December 2, 2006 5:24am CST
HIM is a band from Finland formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko Viljami "Linde" Lindström, and bassist Mikko Henrik Julius "Migé" Paananen. As of 2006, they are the first and only Finnish rock band to sell Gold in the USA. The band's name was His Infernal Majesty at the beginning, but was changed to "HIM". They were also known as HER and HIM and HER for a brief time while in the United States and Germany, respectively. HIM is not to be confused with thrash metal band "Infernäl Mäjesty". After many lineup changes and a hiatus from 1991 to 1995 caused by the members' military services, the band consists of the three founding members plus keyboardist Janne Johannes "Burton" Puurtinen and drummer Mika Kristian "Gas" Karppinen. The band released their first studio album, Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666, on November 20, 1997. The album features covers of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" and Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper". After gaining popularity in Europe, particularly their homeland, with the success of their second album, 1999's Razorblade Romance, HIM broke out into the mainstream in the UK in the early 2000s. The group became more well-known in America 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. Razorblade Romance reached some stores in the United States, but HIM was not allowed to use their name for sales in the U.S. because another American band owned the rights to that name. Therefore, they changed their name to HER only for the U.S. and Razorblade Romance. The full rights to HIM were finally bought, and copies of the album bearing the name HER were discontinued and replaced by a HIM version. HIM Enlarge HIM In 2001, before the group's third release, members of HIM formed a new band, Daniel Lioneye, as a side project. Daniel Lioneye produced hard rock/ sleaze rock music with blues-based guitar solos throughout. The band was composed of Linde Lindström as "Daniel Lioneye" on vocals and guitar, Paananen as "Migé Amour" on bass, Ville Valo on drums, Kai "Hiili" Hiilesmaa on keyboards, and Ike on sound effects. They released one album, The King of Rock'n Roll, in September of 2001. In August 2001, HIM released Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights. This was the band's first album with new keyboarder Emerson Burton, the final addition to the current line-up. 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. HIM's fifth studio album, 2005's Dark Light, became their breakout in the U.S., debuting in the top 20 of the Billboard Top 200 and spawning two major rock hits, "Wings Of A Butterfly" and "Killing Loneliness", both of which have accompanying videos. The success of Dark Light has also allowed a number of HIM's previous albums (including Love Metal) to chart in the U.S.; however, it has been given mixed reviews by critics . In addition to their studio albums, HIM has released several compilations. These include the Love Metal Archives DVD, the many-disc Singles Collection, a greatest hits titled And Love Said No, and a DVD collection of their videos through 2003. In May 2006, Valo announced in the UK magazine Kerrang! that HIM will start recording their next studio album in the summer of 2006 and release it around September or October of 2007.  In October 2006, it was announced on their official website that Dark Light had been certified Gold by the RIAA in America. This made HIM the first band from Finland to sell over 500,000 records in the US. What do you guys think about this band?
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21 Jan 07
I am a mild fan of theirs. Must say I used to like them way better some 3 years ago but I find their music to get too mellow and tirening after a good while. They are still entertaining though and also still the best type of music to listen to when feeling in that sort of butter hearted mood.