HIM
Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights


4.0
excellent

Review

by RazorBladeLight USER (1 Reviews)
May 4th, 2006 | 27 replies | 9,738 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


This is my first review. I will try to make this as unbias as possible because this is one of those bands that everybody loves to hate... I personally think this band is great, but like I mentioned, I will review the songs as unbias as possible... I'll get started now.
This is HIM's third album and I think the last good album they've made.


Salt In Our Wounds- This is a great opener in my opinion and one of my personal favorites. It starts off slow and then when it gets to the chorus it gets a bit heavier. It has a pretty good solo, nothing too difficult but it sounds cool. A great track. 5/5

Heartache Every Moment- This song was one of the singles. It took me quite a while to get into this song. I owned the album for about a year and a half before I started liking it. I think the intro lyrics are pretty cool as well "From Lashes to ashes and From lust to dust." 4.5/5

Lose You Tonight- The intro is a nice bass line with like a hawk screeching (at least that's what I've always thought it was) in the background. The vocals throughout the song song pretty distorted and it has a fairly decent interlude. Nothing too "WOW" about the song, but it's a good listen. 3.5/5

In Joy And Sorrow- Here is another single from the album. It has a very soothing and nice guitar riff and Valos vocals are beautiful in this song. It's a great track off teh album and favorite of a lot of HIM fans. 4.5/5

Pretending- Here's yet another single and my favorite track off the album. The songs starts of slow with "Love is a flame that can't be tamed and though we are its willing prey we are not the ones to blame" and ends with those lines. The song has a very good solo near the end of the song and the track itself is just great. 5/5

Close To The Flames- This track is one of the slow songs and as well another single. I personally don't like this song. It has nice lyrics, but it just bores the hell out of me. 2/5

Please Don't Let Go- Here's a decent track. It has nothing to it that makes it stand out in my mind and I find myself skipping it often, but that doesn't make it such a bad song. It sounds more upbeat in lyrics and in music to me. Still 3.5/5

Beautiful- Here's another slow track that just has Ville talking about how beautiful he thinks some girl is. It starts of slow and it takes a while to get into the song and once it does it's not a very good one. It ends with him just repeating how "Beautiful" he thinks the girl is. I think it's the worse track of the album. 1/5

Don't Close Your Heart- Here's another track I think is great. It reminds me of "Please Don't Let Go" but I think this song is better. For some reason it puts a smile on my face (I don't knwo why really) and it's just a good song overall. The ending of this song just leads on to the next song. 4/5

Love You Like I Do- Many people don't like this track, I love it. It's Ville singing in a deeper voice (I at first thought it was someone else) and what I believe is an organ. Don't hold my word to that. Still the song sounds so dark and my second favorite on this album. I think it's a great closer to one of the better HIM albums. 5/5

Overall, this album is the last great thing they've done. For the album I give it a 4/5


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AleksiS (3.5)
Chapter III - Pretending...

BenjoJames (4)
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Julio Babilonia (4)
HIM truly released a “Brilliant Highlight” with this album....

Nightside (4)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
morrissey
Moderator
May 4th 2006


1688 Comments


I'm going to approve this, but I have some suggestions.
This is a problem I see with a lot of new reviewers, rather than analysing or interpreting songs they give pretty strict and boring play-by-plays of the songs that don't tell people who own the album anything new and don't really help new listeners because it has to be heard to be fully understood, if you get what I'm saying.
-Try to avoid that and instead compare, contrast, analyse etc. the songs against other ones on the album, songs on other albums of theirs, and songs by other bands.
-talk about the emotions, themes and topics running through the album and through each song.
- Is the album consistent? does it flow well from song to song? Is it choppy and disparate? Is this a good/bad thing?
- Do the lyrics add to the songs and coincide with the musical themes? Do they clash? Any particularly good/bad lyrics you'd like to point out?

etc etc. I feel like I do this in every new review and I don't think there is one reviewer who has yet to implement any of my suggestions. Maybe I'm just giving really bad advice, maybe I'm not clear, or maybe they just don't care. But please consider it, it will really help your writing and help the site out.

Also, can you please add an album cover if available via http://www.sputnikmusic.com/editreviews.php

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2006


16088 Comments


I agree with two above posters. I just think it deserves a neg as well.

metallicaman8
May 4th 2006


4677 Comments


I'm not an HIM fan. I've never really been able to get into these guys......Is the person on the cover of the album a guy or a chick?

morrissey
Moderator
May 4th 2006


1688 Comments


He's not a girl, not yet a woman.

RazorBladeLight
May 4th 2006


258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys for feedback. Yeah, I need to definitely work on reviews... :-)

Two-Headed Boy
May 4th 2006


4527 Comments


originally posted by Morrissey:
He's not a girl, not yet a woman.


:lol:

Nightside
June 20th 2006


102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I guess its pretty good for the first review. Everything negetive has been pointed out. This is a wonderful HIM album I will review it next. - i just did greatest Lovesongs!

Oh and Ville is a guy no matter what this cover tells you!

Nightside
June 20th 2006


102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I guess its pretty good for the first review. Everything negetive has been pointed out. This is a wonderful HIM album I will review it next. - i just did greatest Lovesongs!

Oh and Ville is a guy no matter what this cover tells you!

Nightside
June 20th 2006


102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What?? beautiful is a pretty good songThis Message Edited On 06.20.06

lunalovemetal666
June 18th 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thos album is like good it helped me with a relationship soo i love HIM 4ever!


=========lunalovemetal666

TheNotrap
August 14th 2011


8067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretending is a very cool song but the other tracks here are average IMO. The previous are definitely better.

Digging: Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

TheNotrap
August 14th 2011


8067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretending is a very cool song but the other tracks here are average IMO. The previous is definitely better.

KjSwantko
December 9th 2011


9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is such a guilty pleasure of mine

KjSwantko
December 9th 2011


9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no way trap, listen to Heartache Every Moment. Best song on the album.

pacedown
May 22nd 2012


174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

5/5 for Love you like i do!
i definetely agree.

Acrosstheshield13
May 22nd 2012


791 Comments


why is this band even in the metal section...HIM is not metal. Its just shitty music..

KjSwantko
May 22nd 2012


9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

because they call themselves Love Metal; yeah, obviously not Metal though.

WillieDimension
May 22nd 2012


666 Comments


jesus rocks

nickg42084
September 14th 2012


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

HIM IS METAL, they are gothic/melodic metal. Although they definitely lost their edge after Razorblade Romance for whatever reason.

SupItsKJ
September 14th 2012


122 Comments


I actually do like Heartache Every Moment though; otherwise this band reminds me of gay men sucking each others dicks



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