Wednesday, March 11, 2020

HIM - Love Metal (2003)

HIM - Love Metal (2003)

All tracks written by Ville Valo

1. "Buried Alive by Love" 5:01
2. "The Funeral of Hearts" 4:30
3. "Beyond Redemption" 4:28
4. "Sweet Pandemonium" 5:45
5. "Soul on Fire" 4:02
6. "The Sacrament" 4:32
7. "This Fortress of Tears" 5:46
8. "Circle of Fear" 5:27
9. "Endless Dark" 5:35
10. "The Path" 7:44

Total length: 52:53


Love Metal is the fourth studio album by Finnish gothic rock band HIM. Released on 11 April 2003, HIM began recording demos for the album in northern spring 2002, after an exhausting touring cycle for their previous album, which nearly broke the band up. Excited and invigorated by the new material, HIM entered Finnvox Studios in September 2002 with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa, who had previously helmed the group's 1997 debut album. Musically Love Metal featured a more raw and organic sound, inspired by the band's early influences, which was also seen as a reaction to the difficulties they faced while recording their previous album. Vocalist Ville Valo has since described Love Metal as the album where HIM found their sound. Love Metal was also the band's first album to predominantly feature their logo, the heartagram, on the cover, while the album's title was coined in the mid-nineties as a description for HIM's musical genre.

Love Metal received positive reviews from critics, with many praising the songwriting and calling the album a return to form after Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights. The album charted in eleven countries, reaching number one in Finland and Germany, later going platinum and gold respectively. Love Metal was also the band's first album to chart in the UK and France at number 55 and 141 respectively. Three singles were released, with "The Funeral of Hearts" reaching number one on the Finnish Singles Chart. Music videos were produced for all three singles, with professional skateboarder and Jackass member Bam Margera directing two. Following the album's release, HIM toured the US for the first time, with all of the shows being sold-out.

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