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HIM are the most successful Finnish export since Hanoi Rocks, prosthesis-clad-Eurovision-party-crashers, Lordi or even (where are they now?) goth-lite rocksters, The Rasmus.
Fronted by eye-shadowed, disco-tanned, emo eye candy, Ville Valo, H.I.M began life playing Danzig and Depeche Mode covers. This is their fifth album.
Their sound is grand, gothic metal combined with cod-mysticism, crunchy guitars, thrashy drums and a breathy vocal delivery tinged with effects. This all comes sweetened with poppy choruses, appeal-broadening keyboards and dark, lovelorn regret-tinged lyrics.
Melodically it's a Frankenstein: The head of Whitesnake, the body of Savage Garden and the floppy, pale and mysterious boy next-door hair of A-ha's Morten Harkett (unwashed and dyed black of course).
The title track is a strong one. The opening chords are heavier than a bag of spanners and soar into an energetic, and hummable chorus that sticks in your brain like the pointy bit of a freshly sharpened pick-axe, underpinned by chugging guitars and heart-plucking strings.
It's like listening to Buffy the Vampire Slayer!The Opera. 'Watch me fall for you my Venus Doom, hide my heart where all dreams are entombed!' and 'Give him a kiss worth dying for...' In other words; it's gothic mumbo-jumbo meets the hormone drenched teen psycho-drama of Smallville or The OC.
Their tunes are instantly catchy, heavy and melodramatic, and produced with polish and with some great choruses, but the material still sounds dated at times.
After several listens it also emerges that, like the distant clank of rusty chains through the sticky fog of an abandoned abattoir, that they know what works and stick to it a bit too rigidly.
It's well done but as a whole it lacks sonic variety. And - while I'm pushing the chainsaw in and out of the solar-plexus - without a second voice underpinning it, Ville's voice isn't all that.
Having said that there are 6 very good tracks here (the over-long 'Sleepwalking Past Hope' and the quite dreary 'Cyanide Sun' being the only real stinkers), but you'd already have to like this sort of thing to want to go there. Oh, and place a demonic Hex on everyone that doesn't like it. --Eamonn Stack
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It's basically number two on my list of their best albums (try Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights for their best)
I will admit that they haven't changed, but, to me, that is rather a good thing. I will never grow tired of hearing this or any other of their albums.
I think the only downfall to this album i Song Or Suicide, and that isn't really that much of a downfall. It's just one of those songs I can't seem to get into that well.
Yet again, it's not their best work, but it's so damn close.
From a musically orientated perspective, the album is well written, with enough variation on the albums' sound and indeed each individual track to have you humming the catchy chorus or dying to find the tabrature for that awesome riff #Title track and about 3 1/2 minutes into Love in Cold Blood are prime examples#, but at the same time theres not too much variation for the listener to feel like its a mash-up CD. The lyrics are standard HIM style-y, love, lost love, broken hearts, me-and-you-against-the-world-with-our-romance sort of thing. If you've just entered or come out of a relationship, I can honestly say every song on this album will feel like its about you. Whether that is a pro or a con, is totally up to you :D.
The usual HIM stuff comes into play with the instruments and playing styles, although this is one of the darker albums, possibly the darkest of. Personally being a fan since I heard Dark Light and then backtracking the whole discography has allowed me quite a good wealth of experience with the band to draw upon, and I like the way they've experimented with a bit more of a raw sound with some of the intros and breakdowns. That said, this may not appeal to some fans.
Now that the music reviewer in me has been appeased, I can honestly say I'm a massive fan of the band and my personal thoughts on this album is that its effing amazing. I love HIM and all they stand for and sing about, their music and persona have always enthralled me from the first time I spied Dark Light in Borders xD. If you like HIM this is definitely a purchase, but is also one of the better ones you can buy from their discography. I like all their albums but this one is now definitely my favourite. It is, like all other HIM albums, an album you can sit and listen to and not complain about one single track.
Once again they haven't let me or the fans down. Buy this.
Venus Doom - The album opens with the title track and a grinding riff and pounding drums. As soon as Ville starts singing, the changes to some beautiful piano and then begins to sound like classic HIM. It has a fantastic chorus that is full, yet dark. 8/10
Love in Cold Blood - This song opens with another good riff and then opens out into another song sung beautiful by Ville Valo, who is probably one of my favourite vocalists. It has another great chorus and it's just such a good song to listen to if you're feeling a bit down about your love life. The guitar solo is also pretty good. Which, unlike most other HIM albums, are reasonably prominant on this one. 7/10
Passion's Killing Floor - This song weaves beautiful piano into the guitar riff in such an effective way. It is sung brilliantly by Vallo who complements the heavyness with his gentle voice. Another good chorus, it appears he's really excelled himself on choruses on this album. 8/10
The Kiss of Dawn - I reckon that this is HIM's heaviest song and it has the most grinding riff of any song in their catalogue. The verses do not seem that heavy but with Valo's voice and the spooky keyboards, it does really feel heavy. The chorus is very melodic and slow and shows of the softer side of his voice. 9/10
Sleepwalking Past Hope - The longest song on the album and I think that it's also the longest HIM have ever written (it's just over 10mins). It opens with some lovely piano but goes on to turn into a real rocker! There are so many different parts that it does not really get boring like some long songs. 8/10
Dead Lovers' Lane - More beautiful vocals by Valo to compliment some really pounding bass lines. And guess what, another great chorus! 8/10
Song or Suicide - This is only a short acoustic guitar and vocal piece, so not really worth reviewing. 6/10
Bleed Well - This is probably my favourite song on the album and is truely single material. It has a fantasitc structure and a great solo by their standards. 10/10
Cyanide Sun - This is a quite gentle song to finish of a pretty rocky album. It's a pretty good song but not as good as some of the others on this album. Although it has some very melodic guitar parts. 7/10
Overall, this album is absolutley fantastic and is well worth a listen. Do not listen to all the reviewers who think that it's not as good as some of HIM's stuff, this is my favourite!