HIM, the Finnish rock band from Helsinki, played to a sold out crowd last night at Irving Plaza. Now, I’m not a big fan of HIM, nor did I know the band who opened for them – a prog-rock band from Livepool, England called Anathema. Maybe cause I was feeling a bit under the weather, but both bands seemed to have fallen short on what my expectations were judging from this type of music. HIM did dive into 16 songs in over an hour and twenty min set hitting the stage at about 9:10pm. Lead Ville Valo did his best to resemble AC/DC front man Brian Johnson. I guess that was not too bad considering it could have been worse… he could have resembled Bon Scott.

Finland’s rock legends HIM are back with their eighth studio album Tears on Tape. This is the band’s first release since their departure from their long-term record label Sire Records. The single “All Lips Go Blue” demonstrates HIM going back to their signature “love metal” sound that was so prominently displayed on earlier efforts.

HIM’s new album Tears on Tape (Razor & Tie) is now available for pre-order on the iTunes Store HERE in the United States. The iTunes Deluxe Digital Edition of the album includes a Digital LP plus 5 recently shot new in-studio music videos. Tears on Tape is mastered specifically for iTunes, ensuring the delivery of the music to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers, and producers intended.

Ahh. Nothing says fashionable dysthymia like a bottle of black hair dye and a HIM CD. As Finland’s finest, emo rockers HIM released the oh-so fervently titled Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, you just know that a million angsty teenagers all over the globe finally felt like someone understood them. So who is this god amongst men? Why, it’s unaffected frontman Ville Valo. Sure, he looks a little like a Tim Burton character, but the man certainly knows how to capture the hearts of the emotionally wavering youth of today.

HIM is a Finnish rock band from Helsinki, formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko Lindström, and bassist Mikko Paananen. They have released six full length albums to date, with their seventh, Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, scheduled to be released on February 9, 2010.

This is HIM’s (His Infernal Majesty) first domestic release, after a successful run in Scandinavia that began with 1997’s Greatest Lovesongs, Vol. 666. This album is, in a word, garbage. Or, as the French would say, ‘garbage’. Now, that’s not to say it’s a terrible album – it could be that the sugary hooks and cookie-cutter ‘goth-ish’ lyrics are masterfully crafted to be just so. It’s just sort of pulpy and very simple. Certainly, a ton of people out there are totally going to be down with this album. But in giving it the requisite few spins on my iPod, I found myself deciding to mercifully stop listening to it so that I wouldn’t be too harsh in the review (I was starting to hate it). I just can’t stomach it, but there probably are many who can and I suppose it’s worth checking out, if you’re into very self-indulgent, miserable music, albeit with fun melodies and dramatic power chords.