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HIM is a Finnish ‘Love Metal’ (That’s right. They invented their own genre) band from Helsinki. The band was initially formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko Lindström and bassist Mikko Paananen. Now, their current lineup consists of Valo, Lindström, Paananen, Mika Karppinen on drums (1999-present) and Janne Puurtinen on keyboards (2001-present). HIM have released two demos - Witches And Other Night Fears (1992) and This Is Only The Beginning (1995), one EP - 666 Ways To Love: Prologue (1996), seven full length albums, their first being Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 (released November 20, 1997) and their latest being Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice (released February 8, 2010), and four compilations/remix albums. 

Current Lineup:

Ville Hermanni Valo | Vocals, lyricist | November 22, 1976 | Helsinki, Finland.

 Mikko Viljami ‘Linde’ Lindström | Guitar |  August 12, 1976 | Helsinki, Finland. 

Mikko Henrik Julius ’Migé’ Paananen | Bass guitar | December 19, 1974 | Helsinki, Finland.


Mika Kristian ’Gas Lipstick’ Karppinen | Drums | february 8, 1971 | Eskilstuna, Sweden.


Janne Johannes ’Emerson Burton’ Puurtinen |piano, Keyboards, backing vocals | October 17, 1974 | Helsinki, Finland.

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