Brandon Saller Says He Owes Majority Of His Sexual Life To HIM
In a recent conversation with Metal Hammer, Atreyu’s lead vocalist, Brandon Saller, shared the ten albums that have shaped his life, with a nod to HIM for playing a pivotal role in his romantic life.
Among his top album picks, including works by Misfits, In Flames, and Incubus, Saller highlighted HIM’s ‘Razorblade Romance’ as a crucial influence during his late teens, explaining:
“This was a big one in my later teen years. They got me into the romantic side of rock and metal; there was so much lore around HIM when they first came out. A lot of people in the States were introduced to the band through Bam Margera and stuff like the ‘Right Here In My Arms’ video. It was just like, ‘Who is this guy?’ A goth Billy Idol or something, and his voice was so unique.”
Saller’s Intimate Revelations
He continued, referring to his long-standing relationship with his wife and their intimate moments:
“It was floating music! I’ve been married to my wife for 16 years and we’ve been together for 20 years, we’ve had sex a lot to HIM. I owe that to them! It’s suitable, acceptable metal to put on when you’re getting intimate.”
Atreyu’s Latest Musical Effort
In other news from the band, Atreyu recently released their ninth studio album, ‘The Beautiful Dark of Life,’ on December 8, 2023, through Spinefarm Records. The album, which received mixed-to-positive reviews, compiles tracks from three EPs released throughout the year and includes three new songs.
Saller shared in a chat with GRAMMY.com that the album title was inspired by his daughter’s comments on the nature of shadows and added:
“‘The Beautiful Dark Of Life’ is the journey we are all on. It is the journey we have taken the audience on through the three EPs: the highs, lows, and lessons of life. And much like living through them, you don’t gain a full understanding of what it all means without the whole picture. This album is that picture.”
Atreyu’s approach to releasing ‘The Beautiful Dark of Life’ was unique, with the band unveiling a series of EPs throughout 2023, each contributing to the narrative and music of the full-length album. Starting with ‘The Hope of a Spark’ in April, followed by ‘The Moment You Find Your Flame’ in August, and concluding with ‘A Touch in the Dark’ in November, the band released music bit by bit, leading up to the entire album that showed the complete story of their music and themes for the year.
You can listen to HIM’s ‘Razorblade Romance’ below.