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Album Review

Doug Scharin's Chicago-based H.I.M. collective makes a slight shift of focus, giving its fifth album a higher dose of the Afro-beat that characterized 2000's Our Point of Departure. The six tracks segued over a 60-minute running time succeed in the original ethos of the album: trying to capture a seamless feel in the arrangements by keeping the entire body of work at the same tempo. As Neil Turpin and Scharin's two-kit polyrhythmic section sketches the skeleton of each track through beats, the rest of the bandmembers are free to explore the outer reaches of each groove — Fred Erskine's bass working more with Carlo Cennamo's freewheeling sax than with the percussion while Josh LaRue's guitar fills whatever space it can. New Features is a triumph, complex yet endearing and a surprisingly easy — though intoxicating — listen.

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Crème de la crème (take that Ville Valo)

Wow, you've got to be kidding me, right? Somehow, this album has not yet been carpet-bombed with bad reviews written by Chicago-jazz-fusion-hating-Finnish-goth-metal-afficionados. (Isotope 217 albums don't get blasted by random A.F.I. fans, and Chicago Underground releases are safe from the ire of My Chemical Romance followers, but Doug Scharin's HiM can never escape being maligned by His Infernal Majesty fans. Funny.) I'm happy about this, because although I usually write a plea on behalf of all HiM albums, I actually want to write as glowing a review as possible for this particular one. It's definitely the highlight of HiM's discography. The dub and jazz elements wash over each other in a serene and bubbly mixture that would make Tortoise and Miles blush. I daresay the track "Clouds" might even mellow a rabid H.I.M. fan. Highly recommended.


How old are you jette 80. are you deaf i have my opinion and you have yours but dont go bashing ville valo on this S***, sorry were teenagers we live for complaining
P.S. DONT USE BIG WORDS I DONT UNDERSTAND, and thank you for not bashing good bands

Oh my god

I was just messing around on The Mars Volta wiki page and I clicked on the Jon Theodore link (drummer for TMV) and was looking at what other bands he has drummed in because he is probably my all time favorite drummer. And I saw that he was in HiM. At first I thought it was His Infernal Majesty and i was shocked at how low Jon Theodore could stoop. Then I looked up this album and was pleasantly surprised to find some dubby jazz wierdness and not that horrible goth crap by His Infernal Majesty.I think I'll just have to pick this one up.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Despite the group's rather complicated history and numerous manifestations, HiM is largely the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Doug Scharin. A member of the rich Midwest indie scene, Scharin began HiM as a side project during downtime from his various day jobs (including membership in Codeine, Rex, and June of 44). HiM's music is consistently labeled as a dub-heavy brand of post-rock. Drawing freely upon the numerous influences of its members, the group is more accurately a fusion of rock, post-punk,...
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