The Kiss of Dawn

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"The Kiss of Dawn"
Single by HIM
from the album Venus Doom
Released 22 August 2007 (Finland)
28 August 2007 (U.S.)
10 September 2007 (Europe)
Format CD single
Recorded 2007
Genre Rock (see HIM's genre)
Producer(s) HIM
HIM singles chronology
"Killing Loneliness"
"The Kiss of Dawn"
"Bleed Well"

"The Kiss of Dawn" is a song by the Finnish band HIM, released 10 September 2007.[1] It is the fourth track and first single from the 2007 album Venus Doom. Ville Valo has stated that the song was for a close friend who committed suicide soon after the band wrapped the recording sessions for Dark Light.[2] Sheet music for the song was posted on their official website prior to the release of either the single or the album, giving fans from the US the chance to submit a video of themselves playing the song from their own perspective. The 3 winning videos were featured on HIM's then-upcoming live DVD and the winners received a signed copy of the said DVD.[3] The single was released on iTunes on 31 July 2007.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Meiert Avis, who previously directed "Wings of a Butterfly" for the group. HIM started recording the music video on 21 June in the Los Angeles area.[4] The production team put out a casting call for a "beautiful girl" to perform the lead role in the video. Auditions were held on 19 June.[5] The music video was released 24 July 2007. Clues leading to a secret code, "Ten Point Six", was included in the video. "Ten Point Six" is a quote from the book The Third Policeman by Brian O'Nolan.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "The Kiss of Dawn".

  • Finnish CD single
  1. "The Kiss of Dawn" (Radio edit)
  2. "Venus Doom" (Radio edit)
  • UK 7" picture disc #1, UK 2 track CD single & International 2 track CD single:
  1. "The Kiss of Dawn" – 5:55
  2. "Passion's Killing Floor" (Herpé remix) – 3:45
  • UK 7" picture disc #2:
  1. "The Kiss of Dawn" – 5:55
  2. "Love in Cold Blood" (acoustic) – 2:44
  • International maxi CD single & International maxi digital single:
  1. "The Kiss of Dawn" – 5:55
  2. "Passion's Killing Floor" (Herpé remix) – 3:45
  3. "Love in Cold Blood" (acoustic) – 2:44
  • U.S. Hot Topic exclusive single
  1. "The Kiss of Dawn"
  2. "The Kiss of Dawn" (Demo)
  • EU DVD Promo
  1. "The Kiss of Dawn" (Video)


Chart Peak
Finnish Singles Chart 2
German Singles Chart 44
Swedish Singles Chart 30
UK Singles Chart 59
UK Rock Chart 1


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