Kerrang! have obtained the full tracklisting for HIM's upcoming new album 'Venus Doom'. The full tracklisting for 'Venus Doom', which is released in the UK on September 17 through Warner Bros, is as follows:
01. Venus Doom 02. Love In Cold Blood 03. Passion's Killing Floor 04. The Kiss Of Dawn 05. Sleepwalking Past Hope 06. Dead Lover's Lane 07. Song Or Suicide 08. Bleed Well 09. Cyanide Sun
According to frontman Ville Valo, it will be their heaviest album yet. Venus Doom will still be comprised of Valo's allegorical lyrics, comparable to HIM's older albums. He has also noted that the music on Venus Doom will be comparable to Metallica and My Bloody Valentine. The longest song on the album is 10 minutes long, while the shortest song is 4 and a half minutes. The album was produced by Tim Palmer (Ozzy Osbourne, Dredg) and Hiili Hiilesmaa (The 69 Eyes, Apocalyptica).
The album's cover artwork [picture] was painted by artist David Harouni. Ville Valo purchased one of Harouni's paintings at New Orleans' Harouni Gallery and later asked Harouni if it could be used as the cover for "Venus Doom." "Venus Doom" will be a 2-Disc release with one CD of music and a DVD of bandwork.
The band played the track "Dead Lovers' Lane" live at the Give It A Name Festival in Birmingham, England, April 28, 2007 and in Glasgow, Scotland, April 29. The band also played the tracks "The Kiss Of Dawn" and "Passion's Killing Floor" at the July 7, 2007 concert at Brussels, Belgium.
Also the band filmed the music video for the first single off the album, "The Kiss Of Dawn" starting June 21 in the Los Angeles area. Meiert Avis, who directed HIM's previous video Wings of a Butterfly, was the director. The production team put out a casting call for a "beautiful girl (model type) to perform in the lead role of the video". Auditions were held on June 19. Ville Valo has stated that the song "Kiss of Dawn" was for a "close friend who committed suicide soon after the band wrapped the recording sessions for Dark Light". Sheet music for the song "The Kiss of Dawn" was posted on their official website prior to the release of the album, giving fans from the US the chance to submit a video of themselves playing the song from their own perspective.
The 3 winning videos will be featured on HIM's upcoming live DVD and the winners will receive a signed copy of said DVD. The song "Passion's Killing Floor" is on the Transformers soundtrack, which was released on July 3, 2007.
A secret key at Heartagram.com, "February 12, 1961", can be entered and 40 seconds of "Love in Cold Blood" can be heard. This could be a reference to the date on which the Soviet Union launched Venera 1 towards Venus.
Thanks for the info to Kerrang.com.