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  • Summary: This is the first U.S. release for the popular Finnish goth-rock band (the initials stand for His Infernal Majesty) fronted by Ville Hermani Vallo.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Easily HIM's most accessible album to date.
  2. The songs are sturdier than ever, and they possess a sneaky sort of power. [10 Oct 2005]
  3. A collection of irresistible pop-rock anthems. [Nov 2005, p.125]
  4. An unremarkable, yet solid record.
  5. The truth is that metal fans used to have a word for music like this, and that word is wimpy. [1 Oct 2005, p.45]
  6. 40
    Sisters Of Mercy fans will remain defiantly nonplussed. [Nov 2005, p.103]
  7. While the drop in adrenaline has left room for some good ideas, they’re not fleshed out well enough, and with the lack of a single flat-out rocker, there’s nothing to get excited or exhilarated over.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 66
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 66
  3. Negative: 16 out of 66
  1. VenusDoom
    Apr 1, 2009
    10
    This album blew me away!
  2. anthonym
    Mar 13, 2006
    10
    excellent
  3. samw
    Nov 13, 2005
    10
    they are fanstically amazing!!! i love ville valo so much!!!! i would die for valo!!! Hail to His Infernal Majesty
  4. kristyvampire
    Aug 20, 2006
    10
    I LOVE HIM!!!!!!! THEY F***ING ROCK!! i particularly like this album, not they're best but still sexy and deep. i havbe every album of I LOVE HIM!!!!!!! THEY F***ING ROCK!! i particularly like this album, not they're best but still sexy and deep. i havbe every album of they'res and I think they're storngest album would be RAZORBLADE ROMANCE. DARK LIGHT is good. I like it. I LOVE VILLE VALO!!! Expand
  5. Sarah
    Dec 20, 2005
    9
    Dark light is a fantastic piece of music, HIM are musical geniuss'. Ville Valo's lyrics and voice sooth the soul and warm ur heart, Dark light is a fantastic piece of music, HIM are musical geniuss'. Ville Valo's lyrics and voice sooth the soul and warm ur heart, what a man. the only reason this is a nine instead of a ten is because i have all of their albums and Razorblade romance overshadows all the rest by far! Expand
  6. BrianH
    Mar 27, 2006
    7
    As a fan of the boys of HIM (by the way, they have not used the acronym of His Infernal Majesty since their first show in 1995) for a long As a fan of the boys of HIM (by the way, they have not used the acronym of His Infernal Majesty since their first show in 1995) for a long time, I think it's fair to say that I know what to look for in a HIM album. In a way, this one is definitely HIM, but that way is mostly in the fact that no two of their albums share much in common concerning sound. While their first and third albums were more gothic, their second and forth albums metal, and all the b-sides and singles released in between, despite the difference in sounds I believe people will still be caught off-guard by this punk-influenced disc. It's not bad, but it is definitely an acquired taste. When I first heard it, I might have given it a 5/10, but now it's definitely grown on me. Expand
  7. Eljah
    Oct 22, 2005
    0
    Very very bad

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