March 23, 2017 |

A thank you to HIM

A thank you to HIM

March 23, 2017 |

ADVERTISMENT

ADVERTISMENT

Sunday March 5, 2017 was a sad, sad day for love metal fans everywhere as Finnish superstars HIM announced they would be calling it a day after 26 years. Formed in 1991 by frontman Ville Valo and bassist Mikko ‘Mige’ Paananen under His Infernal Majesty. Following a brief hiatus in 1993, the band went on to create not only a new genre but a movement across the world after their reincarnation in 1995!

They have an impressive back catalogue beginning with 1996’s EP 666 Ways to Love: Prologue, Greatest Love Songs Vol 666 became their first full length album in 1997 before being followed up by 2000’s Razorblade Romance. 2001 saw the band release Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights which was in turn followed by Love Metal in 2003. March 2004 saw the release of And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits 1997-2004 following their departure from label BMG. Studio album number 5, Dark Light came in 2005 and brought tracks Wings Of A Butterfly and Vampire Heart, two of the most well-known songs in the band’s entire catalogue. The recording of album six Venus Doom was plagued by frontman Ville’s personal battles but eventually released in September of 2007. 2010 saw the release of Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice which was the first that Ville worked on completely sober, this record was followed by Tears On Tape in 2013 which turned out to be the final record.

HIM are the most successful Finnish band on a global scale, with multiple sold out tours around the world, with over six million albums sold, seven platinum and more than ten gold records. The band’s music and logo have appeared in various films and TV shows with highlights being Transformers, The Thirteenth Floor and LA Ink.

The band’s infamous ‘heartagram’ logo which was used as the cover for 2003’s Love Metal album is not only used by and permanently tattooed on fans worldwide but also countless people who may not have even heard of HIM, it is that well recognised and loved, a fact that is quite insane when you remember that Ville came up with it on his twentieth birthday.