ARTISTdirect.com editor Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with vocalist Ville Valo of Finnish "love" metallers HIM. Watch the chat below.HIM's new album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", sold 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Venus Doom", opened with 38,000 units back in September 2007 to land at No. 12. HIM is currently touring North America in support of "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", which was released by Sire Records on February 9. The headlining trek kicked off on March 26 in Philadelphia and is criss-crossing the continent before finishing up in New York City on May 9. WE ARE THE FALLEN, DOMMIN, and DRIVE A are providing support.
Recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice" was produced by Matt Squire (TAKING BACK SUNDAY, THE USED, SAOSIN) and mixed by Neal Avron (LINKIN PARK, WEEZER, FALL OUT BOY). "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice" is HIM's seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2007's "Venus Doom", which was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Boxed/Special Limited Edition Packaging". In 2007, HIM, which is Ville Valo (vocals), Mige (bass), Linde (guitar), Burton (keyboards), and Gas (drums), supported METALLICA in Europe before joining the LINKIN PARK-headlined Projekt Revolution tour across America, and headlined its own U.S. theater tour. The band's 2005 album, "Dark Light", has the distinction of being the first album by a Finnish band to be certified gold in the U.S.