XX: Two Decades of Love Metal
The End Records
The new 20-track compilation album, XX: Two Decades of Love Metal by HIM is a treat for old fans and a prize for new ones too. This well-crafted compilation album holds some of the Finnish Rock band’s greatest and most memorable songs. Tracks like, “Join Me,” released in 1999, “In Joy and Sorrow,” released in 2001 and “Funeral of Hearts,” released in 2003, are some of the most recognized tracks included on this album.
One new cut was included on this record, a cover of artist Ke’s original song, “Strange World,” HIM’s first newly released song since 2010. The band’s easily recognizable “heartagram” atop a blue wash is the chosen album artwork, giving a dreary and dark image, but also a disagreeing relaxing and mellow feeling. As for the music, the entire album is a great bundle of pieces from each of their previous records over the past two decades, wrapped into a new and cutting-edge album. If you’ve been a long-time fan, this album definitely brings back memories and feelings with every single selection. If not – it’s an album worth testing. A great work of ear-candy.
Jaii Bhamra (Twitter @jkbhamraa)
Album Review: HIM – XX: Two Decades of Love Metal
Jaii K. Bhamra