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H.I.M. - Razorblade Romance - Universal Records - 2003 Reviewed by: Ken Pierce

Track Listing
1. Your Sweet 666
2. Poison Girl
3. Join Me In Death
4. Right Here In My Arms
5. Bury Me Deep Inside Your Heart
6. Wicked Game
7. I Love You (Prelude To Death)
8. Gone With The Sin
9. Razorblade Kiss
10. Resurrection
11. Death Is In Love With Us
12. Heaven Tonight
13. Sigillum Diaboli
14. One Last Time
For a little over a year now I have been hearing many good things about the group known as H.I.M. After listening to Razorblade Romance a couple of times I can agree upon the praise. H.I.M., which stands for His Infernal Majesty have referred to their music as 'Lovemetal'. This acclaim is duly given as I am enjoying this CD immensely. New bands tend to grow on me after a few listens. This was not to be the case with this while this one took no time at all. I feel the music of H.I.M. owes more to the likes of Billy Idol and Depeche Mode than to some of the heavy metal bands that might have led to their forming.

The disk starts off with the rousing “Your Sweet 666”. It’s a catchy number that brings you quickly into the world of H.I.M. “Poison Girl” and then “Join Me (In Death)” which is a personal favorite of mine follow it. “Join Me” also has a very stylish video which can be viewed at www.Launch.com so that is a recommendation of mine. A number that surprised me most was the cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”. I got a kick out of this one since I love the tune already. Hearing it from a little more metal side was interesting.

There are some slow numbers such as “Gone With The Sin” and “Bury Me Deep Inside Your Heart”. The number “I Love You Prelude To Tragedy” to me combined Billy Idol and Peter Steele vocals which made it for an interesting tune. Numbers that did not intrigue me all that much were “Heaven Tonight” and “One Last Time”. They are decent numbers, but just did not do it for me. I find the production on this CD excellent, and every song is accessible enough to merit a few listens. This review is of the import release that includes a couple of bonus tracks. Ville Vallo is a presence that draws the audience into his world of somber lovelorn laden tunes. Joining Ville in the group is Burton, Gas, Linde and Mille on guitars, bass and drums.

The group has recently announced some New York tour dates so I will be trying to attend in order to bring the details to you readers. Also I wanted to bring up that this group is very popular among female fans so guys might want to look into it.

Rating: 8/10

H.I.M. Official Site - www.heartagram.com

--Ken Pierce 06.04.04
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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TITLE BAND
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REVIEWER DATE
Deep Shadows And Brilliant HighlightsH.I.M.
2004
Ken Pierce11/4/2004
Love MetalH.I.M.
2003
Nate Turpin8/13/2003
Razorblade RomanceH.I.M.
2003
Ken Pierce6/3/2004
The Video CollectionH.I.M.
2004
Ken Pierce11/3/2005


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