HIM Live @ The Metro Theatre – Sydney 2014

Finnish love-metalers, HIM (‘His Infernal Majesty’), had their first sideshow as part of Soundwave Festival 2014, playing with UK rockers ‘The Defiled’ and intriguing American band, ‘Nostalghia’.

DSC_7305The Metro Theatre in Sydney opened its doors around 6:30pm to receive a fair number of fans considering the huge choice of world-class acts playing local sidewaves at the same time (including Alterbridge with Living Colour, Alice in Chains with Down and Walking Papers, Avenged Sevenfold with Five Finger Death Punch, Black Veil Brides and AFI.)

The Defiled started firing up around 7:30 pm with their characteristic energy, including some killer tracks that pumped the audience up.

DSC_7507After a short set by The Defiled, the mood of the place changed completely, in anticipation of Nostalghia. With lead, Ciscandra, dressed totally in white and making a dramatic entrance, the band invaded The Metro Theatre with their own melodic, interpretative psychedelic music. The band, which lacks a guitarist, knows how to get to the core of their sound with a powerful cello and strong drums. Nostalghia played ‘Cool for Chaos’, ‘Homeostasis’ and their latest single, ‘You + I’, among others.

HIM, the awaited main act, started around 9:15 pm. The alternative rockers hit the stage to be greeted by screaming fans who couldn’t take their eyes off charismatic lead singer, Ville Valo. The band started the party with the classic ‘Buried Alive by Love’, followed by ‘Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly’ and ‘Right Here in My Arms’ making the audience sing along with every note.

DSC_7699Ville remained in the middle of the stage for most of the show, only moving back to grab his acoustic guitar to play ‘All Lips Go Blue’, ‘Wicked Game’ and ‘Tears of Tape’; meanwhile, bassist Migé was rocking up every song, following talented guitarist, Linde, around the stage.

The show included an all-time, fan favourite setlist, including such classic tracks as ‘Join Me in Death’, ‘Poison Girl’, ‘Your Sweet 666’ and ‘Funeral of Hearts.’ His Infernal Majesty satisfied every fan in the audience, pumped by the beautiful deep voice of Ville, the energetic drumming of Gas Lipstick, and Burton’s keyboard skills.

All of the new songs from their 8th studio album, ‘Tears of Tape’, as well as the older numbers, were sung by the crowd as if there was no tomorrow. Near the end, however, a few audio issues forced Valo to tell the crowd a couple of jokes, while cheersing with his non-alcoholic beer. The set continued with ‘Into the Night’, followed by ‘When Love and Death Embrace’.

Overall, we saw a solid presentation by the three bands at The Metro Theatre, all thanks to the kind people from Soundwave Festival, who really know what the fans want!

Enjoy some pictures of the night below:

And don’t forget to check our exclusive interview with HIM’s frontman Ville Valo backstage at Soundwave Festival 2014 here.