UK rock group Anathema has announced that they will be embarking on a US tour as direct support for Finnish love metal band HIM. The band is touring in support of their 2012 album Weather Systems, which ranks as one of my favorite albums ever released. They are also taking a break from writing/recording a new album to go on tour.
Guitarist/vocalist Daniel Cavanagh comments, “Anathema is delighted to return to the United States as special guests of our personal friends Ville Valo and HIM. It’s always a great occasion playing with our Finnish mates – as we’ve known each other’s music for many years and have been sharing stages together on a number of occasions since our main support to them in the UK for ‘Dark Light’ in 2006. To do this in the United States, the birthplace of rock and roll and one of Anathema’s true musical and spiritual homes, is just a fantastic prospect – especially so soon after our first headlining tour last autumn which was a success beyond our expectations. We hope to really provoke a strong reaction from the audience, and I’m sure we will perform a song or two from our brand new album, which is being finished as I write. HIM in the USA? Bring it on!”
I saw Anathema tour last year and it was fantastic! The band has enormous amounts of energy live and they performed every song flawlessly. Go and see them if they come near your neck of the woods. All tour dates can be seen below. READ MORE
Finnish love metal band HIM have released an official music video for “Into The Night”, which comes from their latest album Tears On Tape (iTunes). The video was directed by Stefan Lindfors, who also directed the “Funeral of Hearts” and “Tears On Tape” videos. You can watch the video below.
HIM are currently on tour with Volbeat, All That Remains, and Airbourne. The remaining tour dates are below. READ MORE
Finnish love metal band HIM have released a new music video for “All Lips Go Blue”, which comes from their new album Tears On Tape (iTunes). The Eugene Riecansky-directed black and white video is highly stylized and reminded me a great deal of Alice In Wonderland, with a larger than life chessboard and eerie, almost skeleton-like trees. Give it a watch below! READ MORE
Finnish love metal band HIM has had to cancel their N. American tour, which was scheduled to start May 3rd in Los Angeles due to singer Ville Valo’s health issues.
The band’s label, Razor & Tie, states, “HIM’s North American tour (which was due to kick off in Los Angeles on May 3rd at the House Of Blues) has been cancelled due to unforeseen medical circumstances. HIM’s lead vocalist Ville Valo has been diagnosed with severe asthma with presumptive pneumonia. Tickets for all dates will be refunded at the point of purchase. HIM will be back later this summer as part of the Rock Allegiance tour.
The band just released their new album, Tears On Tape, which you can snag on iTunes. READ MORE
The third installment of the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour will be headlined by Danish rockers Volbeat and will be hitting the road in late summer. The band will see support coming from Finnish metal group HIM along with All That Remains and Airbourne. Tour dates will be announced in the coming days.
Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen states, “The fans have made our North American visits thus far this year great fun and truly memorable. We are looking forward to headlining Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance festival tour this summer, and sharing the stage with HIM, All That Remains and Airbourne.” READ MORE
Hard rockers Motionless In White have released a lyric video for “America”, which comes off their Infamous album. A full music video will be released next month and was directed by Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan. The video can be seen below.
The band has also announced that The Witch Was Right drummer Brandon Richter has joined their ranks. The band is currently on a tour with Asking Alexandria and will also be appearing on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. All tour dates can be found below. READ MORE
Razor & Tie have announced the addition of Finnish rock band HIM to their N. American roster. The band recently finished work on their eighth studio album Tears On Tape, which is set for an Apr. 30th release date. The album was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa and mixed by Tim Palmer (U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Robert Plant)
HIM lead vocalist Ville Valo comments, “We´re infernally glad to be dressed sharply enough for our dearest comrades in the U.S. (for once), R&T A-Go-Go!!!”
Razor & Tie A&R Executive Mike Gitter adds, “Few artists are able to tap into rock at its most emotional and forlorn and make it sound so damn uplifting and powerful. That’s Ville Valo and HIM’s stock-in-trade. They take the rawest of emotions and channel them into unforgettable anthems- invoking the spirit of great rock n roll in the process.”
