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Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice

World Exclusive: Track-By-Track Guide To The New HIM Album

Ode To Solitude Eerie industrial drums lead into a beast of a riff. It sounds like 80s hair metal with a punk chug and all wrapped up in HIMs inimitable style. The chorus has an insanely catchy hook that evolves around the lyric heres to pain. A storming, up-tempo start to the album.

Scared To Death Its a very poppy second track. By that we mean that its tailor-made for the radio. Its played at a similar pace to Funeral Of Hearts but doesnt have the same moody overtones. The lead hook evolves around the lyrics Im not afraid to say I love you.

Heart Killer After an intro that sounds like it was put together on a Casio-keyboard, arena-sized guitars crash through the barricades. HIM are setting their stall out here, its the commercial know-how of Dark Light combined with the pace of Love Metal. Theres an epic building solo in the middle too, really impressive stuff.

Dying Song Its got the sound of a single. Off-kilter drums build to a massive, epic chorus where Ville croons that hes shedding skin to a dying soul. Theres also a heavily Slash-influenced solo on display.

Disarm Me Opening with acoustic guitars, the 5th track is a sweeping ballad that sounds like it could be the gothic soundtrack to a Hollywood blockbuster. Twilightcore? Hmmm, possibly not but its certainly in that ball-park.

Love The Hardest Way The sound of a band rediscovering their strongest areas of expertise. Unmistakably HIM, its fuel-injected and recapturing the anthemic sounds of the Love Metal era.

Katherine Wheel Atmospheric verses give way to one of the finest choruses on the album. These are the things that you make me do sings Ville.

In The Arms Of Rain Once again, a bizarre keyboard intro that sounds like it could be lifted direct from the 80s video-game Pong (ask your dad). The song itself sounds like Killing Loneliness on steroids. Massive vocal hooks all around this track and if its not called In The Arms Of Rain, well eat our hat.

Shatter Me With Hope The heaviest moment of the record so far, HIM break out the palm-muted riffs but it does once again have a very radio-friendly edge. Be warned: theres a monster of a dirty riff in the middle of this one.

In Venere Veritas Lets fall apart together now is the sultry introduction to this slick and club-friendly track. Theres an odd almost monk-chanting moment in the middle but this is perhaps the poppiest track on the album.

Acoustic Funeral Keyboards that sound as if they could come from a music box usher in a massively dramatic track that builds around sweeping, ringing power chords. Not a full-on ballad but certainly one of the more tender moments on the album.

St Valentine A drum n bass (yep, you read that correctly) intro gives way to a stomping riff. HIM reach out beyond their comfort zone and into the unknown on a song that continuously mentions St Valentine. Its bold and brave but it certainly works!

Smother A Heart And now for something completely different. 80s fat bass sound that sounds as though its been lifted from a horror movie from the same era. Gentle electronic drums play on this ambient ode that sounds like DJ Shadows interpretation of HIM. Its still distinctly HIM because of Villes unique vocal tones but its done in a electronic/restrained way. One of the best tracks on the album but this will definitely ruffle a few feathers.

Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2010.

Catch our interview with Ville from a past Metal Hammer podcast, our video interview with Ville from the bands stint on the Projekt Revolution tour and Ville talking us through his tattoos and his reasons for them.

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