First Impressions: HIM – Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice

First Impressions is a segment where we let you into our early thoughts on a highly anticipated album, This week, we have our early views on HIM’s Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice. It drops February 9th, 2010.


Though the first single [“Heartkiller”] from HIM’s upcoming 7th studio album, Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice was just released to the masses less than 72 hours ago, the UTG offices have been jamming to the group’s most inpsired effort in years for over a week now!

For those of you already familiar with the band, you’ll be happy to learn that HIM is still HIM only now they have more energy and seemingly more enthusiasm about their material than we’ve seen in awhile. Tracks like the haunting “Disarm Me” or the heavy, heavy “Like St. Valentine” pulsate with heartache and musicianship like no other band today is capable of achieving. In fact, much of the album booms with this nearly unfathomable scale of song structure and composition that is destined to set the bar for all other 2010 rock releases to follow. There’s not only your normative dark, ambient tones over fuzzed/distorted guitars, but there’s also elaborate orchestral sections, blazing solos, and so much more that I don’t want to give away just yet as we still have to post a review of the entire album.

For those who only know the group through Bam Margera or perhaps have never actually listened to the band, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon. Once this album impacts, I think everyone will be vying for a piece of these young Finnish rock legends.

For now though, just know this: Screamworks is a heavy, romantic, dark, evil, beautiful, and breathtaking work of art that you definitely won’t want to miss.

-James Shotwell

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4 Responses to “First Impressions: HIM – Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice”

  1. marjohn666valo says:

    HIM is the only band that has made me this hooked. their upcoming album is the only one i’m counting the secs for. thier single Heartkiller literally rocked my world. i can’t wait to hear the whole album :))

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  3. Genaro says:

    Thanks for this write-up, Bam is definitely my favourite skater, a real maniac. I met him one time for a couple of minutes in Vancouver, was really interesting.

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