"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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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H.I.M., Finch & Skindred Dates and Ticket Sales

Below is a list of the just released tour dates for the forthcoming HIM, FINCH, SKINDRED tour which is set to kickoff this Fall:


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H.I.M. Podcast #10, Preview New Single

On H.I.M.'s podcast (#10) report from Karri, she talks to Gas about his life as drummer, plus the new single "Wings of a Butterfly." A clip of the single debuts in this latest podcast. You can buy the full song at all digital online stores like iTunes starting August 2nd.

Download and listen to the MP3 interviews on your computer, iPod, other portable device and hear the latest report, including comments on:

  • Story behind the name "Gas Lipstick"

  • Drum Equipment

  • iPod- must have accessory on tour

  • Gas and Computer games?!

  • Mr. Lipstick's iPod playlists

  • Gas loves Garth Brooks!

  • Fave Songs to play live

  • Warming up for shows

  • Wear your cap with the bill up

  • How to start playing drums in a rock band by Gas Lipstick

  • Old School hip hop/rap

  • Nothing but love for Slayer since circa '83

  • Air drumming to Dark Light

  • So many side projects/bands

  • "Bend Over"

  • "Ripping out the Wings of a Butterfly"

  • Songs are like kids?!

  • Gas introduces "Ripping out the Wings of a Butterfly"

  • Special Heartagram Internet Edition of Dark Light

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H.I.M. & MSI Confirmed For Download Festival

Billboard magazine is reporting that H.I.M. and MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE are among the bands that have been confirmed for the first U.S. edition of the U.K.'s Download Festival, set for Oct. 8 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Headlining the festival will be THE KILLERS, with MODEST MOUSE, the ARCADE FIRE and DOVES also on the bill.

Like the U.K. version of the event, which drew 150,000 people this year to London's Donnington Park, the U.S. edition will offer cutting-edge technology and media experiences.

Last year's festival, with LINKIN PARK, METALLICA, KORN, SUM 41 and IGGY POP on the bill, grossed $7.3 million, the 10th highest gross of the year, according to Billboard Boxscore.

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H.I.M. Frontman Ville Valo Engaged

Kerrang! reports: "It's a sad week for any ladies who lust after HIM frontman Ville Valo as the devilishly charming rocker has just got engaged to his long-time girlfriend Jonna Nygren. Ville proposed at the Finnish rock festival Ruisrock but instead of giving each other the customary engagement rings, the couple got their ring fingers tattooed with the letters 'DILLIGAF', which apparently stands for 'do I look like I give a fuck?'. How romantic. Congrats to the happy couple! Bet ville-stalker Bam Margera is gutted..."

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H.I.M. Internet Only Dark Light Album Details

HIM's new album, "Dark Light", will also be available in an exclusive internet-only special edition. It will come in a tin box, with two extra tracks, a 32-page book with singer Ville Vallo's handwritten lyrics and a HIM-logo flashlight keychain. More details will be available shortly. "Dark Light" will be out on September 26 internationally and September 27 in the US.

As previously reported, the band will be embarking on a full Full US tour with SKINDRED and FINCH in tow.

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H.I.M. Plan US Tour With Skindred and Finch

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. will be teaming up with SKINDRED and FINCH for a U.S. tour this fall. More information will be made available soon.

As previously reported, H.I.M. will release "Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly" as the first international single off their upcoming CD, "Dark Light". It is expected in late August/early September. The band have already shot a video for "Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly", and the clip is now in the process of being edited.

Ville decribed the artwork for "Dark Light" as something really different from what they've done so far, although the "heartagram" (a pentagram with the top two points rounded off to form a heart with the bottom point) will once again make an appearance. The artwork for the CD is still not finished and Valo is very involved in its creation and ideas.

According to Billboard.com, "Dark Light" was mixed at New York's Electric Lady studios with producer Tim Palmer (DAVID BOWIE, OZZY OSBOURNE). Valo told Finland's Ilta-Sanomat magazine that the group's initial choice of mixer for the new album, Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, DISTURBED) was fired one week into the process because he made H.I.M. sound like "one of those American bands with no personality." "He didn't understand our Scandinavian 'twistedness,'" Ville said.

The follow-up to 2003's "Love Metal", "Dark Light" was recorded at Los Angeles' Paramour studios with Palmer, who also worked on the band's last album. A September 27 release (one day earlier internationally) via Sire Records is expected.

