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I decided to make a member page in honor to my favorite band H.I.M. I love this band as many of you that know me already know. I have been listening to this band for about 10 years already.
Every lyric and guitar riff I know by heart and I usually listen to them, well all the time o.O The font that I used for the text is called Fire Of Ysgard, I know many of you will just see it a regular font but just letting you all know. :) Thanks for coming by

VB


H.I.M.

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HIM are a Finnish rock band from Helsinki. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström, and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, HIM's current lineup consists of Valo, Linde, Migé, Janne "Emerson Burton" Puurtinen on keyboards and Mika Karppinen on drums. They have released seven full-length albums to date, the latest, Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, released on February 8, 2010. On September 5, 2006, HIM's fifth studio album Dark Light was certified gold by the RIAA, making HIM the first Finnish band to have a gold album in the United States. HIM had five of their studio albums certified platinum in Finland with Razorblade Romance being certified double platinum in Finland and platinum in Germany.

666 Ways to Love (1991–1997)

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As His Infernal Majesty the band released two demos and one EP. Their first demos were "Witches and Other Night Fears" and an untitled demo tape which has been named by fans as "This Is Only The Beginning", released in 1992 and 1995 respectively. The former was never released and the sole copy resides with Valo. The EP, 666 Ways to Love: Prologue, was released in 1996 solely in Finland. Only 1,000 copies of this album EP were sold. Recently a near mint condition copy of the bands EP was listed on eBay for around $600. The lady on the cover is said to be Valo's mother, who (according to an interview with Valo) worked in a shoe shop at the time. It was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa, and was recorded at Finnvox Studios, MD and Peacemakers, Helsinki.

Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 (1997-1999)

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HIM released their first full-length studio album, Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666, on November 20, 1997. It features covers of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" and Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper". Four singles were released from the album which was also produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa. Like the EP 666 Ways to Love: Prologue, the album was recorded at Finnvox, MD and Peacemakers in Helsinki, Finland. Guest vocals were provided by Sanna-June Hyde, and Asta Hannula on "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and "For You", respectively. A digipak version was released in Finland, with the song "For You" moved to the first track. A special edition was released in Germany with the bonus track "Stigmata Diaboli", taken from 666 Ways to Love: Prologue. In keeping with the theme of 666, the album's length is 66:06 and contains a total of 66 tracks (56 of which are blank). There is another track which starts at 6 minutes into the 66th track, it is the outro of "The Heartless" from 666 Ways to Love: Prologue. The track is called "HIM 666," or alternatively "666" or "Dark Circle." This album is also the only HIM album so far to have hidden bonus tracks. Although sometimes perceived to have Satan-worshiping references, Valo has stated that the album was never affiliated with these things.

Razorblade Romance (1999–2001)

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After gaining popularity in Europe, particularly in their homeland, HIM released its second album on December 19, 1999, entitled Razorblade Romance. This is when the band's popularity began to rise, their single "Join Me in Death" from the album reached #1 on the German music charts, selling over 500,000 of this single in two months. Join Me in Death was used as the soundtrack of the European version of the science fiction movie 'The Thirteenth Floor' which made the song more popular worldwide."Join Me in Death" is the best selling Finnish single in history.

Following this German success they released two more Germany only singles from this album: "Right Here in My Arms" and "Gone With the Sin", which reached #20 and #19 on the charts respectively. Around this time they were also becoming better known in other parts of Europe, such as the United Kingdom. The album itself reached #1 in both Germany and their native Finland.

In 2002, Razorblade Romance was re-released and put into stores in the United States. HIM was not allowed to use their name for sales because of the American band, HiM, owned the rights to that name. Therefore, they changed the name to HER in the United States. Eventually, they were able to buy the full rights to the name HIM, and copies of the album began to be manufactured with their desired name on the packaging. Only 1,000 copies of the album exist with the HER band name, which makes it a rare collectible among fans.

The original working title for Razorblade Romance was Gotham Roll and a demo or properly recorded song from this session leaked onto the internet (in the midst of 2004), titled "Too Happy To Be Alive." A drum machine was used for this particular session due to Pätkä leaving the band.

Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights (2001–2003)

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During 2001, before the group's third release, the members of HIM formed a new band, Daniel Lioneye. This was intended as a solo project of guitarist Linde, who took on the vocal spot and the stage name Daniel Lioneye for it. Migé Amour played bass, Ville Valo was on drums, with Hiili on keyboards, and Ike on sound effects. They released two albums, The King of Rock'n Roll, in September 2001, and Vol. II in April 2010. Although it was not a commercial success, it retains a cult following.

After the Daniel Lioneye project, HIM released Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights on August 27, 2001. This was the band's first album with new keyboardist Emerson Burton, the final addition to the current line-up. Once again the album shot to #1 in their Finnish homeland. It also reached #2 in Germany. Three singles were released from it: "Pretending" (which reached #10 in Germany), "In Joy and Sorrow" and a double single featuring both "Heartache Every Moment" and "Close to the Flame." Such success further facilitated their gradual emergence into the mainstream. As with Razorblade Romance, there were problems naming the album.[citation needed] It was meant to be called "Ozzymandias Dargunum" and it would contain 14 tracks. The demos were recorded in 2000 in Hollola. In November 2001 total sales were nearly 400,000.


