Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights, the third album from HIM, the Finnish band that has redefined goth rock since its inception in 1996. Lead Singer Ville Valo writes spiritual songs about friendship, trust & love. They are songs of longing - but they are delivered with attitude. For every moment of sorrow there's always a mischievous smile, & a killer left hook to knock you out cold. That may be why the album is called Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights - a photography term used to describe those old black & whites of the likes of Greta Garbo. The album, too, is heavy on sharp contrasts. You can't help but notice that the 'love metal' of HIM's first two albums has turned into something significantly deeper, a scorching yin & yang concoction the band likes to refer to as 'Scandinavian blues'. Ville hates the Beatles & red meat, but loves Gene Simmons & Edgar Allan Poe....those choices speak volumes.