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H.I.M. Announce "Dark Light" Tracklisting

HIM has announced the track listing for their new album, "Dark Light", scheduled for release on 9/26 internationally and 9/27 in the US. Here are the track titles:

Vampire Heart
Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly
Behind the Crimson Door
Killing Loneliness
Dark Light
Drunk on Shadows
Under the Rose
Play Dead
Face of God
Night Side of Eden

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H.I.M. Podcast #8 With Mige and Fan Questions

The next H.I.M. podcast report is now online. This time Karri calls Mige in Finland as they continue work on the new album. Plus, hear questions sent in by fans to the site. Topics include:

  • Phone call with Mige in Finland

  • Hearing the new tracks, remixing with Tim Palmer

  • Working track names for new album

  • Touring with the new album

  • Fan Questions from heartagram.com:
    • "Have you ever been influenced by The Cure/cover song?"

    • "Do you think that having Bam Margera use the heartagram/HIM logo on his merchandise has had a

    • positive outcome?"

    • "Have you ever gotten tired of being in the music business and thought about quitting the band? And, if

    • you had quit the band, what would you be doing today?"

    • "Is there ever a time where you write a song you really like but it doesn't end up making it on the

    • album for whatever reason?"

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Hear H.I.M.'s 7th Studio Podcast

You can now hear the last podcast report from the studio as Ville wraps up the recording of the record in Los Angeles. More podcast interviews are expected from Finland.

The latest report, includes comments on:

  • Running out of time...the finishing touches

  • HIM touring

  • Live Shows Vs. Traveling

  • No underwear on stage?!

  • Playing a new album live

  • Dumbest things you could buy on tour

  • America Vs. Finland

  • Word Association game

  • HIM in magazines

  • Ville's best job ever

  • Ville's Family

  • Mastering the New Album

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Listen To H.I.M. Studio Podcasts 5 & 6

You can now check out the latest podcast report from Karri - this time with Tim Palmer, producer of the new H.I.M. album. Download and listen to the MP3 interviews on your computer, iPod, other portable device or just burn them to a CD.

The latest interview includes comments on:

  • Recording Process for a HIM album

  • Tim's producing list

  • Working with Ville

  • Recording atmosphere brings out the best in bands

  • Tim's recording equipment

  • Achieving a mysterious atmospheric sound

We also missed reporting on podcast #5, which is still available and includes: More...

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H.I.M. Tap Andy Wallace To Mix Next Album

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have reportedly tapped Andy Wallace (KORN, LINKIN PARK, LIMP BIZKIT, SLAYER) to mix their brand-new album, tentatively due in the fall via Sire. The mixing sessions will take place in New York City beginning this week.

As previously reported, H.I.M. recorded the follow-up to 2003's "Love Metal" at Los Angeles' Paramour studios According to singer Ville Valo, the upcoming CD, which is being produced by Tim Palmer (who worked on the band's last album), will feature "really fast songs but with a melodic punky MISFITS feel to them."

H.I.M.'s forthcoming album will be preceded by a single release in August. Ville Valo and his cohorts have also lined up a handful of European and Japanese festival appearances during the summer.

H.I.M. and HMC (Helsinki Music Company) have reached an agreement to have all future H.I.M. albums released in Finland via the band's own Heartagram label. HMC is reportedly owned by Niko Nordström (former General Manager of BMG Finland) and Asko Kallonen (former A&R exec at BMG Finland). Kallonen has worked with H.I.M. since their first EP, "666 Ways to Love: Prologue".

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo is expected to sing backing vocals on one or two songs on the forthcoming BLOODHOUND GANG album. No further information is currently available.

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H.I.M.'s Studio Podcast Report #4

H.I.M.'s latest podcast report from Karri from the recording studio. You can download and listen to the MP3 interviews on your computer, iPod, other portable device or just burn them to a CD. The latest report includes comments on:

  • Linde's musical influences

  • Mige talks about the 'Fresh New Sound'

  • Mige "the stork"

  • Linde "the cow"

  • Linde's guitars

  • Quarrels during the recording process?

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Listen To H.I.M.'s Thrid Podcast Studio Report

The third new podcast report from Karri as she interviews Ville from the recording studio. You can download and listen to the MP3 interviews on your computer, iPod, other portable device or just burn them to a CD.

The latest report includes comments on:

  • Ville's favorite bands

  • Time in the studio

  • Feel of the new record

  • "The Stork"

  • Working together as a band

  • Collaborating with other bands

  • Cover songs

  • Ville locks himself in a room

  • Ville's lyrical mirror

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Papa Roach And Mudvayne Added To Download Festival

Papa Roach will play just before Nightwish, their first UK Festival date since Ozzfest in 2001.

Performing just before them, Mudvayne are set to make a welcome return to Download, having played at the inaugural festival in 2003.

System Of A Down, Slipknot, Black Sabbath, MC5, Velvet Revolver and HIM are just some of the bands to have already been confirmed. More will be announced in the coming weeks.

Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park between 10-12 June, extending to the Friday for the first time in its three year history. Weekend tickets cost £105, plus an extra £22.50 for camping.

