HIM
Razorblade Romance


4.5
superb

Review

by Krazydrummerrob USER (2 Reviews)
October 8th, 2005 | 152 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Razorblade Romance was the second album from HIM featuring a more sophisticated and refined sound than their debut offering.

1. I Love You (Prelude To Tragedy)
This foirst track bursts straight into the verse without an intro and is one of the faster tracks on the album. The song does a good job at showing you whats in store in the other 10 tracks and is clearly the intro song (Indicated by 'prelude to tragedy' in the song name). 9/10

2. Poision Girl
This track slows things down a bit and starts with Ville whispering the words to the chorus ("I did it all just for her...."). The rest of the song is quite continuous with the chorus being repeated many times (As with many HIM songs). The solo is interesting with the chorus being played with an echo effect. 10/10

3. Join Me In Death
This was the first single released from the album and helped them receive mass exposure all over europe (Although I don't think its one of the best from the album). It begins with a piano intro and Ville whispering the words "Baby, join me in death". This is followed by a long vocal part accompanied with quiet, palm muted guitar. The chorus brings in some heavier guitar and the piano oiece used in the intro. Towards the end of the song is an interlude with Ville repeating the words "This life ain't worth living" before once again breaking into the chorus and ending with a fade out. 8/10

4. Right Here In My Arms
This was the second single realeased from the album and in my opinion the best as it really showcases the ability of Linde (The guitarist). Its quite a fast song and begins with a short and simple, echoed guitar intro, the chorus is then played once with out the vocals, the guitars fade out and a pick scrape intoduced Ville's vocals. The chorus is very lively with some fast drumming and two guitars (One playing the rhythm and one reapeating the intro. My favourite part of this song is the guitar solo which follows which is broken into straight from the chorus and has some nice effects. The chorus follows once again with the song gradually fading out. 10/10

5. Gone With The Sin
This is another slow song of which the main feature is Ville's deep voice ib h9is vocals. The long intro only contains vocals and synthesizer, when it moves into the chorus slow, clean guitar and a basic drum beat are added. A simple and slow, clean guitar solo is used and goes well with the sound of the chorus. 8/10

6. Razorblade Kiss
Razorblade Kiss is probably the loudest song on the album and sounds quite simnilar to the playing style used on their first album. The song starts with a short guuitar intro and then Ville's voice humming to the sound of the guitar whgich always follows the chorus. The song does a good job of mixing the quiet parts with the louder parts with the guitars getting gradually louder before the chorus. Thew solo has two parts, the first with Ville singing along for a short while and then the guitar totally taking over with a great solo. 10/10

7. Bury Me Deep Inside Your Heart
This is another slow song, starting with a slow guitar intor it builds up with the inclusion of a second guitar and drums, these are then left with just Ville singing and the drums keeping a simple beat going. The guitar parts used in the intro are again used in the chorus but with the inclusion of Ville's beautifully suing vocals. The interlude shows Ville whispering the vocals and then gradually building back up to the loudness of the chorus. 9/10

8. Heaven Tonight
This song starts with Ville singing quietly to the bass which stays the same in all the parts except the chorus. The chorus is quite soft with the bass louder than the guitar and Ville repeating the words "You are my heaven tonight". In place of a solo is a repetition of the verse with the guitar playin a solo type part over it. 9/10

9. Death Is In Love With Us
This is another fast song with a lot of bass and with some more sophisticated drumming not shown anywhere else in the album. It has no intro and the song jumps straight into the chorus and Ville's great singing. There is an interlude that features some distorted vocals before yet again bursting into the chorus and ending this rather short song. 10/10

10. Resurrection
This song has another long but varied intro slowly adding the drums, bass and then guitar and vocals. The vocals are interesting with the chorus being backed by some female vocals and lots of synthesizer. 8/10

11. One Last Time
This is quite a fitting track to end the album but also my least favourite since it is very repetative. It starts with a hellicopter sound before the chorus that includes some piano. The second half of the song has Ville repeatedly saying the words "Just One Last Time" which gets quite annoying after a short while. 5/10

Overall this improves on their first album by giving a more refined sound sound and offering a good range of loud and quiet songs. 4.5/5


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Neoteric
October 8th 2005


3243 Comments


Where's Your Sweet Six Six Six?

Senor_Whippy
October 8th 2005


367 Comments


I hate Him with a passion.It's just crappy Emo Metal.

Thor
October 8th 2005


10201 Comments


Yeah, no HIM album deserves a rating like this.

Rudd13
October 8th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

No way is this even close to a 4.

A 2.5 at the very most.

Decent review, but I guess it gets to a point where its unexplainable how bad these satanic freaks are.


NEDM
October 8th 2005


1113 Comments


According to the cover, you'd be able to see the singers pubes but I guess he shaves?

HIM are a lame excuse for a metal band. Im sick and tired of their sappy slow tunes about Satan and love.

Good review, but the intro leaves much to be desired.

Krazydrummerrob
October 9th 2005


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cathederal: The album details had already been submitted and i can't change them... must be for a different release.This Message Edited On 10.09.05

Krazydrummerrob
October 9th 2005


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cathederal: The album details had abredy been submitted and i can't change them... must be for a different release.

Neoteric
October 9th 2005


3243 Comments


you can, when you edit a review, you can change the tracklistings.

_unknownST
October 9th 2005


256 Comments


was their 1st album

love songs volume 666 or something

good review exept the start which i got complately confused at and am i the only person who actually likes HIM in this place?

_unknownST
October 9th 2005


256 Comments


ill take that as a yes

Apathy
October 9th 2005


645 Comments


Not their first album. 666 was.


I HATE this band with a passion. For once me and Senor Whippy agree on something.

Senor_Whippy
October 9th 2005


367 Comments


The only reason they're popular is because Bam Margera say they're name every two minutes.

SELHIM
October 9th 2005


62 Comments


I think One Last Time is the best song of Razorblade Romance...


_unknownST
October 10th 2005


256 Comments


give them a break......... its like you trying to write a song in Finnish

_unknownST
October 10th 2005


256 Comments


wooooooo harsh comeback

i can admit they are definitly more popular beacuse of BAM but also because of............ actually that is the only reason

_unknownST
October 10th 2005


256 Comments


i have nothing left to say exept that HIM rock and this album rocks

I'm Charming
October 10th 2005


332 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

No HIM album deserves more than 2 stars. It's just a guy singing about love and chicks run to the CD store to get his albums.

SELHIM
October 10th 2005


62 Comments


First thing is: Everybody who hates HIM is a bastard in a tragic way (am I right? -Yes I am).
Second thing: Tur**pholis said HIM haven't got talent...
Listen to the guitar solo of "Razorblade Kiss" or the "Lose You Tonight" solo live in Taubertal Festival. Or the bass solo of "Close To The Flame" live in Turku... That's talent my mate!
Third thing: Razorblade Romance is one of the best albums of Rock 'n Roll History... If you'd know how many awards HIM got from that album, you'd go pale.
Last: HIM rocks.


Senor_Whippy
October 10th 2005


367 Comments


First Thing:I have a Dad
Second Thing:Yeah the guitarist may be a little bit talent,but that doesn't make up for the rest of the band.
Thrid Thing:Awards really only show how popular a band are.I mean Dixsie Chicks have won tons of awards but they're hardly gonna give The Beatles a run for they're money.
Last Thing:HIM Suck.
This Message Edited On 10.10.05

Neoteric
October 10th 2005


3243 Comments


hey Whippy, you got an IM address?



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