ALBUM BMG RELEASE: APRIL 14,
2003 REVIEW: APRIL 15, 2003
the last album "Deep Shadows…" I gave up on Him. A bunch
of commercial Finns with money on their fake-dark collective mind, I thought.
A couple of years pass and…wham! I’m hit from behind
with "Love Metal" - the ultimate proof that Him, albeit still
commercial, have it in them to make good goth rock.
Metal" is equal parts sleazy ballads and harder stuff. Somehow Him
has managed to make both sides sound more produced and more musical, but
still quite tough in a nice kind of way, which is surprising and great.
The album actually makes me think of "Symbol of Life" by veterans
Paradise Lost from time to time, and that’s a high thing.
though not Paradise Lost-like at every turn, "Love Metal" actually
doesn’t contain any bad songs. From strong "Buried Alive by
Love" through heartfelt "Sweet Pandemonium" to sensitive
"The Path", it contains good, but not great tunes. The main
criticism is that it doesn’t have any real peaks, it’s too
of for Valo & company!