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Formed: 1995
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest H.I.M. News

Below is our complete H.I.M. news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Hear Full Album Streams From Ministry and H.I.M.

AOL Music/Spinner (on AOL) have a couple of full-album streams for new releases this week:

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Stream H.I.M.'s Entire "Venus Doom" Album Online

You can stream H.I.M.'s entire "Venus Doom" CD on AOL Music this week. "Venus Doom" was mixed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California with producer/mixer Tim Palmer (TIN MACHINE, THE CURE, THE HOUSE OF LOVE, NED'S ATOMIC DUSTBIN) and is due out on September 18th through Sire Records.

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HIM Post “Kiss of Dawn” Video Online

HIM have launched the video for their new single, “Kiss of Dawn.” HIM will release their brand new album, Venus Doom, on September 18th throgh Sire Records. You can preview the video in its entirety on the official HIM YouTube channel here.

You can buy the “Kiss of Dawn” single now at all digital stores including iTunes. You can also pre-order your copy of Venus Doom now online here.

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New H.I.M. Album Artwork Posted Online

The cover artwork of H.I.M.'s sixth studio album, "Venus Doom", has been posted online at this location

Due in North America on September 18, "Venus Doom" was mixed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California with producer/mixer Tim Palmer (TIN MACHINE, THE CURE, THE HOUSE OF LOVE, NED'S ATOMIC DUSTBIN). The track listing for the effort is as follows (not confirmed):

01. Venus Doom
02. Love in Cold Blood
03. Passion's Killing Floor
04. Kiss of Dawn
05. Sleepwalking Past Hope
06. Dead Lover's Lane
07. Song or Suicide
08. Bleedwell
09. Cyanide Sun

"Passion's Killing Floor" is included on the soundtrack album to Michael Bay's "Transformers", which came out on July 3 via Warner Bros.

H.I.M. filmed a new video last month in the Los Angeles area. Directing the clip was Meiert Avis, who has previously worked with U2, AVRIL LAVIGNE, JENNIFER LOPEZ and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, in addition to helming H.I.M.'s "Wings of a Butterfly" video.

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H.I.M. Singer Talks About Heavier New Album

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo said in interview that the band's upcoming album, "Venus Doom", is a darker and heavier effort than its previous CD, 2005's "Dark Light". Valo explained, "There's...a lot of SABBATH and old-school METALLICA (in there). I wanted the album to be more aggressive, heavier and more out there."

The new direction also allowed Valo to switch up vocally. "I wanted to sing lower — use my baritone a lot more," he said. "When all those influences come together, it's like, 'I wanna do that [Mark] Lanegan, Leonard Cohen-y type of vibe.'"

Valo added that the disc's tentative first single, "Kiss of Dawn", was inspired by the suicide of one of his best friends. Valo said, "The whole song is a tribute to him. It's also a love song. I love that dude. He was a great friend of mine. We hung out and had great f***ing conversations. It's a celebration of life, rather than death."

H.I.M. will have a chance to see how the new stuff stacks up with METALLICA when they open a few dates in Europe for the metal gods. "It's going to be fun," Valo said. "I grew up with 'Master of Puppets'. For us it's kind of scary to play such big places. Wembley [Stadium] is like 70, 80,000 people. It's a totally new experience."

"Venus Doom" is due out on September 18.

A new H.I.M. track called "Passion's Killing Floor" can be heard on the soundtrack of the movie "Transformers", which arrives in stores on Tuesday (July 3).

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Machine Head Added To Metallica's Wembley Bill

Machine Head has replaced Bullet For My Valentine as one of the opening acts for Metallica on July 8 at the Wembley Stadium in London, England. Also scheduled to appear are H.I.M. and Mastodon.

Bullet For My Valentine cancelled its appearance at Wembley and several other European dates in order to allow frontman Matt Tuck to undergo tonsillectomy (a surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed).

Professionally filmed video footage of Machine Head's entire performance at the Download festival on June 9, 2007 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England has been posted at YouTube.

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New H.I.M. Song Posted Online

A brand new H.I.M. track, entitled "Passion's Killing Floor", is available for streaming at the H-I-M666.com web site (click on "Passion's Killing Floor" in the album track listing to start audio).

"Passion's Killing Floor" will be included on the soundtrack album to Michael Bay's "Transformers", due on July 3 via Warner Bros. The disc will feature a total of 12 tracks, nine of which are brand new and exclusive to the soundtrack.