The band will be announcing a US tour next week. READ MORE
Finnish love metal band HIM recently premiered a new song entitled “I Will Be The End Of You” at their performance at the Helldone festival in Helsinki, Finland on Dec. 29th, 2012. The song is on the upcoming album Tears On Tape, which has an unspecified early 2013 release date. Check it out below.
Alright HIM fans, what do you think of the track? Let me know! READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has scored three promo copies of the WhoCares? single, which features some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal history and we want to give it to one of you luck readers! Check it out: Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Ian Gillian of Deep Purple, Jason Newsted of Metallica, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Linde Lindstrom of HIM, and Jon Lord of Deep Purple. BAM! Talk about magic in the making, right? Well, all these musicians got together for a really good cause, so check out all the info, including how to enter, after the jump.
On May 6th, Who Cares, the musical supergroup featuring Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), and friends (including Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Linde Lindstrom (HIM), Jon Lord (Deep Purple), and many others), will release their debut digital single. The single pack will include two brand new songs entitled ‘Out Of My Mind‘ and ‘Holy Water‘. You can check out the music video for ‘Out Of My Mind‘ after the jump as well as a list of all the special guests on the two tracks.
The tracks were recorded as a means to raise funds to rebuild a music school in Armenia that was destroyed in an earthquake in 1988. Ian Gillan says, ”The idea came as Tony and I flew back from Yerevan together after being inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone there to get this thing done. It was brilliant working with Tony again after all these years; he makes life easy for a singer.”
HIM’s Ville Valo is quite the horror movie aficionado.
Hanging at home in Helsinki, he laughs, “Horror movies, oh lord! Thank God, I’ve got my DVDs here. There are so many. I was in the generation where I had VHS copies of tons of horror movies when I was a kid—all of the Evil Dead, Hellraiser and Friday the 13th movies as well as Nightmare On Elm Street Part 1 through gazillion [Laughs].”
His love for all things dark can certainly be felt on HIM’s latest offering, Screamworks: Love in Theory and in Practice. Underneath a haze of deliciously deadly distortion and cackling percussion, Ville proclaims the perfect kind of love for vampires. Screamworks is HIM’s best work yet—simultaneously evil and ethereal.
Ville sat down with Bloody-Disgusting.com’s Rick Florino (www.bookofdolor.com) to discuss his favorite horror flicks and so much more in this exclusive interview. READ MORE
FINNTROLL are back! On March 9th, the band will release its highly anticipated new slab of folk-rooted metal hymns entitled Nifelvind. It was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios (Apocalyptica, Amorphis, Ensiferum) in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (Children Of Bodom, Sonata Arctica, HIM) at Finnvox Studios. A savage new video for the track, “Solsagan,” was recently completed and you can view the making of that video now at Youtube. The eye-popping new clip was produced by Vasara Films (Dark Tranquillity, Turisas).
HIM have announced that they will tour North America this spring in support of their upcoming new album Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice, which will be released by Sire Records on February 9th, 2010.
The headlining trek begins March 26th in Philadelphia and criss-crosses the continent before finishing up in New York City on May 7th. We Are the Fallen, Dommin, and Drive A will provide support.
Read on for a look at the scheduled dates. READ MORE
This might be one of the few times I’d prefer the done to death band playing in an empty warehouse video… HIM just released the video for ‘Heartkiller’ from their upcoming album Screamworks, you can also grab the single from iTunes now.
You can pre-order the heartagram version of Screamworks on heartagram.com, along with a billed heartagram beanie, assorted heartagram jewelry, heartagram fingerless gloves, and yes a heartagram Christmas ornament…. heartagram READ MORE
HIM have announced that their next album, “Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice” will be released February 9th, 2010 in North America. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Matt Squire (Boys Like Girls, All Time Low).
Here’s the artwork, let’s see how long you can stare at it without getting a headache…
‘In Venere Veritas’
‘Scared To Death’
‘Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness)’
‘Love, The Hardest Way’
‘In The Arms Of Rain’
‘Ode To Solitude’
‘Shatter Me With Hope’
‘Acoustic Funeral (For Love In Limbo)’
‘Like St. Valentine’
‘The Foreboding Sense Of Impending Happiness’ READ MORE