With April 30 US release of their eight studio album "Tears on Tape" just over a week away, Finnish love metalliers HIM have decided to give fans a preview of all the new tracks.
Right now, five out of 13 song snippets are available for streaming on the album's official website with more to come during the current week, so you might want to stay tuned.
The band has recently also premiered their latest video for the new album title track. Described as "cinematic, odd, left-of-center, and funny," but also "scary, brooding and dark" at the same time by frontman Ville Valo, the "Tears on Tape" video was directed by Stefan Lindfors, who has previously worked with the group on their classic single "Funeral of Hearts" back in 2003.
"The more cinematic it is, the better," Valo tells Artist Direct. "It's about visuals in general. It's about photography. It's about paintings. When you're not too specific with the lyrics, it enables the imagination to do some of the work. I suppose you have to draw the lines between 'A' and 'B' with everything given to you from the get-go. That's important when it comes to music. It's like you're painting with feedback."
HIM are currently busy touring with about 20 live shows ahead of them, including a 6-date US tour at the beginning of May. Their previous studio effort, "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice," saw its release in February 2010, ultimately spending four weeks at No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart.