If you have a chance, you should definitely check H.I.M. out
George Dionne | Cape Cod, MA | 03/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What's Good About It?Remember when Billy's chocolate bar fell into Sally's peanut butter? Get you're mind out of the gutter, it's an old Reese's commercial. H.I.M.'s combination of glam and goth are a similar sweet treat. H.I.M. may brandish their music as "love metal," but their not talking about healthy relationships. "Your Sweet Six Six Six" is about an attraction with the spawn of Satan that our singer cannot turn away from. Ville's vocals are seductive and somewhat creepy. The bass line driven hook of "Poison Girl" delves into the seductive powers of a woman's kiss. If you can't see where these relationships are going yet, you will on "Join Me In Death." Ville transforms into a sinister monster vocally, as the group adds eerie piano to their dark rhythms. My favorite track is a pumped up reworking of the Chris Isaac classic "Wicked Game." You don't know the song? I'll bet you remember the black and white video with the half naked brunette running down the beach. This song about a painful love fits the group's style to a tee. This time around it's darker and heavier. "Razorblade Kiss" has a rock radio feel to it. It's loaded with razor sharp riffs, a melodic chorus, and a silvery solo section. "Death is in Love With Us" has a more breakneck rhythm to it and we find Ville a little more cocksure in his vocal delivery. How does one end a tortured relationship? "Sigillum Diaboli" answers that question. This track finds the group mixing it up with a little punk rock flow. If you can call it a love ballad, "One Last Time" is an acoustic track with distant, melancholy vocals, which propositions a final affair before these lovers go their separate ways. Anything Bad? Could they print the lyrics any smaller?! Bottom Line H.I.M.'s combination of deep, seductive, melodic vocals and dark gothic rhythms are a unique twist in the rock genre. Their guitar tone is simply awesome. It's the main reason I liked this CD so much. I can forgive Ville for his brief falsettos. They seem to fit the sinister, tortured love theme he's creating."
Decadent... like rock used to be
Michael J Harper | Covina, CA United States | 08/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is always something when a band works, especially where its band members have diffrent music taste can actually combine and create something unique.
The "goths" want dark, vampire-esotera and they want it now. The "metalheads" want screeching vocals and mechanistic, precision drumming and now. And the "glam rockers" want thier gutter elegance idols and trashy glamour now. The rest of us without the pretentious kiddy lable can do all of that and put each scene in a blender and be happy.
This all afforded HIM a great opportunity to smash some walls, unfortunately to the dismay of too many scenesters that cannot see beyond thier noses and evolve thier taste.
Then you end up in reality and without scenester polotics with HIM... HIM have a simple sound and driving rythems. They have tastes of glam/metal/dirgish-goth and they do this sound with such a pop hook catchyness its infectious.
Ville Valo sings with such vocal flair its like watching David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Stephen Tyler, Mick Jagger strut the stage with real rock and roll style.
If you like HIM at all chances are they will grow on you as time goes on. New crossing of music styles can be like tasting a new wine... you've never tasted anything like it and then you realize thats quite possibly the reason you want another taste of it."
HIM is finally in the U.S.!
Sporadic | Here, at my computer... | 10/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"HIM's second release is finally re-released in the U.S. (again). This version is a little different from the original European releases because it includes the classic Chris Isaak cover Wicked Game, and the song Your Sweet 666 both off of HIM's first CD (Greatest Lovesongs Volume 666)
So many people with different music preferabilities enjoy HIM. They are the perfect mix of metal and love ballads, (hence their musical label of Love Metal, which also happens to be their newest album released in europe) This CD has the perfect mix of fast catchy music to the slow love songs, and Ville Valo's voice is wonderful. He can hit so many notes...About this CD being parental advisory: Ignore it, the PA is on their because of song number 3. Join Me (In Death) which is metaphorical, but the label insisted it was a song hinting suicide. But if you are ready for a change, definalty check out this CD, and look out for HIM, because they are definatly going to blow up.BUY IT NOW!"
The Most Depressing Loves Songs You'll Ever Hear
Crypt | Arkham | 11/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those who are curious but unfamiliar, HIM is a Rock band from Finland who are currently causing a buzz in the USA... without much help from MTV or the Radio by the way. Their strength lies in their superior song writing which is catchy (not in a manufactured corporate pop way), yet hard and heavy. They've also got a singer who has a wonderful voice who can hit the high notes and drop to a deep baritone as well. Their music can be described as a combination of 80's "Stadium Goth" and good old fashioned Hard Rock, with an element all their own. I can draw comparisons to The Mission, The Cult and some 80's Pop-Metal. They're also infamous for writing songs that are almost exclusively about extremely unhealthy romantic relationships. Obsession, death, lust, emotional masochism, codependence, and even suicide are all topics covered in the band's exploration of the dark side of love. The incredibly bittersweet melodies, impassioned vocals and subtle sense of humor save these songs from being sappy and corny. By the way, for those that are wondering, the parental advisory sticker is probably for the fact that young, impressionable, hormone riddled ears would be listening to songs with lyrics like "Would you die tonight for love? Baby, join me in death." and "This life aint worth living.""
Fourty-one plus sixty-six point six equals our loss
C. DiVincenzo | www.alexislegend.com | 01/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though it was originally released on January 24, 2000 in Europe, "Razorblade Romance" was recently re-released in the United States on October 28, 2003. Many people heard about HIM (which is short for His Infernal Majesty, taken from "The Satanic Bible" by Anton LaVey) through Bam Margera. His skateboards, his clothing, and even his official website have the HIM heartagram all over them. Not to mention, [lead singer] Ville Valo was briefly shown on a recent episode of MTV's Viva La Bam and they provide all of the music for Bam's independent film, "Haggard". I just hope all of the exposure doesn't make them some big mainstream bands that only 'posers' listen to. Don't get me wrong, I hope they are successful, but I would hate to see them become on of those 'sell-out' band. HIM was known as HER in America for a while because there was another band by the name of HIM
This CD is great for many people: metalheads will love them for their musical talents, goths will like them for their lyrics about death and despair; skaters/jackasses who are obsessed with Bam Margera will listen to them because he does, soft rockers will enjoy Valo's soothing voice, and even emo kids can cry to their lyrics about love. So no matter who you are, buy this CD and you will not regret it. They have their own sound but they somewhat sounds like a bastard child of Type O Negative and Marilyn Manson mixed with with a hint of Black Sabbath. That may not sound that appealing to some, but the band sounds excellent."