Sunday, November 8, 2009

Album Love Metal , 2003

Goth rock has a real image problem on its hands. What started as a grim little offshoot of post-punk has, through dozen of pop-cultural permutations too random to understand, evolved into a style as confused as its typical teenage listener: Juggling the contradictory menace of the Antichrist Superstar and the wallowing, down-in-the-dumps misery of half-assed teenage suicide attempts. Neither, really, is all that interesting.
Although HIM (shorthand for His Infernal Majesty) isn’t quite as confused as, say neo-Goth icons like Marilyn Manson or AFI, Love Metal sure can’t muster the same sort of cold dread as Bauhaus, the graying misery of early-years Cure or the brooding discontent of Christian Death. Heck, even the metal-addicted rockers can’t come close to comparing to The Sisters of Mercy’s riffs. Instead, the Finnish band, take the style-before-substance approach of bubblegum Goth and crank the volume to 10.
Adopting a particularly fey twist on metal, HIM trots out muscular riffs only to emasculate them with lyrics that’d make a Dashboard Confessional fan blush. The album opens with promising riffs, though “Buried Alive By Love” quickly deteriorates into clich├ęd high-school poetry in which love and morbid imagery clumsily exchange bodily fluids. “The Sacrament” gives glam-saturated hair-metal a few coats of black paint. Think Poison trading its Aqua-net and pink eyeliner for pitch-black Manic Panic and gobs of ebony mascara and you’re in the same ballpark. “Sweet Pandemonium,” the band’s shot at a mid-paced rocker is more glam-pop-metal melodies and slick production than Goth’s choking atmosphere. “Circle of Fear,” is about as scary as Glenn Danzig in a clown costume, and it’s impossible to differentiate “Beyond Redemption” from that weird post-hardcore/metal thing that’s so popular with the Hot Topic set now.
Occasionally, HIM hints that it’s more than glam-metal wrapped in a black wardrobe. “Endless Dark” successfully explores spacious arrangements as the band settles into an autumn – if not quite winter – chill. “The Funeral of Hearts,” if you can look past the nauseous subject matter and its chorus’ proclivity toward AFI-esque dark anthems, offers a middling take on Goth-inspired metal.
In the end, however, HIM caters to keeping up with outlet-store Goth fashion more than it does in exploring the darker depths of its music. An awkwardly comfortable Goth album, HIM’s obsessions with pop accessibility make for a rather lukewarm record.

1. "Buried Alive By Love" Him Lyrics
2. "The Funeral Of Hearts" Him Lyrics
3. "Beyond Redemption" Him Lyrics
4. "Sweet Pandemonium" Him Lyrics
5. "Soul On Fire" Him Lyrics
6. "The Sacrament" Him Lyrics
7. "This Fortress Of Tears" Him Lyrics
8. "Circle Of Fear" Him Lyrics
9. "Endless Dark" Him Lyrics
10. "The Path" Him Lyrics
11. "Love's Requiem" Him Lyrics

Buy album Love Metal'2003

Get even more Him lyrics in another album :
Album Greatest Love songs Vol666 (1997), Album Razorblade Romance (2000), Album Deep Shadows & amp Brilliant Highlights(2001)Album DarkLight (2005), Album Venus Doom (2007), othersongs.

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