Release Date: Feb 26, 2008
Label: Warner Bros.
Genres: Goth Rock, Neo-Glam,Goth Metal
Number Of Tracks: 36
H.I.M. has a reputation for engaging live shows, so it's disconcerting when Digital Versatile Doom starts off a bit stiff and stilted.
Digital Versatile Doom: Live At The Orpheum Theater [DVD]
UG Team, on may 29, 2008 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: For fans of the darkly charismatic frontman Ville Valo, HIM's latest release should keep them glued to their screens for a good while. Not only does the new CD/DVD Digital Versatile Doom: Live From The Orpheum Theatre XXXVII A.S. feature a 1 hour-long concert, you'll also get a lengthy one-on-one interview with Valo in which he talks about more than a few deep topics. With 16 tracks on the CD portion and 19 songs on the DVD, musically it's a solid package. During the DVD portion, guitarist Mikko Lindstrom actually puts on the most memorable performance at times thanks to some incredible solo work, but don't worry HIM devotees - that intriguing, chain-smoking Valo is given the spotlight for the biggest portion.
With footage taken from Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre back in November of 2007, Digital Versatile Doom provides a pretty well-rounded look at HIM's song catalog. It would have been easy for the band to focus primarily on material from it's latest album Venus Doom, but HIM touches upon albums like Dark Light and Razorblade Romance as well. The whole experience is just as much about the imagery (whether that be Valo's dramatic entrance onstage or the black-and-white motif used before the music begins) as it is the music, and that attention to drama meshes well with titles like Join Me In Death or Buried Alive By Love.
Among the highlights are The Kiss Of Dawn (which features Valo's insanely wide vocal range), Poison Girl (Lindstrom performs some of his best solo work on this one), and Your Sweet 666 (the band interaction is priceless in this one, particularly when Valo giggles while playing a little air bass). The guitar mix overtakes the vocals in the first few tracks, but those kinks are worked out pretty quickly. HIM might not be everyone's cup of tea and a few of the songs do get a bit repetitive, but all in all the DVD offers a solid show that should absolutely please fans. // 9
Overall Impression: The new DVD/CD presents HIM in a complimentary light, and you do get a sense of what all the hype is about. There are fans out there who are more obsessed with Valo's persona than the songs, but it's hard not to be impressed by the musicianship in Digital Versatile Doom. The 10-minute-plus track Sleepwalking Past Hope might be a bit much for some to swallow, but that's easy to forgive with memorable, infectious riffs like the one in Bleed Well. Valo doesn't necessarily move around a lot onstage (unless it's to light a cigarette mid-song), but he does have a unique stage presence that is upstaged only by his impressive vocals. // 9