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H.I.M. Singer Talks About Heavier, Darker, New Album

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo said in interview that the band's upcoming album, "Venus Doom", is a darker and heavier effort than its previous CD, 2005's "Dark Light". Valo explained, "There's...a lot of SABBATH and old-school METALLICA (in there). I wanted the album to be more aggressive, heavier and more out there."

The new direction also allowed Valo to switch up vocally. "I wanted to sing lower — use my baritone a lot more," he said. "When all those influences come together, it's like, 'I wanna do that [Mark] Lanegan, Leonard Cohen-y type of vibe.'"

Valo added that the disc's tentative first single, "Kiss of Dawn", was inspired by the suicide of one of his best friends. Valo said, "The whole song is a tribute to him. It's also a love song. I love that dude. He was a great friend of mine. We hung out and had great f***ing conversations. It's a celebration of life, rather than death."

H.I.M. will have a chance to see how the new stuff stacks up with METALLICA when they open a few dates in Europe for the metal gods. "It's going to be fun," Valo said. "I grew up with 'Master of Puppets'. For us it's kind of scary to play such big places. Wembley [Stadium] is like 70, 80,000 people. It's a totally new experience."

"Venus Doom" is due out on September 18.

A new H.I.M. track called "Passion's Killing Floor" can be heard on the soundtrack of the movie "Transformers", which arrives in stores on Tuesday (July 3).

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. SexBloodandMetal writes:

Okay, this year, everyone is going back to their roots, or they're trying to be more trve

# Jul 4, 2007 @ 10:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

It must be cool to be metal again...

# Jul 4, 2007 @ 11:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Shoe Police writes:

It will be a solid album. Unlike Linkin Park's latest pile of sellout poop.

# Jul 5, 2007 @ 1:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. SlayerRulz writes:

Don't know about HIM, but Transformers rules!

# Jul 5, 2007 @ 1:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Jacquline.C writes:

Dude I sooo cant wait for one of my favourite bands new material!!!! Yeah I can say that I have been patiently waiting!!
You rock guys!!! You guys have my support!!

# Jul 5, 2007 @ 3:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. warlockzero writes:

Him suck. Now they are trying to be metal. w/e they can go f*** themselves. the singer is a fag anyway. Oh yeah to post 3, it will be a solid album, dude lay off the crackpipe. Him couldn't put out a solid effect if thier life depended on it. Him trying to be like metallica, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, funny sh**.

# Jul 5, 2007 @ 8:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. MindSlavor writes:

In order to be coined as "metal again" they wouldve needed to be metal at sometime in the past.....

# Jul 5, 2007 @ 1:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. turd fergison writes:

i dont know how anything can be heavier than writing songs about love, wearing makeup and looking like a woman. f*** this sh** fest c***sucking band. yea man like your sh** even comes close to what metallica was.

# Jul 5, 2007 @ 5:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. dmasa writes:

f*** him

# Jul 5, 2007 @ 7:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. warlockzero writes:

Check this out guys, him should tour with cradle of filth. They can call it the c***sucking fags tour. They can release a dvd about the tour and all their gay experiences. I f***en hate him.

# Jul 5, 2007 @ 7:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. FocusShift writes:

Check this out, they get more girls than you do. While wearing make up and singing about love.

# Jul 5, 2007 @ 11:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. turd fergison writes:

hahahaha i love how everyone says something about getting more girls than someone else. thats such a f***ing high schoolers comment.

# Jul 6, 2007 @ 12:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. FocusShift writes:

And calling them d*** sucking fags isn't?

# Jul 6, 2007 @ 4:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. BeatuifulGarbage666 writes:

Okay, so what the f*** is with all these people who come onto this site and read HIM news just to bash it. Here's the thing - YOU HAVE NO F**KIN LIFE - why even read new news about HIM if you hate them - Stupid F**kin people.

And just to clear things up, HIM did have some metal stuff at the beginning of their career. Check out "Serpent Ride" or "Dark Secret Love". And metal streams from rock and roll - but with current bands, has really lost substance w/all these bands whose music means nothing, takes nothing to write, and shows absolutely no talent besides the fact that they can scream and bang a drum. HIM is not like this - it is amazing how they can incorperate ideas into their music about the relation of love and death - the pain and the beauty and actually THINK about what their writing and play it beautifully.

Now, I will be the first to admit that they really have changed their sound to be more mainstream - Dark Light was NOT their best album but it is not their ONLY album - check out Greatest Lovesongs vol.666 or Razorblade Romance and LISTEN to the lyrics and music. Really, I would love to see the music these pricks who keep bashing HIM would produce...

Not only that, but claiming that the band is gay is below childish. First of all, ALOT of metal bands wear make-up - KISS, Ozzy Ozbourne, Cradle, and the list can go on... why do ROCK bands have to conform to the conventional notations of "masculine" or "feminine" - the whole idea of rock is sticking it to the man and the fake mainstream ideals and overall society. None of you are true rock and rollers - get over yourself.

# Jul 9, 2007 @ 5:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Diamond Oz writes:

Sorry but no, I saw HIM yesterday, for the second time, and for the second time they sucked an unbelievable amount of d***. So much so that the crowd was more interested in racing condoms (I kid you not) than them. There was NO movement from the crowd bar a conga line and they got booed plenty... I lol'd

# Jul 9, 2007 @ 6:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. warlockzero writes:

Him sucks and so do u focus shift, as well as beautiful garbage 666. You all suck.
P.S...... garbage 666, learn how to spell.

# Jul 9, 2007 @ 8:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BeautifulGarbage666 writes:

Diamond Oz, why the HELL would you see HIM for the SECOND time if you don't like them...wtf.... and Warlockzero - prove your claim - i suck how? Because i actually supported my point instead of the quite popular practice of coming to a band's news page and, like a mindless-idiot, saying "YOU SUCK".

Here's an idea - if you don't like HIM - get the hell off this thread and do something more useful with your time - IF that's possible.....I'm sick of going to these news threads and seeing these a**holes who have nothing better to do then put down bands like HIM. If you don't like them than okay, you don't like them - WHO THE HELL CARES - NO ONE - SO STOP WASTING SPACE ON THESE THREADS.

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 12:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. the_guy writes:

garbage 666, i thnink you're the one wasting space on this thread....with ur lame a$$ oversized comments who are absolutely meaningless...if you were actually sick of seeing this kind of crap on the threads, you wouldnt even bother, you're just as idiotic as the people that you call idiotic

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 2:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. BeautifulGarbage666 writes:

Okay, so I'm wasting space on this thread? Well maybe I am, but i have just gotten fed up with all these hateful comments - I've been to this site for a while and have never said anything until now. All I'm doing is defending my favourite band again childish close-minded people. Perhaps I got carried away, but being a big fan of HIM, I just got tired of seeing these comments on here.

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 6:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. FocusShift writes:

Warlock, learn to insult me on something of meaning. Don't be a little nu-metal angst filled person that says "everything sucks."

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 7:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. warlockzero writes:

HAHAHAHAHAHA! focus shift and garbage 666. ur both funny little f***ers. First of all focus shift i'm not a little nu metal angst fulled person. Just because i say everything sucks as u claim does not make me nu metal whatever. I don't think everything sucks just sh**ty music made by sh**ty bands that claim they are metal thats what sucks and so does anyone that listens to him. To garbage 666, I have a question, U gay? Cause if ur not a girl or a homosexual man, then I can't see how the hell him can be ur favorite band. U cannot be a staright man and claim him is ur favorite band. If u are a girl then my bad. But how can him be ur favorite band. There are so many bands that are a million times better then them. One more thing I'm not closed minded. I listen to all forms of rock and metal. I listen to trash, industiral, hardcore, metalcore, punk, nu metal and even ome rock bands that would be considered popular cause of constant radio play. Hell I listen to some rap and classical and old music as well. so their is no way in hell i'm closed minded. Him make sh**ty music and they do suck. And f*** bam for promoting them. He wouldn't know good metal if it clawed up his ass. And anyone that likes him or is a fan of him u suck too!

# Jul 11, 2007 @ 7:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. FocusShift writes:

It was more sarcasm than actual belief. But your style of arguing is something I believe is wrong with some metal heads. You make a generic statement demeaning something YOU don't like without any reason. There's a reason metal heads get a bad rap sometimes, because of this "better than you and your music selection with no explanation" attitude that you have. HIM is obviously doing something right to have a dedicated fan base through out there world. People who like Iron Maiden or Necrophagist or At the Gates as much as they do HIM.

# Jul 12, 2007 @ 12:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Diamond Oz writes:

I'll tell you why I've seen them twice shall I? First time was at Donnington, I was at the front and HIM were on inbetween Anthrax and Velvet Revolver and I wasn't missing being at the front for those two for sh**! HIM proved to me that day that's possible to be highly boring while playing one of their biggest gigs of your career. Second time was sunday when I went to see Metallica and some f***ing idiot thought it would be a good idea to book them in with Mastadon, Machine Head and Metallica. They're f***ing garbage.

