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R.I.P. H.I.M.; band breaking up after farewell tour

Posted by on March 6, 2017

Over the weekend, it was reported that Finnish gothic/love/alternative metal icons H.I.M will be breaking up. It has been four years since 2013’s Tears on Tape and if you think about, they have been silent for a while. Looking on their Facebook page alone shows the last item they posted was late last year wishing everyone a Happy Holiday. Breaking the two month silence, the band announced their ultimate sacrament; saying goodbye to their 26-year career.

The band took to their Facebook page, promising not to leave without a farewell tour consisting of 35 shows in 14 countries. Currently, they’ve listed 25 dates and have yet to announce dates for North America and Finland, stating their US dates will be highly selective and demanding.

Read the full statement below:

HIM ANNOUNCE FAREWELL TOUR

LOVE METAL LEGENDS HIT THE ROAD FOR THE LAST TIME THIS YEAR

Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career.

“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.” Says frontman Ville Valo

Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).

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.

Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye.

“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 lovecraftian glory! See you there!”

Ville Valo (voc)

Mige (bass)

Linde (gtr)

Burton (kb)

Kosmo (dr)

Catch HIM for the last time at one of the following shows:

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

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.

U.S. and FINNISH DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED”

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