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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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  • 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
  • MariianaAlvez

    <3

    20 Feb 3:39am Reply
  • breadysoul

    Well, they both have a strong synthpop element. So they do have a bit of common ground.

    16 Feb 5:14pm Reply
  • mugiwara95

    reminds me of t.A.T.u. a little bit...

    12 Feb 4:52pm Reply
  • Krypt0n_

    Agreed, one of their major problem is an over-exploitation of their own sound. I like it very much, it's quite different from others in the scene, but apart from a handful of songs the rest sound really the same. Also, some more vocal practice would be benefical for Chibi and help her evolve a bit. also, as a beginner i can't really distinguish their covers. I usually end up making confusion when i want to play one specific song/ want to remember when they've been released. There's a great potential in here but those "little" things don't help much.

    3 Feb 6:51pm Reply
  • lacryma666

    The concert was very fucking perfect!!Come back to Brazil pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!

    2 Feb 10:07pm Reply
  • Mateusok

    Show em SP foi maravilhoso, mais fã deles agora do que nunca <3

    31 Jan 2:23pm Reply
  • waarsnico

    <3

    28 Jan 7:33pm Reply
  • Gremena

    This bunny thing goes beyond aesthetics since the band has always played with childish elements in their music and the bunny is indeed one of the most explored creatures in children’s literature. It has always been held as symbol for both sacred and profane: fertility, innocence, mystery, etc. I believe the band plays with theses conceptions in many ways: clean vocals x guttural, synths x guitars, purple backgrounds x black silhouette. Notice that we never really see the characters, all we see is their shadows because they stand for the mystery, the unknown, the unfamiliar (xD). That’s why they’re always represented with the bunny ears.

    27 Jan 4:33pm Reply
  • ZachargyG

    Saw TBM live a few months ago on their tour with The Red Paintings (awesome) and New Years Day (awful). I feel TBM's only shortcoming is most of their songs are very *too* similar. They have a great sound, but what puts them behind the top notch female fronted electronic/rock bands (e.g. Curve) is their overall lack of diversity between albums.

    27 Jan 1:51am Reply
  • IGORLVX

    best concert ever at Rioooo

    26 Jan 5:18pm Reply
  • bieljuca

    Tomorrow :)

    24 Jan 7:19pm Reply
  • kazerike1

    To die for ♥

    17 Jan 2:32am Reply
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