Jun 16, 2017

The Birthday Massacre - Soundstage

By Bob Suehs

 

THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE / ARMY OF THE UNIVERSE

6/16/17

Baltimore, MD

Soundstage

 Army of the Universe Set List:  Another Escape, A Visionary Story, Down Till Dusk, Digital Slag, Goodnite, Little Paranoia, The Aftershow, The Magic, 1999, Kill The Fn DJ, Hollywood Drama

 The Birthday Massacre Set List:  One, Red Stars, Looking Glass, All of Nothing, Counterpane, Destroyer, Divide, Superstition, Lovers End, Happy Birthday, Video Kid, Under Your Spell, No Tomorrow, Leaving Tonight, Alibis, Pins and Needles, In The Dark, ENCORE: Blue, I Think We’re Alone Now, Broken

 Goth Influenced and dripping with pop cliche’s;  The Birthday Massacre returned to Baltimore for a headline show with opener Army of The Universe on a warm Friday evening.  The venue was filled with an interesting mix of the goth elite, dark wave industrial fans, and your typical run of the mill rocker.  

 Army of the Universe took the stage with a flash of industrial wizardry which delighted the crowd and created a quirky dance movement throughout the venue.  

 Several years ago former NIN/Marilyn Manson drummer Chris Vrenna toured with the band performing live drum duties but he is no longer a member in 2017.  The core of Army of the Universe has always been Lord K on lead vocals, Trebla, and Davide on guitar.

 Toward the end of their set a large inflatable unicorn was placed in the most pit and Trebla took a ride through the crowd as fans passed the inflatable raft throughout the venue.  This was the first and only time so far that they used the unicorn for this tour.

 The Birthday Massacre are a Canadian Dark Wave/Pop act with a sound that’s best described as Blondie meets Jack off Jill.  Lead singer Chibi can sing soft clean vocals and then cross over to growls/screams when a song demands aggression.

 The Birthday Massacre released their 7th studio record entitled "Under Your Spell" in 2017 and appropriately enough they opened this show with the first track off their new record.  “One” is an upbeat, catchy song and set the pace for their set which was fast and upbeat.

 “I Think We’re Alone Now” which was performed in the style of Tiffany was included in the bands encore and they closed with “Broken” which received a resounding ovation from the crowd.

 Former Wednesday 13 bassist Nate Manor is a perfect fit for The Birthday Massacre; His onstage energy added to the bands intensity.

 The Birthday Massacre delivered a strong 20 song set and the crowd adored every moment that the band were onstage.