Tuesday night at the Key Club Hollywood, The Birthday Massacre opened up for the heavy metal band Otep. I was a little skeptical about the reception that the synthrock band would get among a crowd of heavy metal and death metal fans, but it turned out to be a welcomed one. They were a nice break between the eardrum piercing double bass and the heavy growls of metal singers.

Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of metal. Bands of that genre seem to routinely fit into the “It All Sounds the Same to Me” file in my brain and the first opening bands weren’t proving to be any different. Now I think I am starting to see the light as I was very impressed by The Agonist who came out just before TBM. They had a lot of their fans there to show support and turned some of my friends into instant fans as their set progressed. Some of their power to draw a crowd comes from the amazing vocals of Alissa White-Gluz and of course from her gorgeous looks.

Rainbow and Owen of The Birthday Massacre

The Birthday Massacre soon made their way to the stage and brought with them a few new songs to play from their upcoming album, Pins and Needles. Of course they played their popular songs like “Happy Birthday” and “The Dream”. I always find it a spectacle to see a band make full use of the stage as TBM does… dancing and jumping around without missing a beat and when all is done, they still take time to mingle with their fans who are equally worn out. Already anticipating their return and possibly a trip to Vegas where they will be playing in the fall.

There was a long break before Otep came out and when they did,  front woman Shamaya demanded a West Coast circle pit. Their set was engaging, energetic and political. They bring a little something extra to the table with their unique mixture of metal, poetry and spoken word. It was a bittersweet ending as they played their final song of the night and of the tour. Definitely a great show to end a tour with!

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