Friday, January 8, 2010

From the congested e-mail inbox of the A&E editor: HIM Has New Album (And No, That's Not Baby Talk)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 1:26 PM


At the Sasquatch Music Festival in 2006, when adorable Finnish fellows HIM hit the stage, the crowd on the grassy hill became a sea of wavy heartagram adorned arms, legs, T-shirts, headbands, hats, bandanas, socks and more.

Today, those fans' little heartagrams are probably exploding with love: HIM released a video for their new single "Heartkiller," the first off their new album Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, due out on Tuesday, Feb. 9 (Sire Records).

The video, much like HIM's music, might have seemed groundbreaking in the '80s. Cheesy fades, spinning stuffed animals—I counted an owl, a lion, a fawn, a mountain goat, a boar, a hawk, a dove, a peacock, a wolf, a monkey, a duck, a crane, a bat(?), a bear and an angry bunny. But the spinning, brooding requisite hot chick and spinning band members all aside, the song, rock with a nod to pop, and a desire to be alternative metal, is definitely appealing.

And frontman Ville Valo's delivery, although a bit nasally, is so earnest it's hard not to believe him when he sings "Sparks will fly / beneath the luna light. / Lazarus and Frankenstein's. / Babe, I'll be a flatliner for a heartkiller." (I have no idea what any of that means.)


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