The seventh full-length album by the legendary Finnish Gothic Rock/Metal band.
Finnish Goth rockers His Infernal Majesty’s seventh studio album was built around one of Pop music’s most ubiquitous themes: heartache. Breakups have been throwing artists into alternating fits of feverish work and hopeless despondency since time immemorial, resulting in both great works and self-absorbed descents into bloated narcissism. "Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice" is a little bit of both. The band’s penchant for melodramatic, late-'80s/early-'90s melodic Alternative Rock in the vein of New Model Army, Dream Theater and Mission UK serves as an efficient, yet predictable vehicle to deliver the primal scream that is heartbreak, and songs like In "Venere Veritas", "Heartkiller" and "Katherine Wheel" deliver the goods with solid hooks and appropriate gravitas. That said, there are more than a few embarrassing moments to be found, and the sheer weight of the material will be lost on those for whom love is currently showering with drinks, but overall, the material sits within the band’s canon well enough to please longtime fans, and listeners looking for some kind of middle ground between Evanescence, late-period Queensrÿche and Fall Out Boy will more than likely find a few wicked gems to hang their heads to!
Sire Records, 2010 (9362-49699-8).
1. In Venere Veritas 3:35
2. Scared To Death 3:40
3. Heartkiller 3:29
4. Dying Song 3:32
5. Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness) 4:01
6. Love, The Hardest Way 3:19
7. Katherine Wheel 3:26
8. In The Arms Of Rain 3:46
9. Ode To Solitude 3:58
10. Shatter Me With Hope 3:51
11. Acoustic Funeral (For Love In Limbo) 3:57
12. Like St. Valentine 3:14
13. The Foreboding Sense Of Impending Happiness 3:13
Total playing time: 47:01