Release Date: Feb 9, 2010
Record label: Sire/Warner Bros.
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
A solid album, rife with brooding love metal and big choruses... In the 19 years that they’ve been making music, HIM have established themselves as a major international band, with frontman Ville Valo’s afflicted croonings on love and death attracting women in their droves. However, it seems that in a bid to propel their gothic tinged alt-rock further into popular conscious, on album seven HIM have sacrificed some of their individuality, favouring more commercial, Americanised rock over their darker Finnish roots.
Finnish Goth rockers His Infernal Majesty’s seventh studio album was built around one of pop music’s most ubiquitous themes: heartache. Breakups have been throwing artists into alternating fits of feverish work and hopeless despondency since time immemorial, resulting in both great works and self-absorbed descents into bloated narcissism. Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice is a little bit of both.