Released: Aug 2005
Label: Metropolis Records
Initially released as an EP in 2004, this debut from Canada goth-synth rockers The Birthday Massacre has a pile-driving wall of sound that echoes the brain-splitting power of My Bloody Valentine. Just check "Happy Birthday," the best song ever written about stabbing people in the back of the head. Singer Chibi's whispered interludes never get old. When they aren't pounding away, The Birthday Massacre pull off '80s new wave moves with anything but irony: "Video Kid" and "Horror Show" could easily have been on a Missing Persons record. "Blue" and "Holiday" are great, too.