Monday, August 1, 2011

HIM Razorbade Romance Story

HIM’s hometown appearance at Helsinki’s renowned Tavastia Club has been sold out for quite a while now but this fact hasn’t deterred countless ticketless fans from Deutschland, Italia and other parts of Europe from accepting the long trip into Finnish winterland. It is a case –like in the old blues saying you’re surely familiar with of ‘the men don’t know but the little girls understand’. Things are bound to change for HIM.

The third millennium has proved that the cosy days of cult status are a thing of the past for HIM. Join Me, the first single off the band’s second album Razorblade Romance, was released in Finland and Germany in November 1999. Appearance also on the soundtrack of Germanic movie “The 13th Floor”, a production of “Independence Day”/”Godzilla” –director Roland Emmerich, the single soared into number 1# in the single charts in both countries.

In January 2000 the album Razorblade Romance went straight into number one in the album charts both in Deutschland and in Republic of Finland. Two months after the release the 1st single Join Me has sold more than 500.000 copies, achieved gold status in Deutschland and has became the best selling Finnish CD single of all-time. In Finland the single went platinum (20.000) in just two weeks.

Razorblade Romance was recorded at Rockfield Studios, the birthplace of such classics as Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory and, as the band are keen to point out, the debut album of Black Sabbath. Razorblade Romance was produced by John Fryer who has previously worked with White Zombie, Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.

HIM’s debut album Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 was released in the autumn of 1997, introducing their sound, a vibrant mix of metal and bittersweet pop melodies. This remarkable debut paved way for Razorblade Romance, a 21st century foray into the crimson coloured landscape of love and death.

HIM lead singer and the songwriter Ville Valo is half sneering hard rock front man, half suffering poet. Half heart-throb, half enigma. On stage with a bottle of red wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other, a Jim Morrisonesque figure, with a deeply emotional voice, he instantly demands your attention. His mother’s Hungarian ancestors are responsible for his dark looks and that drop of Dracula’s blood that he has in his system.

When we go back a few years we will find Valo working behind the counter of his father’s sex shop, dreaming of the music he was going to make someday. The reality of the dream is music full of soul and imagination. Songs that could move you, bring you to the verge of tears and leave their mark on you forever. Songs ranging from the crunching riff-fest that is Razorblade Kiss to the melancholic beauty of Gone With The Sin. The once cover version of Razorblade Romance is of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game. Their version has layers of hard-edged guitars on it, yet the soul-searching inner qualities of the original song are left intact.

“I could see the image of the movie poster of Gone With The Wind in front of me”, Valo smiles. “With Lemmy embracing Madonna in the sunset.”

HIM are :

Valo – Vocals
Lily Lazer – Guitar
Mige Amour – Bass
Gas Lipstick – Drums
Zoltan Pluto – Keyboards

HIM has already two extensive tours of Central Europe under the belt, as well as 15 appearances at the biggest summer festivals in the region. The Razorblade Romance Tour will start in mid-February and it will cover Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, with plans to extend it to the UK plus shows in the major European cities.

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