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Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1999 – present)

The Birthday Massacre is a band formed in 1999 and based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. From 1999 until 2002, the band name was Imagica. The current lineup consists of Chibi (vocals), Rainbow (guitars and programming), Michael Falcore (guitars), Owen (keyboards), Nate Manor (bass), and Rhim (drums). Their sound is mostly a fusion of , , , and .

So far, TBM released five studio albums: Nothing and Nowhere (2002), Violet (2005), Walking With Strangers (2007), Pins and Needles (2010), and Hide and Seek (2012). They also issued the DVD Blue (2005), the live album/DVD Show and Tell (2009), and the EPs Violet (2004), Looking Glass (2008), and Imaginary Monsters (2011).

The group originated in London, Ontario under the name Imagica, inspired from the novel “Imajica” by Clive Barker. The band’s original lineup consisted of: Chibi, Rainbow, Michael Falcore, and Aslan (bass). Dank played live keyboards and O.E. joined the group on live drums. A seven-song limited edition demo was released.

In 2001, Dank left the group, and the others relocated from London to Toronto, Ontario, to begin recording. There, they recorded another limited edition demo, this time with five songs. In 2002, the band adopted the name The Birthday Massacre in order to avoid confusion with a metal band. They chose the name “The Birthday Massacre” since people were already familiar with the song of the same title. The song was later retitled as “Happy Birthday”.

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  • Hail-Santa

    It does kind of annoy me that there's nothing like TBM out there because it means I can't expand my library to include more of this sort of music but hey it means that TBM have something out there which nobody else can replicate.

    25 May 7:37pm Reply
  • breadysoul

    I agree with that. They have a distinct sound, and it would be a huge shame if they moved away from it. But despite having a unique sound, each of their albums still sound distinctly different from each other. A diverse artist can be great (PJ Harvey, for example), but diversity isn't necessary to be great.

    14 May 12:38am Reply
  • Plummad

    Tbh I don't want them to change or 'diversity' - no-one else does their sound (or at least well). They've been my favourite band in a long time, and always will be. They have diversity - it's just not extreme. Aka - Pins and Needles vs Hide and Seek. I've seen them live 3 or 4 times and I adore them.

    13 May 9:16am Reply
  • nestingdoll

    TBH I couldn't give a fuck if they "diversified their sound" -- every album seems more technically competent than the last and there's an obvious feel and general "aesthetic" (*cringe*) to each album that most longtime fans still love after a decade of it + its comfortable. If it works, it works. Not everyone needs to be ground breaking.

    7 May 4:16pm Reply
  • James-Joul

    Awesome, amazing vocals!

    6 May 1:10pm Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    reminds me of t.A.T.u. a little bit... [2], and this is a good thing. I love it!

    4 May 3:45am Reply
  • sheepmachine

    "You hear a TBM song, you know it's TBM." - isn't that true for most artists, isn't that a good thing? i think most people WANT a distinctive style. i personally have no trouble telling their songs apart, aside from the short instrumentals, and even less trouble with their albums. their album art taught me how many different subtle shades of purple there are ;-) and it may be my personal bias, but i think there's more going on in their music than just pop punk bands like blink 182

    2 May 3:16am Reply
  • wert100500

    Просто прусь от нового альбома! Не могу остановится. Чтобы там не говорили, альбом классный!

    28 Apr 11:44am Reply
  • MagdaGothic666

    It's Chibi's birthday today <3

    26 Apr 5:45pm Reply
  • Zamari

    Your comments about this band's lack of inner discography diversity clearly cannot be accurate, based upon the fact that the person below me has scrobbled this band 24,000 times.

    26 Apr 4:55pm Reply
  • hayzozo

    "I have a hard time standing up for them as an elite band." lol thankfully nobody asked nor needs you to

    14 Apr 2:35am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Think I'll have to look at the other 3 singles then, hehe

    1 Apr 10:51pm Reply
  • Blacknuz

    @Sanity_Theorist: Scandroid has existed since 2013 and released four singles.

    23 Mar 7:00am Reply
  • MarcelooMotaa

    <3 Show no Rio de Janeiro foi lindo <3

    22 Mar 4:35am Reply
  • senotfed

    <3

    18 Mar 1:52pm Reply
  • ZaraSaurus

    So now I've been all smitten by Sara Taylors brilliant voice and this bands excellent electronic synth-sounds. And since I spend many years of my adolesence listening to metal/screamo/rock, that element is also very welcoming to my ears from their music. I probably love them more than I can admit to myself. And it's all thanks to my dear boyfriend, I am borrowing his cd "Superstition" that I am listening to right now, and I just adore it <3

    7 Mar 12:03pm Reply
  • ZachargyG

    Their formula obviously works well, but the point is they're the goth rock version of Blink 182. You hear a TBM song, you know it's TBM. I rank Ashbury Heights, Curve, In Strict Confidence, and maybe even Garbage over TBM in terms of inner discography diversity for female fronted bands. I like TBM (I've seen them live and listened to them a ton) but until they take a risk with their sound I have a hard time standing up for them as an elite band.

    3 Mar 10:17pm Reply
  • alin1

    @Krypt0n_: They have a formula that works amazingly well. However, their songs are different enough to each other (especially on their first 3 albums). For example, "Broken", "Blue", "Video Kid", "Lovers End", "Horror Show", "Happy Birthday", "Goodnight", "Looking Glass", "Red Stars", "To Die For", "Kill the Lights", "Nevermind", "Falling Down", "In the Dark", "Shallow Grave", "Always", "Down", "Calling", "Leaving Tonight", "Alibis", "Divide", "Oceania", "Destroyer", "Rain", "Superstition", they're all unique songs, impossible to confuse them. Overall there are quite subtle differences between each album (for example, "Pins and Needles" is more guitar oriented than the rest). On the other side, I'd like to see a more diverse set of synth sounds on the future albums. And regarding Chibi, I like a lot her singing. Plus, she improved her skill as vocalist during the years.

    1 Mar 12:57am Reply
  • Orjanne

    The only thing they should really do is make an instrumental album so I could die happy

    28 Feb 3:21pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    @Krypt0n_ That's a legitimate criticism, but when you look at bands with their own distinctive style, that often happens. Disturbed is another big example of a great band that kinda rips off of themselves a lot, but if the quality stays high, it's not a huge issue to me...in interviews Chibi said that if they did a different style it'd likely be under a different name, but the upcoming Klayton project Scandroid seems to have a LOT of similar influences.

    27 Feb 4:49pm Reply
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