HIM is an alternative rock band, formed by vocalist Ville Valo. They are often mistaken as gothic, due to their image. The band combines lyrical themes of love and death. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, along with Lily Lazer and Migé Amour.
The band's full name was originally 'His Infernal Majesty', but that meaning was soon dropped and the band called itself merely HIM. However, the old name has lived on causing some confusion.
The band released their EP in 1996, titled 666 Ways To Love: Prologue, which features the only publicly known picture of Valo's mother, Anita. They became reasonably well-known throughout Finland because of their cover of Chris Isaak's hit "Wicked Game". In 1997, they received a large amount of exposure in Scandinavia, when their first full length album was released, titled Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666.
In 1999, the band released their second full-length album titled Razorblade Romance. The album received a large amount of exposure in Europe, when a track titled "Join Me In Death" was featured in the European version of the sci-fi movie The 13th Floor; which reached the top of the German charts in 2000. After the European success they went on to release three more singles from the same album entitled: "Right Here In My Arms", "Poison Girl", and "Gone With The Sin". The album also reached some US stores except HIM were not allowed to be titled 'HIM' in the US due to another band owning the rights to that name. Therefore they changed their name to HER only for the US and Razorblade Romance. The full rights to 'HIM' were finally bought and all HER Razorblade Romance's were discontinued and were replaced by the 'HIM' version.
In 2001, the band released their third full-length album titled Deep Shadows And Brillant Highlights. They released four singles off that album: "Pretending", "In Joy And Sorrow", "Heartache Every Moment" and "Close To The Flame". After recording Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights, three members of the group formed a rock and roll group called Daniel Lioneye & the Rollers. The members of that band include Lily Lazer, Ville Valo and Migé Amour.
In 2003, the band released their fourth full-length album title Love Metal, which was well received by the United States media, in particular Kerrang magazine and also the Rolling Stone magazine. The band did not develop a wide following in the United States until the release of the album Love Metal. After the release of the album, the band did a United States tour in February of 2004 and then another one later that year.
As of 2005, HIM is currently recording their new album titled Dark Light due to be released on the 26th September (International Release) and 27th September (US release). It is reported that they have six singles lined up for this album however only one has been confrmed so far, "Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly".
The band's manger, Seppo Vesterinen, is also the manager of The Rasmus and has worked with Hanoi Rocks, a 1980s glam rock band that was for a long time the most internationally succesful Finnish band.
They are also now widely recognized by their symbol the heartagram. It consists of a heart and a pentagram, symbolizing love and death or good and evil.
Ville Valo, Vocals, 1991-present;
Lily Lazer, Guitar, 1991-present;
Migé Amour, Bass Guitar, 1991-present;
Gas Lipstick, Drums, 1999-present;
Emerson Burton, Keyboards, 2001-present;