Live in Los Angeles (2010)
|origin||Helsinki , Finland|
|Genre (s)||Dark rock|
|Mikko Viljami Lindström|
|Mikko Heinrik Julius Paananen|
|Juhana Rantala (until 1999)|
|Mikko Viljami Lindström|
|Mikko Heinrik Julius Paananen|
|Jani Purttinen (1995, from 2000)|
|Jukka Kröger (from 2015)|
|Antto Melasniemi (1996-1999)|
|Juska Salminen (1998-2000)|
|Juhana Rantala (1996–1999)|
|Mika Kristian Karppinen (1999-2015)|
As teenagers, Mikko “Migé Amour” Paananen and Ville Valo founded a band in 1991 under the name Kafferi (inspired by HP Lovecraft ). But in the same year they changed the band name to His Infernal Majesty ( His Devilish Majesty ). Valo played the guitar parts on his bass and Paananen the bass parts. Juippi and later Juha Tarvonen played alternately on the drums.
A demo with the song Xilqa Xilqa Besa Besa was recorded under the name Kafferi in 1991 , the basis for the later demo Borellus from 1994. The title Xilqa Xilqa Besa Besa comes from the incantation of the same name against evil spirits, which is in the Necronomicon , a fictional book, featured in several HP Lovecraft stories.
As His Infernal Majesty, they played a demo in 1992 under the title Witches and other Night Fears ( witches and other night fears a). The title comes from an essay by Charles Lamb from 1821, which in turn was used as an epigraph for the short story The Dunwich Horror (German title: Das Grauen von Dunwich ) by HP Lovecraft. The demo was never released, is owned by Ville Valo and supposedly contains 7 unknown songs.
His Infernal Majesty made their first appearance on New Year's Eve 1992 at the Semifinal Club in Helsinki . After this performance Paananen had to do his two years of military service at the age of 18 and so there was an involuntary break from the band.
After the guitarist Lindström graduated from school in 1994, he decided to reactivate the band with Valo and they took the same band name again: His Infernal Majesty. As a duo they played a demo in 1994 with the songs Serpent Ride , Borellus and The Heartless . Lindström played bass, guitar and Valo drums and sang. Originally, Valo was planned as the band's bass player, which is why they were looking for a singer, but no one was found. When Paananen returned from military service in 1995, he was impressed by the demo and joined the formation as bassist. In the absence of a singer, the trio decided that one of them would have to do this part. In 1995 they recorded a demo where Valo was still playing the drums and singing Paananen (possibly Lindström as well) to find out who the best singer was. Lindström and Paananen finally persuaded Valo to take over the part of the singer, although he hesitantly agreed. Valo also showed himself to be responsible as a songwriter, simply because the others lacked the motivation to do so. He described the fact that Valo became a singer and songwriter as a necessity, as the desire for an intact band determined this decision.
“You know, it was more because of a need. Because we wanted to have a band, but nobody was writing any music, so I had to do it. Same with singing for this band. We couldn't find a singer, but we could find a bass player, originally I was supposed to be the bass player, trying to find singers, but there was none. [...]. "
An untitled second demo followed in 1994, and the third demo His Infernal Majesty in 1995 . During a performance by the band Slumgudgeon in the Tavastia Club, they became aware of their drummer Pätkä (Juhana Tuomas Rantala, * 1974), whom they were able to convince to join their band.
First EP: 666 Ways to Love: Prologue (1996)
In 1995 they sent their demo (entitled: His Infernal Majesty ) to various record labels. Anto Melasniemi, a friend of Valo's, played the keyboard on this demo. At the beginning of 1997 he joined the group as a permanent member. The demo included the songs Stigmata Diaboli , Wicked Game and The Phantom Gate . With that they got a record deal for an EP .
In late summer 1996, the EP 666 Ways to Love: Prologue was recorded in Finnvox Studios in Helsinki and released on October 19, 1996 in Finland. The second guitar was played by “Oki” from the band Charged, which was a one-off guest appearance. The EP contained four songs, Stigmata Diaboli , Wicked Game , Dark Secret Love and The Heartless , it was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa . The cover of the EP shows a black and white photo of Valo's mother Anita, aged 19. Although the band name is still shown on the cover as His Infernal Majesty , the CD back and the CD itself shows the abbreviation HIM for the first time . This EP was published in an edition of 1000 copies.
