HIM "Tears on Tape" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:45:03
Death never sounded quite as beautiful as it does on HIM's latest album Tears on Tape. Most great art exhibits a fascination with the proverbial end. However, making that final moment seem lovely is a talent that few—the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Black Sabbath, Dario Argento, etc.—possess. HIM can do it though.
Out April 30 via Razor and Tie, the record sees the Finnish outfit reach a divine level of bliss within rapturous melodies, thunderous riffing, and frontman Ville Valo's inimitable crooning. All of the elements the band's faithful have come to know and love flourish within the landscape of Tears on Tape. At the same time, the songs themselves are more poignant and poetic than ever before. Edgar Allan Poe himself would undoubtedly be proud of the lyrics.
"Drawn & Quarted" slips from shimmering clean guitar and dreamy keyboards into Valo crooning, "If I'm drawn and quartered, it's only for you". The stand out track becomes an all-encompassing trip that's as warm as it is wild. Meanwhile, the first single "All Lips Go Blue" shakes off a Sabbath-ian sludge hammer and rolls towards a fifties style croon that'd put a smile on Fonzy's face—albeit it's another rumination upon the intersection of love and death, mind you. An epic keyboard intro sets off the title track as a gigantic chorus takes hold mid-song. Eerie interludes including the ominous "Lucifer's Chorale" and "Trapped in Autumn" tie the record together, forging a journey that's meant to be enjoyed from start through to the bloody end on "W.L.S.T.D."
Elsewhere, "No Love" and "I Will Be the End of You" amp up the heaviness with a propulsive six-string stomp and heavy drum beat. These Tears will stay with you for a lifetime, maybe longer. Join HIM in death once more for the best album and one of the year's triumphs.
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See our latest interview with Ville Valo here!