HIM are calling it quits after 26 years, but not before hitting the road one last time, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows.
The Finnish band are bringing their farewell world tour to London’s Roundhouse on 17 December. Tickets go on general sale on 8 March.
“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,” says frontman Ville Valo of the band’s decision to split.
“We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.”
The group, formed in 1991 by Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström, and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, have sold over 8 million records since releasing their debut album, ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666’. They have the distinction of ‘Join Me In Death’ from 1999’s ‘Razorblade Romance’ being the best-selling single of any Finnish artist, and the first band from their country to have a gold-certified album in the US (2005’s ‘Dark Light’).
The announcement comes four years after HIM released their eighth album ‘Tears on Tape’ which Valo described at the time as “‘Rambo’ meets ‘The English Patient’ and you’re almost there. It’s got these big knucklehead riffs without forgetting the emotions behind them.”
He added: “We’ve so much history that it enabled us to concentrate on the essential, which is making good songs sound as good as possible and turning them into something massive.”
Now there’s one last chance to hear those songs performed live.
“At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild,” says Paananen.“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.”