ALBUM REVIEW: HIM “XX-Two Decades of Love Metal”

Artist: HIM

Album: XX-Two Decades of Love Metal

Genre: Love Metal

Label: The End Records


Finnish love metal pioneers HIM are celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year.  In honor of such an impressive achievement they are releasing “XX-Two Decades of Love Metal“, their first greatest hits compilation that spans their entire career as a band.  The 20 track album consists of HIM’s singles that they have released off of their seven studio albums.  One new track is present on the album as well; “Strange World” is the opening track on the album.  This is the first new material released from HIM since 2010.  “XX-Two Decades of Love Metal” is an essential mix of HIM’s entire career that will be sure to please many new fans of the band that were not very familiar with their material other than a few songs.  A must have collection for diehard HIM fans, as well as the new track “Strange World” which is an uplifting notion towards future material from the band.


Originally known as His Infernal Majesty, HIM formed in Helsinki, Finland during the early 90’s.  The band truly began to craft and pioneer their own sound which they deemed “Love Metal” throughout the late 90’s.  With their 2005 release “Dark Light“, HIM had become the first Finnish band to ever achieve gold record status in the U.S.  Front man Ville Valo’s personal friendship and joint licensing use of the band’s signature “Heartagram” logo with professional skateboarder, actor, Bam Margera has also helped HIM to become a world renowned musical and artistic sensation.  Through Margera’s endorsement of the “Heartagram” logo on his signature skateboards, shoes, clothing, and other apparel, HIM has received exposure to billions of people worldwide.  Margera has also included the band as part of the soundtrack for his TV shows and movies, as well as including cameo appearances from Ville Valo and other band members.


Over their twenty year career as a band, HIM has gone on to become Finland’s most successful music group ever, selling over five million records worldwide.  Those numbers are sure to continually rise with “XX-Two Decades of Love Metal” being released worldwide on November 6, 2012.  HIM are performing four nights in a row at Helsinski, Finland’s Helldone Festival as part of this New Year’s holiday at the Tavastia Club.  HIM has performed on New Year’s Eve for the past eleven years in a row.  The band is also in the studio this month finishing up their eighth full length studio album “Tears On Tape” due to be released early 2013.  Starting in spring of 2013 HIM can be found performing around the world on a variety of tours and festivals spanning throughout the majority of the year to promote their upcoming new release “Tears On Tape“.  Until then fans get to enjoy “XX-Two Decades of Love Metal” a definitive collection to reminisce and reflect the twenty year growth and success of Finland’s love metal pioneers, HIM.



XX – Two Decades of Love Metal Tracklist

01. Strange World

02. Join Me

03. Heartkiller

04. Wings Of A Butterfly

05. Kiss Of Dawn (Radio Edit)

06. Funeral Of Hearts (Radio Edit)

07. Right Here In My Arms (Radio Edit)

08. Pretending

09. Buried Alive By Love (Radio Edit)

10. Gone With The Sin

11. Your Sweet 6,6,6

12. Sacrament (Radio Edit)

13. Wicked Game

14. Killing Loneliness

15. Bleed Well (Radio Edit)

16. In Joy And Sorrow (Radio Edit)

17. Poison Girl

18. Scared To Death

19. When Love And Death Embrace (Radio Edit)

20. Heartache Every Moment