Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice Image

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  • Summary: Finnish goth-rock outfit, HIM returns with its seventh studio album on Sire Records.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. When the band are a little more concrete and less spooky, the results are especially compelling, but Screamworks is ultimately successful in its blending of melody and muscle. [Mar 2010, p.90]
  2. A mixed bag, but an appealingly bold one.
  3. This is a solid album, rife with brooding love metal and big choruses, but while this is HIM’s most accessible album to date it’s also the most unpalatable, as Ville takes one step too many towards self-satire.
  4. If I lived completely under a rock, I'd say Screamworks, and HIM in general, would hit Twilight tweeners straight in the heart with its dark, dismal and dire themes, but the more mature crowd would see the excessive sentimentality as almost self-parodying.
  5. The material sits within the band’s canon well enough to please longtime fans, and listeners looking for some kind of middle ground between Evanescence, late-period Queensrÿche and Fall Out Boy will more than likely find a few wicked gems to hang their heads to.
  6. 60
    Old-school romantic Ville Valo croons as often as he screams, so that even when aiming for the stylistic median, a bit of local weirdness oozes forth to make Screamworks more interesting than it's designed to be.
  7. While his lyrics are lascivious to a point, songs such as "Love," "The Hardest Way" and "Heartkiller" are strictly soft-focus, with any semblance of attitude--or actual sex--air-brushed into radio-friendly oblivion. [Mar 2010, p.102]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. AlexandraZ.
    Feb 23, 2010
    To me this album seemed to become something totally new from the band without them losing the features I have always loved them for.
  2. Jun 8, 2011
    The tracks' composition may seem similar but the great sound and nice lyrics make this album a must for H.I.M fans and is in my opinion their best just after Razorblade Romance. Expand
  3. IrynaA.
    Feb 23, 2010
    Perfect album. Very impressive and passion.
  4. DinC.
    Feb 23, 2010
    Great work. Great sound. And great band.
  5. IgorS.
    Mar 2, 2010
    Very good album.
  6. FredH.
    Feb 26, 2010
    Aside from the autotuned mess that is the first track, this album is fantastic.
  7. Dec 10, 2010
    There is one saving grace to this album- The forboding Sense of Impending Happiness
    The rest is over filtered, over processed garbage. Again,
    Im a HIM fan, but this is the first album I've refused to buy. I bought the one good track on ITunes... I guess it can be credited to their new producer? The album feels like the band is trying to become 'Americanised', and at points you can hear Ville forcing an american accent ("heart-killER") emphasizing certain parts of words that he normally dosent, and it really bothers me. Coming after an album as strong as 'Venus Doom' this is a complete letdown. If your a fan of their deep and dark music (and by deep, I dont mean the lyrics lol) then this album will leave you feeling..jipped. Expand

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