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There are multiple artists with this name:
1) HIM is an alternative rock band from Finland.
2) HiM, a solo project put together in 1995 by Doug Scharin (drummer for June of 44, REX, and Codeine).
3) HIM, acronym for “Hiromasa Ijichi Melodies,” a Japanese group.

1) Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko Lindström (Linde), and bassist Mikko Paananen(Mige). Today the band consists of the previously named as well as a drummer Mika Karppinen(Gas) and a keyboardist Janne Puurtinen(Burton). The name HIM was originally an abbreviation for “His Infernal Majesty”, but was changed to the initials to avoid confusion with the occult. The name “HIM” later caused confusion when touring in the US, because of another band using the same name (read below at 2)). For this reason, the band was -jokingly - for some time known as “HER” in the States, and even more jokingly HIM&Her in Germany.

The EP, ‘666 Ways to Love: Prologue’ (1996) was their EP released only in Finland and only 1,000 were produced making it worth up to $700 and has been sold on eBay for more. HIM’s first full length album “Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666” (1997) gained European fame due to the success of the cover of Wicked Game the album also featured a popular cover of (Don’t Fear) The Reaper.

HIM’s second release, ‘Razorblade Romance’ (2000) was a success in Europe as well as in America due to the singles Gone With The Sinand Join Me in Death (the single was named “Join Me”, to avoid interpretations of the track encouraging suicide). Initially Razorblade Romance was released under the pen-name “HER” in America as the name HIM was already copyrighted. After purchasing the rights to the name, Razorblade Romance was re-pressed under the name HIM.

For their third album, HIM released, Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights (2001), spawning the popular singles In Joy and Sorrow, Pretending and Heartache Every Moment

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  • RockWorshipper

    I miss Gas so much. HIM has lost part of its soul when he left. But I approve his decission if that makes him happy. I just wish Gas the best!

    23 Apr 6:31pm Reply
  • KITTIECLAIRE

    meow :3

    11 Apr 10:54pm Reply
  • HorridDisaster

    The stuff these guys managed to release from 1997-2004 is just amazing. After that, not much worthy of attention but those albums, those hits from that time. (2)

    11 Apr 9:26pm Reply
  • MarcelooMotaa

    <3

    8 Apr 2:37pm Reply
  • depp_ramona

    Viadinhos do meu s2, voltem loguinho de baterista novo e tudo mais <3

    4 Apr 11:21pm Reply
  • laaiss_

    30/03/2014 <3 [2]

    30 Mar 7:15pm Reply
  • suckingmybrain

    30/03/2014 <3

    30 Mar 6:22pm Reply
  • Cat_007

    as for me poprock band

    30 Mar 9:12am Reply
  • TORRESvaloVILLE

    GAS

    23 Mar 2:07pm Reply
  • atlansweiss

    great music i liked join me in death :) great lyrics :)

    11 Mar 4:43pm Reply
  • alinerockbullet

    best band in the world (L) we miss you, Gas!

    5 Mar 3:48pm Reply
  • necro_daemon

    Thank you for everything, Gas. [8]

    4 Mar 6:05pm Reply
  • lintu_secret

    Thank you for everything, Gas. [7] so sad

    1 Mar 3:51pm Reply
  • rosslyng

    Где мои 13 лет ^^

    1 Mar 2:20pm Reply
  • grandofillusion

    а мне у них DL нравится больше всего!

    27 Feb 11:15am Reply
  • impronen

    The stuff these guys managed to release from 1997-2004 is just amazing. After that, not much worthy of attention but those albums, those hits from that time.

    26 Feb 6:35pm Reply
  • sleepwalking--

    Thank you for everything, Gas. [6] :c

    25 Feb 6:06pm Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    А, и жаль, что барабанщик ушел, очень подходил группе.

    24 Feb 4:31pm Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    Проникся той группе, хотя раньше тоже считал "девчачий". Глубоко ошибаются те, кто так считает. Динамичный, мелодичный и в меру тяжелый рок и ни одного слабого альбома.

    24 Feb 4:26pm Reply
  • angel-sweet

    Thank you for everything, Gas. [5]

    15 Feb 10:06am Reply
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