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Ville Valo – Gothica Fennica vol.1

Posted in Review, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 3rd April 2020 by izaforestspirit

Ville Valo (VV)
Gothica Fennica Vol.1 EP
Released 20th March 2020
Gothic Rock/”Love Metal”
Released via Heartagram Ltd

Gothica Fennica Vol. 1

These past few weeks have been tough. All that time spent indoors has taken a toll on my mental health and it’s been a struggle at times to remain calm. I’ve always found music to be very therapeutic in times like this so I had a look at what new stuff has come out recently. I have a copy of the new My Dying Bride album, but as good as it may be, the current atmosphere of fear and uncertainty means that the last thing that I want to hear right now is doom metal. So I looked around a bit more and I came across this. My teenage idol the Gothic rock singer Ville Valo is back with a new EP. It’s been three years since HIM called it a day, so you can imagine my surprise and delight when I heard these new songs.

There are only three tracks, so I figured that I can write something about each one. Salute The Sanguine is probably the most catchy. It has a good chorus, Ville Valo’s emotional vocals work well with the keyboards and the guitar. Run Away From The Sun sounds like one of the classic HIM hits that I used to dance to as a teenager. This time the guitars fade into the background with most of the focus being on Mr. Valo’s voice. I feel like I’m sixteen again, dancing to the music while staring at HIM poster on my wall. Then last but not least we came to Saturnine Saturnalia, the slowest and most ballad-esque track on the EP. It’s a little melancholic and slow-paced but not entirely without its charms.

Overall, ‘Gothica Fennica Vol.1’ is an absolute delight to listen to and a must have for all HIM fans. This is technically a Ville Valo solo project and not HIM, but who cares? It may just be the next best thing.

8/10

Iza Raittila

HIM front-man Ville Valo reveals his new project

Posted in Misc., News with tags , , on 7th September 2018 by izaforestspirit

So HIM are no more. The well renowned Finnish Gothic rock band played their final show on New Year’s Eve last year. However, I’m sure their fans will be pleased to know that Ville Valo has recently announced his new project – Ville Valo & Agents. 

This will be a collaboration the HIM front-man and a band called Agents lead by guitarist Esa Pulliainen. Together they will record an album based on unreleased demo material originally written by the Finnish rock singer Rauli “Badding” Somerjoki. 

The first single ‘Orpolapsi kiurun (Orphan Child of the Skylark)’ will be out on 21st September 2018 and the yet- to-be-titled album is scheduled for release in early 2019 followed by a tour.

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For more info visit:

https://www.facebook.com/theheartagram/

https://vallilamusichouse.fi/ (in Finnish)

HIM call it a day

Posted in Misc., News with tags , on 6th March 2017 by izaforestspirit

The world renowned Finnish dark rock band HIM have recently announced that they are calling it a day this year. The Helsinki based rock group has had a successful career of nearly thirty years, numerous tours and eight studio albums. Their last album ‘Tears of On Tape’ was released back into 2013.

Here is the official statement from their frontman Ville Valo:

”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. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.”

HIM will embark on a final, farewell tour of Europe and The U.S.A. starting in June 2017. The American dates are yet to be announced but you can check out the European tour schedule here:

 

June
WED 14 BARCELONA RAZZMATAZZ, SPAIN
THU 15 MADRID LA RIVIERA, SPAIN
FRI 16 SANTANDER SALA ESCENRIO, SPAIN
SAT 17  PORTO HARD CLUB, PORTUGAL

July
SAT 01  HELSINKI TUSKA FESTIVAL, FINLAND
THU 13  TUURI MILJOONAROCK, FINLAND

November
FRI 24  ST PETERSBURG DK LENSOVETA, RUSSIA
SAT 25  ST PETERSBURG DK LENSOVETA, RUSSIA
SUN 26 MOSCOW CLUB STADIUM LIVE,RUSSIA
TUE 28  WARSAW STODOLA, POLAND
WED 29  HAMBURG DOCKS, GERMANY

December
FRI 01 BERLIN COLUMBIAHALLE, GERMANY
SAT 02  PRAGUE FORUM KARLIN, CZECH REP.
MON 04  LEIPZIG HAUS AUENSEE, GERMANY
TUE 05 MUNCHEN TONHALLE, GERMANY
WED 06  ZURICH X-TRA, SWITZ.
THU 07  MILAN ALCATRAZ, ITALY
FRI 08  KOLN PALLADIUM, GERMANY
SAT 09  ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE ROCKHAL, LUXEMBURG
MON 11  AMSTERDAM PARADISO, HOLLAND
TUE 12  TILBURG 013, HOLLAND
THU 14 GLASGOW BARROWLAND, SCOTLAND
FRI 15  NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY, ENGLAND
SAT 16 MANCHESTER ACADEMY, ENGLAND
SUN 17  LONDON ROUNDHOUSE, ENGLAND

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HIM: new video & UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , on 5th September 2013 by Pieni

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HIM‘s current studio album “Tears On Tape”, number eight in their 22-year-old career, has just produced its third video “Into The Night”. Directed by Stefan Lindfors, it was released on the band’s VEVO channel this Tuesday.

Currently touring the U.S. and Canada on the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour, HIM will embark on the first British tour in promotion of “Tears On Tape” next month – and one of the shows is already sold out! Check out the dates:

OCT 21 WOLVERHAMPTON – CIVIC HALL
OCT 22 NEWCASTLE – O2 ACADEMY
OCT 23 GLASGOW – BARROWLAND
OCT 24 MANCHESTER – ACADEMY
OCT 26 NOTTINGHAM – ROCK CITY
OCT 27 CARDIFF – CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
OCT 28 SOUTHAMPTON – GUILDHALL
OCT 29 NORWICH – UEA
OCT 31 LONDON – KOKO ***sold out***
NOV 01 LONDON – KOKO

Buy tickets online at Ticketmaster.

HIM online:
http://www.heartagram.com/
http://www.facebook.com/theheartagram

Finnish rockers HIM announce UK tour dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 14th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Finalnd’s top goth rockers HIM have announced their UK tour. HIM also announced that fans can get a CD/DVD deluxe edition of Tears On Tape when they purchase a ticket.

Tickets are available from this location and tour dates are as follow:

22nd Oct. – Newcastle – O2 Academy
24th Oct. – Manchester – Manchester Academy
27th Oct. – Cardiff – Cardiff Student Union
28th Oct. – Southampton – Guildhall
29th Oct. – Norwich – UEA
31st Oct. – London – Koko

HIM’s latest album Tears On Tape is now available and was released 26th April through DoubleCross/Cooking Vinyl.

HIM online:

http://heartagram.com
http://facebook.com/theheartagram