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HIM – Tears On Tape

| 28 April 2013 | Reply


Label: Razor & Tie Records

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Rating: 8/10

Reviewed by: ToddStar

 There are several bands that I have heard of through the years, but never really latched onto.  The latest from HIM is enough to make me rethink that logic.  “Unleash the Red” is an interest interlude that lulls you into a false sense of security.  “All Lips Go Blue” comes along and shatters the silence with a guitar filled tune that has a very catchy chorus and big riffs.  The vocals are slightly eerie and dance easily over top the rest of the band.  “Love Without Tears” is sonically like the last track, but the use of the keyboards helps give a little more depth to the vocals.  The bridge and breakdown give the guitars and bass room to stretch and put their stamp on the song.  “I Will Be the End of You” is a bit more forward than the last couple songs, but keeps the mood of the disc consistent.  The guitars and keyboards trade off in the mix, but nicely compliment the vocals.  The breakdown is bottom line heavy, but not too heavy that it changes the vibe of the track.  “Tears on Tape” is a great track that really captures the groove of the whole disc, but seems to have a slight pop sensibility to it.  The vocals are earthy and are well established in the mix against the rest of the band.  The track has a slightly slower tempo, but fills a void on the disc.  “Into the Night” has a cool punk rock feel when it opens with a very Ramones-type riff, but quickly settles back into a very HIM track.  The chugging riffs and the effects between verses and the chorus scream rocker.  This is one of my favorites on the disc.

“Hearts at War” has a cool riff that stays heavy from opening to close and adds another dimension to the band.  The guitars from the last track keep at it and turn this into another great rock track.  The bass blends well with the guitar in the bridges and create a cool feel.  “Trapped in Autumn” is another piece that helps segue way into another track while using nothing but sounds and different effects.  “No Love” comes along and mirrors the opening tracks on the disc.  The chorus is catchy and melodic.  The guitars take a backseat to the keyboards and the song gets less of a rock sound because of it.  The breakdown is unlike anything else on the disc, but it messes slightly with the tempo of the track.  “Drawn & Quartered” is a lot like the last track, but the vocals are a bit lighter and lend themselves to a poppier track.  The song has some cool fills and breaks that keep the song from becoming too generic.  Another cool bass line rears its head on this track.  “Lucifer’s Chorale” is the another instrumental piece on the disc, but not the least impactful.  “W.L.S.T.D.” has a very heavy groove that is the bastard love child of Black Sabbath and Type O Negative.  The vocals are heavy and dark in tone, while moving fluidly through the instrumentation.  The guitars and bass lay heavy underneath the keyboards and keep this dark.  “Kiss the Void” closes the disc with distortion and noise.

Category: CD Reviews

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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