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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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  • ZachargyG

    Blah. I've listened a ton to TBM, they ARE good, but...they are not yet an elite goth rock band (seen them live multiple times, have TBM shirts, CDs, etc.). They do NOT deviate from their 'known to work' style and they do NOT take risks; for this reason they will always maintain a fanbase of people who are afraid to deviate from their own personal preferences. True fans of Industrial/Electronic music thrive on obscure and unexpected deviation, and TBM has yet to prove they have the audacity to do this.

    Yesterday 10:13pm Reply
  • Youraei

    Blargh, the newer releases are so damn monotone and safely played. I love this band but they need to stop watering down their own style.

    18 Jun 12:11am Reply
  • Krypt0n_

    it's not about being groundbreaking; it's just that it would be nice to make songs more discernible from one album to another. It's quite obvious that if you listen closely and costantly to something (and this really can be applied to anything) you'll start to take notice of the subtle differences. But TBH, for a beginner or someone who wants to approach them it's a bit of a mess. It's one year i'm occasionally listening to them and still positively do, but i got a hard time considering even a couple of song "memorably": not because they're not good enough, at all, but because i really can't see a big difference. I surely remember them for their intriguing and unique style- and this is good- but that's all.

    17 Jun 6:29pm Reply
  • thefinalnight

    I wish I could see them live one day. They are amazing.

    10 Jun 6:22pm Reply
  • KeithKokain

    Voilet still holds strong, Amazing album.

    8 Jun 2:55am Reply
  • porsche944-84

    This band is great. I listen to TBM all the time. It's kind of an unhealthy listening obsession. I am just glad I got to see them in Sac. Can't wait to see them play again.

    3 Jun 11:47am Reply
  • 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
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