HIM (initially known as His Infernal Majesty) was a Finnish gothic rock band from Finland. Formed in 1991, the band broke up in 1993, before being reformed in 1995, under the new name of HIM. They released their debut album Greatest Love Songs Vol 666 in 1997. The album charted in Finland and Germany, peaking at number four in the former. The single “When Love and Death Embrace” also cracked the top ten in the band’s home country.
Greatest Love Songs Vol 666 received positive reviews from critics, with AllMusic describing the album as having “a very diverse sound” and ultimately succeeding “in pleasing everyone, whether they’re into rock or pop.” The album would eventually go platinum in Finland. The band went on to become one of the most commercially successful Finnish bands of all time, with sales of over ten million records. They have released eight studio albums, five compilations, three video releases and two box sets, along with one live and one remix album. However, despite this success, on 5th March 2017, HIM announced the band would be disbanding following a farewell tour that same year. In the announcement, singer Valo stated: “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.”
Valo didn’t rule-out the possibility of the band reuniting in the future, stating: “We felt like there was nothing left to give collectively. It was fun playing the old songs, everybody got along well together but that spark was missing. The good thing about this is that there’s no drama… So it doesn’t hurt the chances.”
This is HIM and When Love And Death Embrace…
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