Okay, for the first time in any kind of public forum/medium, I’m going to admit that I’m a HIM fan. It’s not so much that I’m embarrassed by the fact; I just normally don’t blab about it, as many Metalheads are quick to shun and make fun of those who admit to listening the Finnish band. I’ve seen many metal fans confess to liking HIM on various forums, only to be laughed at and labeled as “gay” (can you even believe that someone on a Metal forum would refer to someone or something as gay? I’m in shock, too!).
Sure, there is a certain amount of feminism oozing from HIM’s sound and image, especially from vocalist/sex symbol Ville Valo, but the band puts out such catchy songs, I can’t help but listen. And HIM possesses that particular Finnish charm, which has helped make bands like SENTENCED and CHARON so exceptional.
HIM continues its so-called “Love Metal” with its newest offering “Dark Light”. The band’s sound has taken a slightly more American turn, certainly with hopes of getting airplay in the States. But don’t worry, this is still undeniably HIM. Valo’s voice is still in top form, albeit a bit more restrained. Song highlights include “Vampire Heart”, lead-off singe “Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly”, “Killing Loneliness”, “Under The Rose” and “Behind The Crimson Door”. In fact, the only song I really don’t like is the title track, as it’s way to sugary sweet for my tastes.
“Dark Light” is another quality addition to the HIM catalogue and is a mandatory purchase for fans of the band. For those that have to yet to hear HIM, but would like to, “Dark Light” is a fine place to start. (Online May 4, 2006)