From then on, the group considered a simple HIM for later publications , until they finally decided on the more handy short form HIM . Valo justified this with the fact that the original name was "easy to forget". The Canadian thrash metal band Infernäl Mäjesty , however, was unknown to HIM.
Debut album Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 (1998–1999)
In 1998 the single Wicked Game and the accompanying debut album Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 were released in Germany. The debut was sold over 120,000 times. In 1998 keyboardist Antto Melasniemi was replaced by Jussi-Miko "Zoltan Pluto" Salminen and in 1999 drummer Rantala left in favor of Mika Kristian "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen.
Breakthrough with Razorblade Romance (2000)
The ballad Join Me (in Death) (also the title song of the movie The 13th Floor - Are you what you think? ) Stayed at number 1 in the single charts in Germany for weeks and was awarded gold. The accompanying album Razorblade Romance entered the German charts at number 1, sold over 750,000 copies and was awarded three gold and one platinum records. In addition, two other songs ( Gone with the Sin and Right Here in My Arms ) made it into the top 20. Various awards (including the “Spectator Comets” awarded by VIVA and VIVA Zwei ) and a brisk tour activity followed. For this, the musicians were awarded the VIVA-Comet as “Best Band” in 2001. From the Underground - rock band they developed with the release of their worldwide success Razorblade Romance (2000) v in a short time to international stars and idols. a. young women, not least because of the person of the singer Ville Valo. At the end of 2000, Emerson Burton, the original keyboardist, replaced Salminens as a permanent member of the band.
Further successes with Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights and Love Metal (2001-2004)
In 2000, HIM toured a lot. The following work, Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights (2001), was consequently created “on the move”. The first single Pretending reached the top 10 and once again helped the album to great popularity: Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights reached number 2 in the German charts, received a gold award and was ultimately sold over 250,000 times. In addition, the next song called In Joy and Sorrow could also make it into the top 20.
The band decided in early 2002 to take a year off from work. At least the stage presence should be reduced a little, not least to gain more time for the creative processes. To bridge the release break, the previous singles were released in a box set.
In 2003 the album Love Metal was presented to the public. With thematic continuity in the lyrics, which continue to deal with death and past loves, HIM returned to their musically "harder" roots with the album Love Metal . The album reached number 1 on the German charts. The first single, The Funeral of Hearts , reached number 3 in the German single charts. The Sacrament and Buried Alive by Love both made the top 30.
The greatest hits album And Love Said No compressed the band's career to date on one CD in 2004 with 14 well-known and two new tracks.
Separation of GUN, Dark Light and Venus Doom (2005-2009)
In April 2005 Love Metal Archives Vol. 1 appeared ; a DVD with almost all music videos that HIM have produced since the beginning of their career. There are also various live recordings on the disc. On an additional DVD of the limited version, the film HIM vs. BAM included. Are still included making-of video for The Sacrament , Buried Alive by Love , Solitary Man and And Love Said No .
In September 2005, HIM released their fifth studio album, Dark Light , the first album to be recorded and produced entirely in the USA. This album was also released for the first time outside of Europe, in the USA, Canada and Japan. For this album they got marketing support from Bam Margera and Jimmy Pop (front man of the band Bloodhound Gang ). Together they wanted to help the Finns achieve chart success in the USA. The band reached number 18 on the US mainstream rock charts with Dark Light .
In the fall of 2006, HIM canceled their American tour in order to work on a new album instead. On September 14, 2007, the band's sixth studio album, Venus Doom , was finally released. After the successful, but musically controversial previous album, the band wanted to find their way back to their rock roots and take a much harder and more uncompromising pace.
On April 29, 2008 the live DVD and Live CD Digital Versatile Doom - Live at Orpheum Theater was released. This is a recording of the concerts on November 14th and 15th, 2007 in Los Angeles.
Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice, Warner's separation and waning success (2010-2016)
HIM released their seventh studio album called Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice on February 12, 2010 in Germany. The first single Heartkiller was released in Germany on February 5th and already reached number 5 in the charts in Finland. The second single Scared to Death was released on May 7th, the video had already been released before.
On December 7, 2010 the album SWRMXS - The Official Screamworks Remix Album was released, on which the songs of the original can be found in remixed versions by Tiesto, Morgan Page and Gavin Russom, among others.
