New Releases: February 18, 2022 – The Birthday Massacre

The Birthday Massacre Fascination


The Canadian band The Birthday Massacre is back with their eighth studio album. I have always been a  sucker for their mix guitars, synths, and their lead singer Chibi’s vocals.

My first introduction to the band was 2010’s Pins And Needles. One of those nights when you’re on YouTube, and a suggestion comes on. It happened to be “In The Dark”, and as a lot of you can relate, I ended up going down The Birthday Massacre rabbit hole!

The band has never been about inventing anything new, but how they approach what they do is interesting to me. They mesh a lot of things from the 80s, and 90s, and make it their own.

I’ve seen criticism about the album being unoriginal, or too easy, but it follows what the band has always done. They have a set of ingredients, and they vary their recipe enough to keep me hooked.

Fascination instantly offers a combination of haunting music, with infectious melodies. They have always entertained me, and continue to do so.

I have also seen people knock the mix, sorry folks if you’re listening on cheap headphones, and can’t hear the entire range of music on the album, that’s on you, not the band.

If you’ve never heard the band before, I would recommend the album to anyone that’s into a mix of heavy synths, shimmering and heavy guitars, with 80s sounding drums, as well as great melodies that will be taking up space in your head for days.

Here is The Birthday Massacre with the track "One More Time" off of their latest album Fascination.

Interested in checking out Fascination by The Birthday Massacre before picking the album up?

Pick your poison, check out the album on either Spotify or Apple Music here.

Dagoba - By Night

The French band has been through a lot of changes over the years. But the one constant has always been lead singer Shawter.

By Night is the band’s eighth album. It features the band’s new drummer Theo, and new bass player Kawa Koshigero. It is guitarist Richard De Mello’s second album with the band.

By Night is a very solid album top to bottom. The band incorporates a more polished approach to the album. You could argue that there are some pop elements that have not been present in the band’s previous albums. But, are more common in other metal bands.

The album is an easy listen and is done before you know it. I found it really entertaining, and recommend it to anyone that has never heard the band before. 

Here is Dagoba with the track "City Lights" off of their latest album Fascination.

Interested in checking out By Night by Dagoba before picking the album up?

Pick your poison, check out the album on either Spotify or Apple Music here.


Annihilator – Metal II

Matt Pike – Pike Vs. The Automation

Star One – Revel In Time

Immolation – Acts Of God

Spirits Of Fire – Embrace The Unknown

Friends From Hell – Friends From Hell

Jonas Lindeberg And The Other Side – Miles From Nowhere

Glasya – Attarghan

Veonity – Elements Of Power

The Neptune Power Federation – Le Demon De L’Amour

Mæntra – Kundalini Rising

Embryonic Autopsy – Prophecies Of The Conjoined

Lesson In Violence – The Thrashfall Of Mankind

Dymytry – Revolt

Moonlight Haze – Animus

Vulcan Tyrant – Vulcanocide

Mecca- 20 Years

Ten- Here Be Monsters

Zadra- Guiding Star

Manic Sinners – King Of The Badlands

Epoch Crysis – Rex

Fostermother – The Ocean

Glasya – Attarghan

Goodbye June – See Where The Night Goes


Beastie Boys – Aglio E Olio

Static-X – Machine 20th Anniversary Edition

Circle Jerks – Wild In The Streets

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