# Jul 12, 2007 @ 6:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Some_Tombs_Will_Never_Be _Silent writes:

Maybe HIM should try metal for a while. I read that the lead singer can really kick a pot plant's ass.

# Jul 12, 2007 @ 9:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Murderface writes:

La dee da dee da....everyone sing along!

# Jul 12, 2007 @ 9:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. BeautifulGarbage666 writes:

First of all, warlockzero, HIM does NOT claim to be metal - they, and many other people, have found their sound so different that it doesn't fit into any current genre - so they made their own - Love Metal. It is a version of metal that incorperates topics that aren't native to that genre. AGAIN, if you listen to their earilier stuff, than you would find out why they fit this category. However, they have REALLY changed their sound with the release of Dark Light (the current album that has made them more popular). But again, if you don't like HIM, than why bother even coming to this thread to argue their musical ability. I understand everyone has their own musical taste, and I respect that, but to call them gay or anyone who listens to them gay is...well...the very thing that makes people think you are a close-minded, idiotic, childish little a** hole.

By the way, I am a "chick" but I know a LOT of STRAIGHT guys who like HIM. Ville's deep "bowie-ish" voice, accompanied by amazing hooks, melodic rifts and a unique all-around sound, compared to the predictable guitar solos and pounding dooga-dooga of many modern-generic metal bands, captivates a huge fanbase (in terms of demographics). But i'm not here to argue HIM's superiority to many sucky metal bands - my point was to possibly deter childish comments by mindless-idiots that have nothing to do with the topic. So heres the thing - all those who don't like HIM - please go to some band's page that you DO like and stop wasting your time.

# Jul 13, 2007 @ 10:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Terminator writes:

wow, trying to justify HIM--as their own metal subgenre no less. whats love metal anyway? sounds like a synonym for hair metal, which is also an oxymoron since hair/love metal isnt metal at all. HIM isnt doing anything new. they're actually very generic when compared to other countless radio bands.

# Jul 14, 2007 @ 1:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. warlockzero writes:

Ok, don't ever compare him to david bowie. Bowie is weird but still better than him. Bowie has more talent in his pinky than everyone in him has in their whole bodies. him is really doing nothing new really. Like terminator said they are more like hair metal. Love metal, HA! More like queer metal. I'm sure alot of people will agree with me on that. U can't justify him, cause they suck. Death to queer metal! HAHAHAHAHA!

# Jul 14, 2007 @ 11:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. HimFan writes:

Garbage666...I am so proud of you....These wally's dont know a good band if it whacked them in the face...you go GIRL!! Love you Ville Valo...cant wait till you tour Australia...666

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 8:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. coldiem writes:

Just a point of advice warlock; if you are going to claim that you are not closed-minded, then it's probably best to just shut up before you say anything at all. Implying that one must be female or gay to listen to ANY band (HIM or otherwise) is the definition of close-mindedness in itself. This site needs more people like BeautifulGarbage666 who still stand up for their favorite bands, and less immature "internet bullies" who think they are tough or something posting trolls on an anonymous thread.

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Diamond Oz writes:

What the f*** are you talking about? Fair play to her for standing up for her favourite band but as the internet has proved time and time again, no matter how much logic you use against people to defend a band that they don't like, it doesn't work! THE INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS!!!

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 2:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. coldiem writes:

What do you mean, what the f*** am I talking about? Just because it is a common problem doesn't make it acceptable. It disappoints me that a registered user is adopting a defeatist attitude toward what is slowly destroying this awesome metal news website. Also, I see at the bottom here: "Personal attacks and/or excessive profanity will not be tolerated and such comments will be removed." I don't know about the rest of you, but plenty of the stuff that gets posted on here could be considered a "personal attack" and/or excessive profanity, and I have never seen anything done about it. And when I stand up to say something about it, I have one of the few registered users of insult me for it. I agree that it isn't something that can be changed easily, but standing by and letting it happen and pushing back against those who speak out against it is certainly counter-productive.

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 2:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Metallian \m/ writes:

whys him on this site anyways? I thought this was a Metal site????