Love Metal (2003–2005)

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On April 14, 2003, HIM released Love Metal. This was the first album that did not feature singer/songwriter Ville Valo on the cover. Instead, it featured a gold heartagram, the band's well-known logo. "The Funeral of Hearts" was the first single and their first high appearance on the United Kingdom charts at #14, it also hit #3 in Germany. It was followed by "Buried Alive By Love" and "The Sacrament". (The Sacrament was recently used as the ending for the anime film Highlander: The Search for Vengeance.)

Around the time of the Love Metal album, the group became better known, both in the US and internationally, when professional skateboarder and TV personality Bam Margera began using the band's heartagram logo and promoting them extensively on his MTV series Viva La Bam. Margera produced their video for "Buried Alive By Love", which featured a guest appearance from Natural Born Killers actress Juliette Lewis. They played at Download Festival in 2003 on the second stage with The Hellacopters, the following year they would go on to headline the same stage. Love Metal was performed in its entirety on March 8, 2003 in Hamburg's Grosse Freiheit Club, a month before the album's release on April 14. The only track that was not performed was "Love's Requiem," which was only included in digipak versions of the album. The tickets were available for sale on the band's official website and sold out within a few days. Ville had the initial idea for making this a gift to their fans. The show has been included in unofficial video and audio bootlegs under the name 'Buried Alive' or 'Love Metal Live'.

And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits 1997–2004

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HIM's first greatest hits album. It contains two unreleased songs: "And Love Said No" and "Solitary Man", the latter of which is a Neil Diamond cover. It also had a re-recorded version of "When Love and Death Embrace," while the British version contained a re-recorded "It's All Tears (Drown In This Love)". The digipak version of this album came with a DVD with six live songs at the Semifinal Club in Helsinki.


Dark Light (2005–2007)

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HIM's fifth studio album, Dark Light (released on September 26, 2005), became the band's full breakthrough in the US, debuting in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 and spawning two major rock hits, "Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly" and "Killing Loneliness", both of which have accompanying videos. Kat Von D appears in the video for "Killing Loneliness" tattooing the eyes of Edgar Allen Poe Ville Valo has on his back as well as throughout in small glimpses of foreshadowing. In the summer of 2005, they played the mainstage of Download Festival with Black Sabbath and Velvet Revolver.

The success of Dark Light has also allowed a number of HIM's previous albums (including Love Metal) to chart in the United States. In October 2006, the band's official website announced that Dark Light had been certified Gold in the U.S. by the RIAA. This made HIM the first band from Finland to sell over 500,000 records in the U.S.

During their tour to promote Dark Light, Mige and Burton wrote a song together called "Plasma Mullet" that is completely different from their other work and is not on any official release of the band. The only time it has been released to the public is when it was played on skateboarder Bam Margera's half-hour radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio or at various concerts after their performance. Margera refers to it as their "jokey song".

In 2006/2007, HIM released its second and third compilation albums titled Uneasy Listening Vol. 1 and Uneasy Listening Vol. 2, respectively.

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Uneasy Listening Vol. 1 was released in 2006 on October 27 in Germany, October 30 in the United Kingdom and November 14 in the United States. The compilation contains fifteen alternate versions of HIM's lighter songs such as "In Joy and Sorrow," "The Sacrament," "Gone With the Sin," and "One Last Time." An acoustic version of "Pretending" can be found on the single for the string version of "In Joy and Sorrow."

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Uneasy Listening Vol. 2 was released in 2007 on April 20 in Germany, April 24 and April 25 in the rest of Europe, May 22 in the United States and May 25 in Australia. It contains fourteen rare alternate tracks, which exemplify HIM's heavier side. These include the Black Sabbath cover "Hand of Doom," a remix of "Sigillum Diaboli," a live version of "Right Here in My Arms," and a remix of their Turbonegro cover of "Rendezvous With Anus." It also contains the much sought-after version of "Buried Alive By Love," which only originally appeared on the CKY4: The Latest and The Greatest DVD. Right Here In My Arms was featured on Bam's Unholy Union.


