Title: “Razorblade Romance”
Label: Universal Records
Release Date: 5/20/2003
Genre: Gothic Hard Rock
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 ‘Love Metal’. 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.
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Title: “Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights”
Label: Universal Records
Release Date: 9/28/2004
Genre: Gothic Melodic Hard Rock
The next HIM CD that has been made available to us very easily in the United States in the release “Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights”. This CD is a little different than that of “Razorblade Romance” as it’s a little slower and sadder in it’s primary sound. It is a very good sounding record with more keyboards present on this piece than the last. It truly leans more towards the Gothic sound than the rock and rolling feel of RR. Not all of the numbers are slow however, for there is “Please Don’t Let It Go” and “Pretending” which move along a little quicker. Yet more than 80% of the piece is slower and moodier. Ville sounds more passionate on these tracks, since most speak of heartbreak and despair. Stand out tracks for me were “Salt In Our Wounds”, “Close To The Flame”, and “In Joy And Sorrow”.
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Title: “Still Reigning”
Label: American Recordings
Release Date: 10/2004
Genre: Heavy Metal
Slayer has released a great new DVD entitled “Still Reigning”. There are a couple of stand out points to this release which follows the recent “War At The Warfield” of last year. For starters this is the first official release that will feature original drummer Dave Lombardo who has rejoined the band as a permanent member since 2003. With no offense to Paul Bostaph, Slayer is at is metal best with Dave on the skins. There is a DVD included in the career expansive boxed-set “Soundtrack To The Apocalypse” but not everyone is going to spend $100 in order to get it (I recommend they do however). The second stand out piece is the fact that the album “Reign In Blood” is performed from start to finish. Many people regard this as a seminal piece in the Slayer catalog. They are not wrong in that for this is the home of not only the title track, but also “Piece By Piece” as well as “Angel Of Death” and many more.
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Title: “From Wishes To Eternity”
Label: MSI Music Corp.
Release Date: 3/13/2000
Genre: Operatic Power Metal
I was lucky enough to see this DVD in one of my very favorite Metal CD Music Stores out in New Jersey. You see, I had heard Nightwish at a Friends place where some music had been downloaded. Yes, I know this is bad, but I had nothing to do with it. Anyway, I instantly fell in love with what I was hearing and of course when I realized that this band was from Finland I knew I could count on never ever getting to see them play live in my area. As a fan of live video DVD’s I enjoyed this one a little more than others as it had more of a feel of being at the concert. One could appreciate the lighting and pyrotechnics as well as the full stage setup that they use. There were frequent pans from the back sections as well as many great close ups of the beautiful Tarja and her bandmates (Tuomas, Jukka, Emppu and Marco …..keyboards, drums, guitar and bass respectively).
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Artist: Force Of Evil
Title: “Force Of Evil”
Label: Escapi New Media
Release Date: 1/27/2004
Genre: Heavy Metal
Former Mercyful Fate dual lead guitar players Shermann & Denner are back in action with a group that will definately impress the fans of King Diamond and Mercyful Fate. The band is called ‘Force Of Evil’ and their self-titled release has yet to leave my CD player. I think I have had 5 full listens already.
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