Vocalist Ville Valo and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen of Finnish "love" metallers HIM are featured in Loudwire's latest "Wikipedia: Fact Or Fiction?" segment. In the 13-minute clip below, the musicians go deep into their past, starting all the way back before HIM even existed. They also go into the the concept behind "Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666", how the famous Heartagram was created and much more.Early albums from HIM were recently digitally reissued via The End Records, with deluxe versions in multiple configurations to come this summer. The albums that have been reissued are the band's 1997 debut "Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666", 1999's "Razorblade Romance", 2001's "Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights" and 2003's "Love Metal". Also available on iTunes is "XX - Two Decades Of Love Metal". HIM has been a band for 23 years, releasing eight studio albums to date, of which their fifth LP, "Dark Light", was certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America), making them the first Finnish rock band to have a gold album in the United States. They have had five of their studio albums certified platinum in Finland, with "Razorblade Romance" being certified double platinum in Finland and platinum in Germany. "We feel truly blessed to have our sonic offspring being given a new lease of life in the U.S. by The End Records, the home for many of our aural idols, both old and new," said HIM frontman Ville Valo in a statement. "For the past months, the infamous 'Love Metal' archives have been extensively scoured by us for rare, exclusive and downright scary musical nuggets for an experience in Finnish melancholy like no other, so please consider yourself warned…" In a recent interview with Australia's TheMusic.com.au, Valo talked about why the band decided to call its music "love metal". "It was to test the sense of humor of metalheads, and rock fans," he said. "Some people take it all too seriously. They should sit down for a while and have a cup of tea and unwind." Ville acknowledged that "love metal" a ridiculous tag, but it's no more a ridiculous than anything else used to describe a subgenre of music. "Take your work seriously, but don't take yourself seriously," he said. "There was this whole thing when we started out where people couldn't figure out what box to put us in, where we fit in the scene… But I grew up with VENOM, who more or less invented black metal, and MOTÖRHEAD and the early stages of speed metal. These are all kind of ridiculous terms for music, really, so we wanted our own little ridiculous term. Something that meant we could say we were something else as opposed to saying we were a goth band or a metal band or whatever. Because we have a lot of influences from all over the place." HIM's latest album, "Tears On Tape", sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Tears On Tape" was released on April 30, 2013 via Razor & Tie in North America and on April 29, 2013 through DoubleCross (Cooking Vinyl's specialist rock imprint) in the U.K. and Ireland. The "love metal" act's eighth official album was recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox Studios with longtime producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) and was mixed in London, England by Tim Palmer, who previously helmed 2005's "Dark Light" and 2007's "Venus Doom".
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