HIM & Italy: Chronology of a love affair
Parent Category: Gigs
Created on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:19
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 21:57
Published on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 21:48
Written by Anesthesia
HIM & Italy by Alessia, Michela, Margherita and Alessandra
Chronology of a love affair..
Lucky... a pretty unusual word I would use to describe myself, but in this case I think it is definitely the right one, since I had the rare chance to follow this band from its birth to the first steps throughout our Country. The first meeting between HIM and Italy happened 13 years ago, in November 2000 with three gigs in Milano, Roma and Cesena. Those amazing five guys coming from the cold Finland gathered a little group of dark supporters who wanted to witness with their own eyes and ears the band that a bunch of fine magazine reviews (first among them Psycho) defined the new wave of Northern Gothic Metal. From the intro notes of “Gone With The Sin” hot shivers ran through our spines and the whole audience went crazy. HIM were a total surprise and not just because of their frontman androgynous beauty, who was still unaware of his alluring charm back then, but above all because of their being able to arrange with simple chords songs that can move both the old and the new audience of fans still today, after so many years. The ones who were among the crowd that night can not forget the power of the rhythmic section of the bass player Migè and of the new drummer Gas (who had just replaced Patka Rantala) the incredible energy of Linde's guitar solos, the new emotion caused by Ville's deep and seductive voice and the delicate keyboard of Zoltan. Those five guys, half drunk and half hobos charmed the audience in a bit more than one hour and left us with this sensation of having witnessed something unique for the first time. Songs like Resurrection or The Heartless were the brighting stars in that November night.
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