H.I.M. recently finished mixing its sixth studio album, "Venus Doom", at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. Once again, the band entered the studio with producer/mixer Tim Palmer (TIN MACHINE, THE CURE, THE HOUSE OF LOVE, NED'S ATOMIC DUSTBIN). The Los Angeles newspaper The Rockit reported earlier in the month, "At a recent listening session, it became apparent to one Rockit staffer that 'Venus Doom' is quite a departure from the band's last effort, 'Dark Light'. The moody pop of the previous album has given way to more expansive tracks led by thunderous guitar crunches. Yes, the synthesizer embellishments and SISTERS OF MERCY-esque melodies still remain, but this time they are pushed further into the background. Standout numbers include the prog-tinged 'Kiss of Dawn' and 'Sleepwalking Past Hope', a near-epic piece with a spine-tingling bridge."

Due in North America on September 18, "Venus Doom" will feature the following tracks:

01. Venus Doom
02. Love in Cold Blood
03. Passion's Killing Floor
04. Kiss of Dawn
05. Sleepwalking Past Hope
06. Dead Lover's Lane
07. Song or Suicide
08. Bleedwell
09. Cyanide Sun

H.I.M. filmed a new video last week in the Los Angeles area. Directing the clip was Meiert Avis, who has previously worked with U2, AVRIL LAVIGNE, JENNIFER LOPEZ and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, in addition to helming H.I.M.'s "Wings of a Butterfly" video.

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H.I.M. Set Release Date For "Venus Doom"

H.I.M. are planning a September 18th North American release date for their new album "Venus Doom".

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H.I.M. Singer Guests With Other Finnish Singer

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo has recorded a guest appearance on the debut album from Finnish singer Manna, who also happens to be H.I.M. guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindstrom's wife. The track "Just for Tonight" can be found on the "Sister" album, which was released on May 9 in Finland. The CD was produced and mixed by Kalle Gustafsson (THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES) at the Svenska Grammofonstudion.

You can check out Manna's duet with Ville Valo online here.

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H.I.M. To Release Greatest Hits Album

H.I.M. have announced plans to release a greatest hits album, 'And Love Said No: Greatest Hits 1997-2004', on May 8th. The track listing is as follows:

1. And Love Said No
2. Join Me
3. Buried Alive By Love
4. Heartache Every Moment
5. Solitary Man
6. Right Here In My Arms
7. Funeral Of Hearts
8. In Joy & Sorrow
9. Your Sweet 666
10. Gone With The Sin
11. Wicked Game
12. Sacrament
13. Close To The Flame
14. Poison Girl
15. Pretending
16. When Love & Death Embrace

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Metallica Announce Opening Acts for Upcoming Tour

METALLICA have issued the following update:

"Easter greetings from Metallica HQ! In our ongoing quest to keep you informed about every little thing we have planned for our upcoming jaunt through Europe this summer, we finally have an almost complete list of bands who will be joining us as we take a little break from recording to come hang with some of you in a few of the coolest cities on the planet. As you know, some of the shows are festival dates, so things could change a little here and there, and we may have one or two more surprises for you along the way, but as of April 8, here's what we've got for you so far. And for those of you in Denmark lucky enough to score tickets after we got done with Lars' guest list, we're spreading the Danish love with... just read Lars' extra special Easter greeting...in Danish!

We're super psyched to be sharing the stage with great musicians from all over the world . . . see you out there!" More...

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Projket Revolution 2007 Bands Rumored

In addition to My Chemical Romance, Placebo, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Saosin, The Bled and Mindless Self Indulgence are rumored to be confirmed for Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution Tour. Details on the tour will be announced shortly.

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H.I.M. Are First Finnish Band To Sell 500K In USA

H.I.M. have become the first Finnish act ever to sell 500,000 copies of a record in America. Last year's 'Dark Light' has just past that milestone.

As previously reported, H.I.M. cancelled their fall US tour in favor of entering the recording studio to record new material for their forthcoming album for a 2007 release.

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Helldone Festival Announce More Acts

British Doom masters CATHEDRAL are scheduled to appear at Finland`s Helldone Festival. The festival will take place at the Tavastia Club in Helsinki from December 29th to 31st. Alongside CATHEDRAL, labelmates AMORPHIS plus acts such as HIM, KATATONIA and ANATHEMA will rock the house.

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H.I.M. Cancel US Tour Dates To Record Album

HIM have announced the cancellation of their fall tour. The band will not be playing scheduled U.S. shows in favor of entering the recording studio (see canceled dates below).

The band have been steadily writing material for their forthcoming album and are eager to start preliminary rehearsal of very early tracks. HIM have not been able to test any new material due to their busy touring and promotion schedule. This fall will be the first opportunity for the band members to talk and work out new HIM material for a 2007 release.