After HIM parted ways with their label Sire / Warner on March 28, 2011, the band fell silent. Frontman Ville Valo only broke the silence with an interview with the English rock magazine Kerrang on February 15, 2012 and explained that the band was currently working on a new album, but that the creative process was being hampered by a rare illness in drummer Gas' poor. On August 16, 2012, producer Tim Palmer announced via Twitter that he would be working with HIM in London in November to complete the new album Tears on Tape . Before that, the band will release the single Strange World , a cover by the artist Ké, in September 2012 and the compilation XX - Two Decades of Love Metal in October . The album was released on November 6, 2012. The eighth studio album was released on April 26 and 29, 2013 and is called Tears on Tape . The song of the same name was released as a single in Germany on April 12, 2013.
On January 27, 2015 it was announced that the drummer Mika Kristian Karppinen will leave the band after 16 years. He proclaimed “It's time for me to move on as a musician”. He was replaced by Jukka Kröger, who made his debut in a surprise appearance by the band on July 25th of the same year.
On March 5, 2017, the band announced that they would split up after a final tour in late 2017. The last concert took place on December 31, 2017 at Tavastia in Helsinki.
HIM is an acronym or acronym for the long form His Infernal Majesty . The spelling of the acronym is now done without dots: HIM . The acronym is pronounced like a phonetic word and is similar to the English word him .
They came up with the band name His Infernal Majesty through a combination of these incidents / inspirations:
- They were listening to Black Sabbath music and wanted a cool name too
- They listened to the song Oblivious to evil by Deicide on in which of Infernal Majesty is talk
- They found the name in the Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey
- HIM ( His Imperial Majesty ) is an abbreviation for one of Haile Selassie's official titles . As a teenager, Ville Valo hung out with hippies and reggae folks who believed in Haile Selassie as the messiah. Valo said he tried to believe in him at the time, but he couldn't do anything with this religion either.
There were also alternative band names they had come up with ( Black Earth , Black Salem ), but Mige convinced the others of His Infernal Majesty .
In Finland: change of name to HIM
Because the name His Infernal Majesty is a clear reference to Satan, the band was suspected of Satanism by some people in Finland in the 1990s. So it happened that in 1997 at a festival a group of very religious people protested at the HIM performance by standing in the audience praying and holding up their Bibles. Then there was a brawl with the rest of the audience and the concert was canceled.
On the other hand, there were also problems with Satanists. Some Helsinki-based Satanists were not thrilled that HIM was associated with Satanism, even though they didn't understand it. There was even a conversation between Valo and one of the representatives of the Satanists. Since Ville Valo made it clear that they do not want anything to do with Satanism, the Satanists wanted to publish a pamphlet in which it says that HIM are conveying the wrong message from their point of view.
Also, the Finnish fans of His Infernal Majesty had a problem remembering this complicated name and getting it right, so they called the band HIM.
All this led to the fact that the band then officially changed their name from His Infernal Majesty to HIM.
In the USA: Name changed to HER
When HIM wanted to release their second album Razorblade Romance in the USA, they found that they weren't allowed to. There was already a band from Chicago there called HiM and their name was legally protected. This band played saxophone music and experimental jazz.
Jimmy Pop , singer of the Bloodhound Gang , wondered why he couldn't find the album in America either in stores or on the Internet. The Bloodhound Gang and HIM both had their big hits at the same time and therefore got to know each other at European festivals and kept in touch, even though they were decried as a chaotic band with fecal humor. For this reason, Jimmy Pop wanted to do the band a favor and decided to found a record company that would offer the album in the Boston area. In June 2000 he called Seppo Vesterinen, the manager of HIM, but only two years later, in June 2002, did a contract come about. To circumvent the naming problems, the album was released under the name HER ( His Evil Royalty ). The album was only released on October 28, 2003 through Universal Records, licensed by Jimmy Franks' record company, and was limited to 1000 copies. It was only in Newbury Comics -shops in New England ( Massachusetts sold).
The group acquired the rights to the name and has since been allowed to call itself HIM in the USA.
The third album, Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights , was only released three years after its actual release in America. The same happened to the fourth album Love Metal , it was only released two years later. Always through Universal Records, licensed by Jimmy Franks' record company, but this time under the name HIM .
Love Metal and Heartagram
The contrast between the melancholy love texts and the mostly hard music formed the name "Love Metal", which the band also used for their fourth album, which was released in 2003. Love Metal is an album title and at the same time a self-titled music genre for the band HIM. It is not clear whether HIM had the idea for this term or whether it was given to them by fans:
1. The record company really wanted to categorize HIM in order to market it. But there were disagreements about which genre they actually belong to. That's why HIM have come up with their own genre.
