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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.
Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. will be issuing a collection of their promotional videos, aptly titled "The Video Collection - 1997-2003", on December 7 via Universal. The complete track listing for the disc is as follows:
01. Buried Alive By Love
02. The Funeral Of Hearts
03. Gone With The Sin
04. Heartache Every Moment
05. In Joy And Sorrow
06. Join Me In Death
07. Poison Girl
09. Right Here In My Arms
10. The Sacrament
11. When Love And Death Embrace
12. Wicked Game (CHRIS ISAAK cover)
13. The Making Of "Buried Alive By Love"
14. The Making Of "The Sacrament"
15. Interrogation Footage
In other news, H.I.M.'s last studio album, "Love Metal", is scheduled to receive its long-overdue U.S. release on February 1, 2005.
HIM performed live at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, Scotland on Sunday (October 24). Check out pictures from LFI.
Helltrain's song "Route 666" is featured on the free "Viva La Bands" sampler together with HIM, Rammstein and Bloodhound Gang. This CD is not available in stores but only reserved for people that purchase the "Viva La Bam" DVD (feat. Bam Magera of the famous Jackass series), released by MTV and Universal.
To order the DVD, check out the link.
Finish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have returned to the studio to record the first single of their forthcoming album (due early February 2005). The song, entitled "Bittersweet", is a dark ballad, that features fellow-countrymen Lauri Ylönen from THE RASMUS and Ville Valo from H.I.M. on vocals. The single, written by Apocalyptica, Lauri and Ville together, will be released internationally on 29 November.
Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso will appear alongside Lauri and Ville in the video for "Bittersweet", shot in the bandís hometown Helsinki and directed by renowned finish director Antti Jokinen.
Where in the beginning the classically-trained cellists established themselves with interpretations of Metallica, Slayer, and Sepultura classics, the band have developed their own writing skills for many years and matured while doing so. The new album will - just like its predecessors "Cult" and "Reflections" - again contain originally APOCALYPTICA-penned songs.
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
The first dates have been announced for H.I.M.'s upcoming U.S. tour — the band's first since inking a worldwide recording contract with Sire Records. Support at all dates is expected to come from Melissa Auf Der Maur (ex-Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) and Monster Magnet. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 12 - Worchester, MA @ The Palladium
Nov. 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov. 14 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov. 15 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov. 18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rock Club
Nov. 19 - Detroit, MI @ The State Theatre
Nov. 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
Nov. 24 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
Nov. 26 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Nov. 27 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Dec. 02 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon
As previously reported, H.I.M. singer/main songwriter Ville Valo has been working on new material over the summer and the band hope to start producing their next album in January or February.
Following several months of negotiations, Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have confirmed that they have signed an exclusive worldwide recording contract with Sire Records. The agreement covers four successive releases and an option for fifth, and includes not only Europe but also the U.S., Japan and Australia.
Sire Records, part of the Warner Music Group, is one of the most legendary American labels and the original home of The Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna.
The Sire deal, which was announced by Sire Records founder Seymour Stein and President Michael Goldstone, does not include Finland, where future H.I.M. records will be released on the band's own Heartagram label.
H.I.M. singer/main songwriter Ville Valo has been working on new material over the summer and the band hope to start producing their next album in January or February.
Later this year, H.I.M. will be touring the U.K. and the U.S. Support on the U.K. dates will come from Cathedral, while the opening bands in the U.S. will be Melissa Auf Der Maur (ex-Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) and Monster Magnet. Exact cities and dates for the U.S. tour will be announced shortly.
Finnish goth-metallers To/Die/For are expected to enter Sonicimage studios in Kouvola, Finland soon to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Spinefarm Records.
The current To/Die/For lineup once again features vocalist Jape Perätalo, who allegedly decided to reclaim the T/D/F name for his Tiaga project after being offered a record deal by Spinefarm Records. Joining Perätalo in the new To/Die/For formation are guitarist Juppe "J.P." Sutela, ex-New Dawn Foundation drummer/ex-To/Die/For drum tech Santtu Lonka, guitarist Mika "Alli" Ahtiainen, ex-H.I.M./New Dawn Foundation keyboardist Juska Salminen, and bassist Jarkko Strandman (ex-New Dawn Foundation).
To/Die/For's most recent CD, "Jaded," was released in March 2003 through Spinefarm Records (Nuclear Blast in continental Europe). The follow-up to 2001's "Epilogue" featured guest vocals by former Sinergy and current Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala.
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
California's Eighteen Visions are currently remixing their next full-length, entitled "Obsession," with Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, New Order). Upon completion of mixing, which is roughly halfway completed, the record will be sent to Brian Gardner (Jimmy Eat World) for mastering. The album will hit stores on June 2nd through Trustkill Records. Meanwhile, the group now has plans to shoot a video for the song "Waiting For The Heavens," which can be found on the new Trustkill Records compilation. The video will be directed by Chris Sims and Timecode Entertainment. Finally, the group will be hitting the road with HIM next month, followed by a tour with Atreyu and From Autumn To Ashes.
