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HIM
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Alternative Name His Infernal Majesty
HER
Group Members Ville Valo
Mikko "Mige" Paananen
Mikko "Linde" Lindström
Janne "Burton" Puurtinen
Jukka "Kosmo" Kröger
Past Group Members Sami "Juippi" Jokilehto
Juha Tarvonen
Oki
Antto Melasniemi
Juhana "Pätkä" Rantala
Jussi-Mikko "Juska" Salminen
Mika "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen
Music Genre (Text) Gothic rock
gothic metal
alternative rock
alternative metal
dark rock
Origin Helsinki, Finland
Year(s) Active 1991/92–1993, 1995–present
Record Label BMG
Sire Records
Razor & Tie
Double Cross
Universal Music Group
Official Websites heartagram.com
Associated Acts Daniel Lioneye
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HIM (previously known as HER in the United States) is a rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Formed in the early 1990s by vocalist Ville Valo and bassist Mikko "Mige" Paananen under the name His Infernal Majesty, the band broke up in 1993, but was reformed in 1995 by Valo and guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström. After being rejoined by Mige, as well as keyboardist Antto Melasniemi and drummer Juhana "Pätkä" Rantala, the band, now called HIM, released their debut album Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 in 1997. In 2000, now with drummer Mika "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen and keyboardist Juska Salminen, the band released the album Razorblade Romance, which reached the number-one spot in Finland, Austria and Germany. Its first single, "Join Me in Death", also charted at number-one in Finland and Germany, eventually going platinum in their home country. Following the addition of Janne "Burton" Puurtinen on keyboards, HIM released Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights and Love Metal in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Both cracked the top ten in several countries, with latter being the band's first album to chart in the UK.

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