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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
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I seen HIM for the first time on viva la bam a few years back and was instantly drawn in by the music, and hypnotic voice then valo's spine tingling eyes... Ty Bam Margera for introducing them to me. Stay strong and hope you get well soon
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Your pretty boring and generic @bobonnit. You wrote for Cream magazine in the 70's? That surprises considering you seem like a cynical A$$&#$&. I once read a comment that said thumbs down losers. 121 people like following a dick
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I find them boring and generic. Thumbs down
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I love you Amanda from Cali!
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You will be forever be in my heart!
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I think about you Amanda every day and I love you with all my heart and soul and we will beat these politicians and survive WW3 to come! You will ever be in my heart!
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Amanda from Covina Heights if you are out there I really love you and miss you so much! I'm in Texas right now, but I'll be back in Grand Rapids, Michigan very soon! Please come and see me! I hate that rap s**t so much!
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HIM is the best band ever! They really speak to my soul!
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Been listening to them since middle. My fave band!
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I grew up to this music, my brother and i would listen to this band when i was 2-3 years up and i have been listening ever since!!!
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Been a fan since 7th grade dude! I saw them at KBPI's birthday bash with Volbeat, but I only wanted to see HIM, didn't really give a s**t about the other bands! Come back to Denver, guys!!!
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These guys never disappoint. Definitely would love to see them live one day :)
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People that put " don't read this crap up " should burn. Just saying, it works !
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Have yet to hear a song I don't like by them
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I love H.I.M I love them so fucken much I fell in love with them when I was I like 8 or 9 or longer and I'm 11
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thestudentpr e s s a t g a y l e
LOVE THEM
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kara_mia93
There's 666 ways to love H.I.M. ^.^
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I've been a HIM fan for going on 15 years now, I've seen them in concert several times, and I will never get sick of them. It seems so cliche to say, but this band saved my life and for that I will always be eternally grateful.
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HIM is such an amazing band. Seen them in concert and was totally mesmerized. This band kicks a** and they continue to be my favorite band.
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��H.I.M.��
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H.I.M is my most favorite band ever, and I am completely in Love with Ville, he is one of the most sexiest men to me, his voice is phenomenal, and don't get me started on his incredible green eyes.
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kpaulson335
I love H.I.M.... My mom introduced me to Sweet 666 and I instantaneou s l y fell in love with Ville... He is sexy and has a sexy voice... I also have a Dark Light shirt... I always wear it...
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Been listening to H.I.M for 12 years n I'm n Love
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Just heard a song by H.i.m and I'm in love already .. Vampire heart
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Join me in death.. ..... I would have to say HIM is one of my favorite bands. Ville Valo is gorgeous.
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<3
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Ville Valo is so sexy. ...I am in love with him and his voice. I love razorblade romance. Great songs
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Yeah under rated band love this band❤️❤️❤️
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This is my favorite song ever it calms me down everytime I hear it I love it keep on Rocking ��✌️
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Hey bam bam hope u still check out this s**t man
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Rad band right
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This band is my favorite band ever
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I♡HiM
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I love this band so much
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><->< - >< - ><- <3
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Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the possible nearest Friday .if you this far than u have to post this on 5 other songs or you die in two days
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10 years ago to now, I'll be a fan til the day I die.
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lisange.deco t e
H.I.M is the best band in the whole world!!
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I love HIM! My dad knows Ville Valo
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hautealejand r a
HIM=LOVE
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There is a typo in the second paragraph. In the second sentence it says 2009.
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Beautiful everything
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Love all there song Up to the album dark light. Still love some of his new work
H.I.M for life !
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H.I.M is life
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H.I.M. for life! ��
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Love! :-)
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H.I.M is meh babe
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Thumbs up! HIM <3
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I known Him since 1991
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I love HIM!! Best band ever ����
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