VV (FIN)
Neon Noir


4.5
superb

Review

by Dillon T. USER (10 Reviews)
January 15th, 2023 | 47 replies


Release Date: 01/13/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ville Valo crafts a sweet and somber solo debut.

It's been half a decade since His Infernal Majesty took a step down from their throne of love and metal and nearly twice as long since the release of their final record. In that time, frontman Ville Valo has managed to keep himself occupied as a free agent. Three years after the release of a tantalizing EP under the name 'VV', he is finally ready to release his debut album as a solo artist.


As the title implies, 'Neon Noir' is a dichotomous record full of brilliant highlights and deep shadows. There is an immediate sense of familiarity for anyone who has listened to HIM in the past. You will certainly find shades and echoes of Ville's previous work throughout the entire tracklist but that does not imply a complete lack of surprise or evolution. While opener "Echolocate Your Love" would sound right at home on 'Screamworks' or 'Dark Light', many tracks tend to lean more on the loving side of love metal.


Albeit somber, there is a tenderness that songs like "Loveletting" and "In Trenodia" are willing to display. Ville definitely wears his influences on his veil as you will not find more lovesick synths and acoustics this side of 'Disintegration'. There is an ever-present sense of melancholy even when the pace picks up on the title track as well as "The Foreverlost". In these louder moments, the contrast that may have come from a soaring guitar solo once upon a time now comes from an infectious melody instead.


If you were hoping for something heavier then you might find this record to be a little too glossy for your taste. "Saturnine Saturnalia" will give you some Sabbath-inspired riffs to chew on but this is an exception to the rule. If you have an itch for The Cure however, then you will find that there is a lot to love here. Perhaps the haunting "Heartful of Ghosts" most of all. A slow burn that is unlike anything Ville has done before.


It's hard to say how this debut outing will be received by fans and newcomers alike. The softer sensibilities could drive the former away while Ville's melodramatic lyrical style will likely remain a point of contention for the latter. That this is a finely-crafted and consistently pleasant experience from top to bottom... well that's quite easy to say.



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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2023


31824 Comments


Great review, forgot this was coming out. Need to check it. For what I read in the review I think there'll be much to enjoy.

Epilogue
January 15th 2023


1816 Comments


Neon Noir is v good.

cageofman
January 16th 2023


254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I reckon the artist name is VV? Not Ville Valo, even though of course its Ville Valo, but the name of the act is VV? Isnt it?



ah i dunno, i guess its just semantics....



I'm enjoying this so far, sounds just like a HIM album; of the more subtler softer side of HIM.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2023


31824 Comments


Yeah sounds like softer HIM, it's alright, not making me crazy but there are some cool songs.

I think we should edit the artist name to be VV. I'll bring it to the mods.

LightChaotic
January 16th 2023


385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Appreciate the feature! Some of these tracks definitely took a while to grow on me. Baby Lacrimarium and In Trenodia in particular. I felt like they were a little too similar to Loveletting on my first listen, only with less infectious melodies. I wouldn't have minded another upbeat track along the lines of The Foreverlost in the back half of the album but those tracks have still grown on me a lot regardless.

Purpl3Spartan
January 16th 2023


8167 Comments


Nice writeup pos

Staying away from this tho lol

porcupinetheater
January 16th 2023


10998 Comments


What is this album art

The VVeils

Colton
January 16th 2023


14852 Comments


99% sure it's johnny

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2023


31824 Comments


Your obsession with Johnny is worrying Colton not to mention a bit creepy tbh.

Sowing
Moderator
January 16th 2023


43745 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First few songs seemed alright. Going to have to give this a full spin.

Pho3nix
January 16th 2023


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The album cover is obviously inspired by Orville Peck.



I'll have to give this a listen even if I was never a fan of HIM

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2023


6139 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4 | Sound Off

Nice record, but a bit too long for it's own good. I wouldn't say no to a HIM reunion lol.

hangth3dj
January 16th 2023


721 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I felt this album is a bit like Ville thinking he could take the HIM sound forward on his own, not quite realizing what the rest of the band contributed.



It's fine, couple of good songs, a couple of duds and a fair bit of average but listenable.

Colton
January 16th 2023


14852 Comments


no dewi this actually looks just like him lmao look at his twitter pic

Sowing
Moderator
January 16th 2023


43745 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The vocals seem pretty dull but I like the songs otherwise. Just wish it had more energy.

TheBarber
January 16th 2023


4130 Comments


VVV is better

cageofman
January 16th 2023


254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah that album cover... haha. Was hoping for something different there, but it is what it is.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2023


31824 Comments


"no dewi this actually looks just like him lmao look at his twitter pic"

Oh we doxxing now too? Nice, and yeah, creepy.

Colton
January 16th 2023


14852 Comments


lol you guys are so weird

johnny himself provided his twitter handle which leads to a photo which resembles this cover, calm down

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2023


31824 Comments


I am perfectly calmed my dear.

You the one getting excited about Twitter pics and lookalikes.



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