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A captivating hybrid of 80's electronica and aggressive guitars, curiously fused with a cinematic quality of melodic progressions, The Birthday Massacre's soundscapes have encapsulated a diverse and devout fan base. Formed in 2000 under the name Imagica, the band played their first show at Diversity Nightclub in London, Ontario, Canada. Their original lineup consisted of Chibi ... Read more in Amazon's The Birthday Massacre Store

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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metropolis Records
  • ASIN: B0093NCP76
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Leaving Tonight
2. Down
3. Play with Fire
4. Need
5. Calling
6. Alibis
7. One Promise
8. In This Moment
9. Cover My Eyes
10. The Long Way Home

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

With every new album from The Birthday Massacre, we see a band that has created not only its own distinct niche in the musical landscape, but also
seems to have created its own world. This time, we play hide and seek in that world. The new album opens with rain and ends with the sounds of waves; in between we are given songs about lost girls, lost love, and lost time. The delicate interplay between Chibi s vocals and the ambiance created by Rainbow, M. Falcore, Rhim, Owen, and Nate is
on full display. Dark new-wave hooks and haunting synths turn sinister as Rainbow and Falcore s guitars
lead Hide and Seek into ever darker, ever more beautiful corners of The Birthday Massacre s world.

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A velvety voice, crashing guitars, awesome bass line, haunting vocals & keys, and melodic gothic rock performed to perfection. --Muen Magazine

Dark, moody, complex, and melodic; but also fun and infectious. It is creepy yet curious. It is sad, endearing, and a fitting chapter in their ongoing gothic fairytale. --Coma Music Magazine

Customer Reviews

I love The Birthday Massacre, I love all of their albums!
Christye81
Many people will relate to the themes of emotional damage presented here by vocalist Chibi, who sounds like she is at her peak.
discombob
Despite having some very good songs, the album does have its drawbacks as well.
Kevin Conaway

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on October 9, 2012
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I was so psyched for this album that I bought it on mp3 right when it was available. Does Birthday Massacre ever make a weak album? Not a chance, I love the style they've put together over the course of there albums. The Deep Grindy rock guitars, echoey lead guitars, deep bass, Powerful drumming & Gothic Fantasy synthesizer sounds. Oh yea and one of the greatest female rock singers ever... Chibi. If the mainstream had a clue Birthday Massacre would be all over the radio, not sure if that'd be good or not, because often the best music is made by people who struggle with the rest of us. Speaking of that make sure to buy this, they aren't rolling in dough, support them so they can keep making incredible music!

About the album: I'm positive it's going to grow on me like crazy because the last 3 they've done have, but as far as first impressions it's catchy as hell, there back doing what they do best great Industrial Rock that's not afraid of a hook (or whatever genre you choose to call them). If you dig them you might also like these bands: The Stolen Babies, The Devin Townsend Project, Covered in Spiders, Zombina and the Skeletones, KMFDM & Blush Response. Enjoy, and tell your friends about The Birthday Massacre, word of mouth is a powerful tool for an underground band. I mention this because they've put out powerful music that's kept me rocking for countless hours, I want them to succeed, I want the best for them, because they are the best!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Herbert West on October 9, 2012
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...it still has some instant classics like Leaving Tonight, Play With Fire, and The Long Way Home, that stand tall along with their best material.

I usually write a long in-depth review of new Birthday Massacre albums, but at this point in the future we are all familiar with their now trademarked sound. This band is the epitome of what a successful underground act is capable of.

So why is the album not as good as the others? For one, the guitars are increasingly harder and louder, pushing the record into pop metal territory, which I am not a fan off at all. Same with the aggressive vocals. I love this band for their soft haunting melodies and synth lines. The guitars were always a nice compliment to those qualities, but here its a bit obnoxious.

That, and the hooks on this album are fewer and farther between. This is bound to happen with any group that maintains a certain sound for as long as TBM have now. It makes me wonder what they will do with their sound next.

Not a good starting point for new fans, but long term fans like myself have already purchased the album because almost half of the album deserves to be heard on a regular basis.

Thats the best way I can described Hide & Seek. A bit of a step back, but still contains a few tracks that are essential cuts in your Birthday Massacre collection.

Cheers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Formerly known as on December 28, 2012
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There really isn't a "bad" song on the album, BUT...

* 35 minutes is not long enough to call this a "full length album"

* You would never know there were THREE guitarists in the band from this release (unless two of them were on vacation when it was recorded)

* One heavy song (track 2) isn't enough to diversify from the slow to mid tempo songs that populate the rest of the album

Summary: This is TBM's shortest, most synth-driven (nearly guitarless) album ever and it lacks the diversity of their previous releases. While there is not a bad track to be found, there aren't many songs that really blew me away. A decent release, but I believe TMB can do better than this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MonsterZeroNJ on October 9, 2012
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The Birthday Massacre have a talent for consistently delivering albums that maintain their unique Goth/Rock sound and moody songs but, yet keeping the material fresh and giving each song it's own identity. From the haunting and soulful like Playing With Fire (my favorite song on this CD), Cover My Eyes and The Long Way Home to the upbeat like Leaving Tonight, the danceable like Need and the harder rocking Down, each song from lyrics to music are composed and mixed to perfection. Each song achieves what it sets out to. Whether it's the perfect blend of the moody and melodic synthesizers and guitar to the strong beat of the rhythm, each song is mixed to maximum effect. And let's not forget lead singer Chibi. Her vocals suit each song perfectly and she goes from melodic and haunting to a fierce growl in a heartbeat and always knows which vocal style fits what song and lyric. This band is tight and their live performances show that it's the band not the mixing that holds the talent. And this band is filled with talent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2012
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Birthday Masacre has lost that fine balance between heavy guitars and synth, falling a little to far on the synth side for this offering. I hope they regain their balance on the next one.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By RyoRyoChiwa on October 11, 2012
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This album is pretty good. It has some distinct TBM sounds and interesting components but I think I will have to accept that the "Violet" and "Walking with Strangers" days are gone. Did the band reach their peak at that point? I'm not sure. I've been listening for years and have grown with this band. I suppose it would be different if I came onto the scene a few years ago but that is not the case. I understand trying new sounds and cleaning up vocals but I think TBM has become too polished. Some of the lyrics sound as if the only purpose was to make sure they rhymed with one another...not as passionate as the first three albums. This album is better than Pins and Needles was for sure but I just wish The Birthday Massacre would stop trying to break into mainstream by creating cleaned up tracks. Earlier albums sounded raw and passionate, not methodical and sing-songy. Even if the sound quality in earlier albums was not as good as later albums, I prefer that to overly "cleaned up" tracks. I'm sure this album will grow on me in some way...but I miss when I immediately connected with The Birthday Massacre's music instead of having to have their tracks grow on me. This is an honest review from a die heart fan. I am giving constructive criticism and am not about to say I love this album simply because it is new and from my favorite band. I am not suggesting they go back to the way they used to sound, I am merely suggesting they remember to stay true to themselves.
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