2. The HIM bassist said the fans called their music like this:
“This love metal thing has been hanging around us for years. We laughed at it at first because we just couldn't get rid of it. People said: you do love metal. And when we discovered that this term had become part of what we were doing, we consequently simply used it as the album title [...]. "
The heartagram is the HIM band logo. The symbol consists of a heart and an inverted pentagram . Ville Valo himself says that the heart stands for love, the pentagram for the spiritual abyss. So it is supposed to symbolize good and bad. He drew the Heartagram for the first time on his 20th birthday. It came about by chance while scribbling around.
On the first album Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 there is a heart on the back of the booklet with 666 in the middle . As with the Heartagram, it is a combination of good and bad. The heartagram was first used on the back of the booklet from the second album Razorblade Romance . Since then there is a heartagram on every album. At the beginning the heartagram was not surrounded by a circle, it is only from the fourth album Love Metal that it is repeatedly seen with a circle.
Join Me (in Death) , commercially released as Join Me , was released in 1999 on the album Razorblade Romance and is considered the band's best-known song in Europe. Although it was a few years old at the time of release and the song itself is not one of the band's favorites, it made a name for HIM in Europe after it was played in the movie The 13th Floor . Join Me in Death is also featured on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse soundtrack.
There are two versions of the Join Me music video: one inspired by The 13th Floor and one as a vague interpretation of Romeo and Juliet . The song is interpreted by many as a song about suicide due to lines of text like "Join me in Death" and "This life ain't worth living" ("This life was not worth living") . but was written by Ville Valo as a modern version of Romeo and Juliet . He said: “I think it's one of the weaker songs on the album. The piano is nice, but probably the song doesn't mean anything to me because it's not about real life. It's an old song - the first demo was ready in January '98 - and I'm tired of it because it's just the same simple thing over and over again. "
- 1997: Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666
- 1999: Razorblade Romance
- 2001: Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
- 2003: Love Metal
- 2005: Dark Light
- 2007: Venus Doom
- 2010: Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice
- 2013: Tears on Tape
- 2000: in the category "Spectator Comet von Viva 2"
- 2000: in the category "McClip Of The Year" ( Join Me )
- 2001: in the category "Spectator Comet von Viva 2"
- 2000: Silver in the "Band Rock" category
- 2001: in the category "International Group of the Year" (nominated)
- 2007: Best Boxed / Special Limited Edition: Venus Doom (Nominated)
Band members timeline
Side projects of the band members
Ville Valo's commitments in addition to working with HIM are listed in the article about him.
- 2001: Thulsa Doom (HIM as Thulsa Doom, warm-up band for The 69 Eyes at Tavastia Klubi)
- 2001: The King of Rock'n Roll (Lily Lazer as Daniel Lioneye; Migé: bass, Valo: drums)
- 2002: Pitkäsoitto (Lily as guitarist in the song Loiste with Ihmepoika)
- 2002: Waiting for the Dawn (gas as drummer with Timo Kotipelto )
- 2002: Hedonist Hellcats (Migé, Valo and Lily as background singers on The Skreppers)
- 2002: Support band for The Skreppers (Lux Airam / Ville, Miguelo / Migé & D. Lioneye / Lily)
- 2004: For Those About to Rot (guest as Pus Sypope on To Separate The Flesh From The Bones)
- 2005: Roll Over! Play Dead! (Sideproject Bendover from Gas Lipstick)
- 2007: Faith (gas as drummer for Eyes of Eden )
- 2007: M. Lindström is guitarist with his ex-partner Manna (debut album Sister )
- Juho Juntunen: HIM: synnin viemää . WSOY, Helsinki 2002, ISBN 951-0-27304-X .
- Reinhardt Haydn: Him: His Infernal Majesty . ISBN 978-0-85965-392-3 .
- Marc Halupczok : The real, unofficial, secret biography of HIM . UBooks-Verlag, Mossautal 2012, ISBN 978-3-939239-24-6 .
