Finnish rockers HIM have been electrifying audiences with their adrenaline-filled brand of "love metal" since the early '90s, and they stand as the first-ever act from Finland to have a certified gold release in the US. Rocking out under their trademark heartagram (a combination of a heart and a pentagram), the band charges through morbidly upbeat rock productions like "Heartkiller" and "Join Me in Death" with a vigor and dramatic flair that always get hearts racing and fists pumping. They've reached the Finnish Top 5 with eight consecutive albums, and fans lucky enough to catch them on tour will have no trouble seeing what all the fuss is about.
HIM formed in Helsinki in 1991 under the leadership of beloved frontman Ville Valo. The band spent several years performing under the moniker His Infernal Majesty, but switched to the acronym in 1997 for the release of their debut album Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Finnish charts, eventually going platinum on the strength of several singles including a popular cover of Chris Isaak's track "Wicked Games". HIM continued their rise in 1999 with their sophomore album Razorblade Romance, an impressive slice of high-octane rock that topped several European charts and kicked off a string of No. 1 albums in their home country. In 2005 they made a splash in the US with the album Dark Light (2005), which reached the Top 20 of the US Billboard 200 and became the first album by a Finnish group to receive gold certification by the RIAA. Since then they've toured the world and earned a reputation as a must-see live act. HIM's 2013 album Tears on Tape was another Top 20 hit in the US, setting big expectations for the band's upcoming North American tour dates.