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H.I.M. (Finland)

Hailing from Helsinki, Finland and crafting a mix of metal, goth and hard rock they called "love metal," H.I.M. -- known early on as His Infernal Majesty -- was founded in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström, and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen. During the band's early years, they released two demos, 1992's unreleased Witches and Other Night Fears, and an untitled 1995 tape that fans christened This Is Only the Beginning; that year, the band also added drummer Juhana Tuomas Rantala to the fold. After signing a record contract with BMG, their first official release was 1996's 666 Ways to Love: Prologue, a Finland-only release limited to 1,000 copies that featured the band's cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game."

By the time of the group's first album, 1997's Greatest Lovesongs, Vol. 666, they had shortened their name to H.I.M. and recruited keyboardist Antto Einari Melasniemi. The album earned the band a cult following in their homeland, one that spread to the rest of Europe with 2009's Razorblade Romance. Featuring the single "Join Me in Death" -- which became the best-selling Finnish single in history -- the album topped the German and Finnish charts. When the album was released in the U.S. in 2002, a legal challenge initially resulted in the band going under the HER moniker until they bought the full rights to the H.I.M. name; 1000 copies of the American version of Razorblade Romance were pressed with the HER name. H.I.M. also won a fan in professional skater Bam Margera, who took every opportunity to promote the band’s music on his popular MTV series Viva La Bam. In 2001, Valo, Lindström, and Paananen formed the side project Daniel Lioneye, which featured Lindström on vocals and guitars, Valo on drums, and Paananen on bass; the project's debut album The King of Rock 'n' Roll arrived that September. H.I.M. also released its third album, Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights, around that time. The first album to feature keyboardist Emerson Burton, it once again topped the German and Finnish charts. H.I.M. returned two years later with Love Metal, the band's first album to display their "heartagram" logo on the cover instead of a picture of Valo. Margera directed the video for one of Love Metal's singles, "Buried Alive by Love." The following year, H.I.M.'s first compilation, And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits '97-'04 arrived, featuring the title track and a cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man" as exclusive songs.

The band's 2005 album Dark Light marked their true breakthrough in the U.S., reaching the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 and becoming the first Finnish album to achieve gold sales status in America. Another pair of compilations, Uneasy Listening, Vol. 1 (which featured the band's lighter songs) and Uneasy Listening, Vol. 2 (which featured their heavier songs), arrived in 2006 and 2007 respectively. H.I.M.'s sixth album Venus Doom also arrived in 2007, and featured the singles "The Kiss of Dawn" and "Bleed Well"; the album was nominated for a Best Boxed/Special Limited-Edition Packaging Grammy that year, but lost to What It Is!: Funky Soul and Rare Grooves. The group's first live album/DVD package Digital Versatile Doom was released in 2008, and H.I.M. returned with new material two years later with Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, which the band recorded in Los Angeles with producer Matt Squire. Later that year, the remix album SWRMXS was made available as a digital release and as an exclusive CD at Hot Topic stores.

In 2011, H.I.M. left Sire/Warner Records and began working on their eighth album, but it was delayed because of a bone condition drummer Gas Lipstick (aka Mika Karppinen) suffered. In August 2012, producer Tim Palmer, who worked with the band on Dark Light and Venus Doom, announced he was working with H.I.M. in London on new material. That October, the compilation XX: Two Decades of Love Metal arrived and featured a new track, a cover of the song "Strange World." The band's eighth album, Tears on Tape, featured mixing work by Palmer and production by Hiili Hiilesmaa; was released in early 2013. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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Track List: Tears On Tape (Preview Singles)

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nicko252008
Greatest love songs and razorblade romance are they only 2 I have heard.. I like love songs waay better.
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Ville Valo is so sexy. ...I am in love with him and his voice. I love razorblade romance. Great songs
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Yeah under rated band love this band❤️❤️❤️
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This is my favorite song ever it calms me down everytime I hear it I love it keep on Rocking ��✌️
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Hey bam bam hope u still check out this s**t man
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Rad band right
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This band is my favorite band ever
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I♡HiM
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I love this band so much
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><->< - >< - ><- <3
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Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the possible nearest Friday .if you this far than u have to post this on 5 other songs or you die in two days
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10 years ago to now, I'll be a fan til the day I die.
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lisange.deco t e
H.I.M is the best band in the whole world!!
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I love HIM! My dad knows Ville Valo
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hautealejand r a
HIM=LOVE
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There is a typo in the second paragraph. In the second sentence it says 2009.
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Beautiful everything
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Love all there song Up to the album dark light. Still love some of his new work
H.I.M for life !
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H.I.M is life
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H.I.M. for life! ��
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Love! :-)
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H.I.M is meh babe
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Thumbs up! HIM <3
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I known Him since 1991
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I love HIM!! Best band ever ����
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H.I.M. is one of those bands that i listen to on and off but every time i listen to them is gives me chills. They are incredible!
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I love you <3
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zane182
Valo is starting to look like Ozzy
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sstoll01
Ah HIM.. The lyrics.. The instruments. . The vocals. Amazing. Razorblade Romance, Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights and Venus doom are prolly my top 3 favorite albums, in that order.. I've always loved that guitar solo in Salt In Our Wounds.. It isn't terribly complex, but the way it is done within the song is just beautiful.. Also love the intro to Fortress of Tears. :P.. Of course I could go on and on, but I would rather not write a book in the comment section lol.
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shugary_cook i e 4 3
Ville Valo's voice is so beautiful, such a great singer
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Got the HIM tattoo on me, love them
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<3
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I agree with Sammy_. H.I.M. is the greatest band of all time!
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Ville Valo ❤
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cgodoy8
Best Band of all time!!! ILOVEHIM!!!
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has to be one of my favorite bands...and ohh Ville Valo....;)
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I LOVE THIS BAND
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Something new for me. Sounds a little Type o negative. Well I mean the singer.
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I have razorblade romance on pink vinyl signed by the whole band!~ Got to meet them all this year, a hug from the band and gave ville the ashtray I made him c: I love HIM!~
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Best band ever! Hope they never stop making music.
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Onevof tge best live bands EVER
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Legends
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They never let me down \m/
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always have and always will listen to these guys. saw them live in '07, they put on the coolest show ever!! much love for H.I.M!!
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H. I. M. is too great for words
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jon38469
their version of (don't fear) the reaper is great.
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I love h.i.m. Defiantly fav album had to be razorblade romance
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Ville Valo is an amazing singer....lo v e his voice...lots of beautiful memories with his music when listening to him!!! Sexy voice idk whats with him bit i love the.music
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It's so much less technically good then most of the stuff I listen to, but the mood it sets is just so great that I can't stop listening to them.
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It's droning and depressing. Why does all the music from this period sound so droll ? Is it because they knew Obama would be elected or something ? That sure would have put the downer on anyone
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