Your coupon has been activated.
Coupon Activated

HIM - Tears On Tape

Select an option before changing warranty
You will earn $0.50 (5%) on this product with Club O Gold.




2% Rewards

Keep shopping on Overstock

Exclusive Offers

Straight to your inbox

5% Dining Rewards

Get paid to go out tonight



5% Rewards

Earn even faster

Exclusive Offers

Straight to your inbox

5% Dining Rewards

Get paid to go out tonight

Free Shipping

Never pay extra

Exclusive Rewards

Save big-- up to 40%

Today: $10.82
Free Shipping*
ITEM# 15242137
  • Delivery Estimate

    Select a Product Option to view shipping

    • Product Alerts

      Stay in the know! Choose which alerts you’d like to receive on this product.

    HIM - Tears On Tape
    • Wishlists
    • Save for Later


    ITEM#: 15242137

    Lyricist: Valo . Audio Mixer: Tim Palmer. Recording information: '62 Studios; Finnvox Studios, Helsinki; Room 332; T.O.S. There is a certain segment of rock & roll fandom that is adverse to change for any reason. Usually, it's an older generation that loves acts whose albums continue to sound the same. (Hardcore followers of Status Quo, Bon Scott-era AC/DC, and pre-synth ZZ Top take note.) Fans of Finnish goth pop rockers H.I.M. are hardly baby boomers, though. In listening to their catalog, one or two things become self-evident: either they are happy to give their fans exactly what they desire over and over again, or they are incapable of change (or perhaps both, which is a win-win). Tears on Tape proves that H.I.M. moves forward and back but remains mostly in one place. Certain albums rock a bit harder, some feature more polished production, but essentially the hooks, song structures, and dynamics have remained the same throughout their history. The twin subjects on TOT are love and death. Lead crooner/ lyricist Ville Valo has romantic love firmly at the center of his vocabulary, and celebrates its riches, mourns its loss, and meditates on its meaning. Here he examines love as it encounters the greatest of all human mysteries: the great beyond. First single, "Lips Go Blue," commences with a riff worthy of Black Sabbath, but as keyboards and guitars vie for dominance, Valo croons about literally loving someone to death in a '60s bubble gum pop melody. Speaking of Sabbath (H.I.M.'s guitarist is married to Tony Iommi's daughter), they pay formal tribute by appropriating the riff from "A National Acrobat" in "Love Without Tears." "Into the Night" starts out with a rawer guitar edge but quickly slips into melodic, romantic '80s hair metal. "No Love" attempts to shake off the lyricism in favor of full-on, riff-centric metal that is musically reminiscent of Dio's finer moments, but it doesn't succeed because of its ballad-esque hook. "W.L.S.T.D." gets closer still with its slow progression, martial drums, and atmospheric keyboards; even in his most sinister snarl, Valo is so wistful he sounds like a jilted schoolboy, and H.I.M. are incapable of writing songs without proper hooks. Tears on Tape delivers exactly what the band's fans seem to require: a tragic, nearly ghoulish fascination with love and death that marries gothic pop romanticism with heavy rock. How many records does one need like this? Here H.I.M. seem to be banking a lot; and with more than 20 years and boatloads of albums and singles, who's going to argue? ~ Thom Jurek


    Dimensions 6.0x4.0x0.5
    Country Of Origin United States
    UPC 793018342322
    Runtime 40 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Sub Genre Gothic
    Label Razor & Tie Records
    Producer Hiili Hiilesmaa
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Unleash the Red
    • 2. All Lips Go Blue
    • 3. Love Without Tears
    • 4. I Will Be the End of You
    • 5. Tears on Tape
    • 6. Into the Night
    • 7. Hearts at War
    • 8. Trapped in Autumn
    • 9. No Love
    • 10. Drawn & Quartered
    • 11. Lucifer's Chorale
    • 12. W.L.S.T.D.
    • 13. Kiss the Void
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists HIM

    Product Reviews

    Questions & Answers

    Yay! Be the first to ask a question about this product.
    Get your product questions answered right here.

    Shopping Tips & Inspiration

    Shipping & Returns


    This item will be delivered to you via USPS Trackable Media Mail or UPS Mail Innovations and will take from 2 days to 3 weeks from the time the item leaves our warehouse. *

    Standard Return Policy:

    Items must be returned in new or unused condition and contain all original materials included with the shipment. More Details

    FINAL SALE EXCLUSION: Items marked as FINAL SALE are not returnable unless the problem you experience is the result of our error.


    This item cannot be shipped to Alaska or Hawaii. More details

    For your protection, all orders are screened for security purposes. If your order is selected for review, our Loss Prevention Team may contact you by phone or email. There may be a two business day delay to process your order.

    ** Most Oversize orders are delivered within 1-4 weeks. Some orders may take 6 weeks to be delivered.

    You May Also Like