Venus Doom [Bonus DVD] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Katherine Fulton
H.I.M. has a reputation for engaging live shows, so it's disconcerting when Digital Versatile Doom starts off a bit stiff and stilted. It's an unfounded worry -- as lead singer Ville Valo and his band loosen up on-stage, the music becomes warmer and more involving (along with Valo's stage presence), and fans will be pleased to know that the album captures not only H.I.M.'s sound, but also the mood and atmosphere of what was evidently a particularly impressive show. Valo is in fine form; by the time the lead singer reaches "Wicked Game," the set's fourth song, he's showing off his considerable vocal range, making the ladies in attendance squeal as he slides effortlessly...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Katherine Fulton
H.I.M. has a reputation for engaging live shows, so it's disconcerting when Digital Versatile Doom starts off a bit stiff and stilted. It's an unfounded worry -- as lead singer Ville Valo and his band loosen up on-stage, the music becomes warmer and more involving (along with Valo's stage presence), and fans will be pleased to know that the album captures not only H.I.M.'s sound, but also the mood and atmosphere of what was evidently a particularly impressive show. Valo is in fine form; by the time the lead singer reaches "Wicked Game," the set's fourth song, he's showing off his considerable vocal range, making the ladies in attendance squeal as he slides effortlessly from falsetto to deep, sensual growls, and joking around with both spectators and his fellow bandmembers between numbers. Things get even better exactly half way through when H.I.M. turns in an exuberant performance of "Dead Lovers Lane," a track off of the studio album Venus Doom. While the concert (recorded at The Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles) was in support of what was then the band's latest album, the set list is a balanced mix of the group's most well-known tunes. It's a decision that pays off handsomely: the crowd is happy that their favorite hits get a turn, and that makes it easy for Valo to lead them in singing the opening lines of several songs. (His gentle encouragement at the beginning of "Poison Girl" is particularly endearing.) As could be expected for a group with such a charismatic frontman, most of the theatrics are reserved for Valo, who plays with melodic variations throughout the concert and sneaks in some naughty improvisation at the end of "It's All Tears." Consequently, there isn't much time for the rest of the band to get part of the spotlight; when they do, it's with the concert's centerpiece, "Sleepwalking Past Hope." Clocking in at just over ten minutes, the song gives guitarist Lily Lazer, keyboardist Emerson Burton, and bassist Migè Amour a chance to shine while their vocalist takes well-deserved break. It's a move that benefits not only Valo, but his audience; unlike other live recordings, the second half of Digital Versatile Doom doesn't flag, but manages to continue and even build up a bit more energy before it concludes with a lush version of "Funeral of Hearts." If the ultimate goal of a live album is to capture not only the music but the full experience of a band in concert, it's safe to say that Digital Versatile Doom succeeds handily.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 093624992172
  • Catalog Number: 299196
  • Sales rank: 41,469

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Passion's Killing Floor (5:14)
  2. 2 (Rip Out) The Wings of a Butterfly (3:31)
  3. 3 Buried Alive by Love (4:52)
  4. 4 Wicked Game (4:28)
  5. 5 The Kiss of Dawn (4:35)
  6. 6 Vampire Heart (4:24)
  7. 7 Poison Girl (5:05)
  8. 8 Dead Lovers' Lane (4:17)
  9. 9 Join Me in Death (3:30)
  10. 10 It's All Tears (4:21)
  11. 11 Sleepwalking Past Hope (10:41)
  12. 12 Killing Loneliness (4:30)
  13. 13 Soul on Fire (4:23)
  14. 14 Your Sweet Six Six Six (4:03)
  15. 15 Bleed Well (4:22)
  16. 16 The Funeral of Hearts (4:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Intro (Blood Theme)
  2. 2 Passion's Killing Floor
  3. 3 (Rip Out) The Wings of a Butterfly
  4. 4 Buried Alive by Love
  5. 5 Wicked Game
  6. 6 The Kiss of Dawn
  7. 7 Vampire Heart
  8. 8 Poison Girl
  9. 9 Dead Lovers' Lane
  10. 10 Join Me in Death
  11. 11 It's All Tears
  12. 12 Sleepwalking Past Hope
  13. 13 Killing Loneliness
  14. 14 Soul on Fire
  15. 15 Your Sweet Six Six Six
  16. 16 Bleed Well
  17. 17 Right Here in My Arms
  18. 18 The Funeral of Hearts
  19. 19 V.D.O.
  20. 20 Bonus Materials
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
H.I.M. Primary Artist
Gas Track Performer
Technical Credits
Chris Isaak Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Tim Palmer Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Ian Charbonneau Engineer
Hiili Hiilesmaa Producer, Engineer
Michael Goldstone Executive Producer
Meiert Avis Director
Daniel Light Composer
Diarmuid Quinn Executive Producer
Holly Adams Producer
Matt Taylor Art Direction
David Harouni Cover Painting
Seppo Vesterinen Management
Wendy Griffiths Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Digital Doom A Must Have For any Fan

    One of the finest rock preformences I have seen.H.I.M makes everthing come together in one night for a stellar set at the Orpheum Theater.From the solid stand by hits we all know and love to the new Venus Doom,a HIM fan could not ask for more.The visual quality is astounding,with fantastic camera angles to get the viewer close to the action on stage.In the bonus features,there is an interview with Ville that is very enlighting on his past demons of love and addiction.Worth every penny and then some.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what it is...

    Digital Versatile Doom Live From The Orpheum Theater XXXVII A.S. Featuring HIM live from The Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, performing tracks from Venus Doom, Dark Light and more. Digital Versatilem Doom also features a second disc, with the full live performance from The Orpheum Theater.

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