H.I.M. Part Ways With Label, Seek New Record Deal

Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. have reportedly fulfilled their contractual obligations to BMG Records Finland and are currently seeking a new label. The band, who are considered to be Finland's most successful rock export of all time, are currently in negotiations with several major companies and will make their final decision during the fall.

In other news, H.I.M. will release their first-ever live album, tentatively titled "Live Metal", in November. The album, which will be issued in a special package that will also include a DVD, was filmed/recorded last spring when the group played seven consecutive shows at Semifinal club in their hometown of Helsinki. In addition, BMG will be releasing a "Greatest Hits" album sometime next year. A new H.I.M. studio album (some of the material for which has already been completed by Valo) will not surface before 2005.

In other H.I.M.-related news, drummer Mika "Kaasu" Karppinen has announced plans to form a new band with AMORPHIS singer Pasi Koskinen and bassist Niclas Etelävuori. As yet unnamed, the project will reportedly feature a musical style inspired by early CARCASS.

Click here to check out pictures of H.I.M. performing live at Ankkarock festival, which took place this past weekend in Finland.

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