HIM To Split At End Of 2017 After Final World Tour

Ville Valo of HIM (photo by Tess Donohoe)

HIM founder Ville Valo has announced the band will retire at the end of the year following a massive farewell tour. In a post on the Finnish band’s Facebook page, Valo said:

“After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.”

Co-founder and bass player Mige added:

“At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.” Says bassist Mige. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty’s service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its Lovecraft-ian glory! See you there!”

Formed in 1991 by vocalist Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM blended metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and often moving lyrics. Inspired by iconic bands such as Black Sabbath, Type O Negative and Fields of the Nephilim, HIM adopted their own niche in the metal genre which became known as “Love Metal”, also the title of their fourth album released in 2003.

The final tour statement went on to say:

“Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music – HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.”

Four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM will visit 14 countries and play 35 shows for their final goodbye, including a hometown headline appearance at Helsinki’s Tuska festival in June. The band’s last visit to the UK will take in Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester and London in December.

More dates in the USA and a final send off in Finland are expected to be announced shortly.

HIM is online at the official website and Facebook

HIM 2017 Tour Dates (so far):

JUNE
WED 14 SPAIN BARCELONA RAZZMATAZZ
THU 15 SPAIN MADRID LA RIVIERA
FRI 16 SPAIN SANTANDER SALA ESCENRIO
SAT 17 PORTUGAL PORTO HARD CLUB
JULY
SAT 01 FINLAND HELSINKI TUSKA FESTIVAL
THU 13 FINLAND TUURI MILJOONAROCK
NOVEMBER
FRI 24 RUSSIA ST PETERSBURG DK LENSOVETA
SAT 25 RUSSIA ST PETERSBURG DK LENSOVETA
SUN 26 RUSSIA MOSCOW CLUB STADIUM LIVE
TUE 28 POLAND WARSAW STODOLA
WED 29 GERMANY HAMBURG DOCKS
DECEMBER
FRI 01 GERMANY BERLIN COLUMBIAHALLE
SAT 02 CZECH REP. PRAGUE FORUM KARLIN
MON 04 GERMANY LEIPZIG HAUS AUENSEE
TUE 05 GERMANY MUNCHEN TONHALLE
WED 06 SWITZ. ZURICH X-TRA
THU 07 ITALY MILAN ALCATRAZ
FRI 08 GERMANY KOLN PALLADIUM
SAT 09 LUX. ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE ROCKHAL
MON 11 HOLLAND AMSTERDAM PARADISO
TUE 12 HOLLAND TILBURG 013

UK:
DECEMBER
THU 14 SCOTLAND GLASGOW BARROWLAND
FRI 15 ENGLAND NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
SAT 16 ENGLAND MANCHESTER ACADEMY
SUN 17 ENGLAND LONDON ROUNDHOUSE

Tickets go on general sale 9am Wednesday 8th March from the usual outlets.

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