For two decades and some change, Toronto darkwavers The Birthday Massacre have solidified themselves as a force in gothic and industrial rock. From earworms such as “Looking Glass” and “Red Stars” to their most recent release Diamonds, Sara “Chibi” Taylor and Co. have a bevy of hits about them, and coming soon, they’re about to add a couple more to their already-extensive catalog.
This weekend, the band announced their upcoming twelfth album Fascination. Due out on February 18th, 2022 via Metropolis Records. This record follows 2020’s Diamonds, which had such standout songs as “The Sky Will Turn” and “The Last Goodbye,” though the first single from the forthcoming disc is something else entirely. “Dreams of You” has biting guitars, enchanting synth and key lines, and Chibi’s time-tested vocal delivery. It feels like the end credits to a film or a TV episode, with its driving pace and thumping drum fills. It’s a throwback sort of song from a staple of the gothic music community, and serves as a fine first taste of Fascination.
The track listing for Fascination reads as follows:
2. Dreams of You
3. Cold Lights
4. Stars and Satellites
5. One More Time
6. Like Fear, Like Love
7. Once Again
8. Precious Hearts
9. The End of All Stories
The album is available for pre-order in digital, CD, or vinyl formats, and releases on February 18th, 2022. The vinyl comes in violet or a limited edition violet splatter, but in either case they will not ship until summer 2022.
Listen to the single “Dreams of You” here: