Origin: Finland  
Genres: Goth Rock/Metal
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Last update/review: January 24, 2015

H.I.M.

HIM (shortened from the original full name of His Infernal Majesty) is a self-proclaimed "love metal" band and one of the leaders of the goth rock scene. Finland appears to have a virtual lock on this style of music, what with Entwine, Poisonblack, For My Pain ..., To/Die/For, and others all providing similarly enjoyable takes on melancholy hard rock. HIM is as good as any, not radically different from any of the aforementioned bands, but they hit all the right notes, and in heartthrob vocalist Ville Valo they have a true star, a charismatic frontman able to lead the band as far as they can go. Already massively popular in their homeland and still on the rise, HIM is clearly one of the top bands in their field. They've actually trademarked the so-called heartagram symbol which shows prominently on their Love Metal and Dark Light album covers.

Current Members

Ville Valo

vocals

Lily Lazer (Mikko Lindström)

guitars

Mige Amour (Mikko Pannanen)

guitars

Emerson Burton (Jani Purttinen)

keyboards

Jukka Kröger

drums

Former Members/Guests

Antto Melasniemi

keyboards

Zoltan Pluto (Miko Salminen)

keyboards (ex-To/Die/For)

Juhana Rantala

drums

Gas Lipstick (Mika Karppinen)

drums (ex-Eyes Of Eden)



Discography



666 Ways To Love - Prologue  EP
1996 BMG
  1. Stigmata Diaboli
  2. Wicked Game
  3. Dark Sekret Love
  4. The Heartless
  • Ville Valo
  • Lily Lazer
  • Mige Amour
  • Juhana Rantala



Greatest Love Songs Volume 666  
1998 GUN
  1. Your Sweet Six Six Six
  2. Wicked Game
  3. The Heartless
  4. Our Diabolikal Rapture
  5. It's All Tears (Drown In This Love)
  6. When Love And Death Embrace
  7. The Beginning Of The End
  8. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  9. For You
  10. 666
  • Ville Valo
  • Lily Lazer
  • Mige Amour
  • Antto Melasniemi
  • Juhana Rantala



Razorblade Romance  
2000 RCA
  1. Your Sweet 666
  2. Poison Girl
  3. Join Me In Death
  4. Right Here In My Arms
  5. Bury Me Deep Inside Your Heart
  6. Wicked Game
  7. 7 Love You
  8. Gone With The Sin
  9. Razorblade Kiss
  10. Resurrection
  11. Death Is In Love With Us
  12. Heaven Tonight
  • Ville Valo
  • Lily Lazer
  • Mige Amour
  • Zoltan Pluto
  • Gas Lipstick



Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights  
2001 RCA
  1. Salt In Our Wounds
  2. Heartache Every Moment
  3. Lose You Tonight
  4. In Joy And Sorrow
  5. Pretending
  6. Close To The Flame
  7. Please Don’t Let It Go
  8. Beautiful
  9. Don’t Close Your Heart
  10. Love You Like I Do
  • Ville Valo
  • Lily Lazer
  • Mige Amour
  • Emerson Burton
  • Gas Lipstick



Love Metal  
2003 BMG
  1. Buried Alive By Love
  2. The Funeral Of Hearts
  3. Beyond Redemption
  4. Sweet Pandemonium
  5. Soul On Fire
  6. The Sacrament
  7. This Fortress Of Tears
  8. Circle Of Fear
  9. Endless Dark
  10. The Path
  • Ville Valo
  • Lily Lazer
  • Mige Amour
  • Emerson Burton
  • Gas Lipstick



And Love Said No  COMPILATION
2004
  1. And Love Said No
  2. Join Me (Razorblade Mix)
  3. Buried Alive By Love
  4. Heartache Every Moment
  5. Solitary Man
  6. Right Here In My Arms
  7. The Funeral Of Hearts
  8. In Joy And Sorrow
  9. Your Sweet 666
  10. Gone With The Sin
  11. Wicked game
  12. The Sacrament
  13. Close To The Flame
  14. Poison Girl
  15. Pretending (Album Version)
  16. When love and death embrace



Dark Light  
2005 Reprise
  1. Vampire Heart
  2. Wings Of A Butterfly
  3. Under The Rose
  4. Killing Loneliness
  5. Dark Light
  6. Behind The Crimson Door
  7. The Face Of God
  8. Drunk On Shadows
  9. Play Dead
  10. In The Nightside Of Eden
  11. Vampire Heart
  12. Wings Of A Butterfly
  13. Under The Rose
  14. Killing Loneliness
  15. Dark Light
  16. Behind The Crimson Door
  17. The Face Of God
  18. Drunk On Shadows
  19. Play Dead
  20. In The Nightside Of Eden
  • Ville Valo
  • Lily Lazer
  • Mige Amour
  • Emerson Burton
  • Gas Lipstick
2005 Readers' Album #73




Venus Doom  
2007 Reprise
  1. Venus Doom
  2. Love in Cold Blood
  3. Passion's Killing Floor
  4. The Kiss of Dawn
  5. Sleepwalking Past Hope
  6. Dead Lover's Lane
  7. Song or Suicide
  8. Bleed Well
  9. Cyanide Sun
  • Ville Valo
  • Lily Lazer
  • Mige Amour
  • Emerson Burton
  • Gas Lipstick
2007 Readers' Album #32




Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice  
2010 Warner
  1. In Venere Veritas
  2. Scared To Death
  3. Heartkiller
  4. Dying Song
  5. Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness)
  6. Love, The Hardest Way
  7. Katherine Wheel
  8. In The Arms Of Rain
  9. Ode To Solitude
  10. Shatter Me With Hope
  11. Acoustic Funeral (For Love In Limbo)
  12. Like St. Valentine
  13. The Foreboding Sense Of Impending Happiness
  • Ville Valo
  • Lily Lazer
  • Mige Amour
  • Emerson Burton
  • Gas Lipstick



SWRMXS  
2010
  1. In Venere Veritas (Huoratron Remix)
  2. In The Arms Of Rain (SALEM Remix)
  3. The Foreboding Sense of Impending Happiness (Morgan Page Remix)
  4. Ode to Solitude (Gavin Russom Remix)
  5. Heartkiller (The Mercyfvcks Remix)
  6. Love, The Hardest Way (Tiësto Remix)
  7. Shatter Me With Hope (oOoOO Remix)
  8. Dying Song (Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver Remix)
  9. Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness) (VV Remix)
  10. Scared To Death (Diamond Cut Remix)
  11. Acoustic Funeral / Like St. Valentine / Katherine Wheel (ÖÖ Megamix)



Two Decades Of Love Metal  COMPILATION
2012
  1. Strange World
  2. Join Me in Death
  3. Heartkiller
  4. Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly
  5. The Kiss of Dawn (Radio Edit)
  6. The Funeral Of Hearts (Radio Edit)
  7. Right Here In My Arms (Radio Edit)
  8. Pretending
  9. Buried Alive By Love (Radio Edit)
  10. Gone With The Sin
  11. Your Sweet Six Six Six
  12. The Sacrament (Radio Edit)
  13. Wicked Game
  14. Killing Loneliness
  15. Bleed Well (Radio Edit)
  16. In Joy And Sorrow (Radio Edit)
  17. Poison Girl
  18. Scared to Death
  19. When Love And Death Embrace (Radio Edit)
  20. Heartache Every Moment



Tears On Tape  
2013 Razor & Tie
  1. Unleash The Red
  2. All Lips Go Blue
  3. Love Without Tears
  4. I Will Be The End Of You
  5. Tears On Tape
  6. Into The Night
  7. Hearts At War
  8. Trapped In Autumn
  9. No Love
  10. Drawn & Quartered
  11. Lucifer's Chorale
  12. W.L.S.T.D.
  13. Kiss The Void
  • Ville Valo
  • Lily Lazer
  • Mige Amour
  • Emerson Burton
  • Gas Lipstick




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