Heartkiller
by HIM

Album: Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • 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."

Comments: 1

  • Charlie from Las Vegas, Nvidk bout anyone else out there, but this song is PERFECT for breakups. one time, i parodied the first verse and chorus of this song. Posted the whole thing on my now-ex-girlfriend's Facebook page.
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