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H.I.M. Podcasting Studio Reports

H.I.M. is in the studio working on the new CD in Los Angeles. They are poscasting a report every Tuesday from Karri as she interviews HIM on the making of the album - direct from the studio. You can download and listen to the MP3 interviews on your computer, iPod, other portable device or just burn them to a CD.

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival takes place from 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

All of these new bands are to play the Snickers Stage, with In Flames and Lamb of God playing on the Saturday, and with Motorhead, Mastodon, Chimaira, and Bullet For My Valentine all playing on the Sunday.

They join the bands previously confirmed: Feeder, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, JJ72, Billy Idol, The Used, My Chemical Romance (all Friday), Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, HIM (all Saturday - an Ozzfest day), and System of a Down, Slipknot, and Slayer.

Three-day tickets are on sale now, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day.

Click here to buy tickets.

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H.I.M. Gaining Popularity With Help Of Bam Margera

The following excerpts were from an article on The Phoenix on Finnish band HIM gaining popularity and status in U.S.:

In today's rock music environment, it is rare to find a band that so unabashedly and honestly writes about love. Finland's HIM is the exception to that rule. The band's self-processed genre is "Love Metal," and has no quips about that generalization. The group's melancholic "gothic metal" music is served alongside lead singer Ville Valo's need to express what lies deep in his heart.

In Europe, HIM already has established itself as a powerful force in music, with number-one hits in virtually every country. However, it is only recently, with the help of MTV's Bam Margera, that HIM is gaining popularity in the United States. Margera has adopted the Heartagram, the band's symbol that looks like a pentagram with two points of the star rounded into a heart, which symbolizes the good and bad of love. Margera has plastered it on everything from T-shirts to skateboards. Virtually every episode of Margera's TV show, "Viva La Bam," has something HIM-related in it. From the giant Heartagram sitting in Margera's dining room to the tattoos he sports, HIM is everywhere.

Read the full article at The Phoenix.

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First Nine Acts For Download Festival Confirmed

Feeder, Black Sabbath, and System Of A Down will headline this year’s Download festival, with organisers confirming that the Donington event will be held over three days for the first time ever.

Garbage, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver, HIM, Slayer and Slipknot will also play at the third annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park from 10-12 June.

Download organisers confirmed nine of the acts that are set to play over the weekend, with over 70 more expected to be announced in the coming months.

Garbage and Billy Idol join Feeder on the newly added Friday, as part of a bill which aims to broaden the musical scope of the festival by bringing in more ‘indie’ acts. Feeder singer Grant Nicholls enthused: “We are really excited about playing Download. This will be our biggest headline show yet and there's a bit of pressure on us to get the weekend off to a rocking start but we're used to playing on big stages and we'll put on a good show"

The following evening, Velvet Revolver and HIM will warm up for headliners Black Sabbath, the first time Ozzfest has been held since 2001. Topping the Sunday bill, prior to System Of A Down, will be Slipknot and Slayer to help close the festival in its true metal spirit!

As well as masses more bands, organisers have also promised to extend the fun of the festival to the campsite, adding a massive entertainment zone, featuring a cinema tent, a third stage bar and several campsite bars. Skate and BMX fans will be pleased to hear that the Soul Bowl will be back again and this year open until much later, with some very special guests appearing on stage.

Tickets for this year's three-day rock extravaganza went on sale at 9am this morning (Wednesday, 9 February) and are priced at £105 for a three-day ticket.

Camping tickets are to be purchased separately at a cost of £22.50, with hot showers and weekend car parking included. Festival goers purchasing three-day festival tickets but not wishing to camp will be able to purchase car parking for an additional £5 but only if the passes are purchased at the same time as the festival tickets. Car passes purchased on the day will costs £10.

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H.I.M., Apocalyptica To Play Finnish Benefit Gig

H.I.M., THE RASMUS, APOCALYPTICA, NEGATIVE and THE 69 EYES, in cooperation with the Finnish Red Cross, will stage a benefit concert for the victims of the Asian earthquake/tsunami disaster at Helsinki's 12,000-seater Hartwall Arena on Monday, January 17. The concert will starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are priced at 30 euros. Tickets will go on sale through Lippupalvelu at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11. There is no age limit.

Finland's YLE X national radio will broadcast the concert live starting at 7:00 p.m. YLE TV2 will do a two-hour special of the event to be broadcast on Sunday, January 23 at 7:15 p.m. and repeated the following Monday on TV2.

Hartwall Arena, RMC Light & Sound and RGB are among the many parties providing facilities and services for free and all income from the show will be channeled, without deductions, to the victims of the Asian disaster.

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H.I.M. Postpone US West Coast Shows

HIM were forced to postpone US West Coast shows when frontman Ville Valo was diagnosed as suffering from extreme laryngitis. They hope to re-schedule the dates – in San Francisco and Los Angeles – during February.

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