The Musical Obituary To The Gods of Love Metal: H.I.M.
The Bang & Whimper Farewell Tour sure lived up to its name on its stop at Anaheim House of Blues late October. You could truly feel the heartache in the concertgoers who were gathered to see their beloved gods of Love Metal to take the stage one final time. The entire night there was an eerie melancholy creeping about in the air, which is appropriate given the tonal atmosphere that H.I.M.'s music typically cultivates. The band formed back in 1991 releasing their first album in 97' "Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666" which won them debut album of the year when it was initially released with good reason. The Finnish Goth rockers played several tracks off of nearly every album in their vast discography making for a very beautifully constructed last kiss to all the fans of His Infernal Majesty. Some highlights from their set include "Buried Alive By Love", which they opened the show with, their much beloved “Your Sweet Six Six Six", sexually-intoxicating vocals of "Gone With The Sin", their infamous cover of Chris Issac's "Wicked Game", in addition to their treasured "Wings of a Butterfly," "Poison Girl," "Right Here in My Arms," "Joy and Sorrow," and my personal favorite "Funeral of Hearts". Naturally, after their set came to a close, fans refusing to leave, yelled for an encore persuaded them to return to the stage for a couple more tunes as a final sorrow-filled-farewell. Vocalist, Ville Valo, noticed a rabid fan hurling around a sign which read; "Play Sleepwalking Past Hope!!!". Ville amused by the sign bearer’s enthusiasm agreed and the guys all commenced to play the sweet sounding tune as a final song, though the song was not intended to be played during this set/tour, but things didn't end there. As the tune from their sixth studio album Venus Doom was ending they transitioned the song into an unsuspected cover. They put their sweet darkly spin on Billy Idol's Rebel Yell which was very well executed and a fine way to say goodbye to the packed house of rebel fans who've gathered from all over to see their favorite Love Metal Masters play one final tour. All in all it was a remarkable night full of unforgettable spectacles, a show, which will never fade from my memory. As sad as it is to say goodbye to such a unique darkly sexual band they did go out with a fierce Bang leaving us all whimpering in sweet sorrow, that we shall never see their like again.
We will deeply miss His Infernal Majesty
The Set List for the Oct 27, 2017 Anaheim House of Blues Him show was: