himHIM is a gothic band from Finland formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko Lindström, and bassist Mikko Paananen. They have released six full length albums to date. The heartagram is the trademarked symbol of HIM, best described as a combination of a heart and an inverted pentagram (love & hate), created by Ville Valo the day of his twentieth birthday. Valo has said that “the heartagram stands for HIM as a band, as an entity, and for ‘love metal’ in general.”

The band was originally called “His Infernal Majesty”, but later changed their name. In addition, “His Infernal Majesty” gave people the idea the band members were satanist. 666 Ways to Love: Prologue was released in 1996 solely in Finland, and only 1,000 copies of this album were sold. This makes it very rare for HIM collectors and fans, and worth quite a lot. In the Summer of 2007, HIM took the stage with Linkin Park and various other acts, such as My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Placebo, Julien-K, Mindless Self Indulgence, Saosin, The Bled, Styles of Beyond, and Madina Lake for that year’s Projekt Revolution.

Other Information

  • Origin: Helsinki, Finland
  • Genre: Gothic Metal
  • Years active: 1991 – present
  • Labels: Sire Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Music Group, Helsinki Music Company
  • Associated acts: Daniel Lioneye, The 69 Eyes, The Rasmus, Apocalyptica, Gandalf
  • Website: http://www.heartagram.com
  • Members:
  1. Ville Valo — lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  2. Mikko Lindström — guitar
  3. Mikko Paananen — bass, backing vocals
  4. Mika Karppinen — drums, percussion
  5. Janne Puurtinen — keyboards, backing vocals


  • 1997: Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666
  • 1999: Razorblade Romance
  • 2001: Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
  • 2003: Love Metal
  • 2005: Dark Light
  • 2007: Venus Doom
  • 2010: Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice



~ by molco on July 7, 2009.

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