Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. will embark on a very special series of European club shows before the release of their new album, "Dark Light", in September. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Aug. 29 - Stockholm, SWE @ Circus
Sep. 02 - Munich, GER @ Zirkus Krone
Sep. 05 - Paris, FRA @ Le Trabendo
Sep. 08 - Hamburg, GER @ TBA
Sep. 11 - Milan, ITA @ Rolling Stone
Sep. 14 - Barcelona, SPA @ Apolo
Sep. 19 - London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Sep. 22 - Amsterdam, NETH @ Paradiso
As previously reported, H.I.M. have selected "Killing Loneliness" as the first single off their forthcoming "Dark Light" album, due on September 26 via Sire Records. The single is expected to arrive in August.
According to Billboard.com, "Dark Light" was mixed at New York's Electric Lady studios with producer Tim Palmer (DAVID BOWIE, OZZY OSBOURNE). Frontman Ville Valo told Finland's Ilta-Sanomat magazine that the group's initial choice of mixer for the new album, Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, DISTURBED) was fired one week into the process because he made H.I.M. sound like "one of those American bands with no personality." "He didn't understand our Scandinavian 'twistedness,'" Ville said.
The follow-up to 2003's "Love Metal", "Dark Light" was recorded at Los Angeles' Paramour studios with Palmer, who also worked on the band's last album.
Ville Valo and his cohorts have lined up a handful of European and Japanese festival appearances during the summer. A North American jaunt is being penciled in for October and November.