The Birthday Massacre; Superstition

The Birthday Massacre
Metropolis Records
Release: 11 November 2014
It’s been far too long since The Birthday Massacre has released an album. “Superstition” is well worth the wait though. Picking up where 2012’s “Hide and Seek” left off, the band continues their epic musical journey with “Supersition”. The band never stops growing musically and matures exponentially with the release of each album. Their artistic journey reaches a pinacle each time a new album is released, but these 6 amazing musicians continue to raise the bar and surpass any and every expectation their fans may have. As the band continues of their musical journey, the tracks of “Superstition” contain elements from their previous releases in a more evolved and finely tuned way. The album is undoubtedly their most cinematic release to date. Each tracks plays out like dramatic scene, giving glimpses of the bigger picture that is the album as whole.
The content explored on each of “Superstition’s” tracks bring up so many emotions. The album’s first two tracks, “Divide”, and “Diaries” set into motion the album’s genuine themes of loss, love, and ultimately acceptance. As we progress into the title track, Chibi’s vocals take our hand and help to guide us through the sonic landscape crafted by Falcore, Rainbow, Nate, Rhim and Owen. The crashing drums, heavy guitars and atmospheric keyboards perfectly envolope Chibi’s soaring vocals as the path through the album lights a fire and burns it all down in “Destroyer”.
Pausing briefly to allow the album’s sojouner long enough to catch their breath, “Surrender” launches itself unapologetically into one of the most intimate sounding tracks the band has produced. “Surrender and we can disappear. Calm my fear. By the end of the night we’ll be far from here. All alone.”
Leading you further down the rabbit hole, Oceania is crafted with a bouncing, uptempo sound that herald’s back to the days of the band’s “Nothing and Nowhere” release. That uptempo melts away into a cacophony of dark synth for “Rain”. The band has always been gifted at giving their music a sense of urgency and using their creative tools to craft imaginative visuals to go along with the sound. As I close my eyes, and listen to “Rain”, and I mean really LISTEN to the track, I’m drawn so deeply into the track, I can feel the rain washing over myself. I can see the lightning crashing as the band crashes through guitar riffs combined with intense basslines. The band will always hold a special place in my heart. Their music has helped myself and so many other through so many dark times, and allows us the opportunity to deal with those issues in a healthy way. That being said, as the final audio rain drops of “Rain” came to an end and the song came to a close, I opened my eyes and found that the rain I thought the song was helping me feel in my imagination was actually tears that had started to well up in my eyes. That’s the power that The Birthday Massacre’s music should have on it’s listener.
Rainbow and Falcore’s songwriting prowess are in top form as the iconic duo uses elements of their signature sound to solidify the emotional gravity of the album. This is clearly apparent on “Beyond” as the two weave together heavy guitars with the lighter electronic elements and craft another dance worthy song. The subtle brutallity of the band’s music comes full circle with “The Other” as Chibi’s soft vocals are coupled with the bombastic guitars and heavy industrial keys. Imagine yourself standing on an empty beach as the music heralds a hurricane. The sonic waves of guitars and drums surrounding you. But Chibi’s ethereal voice is washing away every trace of fear from the impending doom and continues to guide you to safety. “In summer I drowned you. In winter I found you. As the world falls apart around me.”
The album closes with a soaring intrumental piece. “Trinity” plays like an overture you’d hear at the end of an epic movie, which is exactly how “Superstition” plays as a whole. The band hasn’t gotten stopped evolving since their debut release. “Superstition” continues the upward trend of the band crafting beautiful and brutal music that continues to grasp their fans and prove that the band has the lasting power to keep making music for many more years.

Album rating: 10/10

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