Sunday, January 17, 2010

Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice REVIEW

Next February 8, 2010 has been the date chosen by HIM Band to extract the one that will be the seventh album of study of the band, to which they have decided to title Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice. This way, I facilitate of remembering. The group goes recording the new topics from August, therefore we suppose that at this point they are already practically in postproduction work.

The single that will move forward this new disc is ‘Heartkiller‘, whose throwing is foreseen for February 1, although in the official web of the group they have organized a species of hunting in which the lucky and shrewdest winners will have the opportunity to manage to throw a listening to the song, a T-shirt with the artwork and a special edition of the disc.

Long ago that HIM Band leaves quite cold, especially compared to Razorblade Romance, for me his best work to me up to the date. From his successive álbumes I do not manage to stop believing them, they end up by knowing me to ideas lack and to use repeatedly the same resources as so good result, they gave to them in his beginning. I hope insuflen new air to his career with the latter effort.

HIM album, ‘Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice’. Here, for the first time anywhere in the world, is our track-by-track guide.

Ode To Solitude – Eerie industrial drums lead into a beast of a riff. It sounds like 80’s hair metal with a punk chug and all wrapped up in HIM’s inimitable style. The chorus has an insanely catchy hook that evolves around the lyric “here’s to pain”. A storming, up-tempo start to the album.

Scared To Death – It’s a very poppy second track. By that we mean that it’s tailor-made for the radio. It’s played at a similar pace to Funeral Of Hearts but doesn’t have the same moody overtones. The lead hook evolves around the lyrics “I’m not afraid to say I love you”.

Heart Killer - After an intro that sounds like it was put together on a Casio-keyboard, arena-sized guitars crash through the barricades. HIM are setting their stall out here, it’s the commercial know-how of Dark Light combined with the pace of Love Metal. There’s an epic building solo in the middle too, really impressive stuff.

Dying Song – It’s got the sound of a single. Off-kilter drums build to a massive, epic chorus where Ville croons that he’s shedding skin to a dying soul. There’s also a heavily Slash-influenced solo on display.

Disarm Me – Opening with acoustic guitars, the 5th track is a sweeping ballad that sounds like it could be the gothic soundtrack to a Hollywood blockbuster. Twilightcore? Hmmm, possibly not but it’s certainly in that ball-park.

Love The Hardest Way – The sound of a band rediscovering their strongest areas of expertise. Unmistakably HIM, it’s fuel-injected and recapturing the anthemic sounds of the Love Metal era.

Katherine Wheel – Atmospheric verses give way to one of the finest choruses on the album. “These are the things that you make me do” sings Ville.

In The Arms Of Rain – Once again, a bizarre keyboard intro that sounds like it could be lifted direct from the 80’s video-game Pong (ask your dad). The song itself sounds like Killing Loneliness on steroids. Massive vocal hooks all around this track and if it’s not called ‘In The Arms Of Rain’, we’ll eat our hat.

Shatter Me With Hope – The heaviest moment of the record so far, HIM break out the palm-muted riffs but it does once again have a very radio-friendly edge. Be warned: there’s a monster of a dirty riff in the middle of this one.

In Venere Veritas – “Let’s fall apart together now” is the sultry introduction to this slick and club-friendly track. There’s an odd almost monk-chanting moment in the middle but this is perhaps the poppiest track on the album.

Acoustic Funeral – Keyboards that sound as if they could come from a music box usher in a massively dramatic track that builds around sweeping, ringing power chords. Not a full-on ballad but certainly one of the more tender moments on the album.

Like St. Valentine – A drum n’ bass (yep, you read that correctly) intro gives way to a stomping riff. HIM reach out beyond their comfort zone and into the unknown on a song that continuously mentions St Valentine. It’s bold and brave but it certainly works!

Smother A Heart – And now for something completely different. 80’s fat bass sound that sounds as though it’s been lifted from a horror movie from the same era. Gentle electronic drums play on this ambient ode that sounds like DJ Shadow’s interpretation of HIM. It’s still distinctly HIM because of Ville’s unique vocal tones but it’s done in a electronic/restrained way. One of the best tracks on the album but this will definitely ruffle a few feathers.

Him : Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice Tracklisting:

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