Can You Feel the Love Metal?

In honor of last weekend’s Heartagram Day (what, you thought it was called something else?), we’ve got a three pack from Finnish group HIM. The band makes its Rock Band debut with two tracks from their new album Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice as well as a HIM staple, “Wings of a Butterfly” from 2005’s Dark Light album. 

I discovered HIM accidentally while doing a reseach project in grad school. All of my googling for “Poe influences” kept turning up interviews with a Finnish gentleman who enjoyed discussing Poe, Baudelaire, and Bukowski along with tongue in cheek references  to something called “Love Metal.” Being the serial procrastinator I am I put my project to the side, called up a friend who had a ridiculously large CD collection, and snagged a “mix” of HIM tracks to borrow for the day.* Literary fandom aside, I was immediately hooked by Ville Valo’s vocal tone and style.   

These songs should please not only love-metal enthusiasts like myself, but also any hardcore Rock Band enthusiast. Singers will have a killer time with Ville’s melodic vocals especially on “Heart Killer” (enjoy waxing poetic as you sing this in your living room) and the entire band will enjoy thrashing to the harder “Ode to Solitude.”

The week’s tracks are rounded out with four additional tracks from a diverse group of artists – we’ve got everything from pop to indie to the heavy stuff - sure to please even the grouchiest lonely heart. The ladies of KSM add even more girl power to the Rock Band lineup with “Distracted.” Indie rockers One Night Only offer up the soulful “Just for Tonight,” while shock rock glam god Marilyn Manson brings “The Dope Show.” Oh, and there’s a track by The Police as well. Yup, “Walking on the Moon.” And you thought we forgot all about Valentine’s Day.

These tracks will be available for purchase as "HIM Pack 01" and as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and as individual tracks only on Wii. Individual tracks are $1.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and $2 on the Wii. The pack is $5.49 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The tracks will be available February 23 on Xbox 360 and Wii and February 25 on PlayStation 3. 

To discuss this DLC, check out the official discussion thread in the Rock Band forums.


*Writing this I just realized that I never actually gave this album back…oops.