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HIM Announce April Release Date for New Album ‘Tears on Tape’

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Finnish love metal phenoms HIM have unveiled details on their upcoming studio release. The band’s eighth record, ‘Tears on Tape,’ is set to be released on April 30 in the U.S., while U.K. and Ireland audiences will have access to the album on April 29.

Having formed in 1991 and broken into the consciousness of U.S. audiences in the early 2000s, HIM gained a cult following thanks to songs such as ‘Buried Alive By Love,’ ‘Right Here in My Arms’ and ‘Wings of a Butterfly,’ along with a huge push by Jackass star Bam Margera. With HIM delivering sonic love metal delights for 20 years, the buzz for their 2013 full-length is beginning to resonate throughout rock and metal communities.

‘Tears on Tape’ was recorded in Finland with longtime HIM collaborator Hiili Hiilesmaa manning the helm as the band’s producer. Having worked on HIM releases such as ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666,’ ‘Love Metal’ and ‘Venus Doom,’ Hiilesmaa also boasts studio work with the 69 Eyes, Apocalyptica and many others.

“‘Tears on Tape’ is going to be really organic,” said vocalist Ville Valo in a recent interview, “straight-in-your-face, super melancholy bulls— [Laughs]. It’s going to be something nobody’s heard before. I’m really happy about it. It sounds great. Remember the soundtrack for ‘Twin Peaks’ that Angelo Badalamenti did? It’s got that similar forlorn, melancholy quality but mixed up with Motörhead. That’s where we’re at! We’re really happy. It’s got that dreamlike quality. It’s like Roy Orbison meeting Metallica.”

The new HIM album will be the act’s first release on the band’s new U.S. label, Razor & Tie Records. “We´re infernally glad to be dressed sharply enough for our dearest comrades in the US (for once),” says Valo. “R&T A-Go-Go!!!”

Stay tuned for future news on HIM’s ‘Tears on Tape,’ along with the band’s upcoming 2013 tour dates, which are reportedly being planned as of this posting.

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