SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

July 17, 2007 06:00 ET

HIM to Release New Album, "Venus Doom," This Fall

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 17, 2007) - Finnish rockers HIM are set to release their second full-length album for Sire Records, entitled "Venus Doom," in September 2007. The band recorded the album with producer and long-time friend Tim Palmer (U2, Switchfoot and Hot Hot Heat) and co-producer Hiili Hiilesmaa at Finnvox Studios in Finland. Palmer also worked on HIM's 2005 album "Dark Light."

With "Venus Doom," the band's sixth album, HIM fans can anticipate a decisively heavier sound, influenced by Black Sabbath, old-school Metallica and Soundgarden among others. HIM is out on the road all summer with Linkin Park on the latter's Projekt Revolution tour.

The cover art for "Venus Doom" was painted by artist David Harouni. Singer Ville Valo purchased one of Harouni's paintings at New Orleans' Harouni Gallery (where the artist represents himself) and later asked Harouni if it could be used as the cover for "Venus Doom." Harouni (whose work can be viewed at http://www.harouni.com) agreed and now counts himself as a HIM fan. Also we now have recent photographs taken by renowned photographer Perou, who has also shot Marilyn Manson, Sigur Ros, and David Beckham.

Hailing from Finland, HIM have been on the rise since the early '90s. With a blend of goth and hard rock, the band, which features Valo, Mige, Linde, Burton and Gas, has taken the music world by storm. Their mélange of melodic hooks and melancholy lyrics made them a fan favorite in Finland where they sold out clubs before ever releasing an album. The HIM craze spread to the U.S. two years ago with "Dark Light" selling more than 45,000 records its first week of release and attaining gold status, making HIM the first band from Finland to sell 500,000 albums in America.

Having completed two triumphant headlining tours with sold-out dates across the country, be sure to catch HIM this summer on the main stage of Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour. For tour dates visit: http://pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=All&Content=Projekt+Revolution&go_green.x=16&go_green.y=15

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