbow (guitars, programming), Michael Falcore (guitars), Owen (keyboards), O.E. (previously drums, now bass), and Rhim (drums). They were formed in 1999 and independently produced and recorded their first two albums, Nothing and Nowhere (2002) and Violet (2004). Through both of these high-demand releases the band managed to obtain a large and loyal fan base throughout the world as well as a contract with Metropolis Records, but it was their acclaimed and wildly popular Walking With Strangers, aka album No. 3, that propelled them to the top.
Their sound is mostly a captivating hybrid of ’80s electronica and aggressive guitars, curiously fused with a cinematic quality of melodic progressions. Elements of children’s fiction and adult fantasy are combined with driving guitar hooks, intricate keyboard melodies, and Chibi’s sinful vocals to create a unique and original sound dubbed “post-retro”. If you enjoyed Julien-K‘s debut, Apoptygma Berzerk‘s new musical ventures, or just grew up listening to ’80s synthpop, industrial, and gothic rock, prepare to get hooked.