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 3:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Diamond Oz writes:

Fair point but the fact of the matter is, this is a thread for a band on a site which is not exclusive to them, therefore, if you don't expect flaming against fans, the band and anyone else, you're in for a surprise. If this was for example a HIM website, and this was a HIM forum and someone turned up and started spouting hate against said band, then I would be p***ed off and stuff but that ain't the case now is it? As far as me being a registered member goes, that has NOTHING to do with the arguement whatsoever. I'm not the only admin (mod, whatever) that has flamed bands and other people. The "personal attacks" you're reffering to aren't really personal, they're just the same old sh** that goes around the internet (anyone who's seen "Red vs Blue" will know the infamous "Creed sucks! I hate you! I hate the bands you like!" quote, the relevance of which is certainly being shown on here). There are some attacks that get thrown around that get dealt with immediately, for instance you don't see Red Devil around here much anymore do ya? Also there's someone else I've been keeping an eye on lately with regards to verbal attacks but until such time as he makes a personal attack I think I'll continue keeping an eye on him, mark my words he'll be gone if and when he slips up. Anyway, straying from the subject there.

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 3:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. coldiem writes:

I never said I didn't expect it. Oh, I expect it, alright, because I've been reading this site and others long enough to know what people are like. But saying, "Yeah, well, that's the way it is" is only exacerbating matters. All I was referring to, when I pointed out that you are a registered user, is that you are a figure of authority and you should at least stand up for the integrity of this site. I don't care if you or other moderators "flame" bands or other people, although I do think there are more productive ways of displaying your opinion. At the end of the day it's your opinion and you are no less entitled to that as anyone else posting here. As for attacks and such, I wasn't referring to anything or anyone in particular, although now that you mention it, I have noticed Red Devil's absence. Don't get me wrong, I really appreciate any effort you guys are making to improve and provide this site to me and the other viewers. I love this site and the ability post comments on news, I'm just getting really tired of all the senseless bashing and flame wars. Anyway, I apologize for straying off-topic again but I wanted to post a follow-up.

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 5:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Diamond Oz writes:

No problem. Don't get me wrong I understand that it's annoying sometimes to see it go on all the time and maybe I didn't state why I don't get so annoyed about it very clearly. Unfortunately I'll stick to my guns and will continue my "thats the way it is" attitude which as you rightly said, isn't the best attitude to have but overbearing of deleting posts and the like just earns outcrys about censorship and the like and as such we lose regular visitors etc. Also like you said, the freedom to express opinions on here is what makes this site one of, if not THE top news site for metal on the web but some people will use that opportunity to annoy or offend others. Or worse yet post boatloads of spam for viagra and porn and the like which don't work.

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 6:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. coldiem writes:

I suppose you are right. You would spend all day deleting posts and defending yourself as to why you did. In the end it wouldn't be worth it. I guess I will have to just learn to ignore those types of posts much like I ignore posts that are all in CAPS!

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 8:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. BeautifulGarbage666 writes:

Thanks HimFan and Coldiem - I just had to say something after a while... but as for the Valo - Bowie comparision - the tone and overall sound of their voice are similiar - but as for their music, COMPLETELY different, i agree.

As for the whole "internet-bullies" thing, I do believe it would be too hard to delete ever hateful comment on this site, but i do believe it must be stressed that you attack IDEAS not individual PEOPLE. If you want to say something - say it, but prove it. - However, I understand that it is a difficult concept to put in people's mind, especially on a METAL news site (since many "metal-heads" feel a certian superiority to everyone else).
I'm just glad that people on this thread are speaking in ABOVE-par internet talk. Only on a HIM thread....haha...

# Jul 18, 2007 @ 10:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Diamond Oz writes:

Actually there was a Disturbed thread about a year ago concerned Hezbollah where people where for the most part really researching their arguements and stuff.

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 5:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. stricken980 writes:

BeautifulGarbage666,
I COMPLETELY support you! HIM is a freakin awesome band, in my opinion. I always add the words"in my opinion" because then I'm speaking my mind. I'm not stating it like a fact saying that if you don't like HIM, then you suck. If you don't like them, then you don't like them. Ppl like Diamond Oz just need to STFU when it comes to hating bands cause they take it out of line. HIM may not be considered "metal" to some people, but to others like me it is. I listen to TONS of metal bands, and I have just the same respect for HIM than I do with them. If HIM decides to consider their new album as metal as Metallica and Sabbath, then let them do so. They have every right to say that and by saying that HIM is a pu$$y c**k sucking band isn't going to change anything. I can't wait for this new album to come out and I support HIM and their fans.

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