Album Review: The Birthday Massacre - Diamonds
THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE
There’s no blueprint as to why some bands have longevity in their careers, and others fade away as quickly as they arrived. I guess you can chalk success stories up to hard work, solid songwriting, and the ability to create a familiarity within’ your own unique sound to keep people coming back for more. Those are reasons why The Birthday Massacre has already had an incredible 21-year run that shows no sign of slowing down as they release their brand-new album Diamonds. We got our first taste of the follow-up to 2017’s Under Your Spell with “The Sky Will Turn;” a song with a darker alternative sound that bends towards modern goth while capturing the essence of the late 1990’s electronica (think bands like Gravity Kills) allowing you to become entrapped within the instrumentation while giving front woman Chibi plenty of room to shine. But don’t expect The Birthday Massacre to stay firmly planted in one place too long on this album. “Enter,” opens the album with a bassline that pounds through a dark pop groove that leads to a chorus that hits you out of nowhere as it kicks up their blend of synth and guitar that smacks you with an alternative rock punch. A similar feel can be found later in the album on “Flashback.” In contrast, whereas the bassline held us into “Enter,” songs such as “The Last Goodbye” and “Run” lean much heavier on the guitars to hold the song as it stays in constant battle with the synth heavy melody to determine which instrument dominates most. However, it’s not until late in the album that we find what is the defining track of the collection with “Mirrors.” The song takes all the signatures you’ve heard wrapped within’ each song and pulls them all together into one place to offer an entire scope of what this album has to offer in one package. The Birthday Massacre continues to get stronger with each release and this one is no exception to that. It’s not too often that an album comes along that you can play to start to finish, and by its final notes have the entire vision of who the band is, but that’s exactly what The Birthday Massacre has accomplished with Diamonds.