According to Billboard.com, Sire Records has set a September 26 release date for the new album from Finnish goth/metal quintet H.I.M., entitled "Dark Light".
Currently mixing songs at New York's Electric Lady studios with producer Tim Palmer (DAVID BOWIE, OZZY OSBOURNE), frontman Ville Valo said the band was inspired by the works of film composer Angelo Badalamenti. "Our approach on 'Dark Light' was to work on key words to make the music more cinematic, epic, and close to the listeners," he told Billboard.com.
The follow-up to 2003's "Love Metal", "Dark Light" was recorded at Los Angeles' Paramour studios with Palmer, who also worked on the band's last album. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include possible first single "Killing Loneliness", "Under the Rose", "Behind the Crimson Door", "Face of God", "Wings of a Butterfly", "Drunk on Shadows" and the title cut.
Ville Valo and his cohorts have lined up a handful of European and Japanese festival appearances during the summer. A North American jaunt is being penciled in for October and November.
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