More information has been revealed about the cover art for H.I.M.'s new album, "Venus Doom", which was painted by artist David Harouni. The band's leader Ville Valo purchased one of Harouni's paintings at New Orleans' Harouni Gallery (where the artist represents himself) and later asked Harouni if it could be used as the cover for "Venus Doom". Harouni (whose work can be viewed at www.harouni.com) agreed and now counts himself as a H.I.M. fan.
H.I.M. recorded "Venus Doom" with producer and longtime friend Tim Palmer (U2, SWITCHFOOT, HOT HOT HEAT) and co-producer Hiili Hiilesmaa at Finnvox Studios in Finland.
With "Venus Doom", the band's sixth album, H.I.M. fans can anticipate a decisively heavier sound, influenced by BLACK SABBATH, old-school METALLICA and SOUNDGARDEN, among others.
"Venus Doom" track listing (not confirmed):
01. Venus Doom
02. Love in Cold Blood
03. Passion's Killing Floor
04. Kiss of Dawn
05. Sleepwalking Past Hope
06. Dead Lover's Lane
07. Song or Suicide
09. Cyanide Sun
"Passion's Killing Floor" is included on the soundtrack album to Michael Bay's "Transformers", which came out on July 3 via Warner Bros.
H.I.M. filmed a new video last month in the Los Angeles area. Directing the clip was Meiert Avis, who has previously worked with U2, AVRIL LAVIGNE, JENNIFER LOPEZ and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, in addition to helming H.I.M.'s "Wings of a Butterfly" video.