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“Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theater” by HIM

Artist: HIM
Title: “Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theater”
Label: Sire Records
Release Date: 4/29/2008
Genre: Gothic Melodic Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

Captured during the bands tour for the “Venus Doom” album, “Digital Versatile Doom” delivers to the HIM fans worldwide a long hoped for live recording of their material. It’s certainly been a long time coming, for while the band had been active since 1991 and released five studio albums, this marks the first ever live collection of their repertoire. Fortunately for the bands diehard fan base, the live set for the album does not only focus on their most recent studio release “Venus Doom” and instead pays careful attention to the bands long-established hits by paying a visit to the albums that preceded it. Recently we have been finding bands delivering most of or all of their recent works on live releases and depending on the band that is doing it is how you can best perceive its reception from the fans. Dream Theater manages to pull it off without issue time and time again, but when Iron Maiden did their full new release for the concert it was met with a largely negative response. We have yet to see this particular performance come to light on a video releases and only time will tell if it should ever happen. I was glad that HIM didn’t avoid the older stuff because there are just too many songs that I have come to appreciate and look forward to hearing at every show. Being a stateside fan, I admit to being a bit of a latecomer to their sound, but I did manage to catch them at every visit since 2004 which is when they started coming over here for shows. I first picked up on their music at around early 2003 and have been following them very loyally since that time. It’s nice to have a live set for the stereo or music player to walk around with to help keep company to the other releases from the band.
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