Singer Ville Valo explains the band's decision: "Our dearest fellowship of the Heartagram, you haven't seen the last of us yet. We just want to keep it fresh for you and stump you with new material. I didn't feel that I could do that without rehearsing some of this stuff that's stuck in my heart. We're happy to have new fans come aboard the ship, but I feel we've got to keep it exciting and new. We've started writing and I can't wait for you guys to hear what we're working on."

The band have spent the last year touring non-stop behind Dark Light. Most recently completing a successful spring U.S. headlining tour with stops at Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call With Carson Daly along the way.

To ticket holders: please contact or visit the point of purchase for information on ticket refunds.

Cancelled HIM tour dates: More...

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Anathema And H.I.M. Perform Track Together

During his very sucessful solo tour of Finland, ANATHEMA mastermind Daniel Cavanagh was joined onstage by Ville Valo from H.I.M. to perform the ANATHEMA track "Inner Silence". ANATHEMA's emotional style of music has always been an inspiration to Ville, and for Danny this was a nice way to say "thank you" to him for allowing ANATHEMA on their recent high-profile tour of the U.K.

Metal Mind Productions released a new ANATHEMA DVD, entitled "A Moment in Time", on June 19 in Europe (July 18 in the U.S.). The main part of DVD was recorded in Poland at the famous Metal Mania Festival 2006 (the biggest hard rock/metal festival in Eastern Europe). The set list included their best songs plus a cover of PINK FLOYD's "Comfortably Numb". The guest performance was done by a string quartet. Bonus material includes live video footage, video clips, and a documentary. The DVD will be available also in a limited edition with bonus audio CD.

ANATHEMA are currently unsigned as a result of having been dropped by BMG/Zomba after their previous label, Music For Nations, was folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group).

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H.I.M., Papa Roach Team Up For Fall Tour

MTV.com reports that Finnish goth rockers (and Bam Margera's favorite band) H.I.M. will be joining forces this fall with Northern Californian alt-metal group Papa Roach for an 11-date road trip that's set to launch October 18 in Lowell, Massachusetts, with dates scheduled through October 31 in Universal City, California. The bill for the North American No Sleep Till Halloween Tour will also feature English metallers the Lostprophets and Chicago rock collective Kill Hannah.

H.I.M., who last toured the U.S. this spring, continue to spread the word about 2005's Dark Light, the band's first proper U.S. release. The LP, released last September, has sold close to 458,000 copies, and debuted at #18 on Billboard's albums chart.

The tour will also serve as a promotional vehicle for the band's forthcoming, still-untitled DVD, which is slated for November release. The DVD, which will boast a bonus CD, follows H.I.M. through haunted castles in Scotland and is chock full of never-before-seen live footage and rare on-camera interviews. More...

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H.I.M.'s "Killing Loneliness' Video Premiere

H.I.M. just shot the video for their next single "Killing Loneliness," which will premiere on MTV2 on May 1st. It airs at 6, 7, 9, 11am EST and 2, 6, 7, 10pm EST. It will also have its online premiere at MTV.com. Stay tuned for an email with the direct link. In the meantime, you can check out some photos from the the video shoot:

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Cradle of Filth's "Thornography" Release Date Set

Cradle of Filth's forthcoming album, Thornography, will hit stores September 19 via Roadrunner Records. Look for it to include "Libertina Grim," "Tonight in Flames," "Cemetery and Sundown," "I Am the Thorn," "The Byronic Man" (featuring guest vocals from H.I.M.'s Ville Valo) and "Temptation."

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Trivium, In Flames, Opeth Metal Hammer Nominees

The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards — which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London — were recently announced. In keeping with the "Valhalla" theme of this year's awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the "Hammer of the Gods", an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team's cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.

Leading the field for nominations are longstanding rock and metal purveyors Roadrunner Records, with a staggering total of 14 nominations for the label that is home to acts as diverse as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD and award-nominated DRAGONFORCE. Coming in a very close second for overall nominations is major label powerhouse Warner Music with an impressive 11 awards for their roster of breakthrough U.S. rock bands MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD (a favourite of Radio 1's Jo Whiley), as well as Valley boys FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and Finnish rockers H.I.M. In a complete whitewash of the category, Warner Music have secured four of the five nominations in the "Best Video" category, with the fifth and final nomination going to Roadrunner.

Going head-to-head with a joint total of four nominations are Sony and Universal, while EMI have secured two nominations for metal stalwarts and British institution IRON MAIDEN. Coming on strong is independent challenger to the rock throne Visible Noise marginally trails Sony and Universal with three nominations including "Best UK Band" and "Album of the Year", both for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. U.S. alternative rockers COHEED & CAMBRIA have surprised many with 3 nominations including appearances in the prestigious "Best Album" and "Best International Band" categories.

The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows: More...

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