Venus Doom (2007–2009)

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Venus Doom was released on September 14, 2007 in Finland, Ireland and Germany, September 17, 2007 internationally and September 18, 2007 in the US. At the Give It a Name Festival '07, HIM played one of the new songs, "Dead Lovers' Lane." In an interview with The Gauntlet, Venus Doom is mostly guitar-oriented with a pronounced lack of keyboards. The song "Passion's Killing Floor" is on the Transformers soundtrack. The first single was "The Kiss of Dawn", which has become a staple in most of their live performances, as well as Passion's Killing Floor, Dead Lovers' Lane and the epic Sleepwalking Past Hope. The video for "The Kiss of Dawn" written and directed by Meiert Avis, debuted in the UK on Scuzz TV on August 10, 2007. The next single off of Venus Doom, was "Bleed Well". The lo-fi black and white video for "Bleed Well" was shot by Meiert Avis at sound check at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles November 15, 2007. In support of the new album HIM toured North America with Bleeding Through in the fall of 07. At the 50th annual Grammy Awards, Matt Taylor and Ville Valo, for HIM, was nominated for "Best Boxed/Special Limited Edition packaging" for Venus Doom. Venus Doom didn't win, losing out to "What It Is!: Funky Soul and Rare Grooves" (1967–1977) (performed by various artists and artwork by Masaki Koike).

"Digital Versatile Doom"

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HIM's first official live DVD/CD, was scheduled to release on April 1, 2008, but was pushed back until April 29. It features a live performance from The Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, as well as behind the scenes look at the show. Also featured on the DVD, the winner of HIM's biggest fans competition go to Seattle to meet the band. A special edition was available for pre-order on February 1, 2008, which will come with a limited edition 6" X 4" numbered flipbook. The imagery is from HIM's live performance of "Sleepwalking Past Hope" at that concert.

Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice (Chapters 1 to 13) (2009-2011)

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On June 9, 2009, HIM announced in a phone interview with Euro-Rock Radio that they would be recording their new album in August 2009 with producer Matt Squire in Los Angeles, California. The title of the album is Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice. The recording of the album began on August 3, 2009 and finished on October 8, 2009. On November 22, lead singer Ville Valo's birthday, the album art was released on the band's website. The album was released February 8, 2010 in the United Kingdom and France and February 9 in the United States. It was also released on February 10 in Japan and on February 12 in Germany. Their first single from the album, "Heartkiller" was released December 8, 2009 as a digital download and on February 5, 2010 as a CD single.

In an interview speaking about the song "Scared To Death" Ville says one of the working titles they first had for Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice came from a lyric in the song "Scared To Death" which is "Pick Up Lines From Hell", but he said they didn't use that as it felt too jokey and cartoonish.

Due to the uproar and requests from fans, Harmonix has released downloadable content for the game Rock Band from HIM as the "HIM Pack 01", featuring "Ode to Solitude", "Wings of a Butterfly", and the new single "Heartkiller". Of those songs, only "Wings of a Butterfly" did not come from Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice. The group also took part in the Game with Fame promotion on Xbox Live to promote their new album on March 25.

The official remix album for Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, SWRMXS,

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featuring songs from Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice as remixed by artists such as Tiesto, Morgan Page, and Gavin Russom, was released on December 7, 2010. The album is available online on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers, but the physical album is available exclusively at Hot Topic stores in the US. A Special Edition of the album including a new HIM shirt featuring the new album cover was available for pre-order.


New studio album (2011-Present)

As of March 28, 2011, HIM and Sire/Warner records have parted ways. HIM's manager, Seppo, assures fans that the band is still alive and well and stated that details on future plans as well as a possible new label will be announced in the summer of 2011.

On September 13, 2011, HIM announced that they are currently working on a follow-up to 2010's Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, but the work has been interrupted due to a rare condition afflicting drummer Gas Lipstick.

In the February 15th, 2012 issue of Kerrang! magazine Ville stated in regards to a possible record label, "I'd like the album to be released on Rise Above Records (the cult, underground doom metal label owned by Cathedral singer Lee Dorrian) I think that would be great." In the same interview Ville says that the bands sound will be returning to its roots.

The Heartagram and it's meaning

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The heartagram is a symbol that combines a heart and a pentagram. It can be seen almost anywhere, from car bumper stickers to tattoos. This seemingly contradictory symbol was created to represent the Finnish band HIM.

Ville Valo created the heartagram; he is the lead singer of the Finnish band HIM. The heartagram stands as the visual symbol for the band.

Due to the pentagram portion of the symbol, some perceive it to be satanic in nature. However, the heartagram is simply meant to represent dueling concepts of love and hate, not specifically Satan. It is not intended as a symbol of satanic worship.

The heartagram represents love and hate.

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COMMENTS

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ChessMaster
ChessMaster
00:38 Jul 18 2012

first time I heard a song of them was Wings of a butterfly, and it was on a friend's profile here, his name is Micheal, think his old profile name was bdsprotector or something like that it has been a while, then Ahriman made me know them more and wow I learn to really like them ,they are awsome I love their music :)





vampyrebeauty
vampyrebeauty
03:40 Jul 18 2012

Yes, they are awesome! Thanks for coming by :D





ThedarkprinceVvvvV
ThedarkprinceVvvvV
02:42 Jul 19 2012

cool





Lucifur
Lucifur
00:12 Jul 29 2012

Nice I love H.I.M as well





MusicelliaDanu
MusicelliaDanu
22:42 Aug 13 2012

my fave song is When Love and Death Embrace





LadyRain
LadyRain
23:06 Nov 15 2012

Awsome! I am loving it!!






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