- Reinhardt Haydn: HIM - His Infernal Majesty. Plexus Publishing, London 2007, ISBN 978-0-85965-392-3 , p. 29
- Juho K. Juntunen: Synnin Viemää. WSOY, 2002, ISBN 951-0-27304-X , chapter 2. (Finnish)
- sweetp.buzznet.com/user/video/34710/ville-mige-mtv-masters-interview/ Ville & Mige MTV Masters Interview 2-5 - Interview, MTV Germany, MTV Masters - HIM, 2001; Transcript from minute 8:41: Ville: “We were sitting in her Lada, in my mother's Lada [note: Lada is a russian car brand] and listened to Black Sabbath and then we had the idea, that we want to have a band and we called it His Infernal Majesty at first. It was a funny band because we had a drummer, called [Tarvonen?], Juha, and a drummer called Juippi. Two finnish guys and we had two basses in the band, so no guitars or anything like that all, it was totally different, it was like kind a Black Sabbath thing. We did it for couple of years and then he went into army. ”; Translation: Ville: “We were sitting in her Lada, in my mother's Lada [note: Lada is a Russian car brand] and we were listening to Black Sabbath there and then we had the idea that we also want a band and we named them first is His Infernal Majesty. It was a strange band because we had a drummer named [Tarvonen?], Juha, and a drummer named Juippi. Two Finnish guys and we had two bass players in the band, but no guitarist or anything. It was very different, sort of a Black Sabbath thing. We did that for a couple of years and then he had to join the army. "; Retrieved July 6, 2014
- hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/dh.aspx "The Dunwich Horror" in English with Epigraf - short story; Origin of the title: Witches and other Night Fears . Retrieved July 4, 2014
- heartagram.ru/him_e.html (article scan from StarFacts can be found under Pix - Magazine photos - StarFacts) - Star Facts booklet (part of Sonic Seducer Magazin), No. 1, p. 8, article is in German; Excerpt: Ville: “We recorded our first demo in 1992 and you could only hear drums and guitars, so we had to look around for other guys who would suit us. But it was desperate, a suitable singer was simply impossible to find! Back then we recorded the demo on an 8-track recorder, and today I only have a very lousy copy of it on tape. "; Retrieved July 7, 2014
- Reinhardt Haydn: HIM - His Infernal Majesty. Plexus Publishing, London 2007, ISBN 978-0-85965-392-3 , p. 30
- VILLE VALO INTERVIEW RADIO NOVA - Interview with Radio Nova, 2009; Excerpt: Question: "[...] What age were you when you realized this could be something big?" Ville: “It was with Linde sometime around 1994. […] we sat on his balcony and decided to form a band. It was a summer night around eight o'clock. That was a turning point as far as this band is concerned. […] ”; Translation: Question: "[...] How old were you when you realized that the whole music thing could turn into something serious?" Ville: "That was around 1994 with Linde. [...] we sat on his balcony and decided to start a band. It was eight o'clock on a summer night. That was the turning point for this band. [...] "; Retrieved July 2, 2014
- VILLE VALO INTERVIEW RADIO NOVA - Interview with Radio Nova, 2009; Excerpt: Ville Valo: “Before that time, me, Mige and Tarvonen (and before him Juippi) had a band called His Infernal Majesty. [...] That band broke up when Mige left for his military service. I was upset because I didn't want the normal life, so I revived with Linde the idea I had earlier with Mige. And then Mige came back from the army […] and we asked him to join. Originally, I was supposed to play bass in HIM. And we just took the same name, I don't know why. A band just has to have a name, and all names suck. [...] You just had to have a name, and it's hard to come up with a name because you don't know how the music is going to change and how life is going to change. […] ”, Translation: Question:“ So, you were sitting on a balcony and decided to start something big. Was it clear from the start who you would ask to join the band and what about the name? "Ville:" Before this event (note: the day on which Linde and Ville decided to make serious music), I had, Mige and Tarvonen (and before him Juippi) formed a band called His Infernal Majesty. [...] This band came to an end when Mige had to do military service. I was totally upset because I didn't want a normal life, so with Linde I revived the idea I had earlier with Mige. And then Mige […] came back from the army and we asked him if he wanted to join us. Originally I should have been the bass player for HIM. And we just took the same name, I don't know why. A band just needs a name. All names suck. […] You just need a name and it's hard to come up with one because you don't know how music and life will change. [...] "; Retrieved July 2, 2014
