Concert Reviews


Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 12, 2014    
0.0 (0)
4308   0   1   0   0   0



HIM - Dingwalls, London (UK) - 26th April 2013

Having suffered more than their fair share of creative dry spells in the decade that's elapsed since 2003's critically explosive 'Love Metal,' HIM's unpredictable foothold in the international rock scene has long proved to be anything but secure. But where these many years of blood, sweat and (most particularly of all) tears would have left lesser bands reeling, it's clear the Finns' handle on their broodingly dark inner demons has never been more assured. With the quintet teetering on the brink of eighth full-length 'Tears On Tape', it's with a rare mix of raw spontaneity and practiced maturity that these globally adored goth rockers work their emotionally-charged magic on the crowd.

Instantly at ease within Dingwalls' cosy, dimly-lit confines, Ville Valo's dusky vocal presence looms charismatically large as the Scandinavians are greeted with wave upon wave of hysterical screams. Far removed from the drink-addled inconsistencies of earlier live sets, the vocalist's pitch-perfect yet wildly animated verses are positively drenched in emotion, with adrenalin-fuelled classic 'Buried Alive By Love' illustrating every inch of this expansive range. Underpinned by many a psychedelic flourish and smouldering spiral of reverb, it's not long before this up-tempo number whips already euphoric fans into the desired frenzy. Intermingling more recent choice cuts with a wealth of established fan favourites, theirs is a varied and consistently entertaining showcase of a two decade-long career that also forms a tantalising introduction to fresh full-length 'Tears On Tape'.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

Striking a fine-tuned balance between radio-friendly pop sensibilities and pitch-black whorls of Sabbath-esque distortion, new offering 'Hearts At War' makes for blissfully lovelorn listening, while anthemic title track 'Tears...' taps a wistful, irresistibly anthemic vein. While, in recent years, many might have observed the five-piece's former spark and spontaneity dwindling into considerably tamer territory, this smattering of new material alone reveals reignited passion and instinctive songwriting in spades.

Numbering a satisfyingly riff-laden rendition of 'Wicked Game', a selection of hits extracted from 1999 breakthrough 'Razorblade Romance' see Valo shift effortlessly from inky baritone notes to a soaring falsetto atop a deafening wall of reverb. Plunging still deeper into the earliest classics of the band's expansive back catalogue, 'It's All Tears' is awash with sprawling, Type O Negative-tinged riffage, with Ville injecting devilishly dark theatrics into every teasingly sustained note and nuance. With its historic blend of fresh offerings and unforgettable classics, this is as intimate and nostalgic an experience as any HIM obsessive could wish for, as well as fine testament to a truly inimitable circle of musicians.

Faye Coulman

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  November 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 11 hours, 8 minutes ago
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site