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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)

Comments

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.
Ville Valo's voice is so beautiful, such a great singer
Got the HIM tattoo on me, love them
I agree with Sammy_. H.I.M. is the greatest band of all time!
Ville Valo ❤
Best Band of all time!!! ILOVEHIM!!!
has to be one of my favorite bands...and ohh Ville Valo....;)
I LOVE THIS BAND
Something new for me. Sounds a little Type o negative. Well I mean the singer.
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!~
Best band ever! Hope they never stop making music.
Onevof tge best live bands EVER
Legends
They never let me down \m/
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!!
H. I. M. is too great for words
jon38469
their version of (don't fear) the reaper is great.
I love h.i.m. Defiantly fav album had to be razorblade romance
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
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.
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
blackhottpin k
HIM is the most inspirationa l band to me ever i dont know what it is but its lile Ville's voice has me in a spell (ik cheesy right?)
All the metal genres you'll need right here.
Follow me if u think ville is sexy
This is the beat band ever!!!
jadedmysticm e
H.I.M not much else to say. Only we fans understand the true nature n feelings this music emotes. LOVE THEM FOREVA
Him will live on for ever ت
Him is the best band ever!!
Best band in the universe. have been a fan of theres for years.
I just listened to this band two days ago and now i fall asleep to these melodies :s such beautiful lyrics and consuming harmonies! I only hope that i can write with such beauty one day :0 i love you H.I.M! And you just gained a new fan in the USA :)
i love their cover of (Don't ) Fear the Reaper.....b e s t i've heard. Finland has some awesome bands!!
Talk to me on kik hodgyjackass and follow me and I'll follow back
lonewolf36
Ville Valo is so sexy..
compare tears on tape to the new flaming lips album. the fact that both became so dark campared to the previous albums is kind of scary.
Tears on Tape! Just pre-ordered my copy. I've heard a few samples in their album preview and too good. :D http://smart u r l . i t / H I M T e a r s
Great to see him still releasing killer new songs. I just scoped the music video for Tears on Tape!...http : / / s m a r t u r l . i t / H I M T e a r s
ever since freshman year they have been my favorite. Helped me through some rough times
H.I.M is awesome
still in love with H.I.M
Can't wait for their new album it's gonna be boss
Will always listen to them
Heartbreakin g :-(
Follow me and I'll follow back
Watashi wa anata o aishite!!!!
vgalvez2910
I F**ing LOVE H.I.M <3
H.I.M asome!
Holy s**t! Love this remake!
Follow me and I'll follow back
goldrushda
F**k him
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