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Love Metal [Universal]

  • 1. Buried Alive by Love
    2. Funeral of Hearts, The
    3. Beyond Redemption
    4. Sweet Pandemonium
    5. Soul On Fire
    6. Sacrament, The
    7. This Fortress of Tears
    8. Circle of Fear
    9. Endless Dark
    10. Path, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000336302

  • Credits
    ProducerFritz Puppel; Andreas Kuntze; HIM; Hiilli Hililesmaa
    EngineerMark O'Donoughue

    H.I.M. (Goth Rock): Valo (vocals); Linde (guitar); Burton (keyboards); Midge (bass guitar); Gas (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Tim Palmer.
    Recording information: Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland.
    Ville Valo and his gloomy crew return to their metallic roots with LOVE METAL, the band's heaviest offering since its full-length debut. Launching full force into the propulsive "Buried Alive by Love," HIM explore dirgey, Sabbath-style rock ("Sweet Pandemonium"), emotive balladry ("This Fortress of Tears") and high-speed angst ("Soul on Fire"). But amidst the turbocharged reinvigoration, the group retains a flair for disarmingly beautiful sounds, with flowing piano work on "The Sacrament" and a mandolin accompaniment on "The Funeral of Hearts." The closing number, "The Path," unexpectedly summons a slow-paced, '50s rock ballad feel, and the approach imbues the tune with a unique vibe. By this 2005 album, the Finnish band's formula could have been stagnant, but through passionate performances and a desire to push their own boundaries, HIM keep making beguiling, goth-flavored heavy rock for the masses.

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