Photo Credit: Jarmo Katila
Burbank, CA – Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice — the new album from Finland’s hard-rock heroes HIM — opened big this week, bowing at No. 1 on the Hard Rock chart and No. 2 on both the Rock and Alternative charts. Selling 25,783 copies (nearly 30% of them in the digital space), Screamworks, which was released by Sire Records on February 9th, also debuted at No. 25 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
Recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, the album was produced by Matt Squire (Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Saosin) and mixed by Neal Avron (Linkin Park, Weezer, Fall Out Boy). The video for “Heartkiller,” the album’s first single, premiered on MySpace last month.
Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice is HIM’s seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2007’s Venus Doom, which debuted at No. 12 in the U.S. and was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Boxed/Special Limited Edition Packaging.” In 2007, HIM, which is Ville Valo (vocals), Mige (bass), Linde (guitar), Burton (keyboards), and Gas (drums) supported Metallica in Europe before joining the Linkin Park-headlined Projekt Revolution tour across America, and headlined its own U.S. theater tour. The band’s 2005 album, Dark Light, has the distinction of being the first album by a Finnish band to be certified gold in the U.S.
Tickets are on sale now for the band’s spring North American tour in support of Screamworks. Please visit www.heartagram.com for dates and details.