H.I.M. To Pursue 'More Aggressive, A Bit Punkier, Faster' Direction On Next Album

After two-and-a-half weeks of touring and two summer festival shows, Finnish goth metallers will record demos for their upcoming album in September, H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo told the free Texas weekly publication What's Up for its May 31-June 6 issue.

After that, they'll show the new songs to their label and to Tim Palmer (DAVID BOWIE, OZZY OSBOURNE), who produced "Dark Light", their latest CD. If all goes well, Valo says, they could be in the studio by January and putting out a new album — their sixth — by September 2007.

"I've got a lot of one-liners in lyrics and musical ideas for maybe 12 songs," Valo told What's Up. "But from those 12 maybe six will end up on the album. What we're doing with the band now is trying to figure out the sound and direction with the next one. We don't want to do the same old, same old again. It's probably going to be a bit more aggressive, a bit punkier, faster so to speak."

As previously reported, a video clip of Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. performing the songs "Wings of a Butterfly" and "Killing Loneliness" at the fifth Sasquatch! Festival on May 26, 2006 at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Washington has been posted online at this location.

"Wings of a Butterfly" and "Killing Loneliness" come off "Dark Light", which has sold 424,000 copies in the United States since its late September release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The follow-up to 2003's "Love Metal" was recorded in Los Angeles and mixed at New York's Electric Lady studios with Tim Palmer.

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