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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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Album: HIM – Tears On Tape

April 29th, 2013

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HIM
Tears On Tape
Razor & Tie
29 April 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

My earliest memory of HIM was seeing the cooler older kids at school wearing the now infamous Heartagram hoodies. Naturally this perked my interest and upon hearing ‘The Funeral of Hearts’ for the first time it became abundantly clear what all the fuss was about. HIM were the natural successors to 90s dark pop pioneers Savage Garden. Similar to the likes of Refused and At the Drive-In, Savage Garden released very little material but became hugely influential, and while he list of bands who owe their existence to them is massive, but perhaps the band who owe the most to them are HIM. Therefore I decided the best way to tackle reviewing new album Tears On Tape is to not skirt around the issue but ask how does it compare to the Aussie trailblazer’s seminal debut record.

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