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Interview: Ville Valo of HIM talks Hallowe’en and Satanism

November 7th, 2013

Sometimes the planets align. Hallowe’en was such a night for our resident Finnophile, Catherine Morris as she sat down with Ville Valo to talk about the relationship between HIM and Satanism on the eeriest of evenings…

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What most people don’t know about the Finnish love metallers, HIM is that at the heart of the band, underneath all that soppy stuff, is a deep love and appreciation for all things weird and dark. That started in singer and principal songwriter, Ville Valo’s youth and continues to permeate both the band’s aesthetic and sensibilities to this day.

With that in mind, and with it also being Halloween, I sat down with Ville before the band’s sold out show at KOKO and decided to pick his brain about Satanism, the occult, and the celebrated day itself. Here’s what he had to say on the subject. (Clue: a LOT.)

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Bands

Album: Ashes of Ares – Ashes of Ares

August 22nd, 2013

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Ashes of Ares
Ashes of Ares
Nuclear Blast
09 September 2013

by Catherine Morris

With genre revivalism rife, being labelled as just “traditional heavy metal” could well be a kiss of death for a brand new band. Luckily for Ashes of Ares, however, they’ve got years of experience, not to mention credibility on their side. Having left Iced Earth for the second time, singer Matt Barlow has assembled a heavy metal supergroup comprising of guitarist Freddie Vidales and ex-Nevermore drummer Van Williams for Ashes of Ares.

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