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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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