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Love Metal Import

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Limited digipak edition of the Finnish goth-rock act's brilliant fourth album includes two bonus tracks, 'Love's Requiem' & 'Buried Alive By Love' (Video). Includes a fold-out sleeve with a color photo of the band. Gun/BMG. 2003.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Buried Alive By Love
  2. The Funeral Of Hearts
  3. Beyond Redemption
  4. Sweet Pandemonium
  5. Soul On Fire
  6. The Sacrament
  7. This Fortress Of Tears
  8. Circle Of Fear
  9. Endless Dark
  10. The Path
  11. Loves Requiem (Bonus Track)
  12. Buried Alive By Love (Video)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B00008V6GA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Crypt on January 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
HIM is one of those few bands that reek of catchy instantly satisfying pop rock, yet still come accross as legitimate and true. It would be hard to compare them to any mainstream music today, yet they definitely have an infectious element thanks to some incredibly clever songwriting. They have never tried to be "mainstream" yet have developed a massive cult following in Europe and the US. So what is Love Metal anyway? To break it down, imagin those Gothic/Pop/Rock bands from the 80's: The Cult, The Mission UK, The Church, Early U2, The Sisters of Mercy, etc, take those elements and combine them with some Black Sabbath-esque riffing and heavy guitars. Lay on some Lullaby-like melodies and lyrics dealing with unhealthy romantic relationships and death. There you have HIM in a nutshell. Love Metal is probably their most accomplished album yet. There is not one song on here that can be skipped over. Definitely recommended if you're into classic Goth Rock and don't mind some heavy riffs.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nick Watkins on December 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
While HIM has pleased us in the past with brilliant releases like "Greatest Love Songs v. 666" and "Razorblade Romance", they hit a slight slump with their third full length album, "Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights". The album was not bad, is just showed no progress. However, HIM come back with their most powerful and masterful work yet, "Love Metal".
Before this release, I never truly realized how talented this band was. I've always appreciated their vocalist, Ville Valo, and consider him one of rock's best singers. He also writes music for all the band, which must be why they all work together and play off each other so well. Their guitarist (there's always two guitars at work at the same time on every track, so I guess he overdubs it) does som pretty tricky and catchy stuff that he hasn't shown off in previous releases. Their bassist, while no Les Claypool, is an excellent rhythm keeper. But the one bad musician, as on all HIM releases, is their drummer. He's not too good, basically. He does not complicated things, and basically hits a snare and a bass drum throughout the whole album, sometimes throwing in a crash. It's either he's not capable or Valo isn't writing good enough stuff for him, but it kind of brings down the music.
Despite the drummer, this release is a masterpiece. Every time I listen to it, it gives me a feeling of seclusion and peace. That sounded corny, but this is one of the only album's I recall that can actually do that. The way "Soul on Fire" comes to it's epic conclusion is oh so super. This is the way music should be done.
The lyrics in the album are quite unique. They basically revolve around joy, sorrow, love and hate.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian on January 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ville Valo is one of the best vocalists in the world, and a credit to his art. However his voice is nothing more than a compliment to his lyrics, which really do all the work. Well, those and the band. I think it's a shame that so many people in the US are so full of this idea that HIM is satanic, and won't just listen to them. 666 has always been metaphorical in their lyrics and all they sing about are the emotions induced by love. Sweet emotions, painful emotions, hope, anguish... everything about the songs is for love and what it does to us. The Heartagram they sport is a sign to show the contrast of good and evil, it has nothing to do with the pentagram!
The song shows improvement and progress from their earlier works but not so dramatic a change that they aren't the same musicians they ever were. Ville's deep voice and lyrics, the rest of the band's wonderful instrumentals... though, I suppose the reviewer a spot or so beneath is right that the drummer really never plays anything impressive, but it still works in the song. Also, I'd like to make a note to another reviewer who seemed to miss this, the song "The 9th Circle" is actually a metal version of "One Last Time" from the Razorblade Romance album. I preffer One Last Time, but that's just me. I recommend every track and video from this CD, particularly Funeral of Hearts--the video is mezmorizing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daphne on May 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well, I found out about this band in GERMANY, when I saw the video for "Join Me", which as I can now (barely) remember had been released with some connection to the soundtrack of "The Thirteenth Floor", but I could be wrong. That was 1999 or so, so I guess I have been following them for quite a while. As a matter of fact the next time I went to Germany, I bought a copy of Razorblade Romance.

I just want to establish some of my objectivity here, I'm no "teenybopper" as some would assert. I happen to like a wide range of music, which includes Classic Rock, Blues, Historical Music (i.e. Classical, Medieval, Baroque..etc)Industrial, Punk, Ambient, and the list goes on and on. By the way- I also have a massive disgust for most of the music that has come out in the past 7-8 years, so I hear all you people.

What attracted me to this band was their dark/tragic presentation of love, if you want to call it that. Whether it is cliche or not, I can't say because this kind of angle just interests me, regardless of the context. It is something that is not explored the way they explore it in much of music today. It was also somewhat of a relief in the days of boy-bands. Now, their sound is original based on what is out today, which is what drew me to them.
I'm positive there are a slew of groups from the 80's and early 90's (I dont mean grunge, dont get me wrong here) that would remind someone of HIM, but these days (as in LIKE, NOW) there are very few bands that sound like them. They just have that European touch, if you dont mind me saying. Also, keep in mind that they are not for everyone. I would never encourage anyone to buy their album, because they don't appeal to everyone. My advice to you is to go out and LISTEN first.
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