H.I.M ‘Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice’ [Release Date 08/02/2010]
Long established as one of the world's biggest cult bands, 2010 sees the return of HIM's inimitable brand of brooding metallic romance with the February 8th release of their new album 'Screamworks: Love In Theory & Practice'.
Recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, 'Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice' retains HIM's gothic atmosphere but places a greater emphasis on the immediacy of the songs. New titles including 'Love, The Hardest Way', 'In The Arms of Rain', 'Ode To Solitude' and 'In Venere Veritas' focus on soaring, hook-laden choruses, gargantuan riffs and fluid solos. Produced by Matt Squire (Panic At The Disco, Taking Back Sunday, The Used) and mixed by Neal Avron (Linkin Park Fall Out Boy, Weezer), the album streamlines the quartet's finest attributes into their most accessible work to date. "In the past we used synthesizers to emulate real instruments – piano and strings and all that," says Ville Valo. "This time we wanted all the synths to sound like synths. It's a pretty Eighties album for us, and I love the Eighties because the Eighties, musically, was about melody and huge choruses. That's very essential for us."
The power and intensity of HIM's live performances is world renowned. Fronted by the effortlessly charismatic Ville Valo, HIM have headlined the Give It A Name festival and been third on the bill to Black Sabbath and Velvet Revolver at Download. In addition, they also made a guest appearance with Metallica at a gargantuan Wembley Stadium show. They return here in March for live dates.
The first Finnish band to earn an American Gold-certified album, HIM have hit the Top 20 of the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The band have also enjoyed two UK Top 10 hits in the shape of 'Solitary Man' and 'Wings of a Butterfly', as well as a further four Top 30 hits. They've also toured with bands including Metallica and Linkin Park.