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck0dEiOsVIM Sonic Seducer interview (pt 1) - Sonic Seducer-DVD: Multimedia-Section Cold Hands Seduction Vol. VIII , issue 12 / 2000-01 / 2001, interview with Ville and Mige; Transcript from minute 1:08: Ville: “I did a demo together with the guitar player, Linde, in '95, no, '94, actually. Just a 4-track demo and played the drums and sang on it. […] ”; Translation: Ville: “With Linde I recorded a demo with 4 songs in 1995, no, it was 1994. I played the drums and sang. [...] "; Retrieved July 6, 2014
- Reinhardt Haydn: HIM - His Infernal Majesty. Plexus Publishing, London 2007, ISBN 978-0-85965-392-3 , p. 33
- VILLE VALO INTERVIEW RADIO NOVA - Interview with Radio Nova, 2009; Retrieved July 2, 2014
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck0dEiOsVIM Sonic Seducer interview (pt 1) - Sonic Seducer-DVD: Multimedia-Section Cold Hands Seduction Vol. VIII , issue 12 / 2000-01 / 2001, interview with Ville and Mige; Transcript from minute 1:20: Ville: “And, we couldn't find a singer, I was originally supposed to playing bass for HIM, but then we couldn't find a singer, and in '95 we had to do our first demo, proper demo-recording in a studio and then I sing like and because he came out of the army, army forces in Finland, he wanted to be the bass player and we wanted him to be the bass player, so it just kind like happened strangely. In '95 we actually did two demos and with the second demo, which had Wicked Game on it, we got the record deal. […] ”; Translation: Ville: “We couldn't find a singer, I was originally supposed to be the bass player for HIM, but then we couldn't find a singer and in 1995 we had our first demo, our first real demo recording that takes place in a real studio , do. So I tried to sing and because Mige was coming back from the army, from the Finnish armed forces, and he wanted to be the bass player and we were okay with that, it just happened in some weird way. In 1995 we actually recorded two demos and we got our record deal with the second one that Wicked Game was on. [...] "; Retrieved July 6, 2014
- sweetp.buzznet.com/user/video/34710/ville-mige-mtv-masters-interview/ Ville & Mige MTV Masters Interview 2-5 - Interview, MTV Germany, MTV Masters - HIM, 2001; Transcript from minute 9:17: Ville: “During one summer night, we were sitting there and was in […?] With Linde the guitar player and then we just decided to start the band. And then we went into to recording a demo and I played the drums on the demo and he [note: looks at Mige, but in the sentence before he was talking about Linde] sang on the demo. And we just did it to find ourselves the best singer and the drummer, but then it ended up being… that, I was becoming the singer. ”; Translation: Ville: “During a summer night we were sitting there with Linde [...?] And then we decided to revive the band. Then we started recording a demo and I played the drums for it and he [Note: Ville looks at Mige, but in the previous sentence he mentioned Linde, so it is not clear who he meant by "he"] sang for the demo. We did that to find the best singer and drummer for our band. It ended up with me becoming the singer. ”; Retrieved July 6, 2014
- heartagram.ru/him_e.html (StarFacts can be found under Pix - Magazine photos - StarFacts) - Star Facts booklet (part of Sonic Seducer Magazin), No. 1, p. 10; Retrieved July 7, 2014
- sweetp.buzznet.com/user/video/34710/ville-mige-mtv-masters-interview/ Ville & Mige MTV Masters Interview 2-5 - Interview, MTV Germany, MTV Masters - HIM, 2001; Transcript from minute 8:04: Ville :; Retrieved July 6, 2014
- Reinhardt Haydn: HIM - His Infernal Majesty. Plexus Publishing, London 2007, ISBN 978-0-85965-392-3 , pp. 33/34
- Reinhardt Haydn: HIM - His Infernal Majesty. Plexus Publishing, London 2007, ISBN 978-0-85965-392-3 , p. 36
- Juho K. Juntunen: Synnin Viemää. WSOY, 2002, ISBN 951-0-27304-X , chapter 5. (Finnish)
- Juho K. Juntunen: Synnin Viemää. WSOY, 2002, ISBN 951-0-27304-X , chapter 7. (Finnish)
- saintscream.ru/show.php?id=105 - photos from EP 666 ways to love: Prologue ; Click on the photos and they will get bigger. Retrieved July 3, 2014
- himforfans.beepworld.de/magazines03.htm (old fansite; if something is not readable, because white writing on a white background, mark with the mouse) Review of Love Metal - Article from Filmstars.de, 2003; Retrieved August 21, 2014
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- Sonic Seducer , Edition 03/08, page 8
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- HIM: Dissolution and farewell tour. laut.de , March 6, 2017, accessed March 8, 2017 .
