Thursday, October 20, 2005

CD of the Month (October): Dark Light by HIM

The leaves are piling up on the ground, the sky is overcast, a chill wind blows and all around the skeletons and ghouls of Halloween are playing in the yards. Perfect time of year for HIM to release their latest disc. All the moodyness and poetic madness is in full effect on Dark Light. Every song has references to the grave, death and/or love as is usual from Ville Vallo and gang. I don't understand how certain bands get overexposure (My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte, etc.) and some, better bands don't get any. HIM has been consistently putting out some great music over the last few years and I see alot of merchandise in Hot Topic but I never hear them on the radio or see them on TV. I think that may change with this release. Every song is radio freindly and I can't see them not getting some exposure this year. From the Exorcist-style opening of "Vampire Heart" to the final refrains of "In the Nightside of Eden", Ville takes us on a ten song trip through the graveyards of love. Recommended, even if you aren't a ghoul with a broken heart. ****1/2 out of *****.

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