Here are the tour dates with H.I.M.: More...
Finnish Goth metallers H.I.M. will release a 'best of" collection "And Love Said No - The Greatest Hits 1997-2004", which will include a bonus DVD with 6 bonus tracks. You can check out the cover here
On related news, H.I.M. are one of the seven bands competing this week on Fuse TV's Oven Fresh program where you, the viewer, get to vote for the show's best and worst videos of the week. They're the only metal band on the bill this week with their video for "Join Me In Death," from the 'Razorblade Romance' album, so stop on over fuse.tv to vote as you wish.
Back to the album- "And Love Said No - The Greatest Hits 1997-2004" , due on March 15, will feature the following track listing: More...
- HIM performed in concert on January 19th in Milan, Italy. Check out pictures from WireImage.
- Iron Maiden performed at Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday (January 24) in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
Members of H.I.M. and AMORPHIS have reportedly joined forces in a grindcore-style side-project called TO SEPARATE THE FLESH FROM THE BONES.
The band, who are opting to keep their identities a "mystery," recently recorded their debut EP, "For Those About To Rot", tentatively due in the spring. A full-length album should follow in the autumn.
"For Those About To Rot" track listing:
01. Infected Rectum (0:49)
02. Breast-Fed By Blood (0:54)
03. Rotten Vagina (0:29)
04. Filthy Cunt (0:52)
05. Genital Massacre (0:43)
06. Chainsaw Fuck (0:56)
07. Die Like A Wimp (0:53)
08. Flesh That Lies Beneath (1:38)
09. Fistfucked 'Til Death (1:05)
10. Spermjerker (1:02)
The group's current lineup is as follows:
Herr Archstein: Guitar & Vocals
Rot Wailer: Bass
Pus Sypope: Drums
Commented Rot Weiler, "On a spiritual level, the band has existed two years. In real life, we have rehearsed once and recorded our first EP, 'For Those About To Rot', in one day. We have no big plans, it's just fun to play grindcore. We are not too serious with this..."
The official HIM site reports that "The Funeral Of Hearts" entered on its first week at number 15 in The Official UK Singles Chart. "The Funeral Of Hearts" is a third UK single release from the latest HIM album Love Metal. In other news, the band's show at London’s Astoria Club on February 23rd is sold out. This is the third sold out night at Astoria for the band in less than a year.
Here are all of HIM's confirmed upcoming European dates: More...
An unnamed girl was injured during HIM’s sold out show at the Astoria in London last Friday, when a fan jumped off the balcony into the crowd. Here’s what the band had to say about the unwelcome incident: “During the gig, long time fan of the band Bam Margera, who was watching the band from the side balcony at the Astoria, was encouraged by the crowd to take a controlled leap into the audience. Twenty minutes later, in an unrelated incident, an audience member jumped feet first from the back of the balcony into the pit. The crowd below were obviously watching the stage and were therefore completely unaware of what was happening. This idiotic behaviour resulted in a young lady in the crowd suffering cracked vertebrae which will keep her off work for six weeks. HIM, who were unaware of what was going on until after their gig had finished, would like to say that they are horrified by what happened, and they send all of their love and best wishes for a speedy recovery to the young lady who was hurt. To jump from any balcony is wrong, but with Bam at least the situation was controlled – it’s what he does for a living so nobody got hurt - but the other guy could have caused unthinkable damage. The end result was a fan was hurt, and that is as wrong as wrong can be. This must not happen again.”
Zeraphine has been now confirmed as main support at HIM's upcoming March/April tour of Germany. There will also be a local support band in each city selected from the entries to the Jägermeister band pool competition. The support at the other European shows will be announced shortly.
Here are all HIM's confirmed upcoming German tour dates: More...
Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. will embark on a Jagermeister-sponsored two-week tour of Germany in March/April 2004. The dates are as follows:
Mar. 25 - Hamburg, GER @ Grosse Freiheit
Mar. 27 - Bremen, GER @ Pier 2
Mar. 28 - Munster, GER @ Jovel
Mar. 30 - Magdeburg, GER @ Amo
Mar. 31 - Berlin, GER @ Columbiahalle
Apr. 01 - Leipzig, GER @ Easy Auensee
Apr. 02 - Dresden, GER @ Alter Schlachthof
Apr. 03 - Cologne, GER @ Palladium
Apr. 05 - Dortmund, GER @ Soundgarden
Apr. 06 - Offenbach, GER @ Capitol
Apr. 07 - Munich, GER @ Muffathalle
Tickets are available now through CTS Eventim ticket service on +49 1805 570097. More information will be available at www.jaegermeister.de and www.contrapro.de. More...