The Birthday Massacre made their long awaited return to Southern California this past weekend at the House of Blues in Anaheim. This time though they returned as headliners and to a great ovation.
Unfortunately, I missed the openers Aural Vampire and Dommin. I was hearing really good things about Aural Vampires from different members of the audience so they had to be something right. As far as Dommin goes, I have seen them before and have always put on great shows so it was safe to assume they did a great job here as well. Plus, like Aural Vampire, people were saying good things about their performance. Hopefully I will get to catch Aural Vampires soon and Dommin will be playing at the Viper Room on December 3 though, so not all is lost.
When I arrived Black Veil Brides took the stage shortly after. Most of their fans consisted of kids who had to bring their parents along to get into the show (and for a ride home). They only took up maybe a quarter of the audience if that. How they were co-headliners was beyond me. Their repetitive music and walking internet meme looks were really unimpressive. If you have heard bands like Atreyu and Avenged Sevenfold already then move along because there is nothing new to see here.
BVB seemed to be going for some Black Metal band combined with an old-school Motley Crue look, but it just looked like they lost a fight with a sharpie and scissors. As someone who worked in the Death Metal/Black Metal and local pro-wrestling scene even I found their look to be humorous. It just seemed like a parody. Lead singer Andy Six’s DGAF/FTW attitude wasn’t helping win fans over either. Telling people things like, “if you don’t like our band then fuck you” or, “I’m up here and you’re down there,” (which he said to a fan who was giving them the finger through their set) just seemed so contrived and overplayed. He also threw in the being different and an outcast speech which pretty much fell on deaf ears. Everything they tried has already been done and done better. We even had a lawsuit waiting to happen as Andy Six decided to throw his mic into the audience at the end of their set to show he was cool, or didn’t care…or something. Definitely not one of the better performances I have seen. After hearing some conversations after their set, it seemed I was not the only one who shared the same feelings. Most of the Black Veil Brides fans left after their set, but you couldn’t tell as the floor was packed for what came later.
After that set morale picked up when The Birthday Massacre took the stage. From the opening with “In the Dark” to their encore of “Happy Birthday” and “Sleepwalking,” it was pure energy all the way and the crowd loved every minute of it. Seeing them on stage after the previous band was like night and day.
While Black Veil Brides was giving off their DGAF attitude, The Birthday Massacre seemed more welcoming. They really fed off the crowds energy then gave back what they received which made for one of their best SoCal sets to date. Their set was a balanced mixed of old songs, new songs, and crowd favorites. Actually, you could say all the songs were crowd favorites as they seemed to know the words to every song. Their crushing guitar riffs combined with pulsating rhythms and Chibi’s hypnotic voice really make for a show not to be missed. If you are on the fence about them, see them live and you will be hooked.
Whenever they play, you can tell they love what they do and that they are appreciative of their success. There is no flaunting or tormenting, just great music and a lot of passion. The Birthday Massacre seems to be getting better and better with each show. Their fanbase seems to also be growing and with good reason.
The Birthday Massacre will be touring the US through the end of November.
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