Finnish metal legends HIM have confirmed via Facebook that the band have officially parted ways and will be heading out on their final tour later this year.
The band have been quiet since their last album “Tears on Tape” was released in 2013, followed by drummer Mika “Gas Lipstick” Karppinen’s departure to pursue other projects.
A European tour will kick off in June and run through to December, with Finnish and US dates still to be announced.
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Vocalist Ville Valo said, “After a 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’s signature genre of “Love Metal” has fused light and dark for the past 26 years, with their eight albums gathering a massively dedicated global fanbase. Metal, goth and hard rock have been their strongest influences, but their softer side has always been just as important.
Bassist Mikko “Mige” Paananen said of the split, “At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild. 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! See you there!”
See the full list of tour dates below. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am.
14 Barcelona Razzmatazz Spain
15 Madrid La Riviera Spain
16 Santander Sala Escenrio Spain
17 Porto Hard Club Portugal
1 Helsinki Tuska Festival Finland
13 Tuuri Miljoonarock Finland
24 St Petersburg DK Lensoveta Russia
25 St Petersburg DK Lensoveta Russia
26 Moscow Club Stadium Live Russia
28 Warsaw Stodola Poland
29 Hamburg Docks Germany
1 Berlin Columbiahalle Germany
2 Prague Forum Karlin Czech Republic
4 Leipzig Haus Auensee Germany
5 Munich Tonhalle Germany
6 Zurich X-Trea Switzerland
7 Milan Alcatraz Italy
8 Cologne Palladium Germany
9 Esch-Sur-Alzette Rockhal Luxembourg
11 Amsterdam Paradise Netherlands
12 Tilburg 013 Netherlands
14 Glasgow Barrowland UK
15 Nottingham Rock City UK
16 Manchester Academy UK
17 London Roundhouse UK