The Birthday Massacre - Nothing & Nowhere
I'll start this off by saying that while I do enjoy a good and heavy metal album, I also enjoy getting my groove on at times. Sometimes you just need to dance! That is precisely why this album will be getting a decent rating. The Birthday Massacre is one of the first bands I've listened to that provides a heavy metal sound over an electronic beat that makes you want to incorporate head-banging into a legitimate dance of some sort. Nothing and Nowhere, their debut, 2002 release focuses more on the metal side of their sound but it is definitely a joy to listen to for both electronic and metal fans.
The music itself isn't anything that had my jaw on the floor. Other than the overwhelming guitar, their introduction music features the high-pitched melody samples along with pumping bass in the drum beat. However, that fades quickly in the rest of the album which quickly meshes the two genres together beautifully. Their synth melodies are always catchy, especially in songs like "Happy Birthday" "To Die For" and "Video Kid." At the end of this album I had synth melodies ringing and echoing through my head and I wanted nothing other than to listen to the album again.
The Birthday Massacre, while not providing much originality in theory, provides an original album in the two genres they've melded together and was a truly great album. Nothing and Nowhere has great potential to be played multiple times in one sitting and any rock/metal/electronica fan would be missing out if they didn't buy this album. If you're trying to think of what dance to perform to the tune of this music.. I did the robot.
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