Hard Rock & Metal

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Ville Valo’s Tragic-Romantic Ecstasy

While he is known as the frontman for brooding Finnish rockers HIM, Ville Valo has amassed a considerable body of work outside of his famous band for years, collaborating and recording with everyone from Na...

Dark Illusions

It's been nearly a decade since I first discovered HIM, the gloomy Finnish hard rock band whose brooding, chain smoking lead singer Ville Valo derived much of his lyrical inspiration from poet Charles Baude...
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Video Playlist: My Top 10 Albums For 2009

You may have already read about my Top 10 albums list for 2009 published online in the Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll in the recent issue of the Village Voice. As a bonus, I am including video clips for each rele...
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My Top Ten Albums For 2009

My Top 10 albums list for 2009 (along with Top 5 songs) is included in the online results for the annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll. This past year many groups that could loosely be put unde...