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This is the first single to be released from Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, the seventh studio album by Finnish rock band HIM. It was released on December 8, 2009, two months ahead of the LP.
The song begins with an intro that sounds like it was put together on a Casio keyboard. Frontman Ville Valo
explained to Billboard
magazine that among the influences on "Screamworks" were '80s synth pop artists such as Duran Duran, Kraftwerk, and a-ha. "In the past we used synthesizers to emulate real instruments - piano and strings and all that," he noted. "This time we wanted all the synths to sound like synths. It's a pretty '80s album for us, but I grew up in the '80s and I love the '80s because the '80s, musically, was about melody and huge choruses. That's very essential for me."
The album title was inspired by one of Valo's relationships that has since ended. He told Kerrang! magazine November 28, 2009: "It's a sonic diary of that (affair). The album's also about both the theoretical and practical aspects of relationships which are an impossible problem to resolve. 'Screamworks' represents a cathartic, primal scream; it's a big middle finger; it's a f--k off, I want to do what I want to do."
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