Ville Vallo Discusses "Mental Boner" of New HIM Record | Evolvor.com

Ville Vallo Discusses “Mental Boner” of New HIM Record

I am publishing this story for two reasons; one, if you wanna know how to make big time $$$ in merch, look into HIM and their heart-a-gram logo. These guys must be zillionares, and that’s just from all the stuff my brother has bought off of them over the past 10 years.

Second, is the use of the phrase “mental boner” in an interview. What a way to describe the creative process guys.

Iconic Finnish rockers HIM have just released a new video for “Heartkiller,” the first single off their upcoming album Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice. The new album, which was produced by Matt Squire (The Used, Saosin, All Time Low), will be the HIM’s seventh full length record over their 13 year career.

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HIM frontman Ville Valo recently sat down with Metal Hammer magazine to discuss the forthcoming album saying,

“Lyrically, it’s the most sexual [album], the most horny one, we’ve ever made. The horny and the horned. Like the IMPALED NAZARENE song. It’s got that and a sense of immediacy: ‘I want it now, now, now.’ It’s not about being poetic or forlorn about something that is about to happen, it’s actually about something that is happening at this very moment in time.”

He added,

“I like the immediacy of it. There’s a lot of information put in short songs and they don’t let go. That was the whole vibe for me. You should have seen me working the vocals out in the middle of the night, amongst my taxidermy owls in the tower screaming my guts out, unable to stop until 9:00 a.m. and then sleeping on a couch for two hours before starting again. So the whole process of the album is very close to that mental boner that just didn’t go away.”

Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice will hit stores in the U.S. on February 9th. For more information on HIM, visit their official site at heartagram.com.

him1. In Venere Veritas
2. Scared to Death”
3. Heartkiller”
4. Dying Song
5. Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness)
6. Love, the Hardest Way
7. Katherine Wheel
8. In the Arms of Rain
9. Ode to Solitude
10. Shatter Me With Hope
11. Acoustic Funeral (For Love in Limbo)
12. Like St. Valentine
13. The Foreboding Sense of Impending Happiness

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