- tatianaf.buzznet.com/user/journal/4448711/ville-valo-interview-radio-nova/ VILLE VALO INTERVIEW RADIO NOVA - Interview with Radio Nova, 2009; Excerpt: Ville Valo: “[…] One of the first potential names was Black Earth because Black Sabbath's first name was Earth, and it was a combination of those because we were big Black Sabbath fans, but we thought it was a bit too goth and gloomy. We wanted something more simple. There was a death metal band called Deicide whose singer Glen Benton branded an inverted cross on his forehead. I was a big death metal fan and also a reggae fan. Benton had a song where he sang "infernal majesty" and then on the first pages of Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible the term "his infernal majesty" is mentioned. But HIM is also used in the reggae circles as an acronym for His Imperial Majesty or Haile Selassie aka the Butcher of Eritrea who some people with uncombed hair consider a messiah. His Infernal Majesty was a combination of all that, and I think it still describes us very well. We like so many things that we can't do any of them well, and we try to add everything possible into the mixture musically as well as otherwise. There isn't really a story behind the name; it's just a combination of everything. Mige decided the name by painting the words His Infernal Majesty on his amp. It was his only amp and he didn't have money to buy another one, so that was that. I recommend his method to anyone who is fighting over a band's name. It worked damn well for us. ”; accessed on August 21, 2014
- sweetp.buzznet.com/user/video/34707/ville-mige-mtv-masters-interview/ Ville & Mige MTV Masters Interview 3-5 - TV interview, MTV Germany, MTV Masters - HIM , 2001; Source from minute 3:19. Retrieved August 20, 2014
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qXbI7MbUC4 Ville Valo interview from documentary Promised Land of Heavy Metal - Video, 2008, source from minute 13:52. Retrieved August 20, 2014
- sweetp.buzznet.com/user/video/34707/ville-mige-mtv-masters-interview/ Ville & Mige MTV Masters Interview 3-5 - TV interview, MTV Germany, MTV Masters - HIM , 2001; Source from minute 3:19. Retrieved August 20, 2014
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLDJROkHEuU Ville Valo & Mige Amour M'era Luna interview 2002 - Video, Backstage from the M'era Luna Festival (Hildesheim-Drispensted), August 11, 2002, source from Minute 0:04. Retrieved August 20, 2014
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SACjl6bICg4 Interview with Ville Valo, Bam and Jimmy Pop - Video with Jimmy Pop, Bam Margera and Ville Valo on the set of Solitary Man , 2004; Source from minute 5:02 to 6:49. Retrieved August 19, 2014
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SACjl6bICg4 Interview with Ville Valo, Bam and Jimmy Pop - Video with Jimmy Pop, Bam Margera and Ville Valo on the set of Solitary Man , 2004; Source from minute 8:45. Retrieved August 19, 2014
- Razorblade Romance Wiki.com excerpt: "US release on October 28th, 2003 through Universal Records licensed by Jimmy Franks' Recording Company. […] This version of the album was limited to 1,000 copies and only sold at Newbury Comics stores in the New England area mainly marketing to the consumers in Massachusetts. ” Retrieved August 19, 2014
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJIR-pNRFFY - HIM - Ville Valo interview at Bayern_ 04-2003 (part1) , video with the radio station Bayern 3 from April 2003, source from minute 0:10; Retrieved August 17, 2014
- himforfans.beepworld.de/magazines03.htm; Retrieved August 17, 2014
- himforfans.beepworld.de/magazines03.htm “Report from the Polish Popcorn”, Popcorn, June 2003; Retrieved August 17, 2014
- valo-daily.livejournal.com/2005/04/21/ "It's a weird trip being 27 / Ville Valo answers fans' questions" Interview with DarkSecret Club, 2004; Retrieved August 17, 2014
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SACjl6bICg4 Interview with Ville Valo, Bam and Jimmy Pop - Video with Jimmy Pop, Bam Margera and Ville Valo on the set of Solitary Man , 2004; Source from minute 10:53. Retrieved August 19, 2014
- Bam Margera tattooed the Heartagram on the side (ribs, right) on the upper body. Kat von D has it tattooed on the middle fingers of both hands; Proof of this are photos or videos in which you can see the tattoos.