Rolling Stone - p.1253 stars out of 5
-- "The melodies tend toward the lush, while underneath, Valo's bandmates rock with fury and efficiency..."
Spin - p.1044 stars out of 5
-- "Valo's steel-melting baritone, dipping so eerily low that you can actually feel it, infuses VENUS DOOM with melody and drama..."
Q - p.983 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he Eurogoth quintet has hardly ditched their love of metal melody....Their chart-friendly clothes fit them well..."
Uncut - p.933 stars out of 5
-- "HIM mainman Ville Valo gets closer to his dream fusion of Metallica, Depeche Mode and Ozzy, while still remembering to ad some distinctly gothic beauty."
Alternative Press - p.1703.5 stars out of 5
-- "[A] refreshing return to an organic, guitar-driven sound unheard since 2003's LOVE METAL."
H.I.M. (Goth Rock): Gas , Linde, Valo, Mikko "Mig‚" Paananen, Burton.
Audio Mixer: Tim Palmer.
Recording information: Finnvox Ssstudios, Helsinki, Finland; The Chateau Marmont, Cottage 82.
Photographers: Tim Palmer; Matt Taylor ; Ville Juurikkala.
Building on the momentum of 2005's well-received DARK LIGHT, which finally garnered HIM a large international following, VENUS DOOM finds perpetually brooding frontman Ville Valo once again leading his darkly clad ensemble through a set of lovelorn metal tunes. This time around, however, the revered Scandinavian agro-goth band tones down the atmospheric keyboard parts, allowing Mikko "Linde" Lindstrom's stinging guitar work, which often nods to veteran hard-rock six-stringer Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society/Ozzy Osbourne), to shine through, resulting in one of HIM's heaviest albums. Highlights of VENUS DOOM include the surging "Passion's Killing Floor" and "The Kiss of Dawn," an ominous mid-tempo track.