SOURCE: Sire Records

September 14, 2005 09:00 ET

HIM'S Sire Debut "Dark Light" to Bow September 27

U.S. Tour Set to Begin October 5 in Portland, Oregon

BURBANK CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 14, 2005 -- The Finnish quintet HIM, signed to an exclusive worldwide recording contract with Sire Records last year, is poised to release their Sire Records debut on September 27. The album, called "Dark Light," was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Tim Palmer (U2, Ozzy Osbourne). Palmer mixed the album in New York City at the famed Electric Lady studios. The band has also announced a headline US Tour that will begin on October 5 in Portland, OR, running through November 18 in New York City.

HIM, fronted by the charismatic vocalist and songwriter Ville Valo and comprised of guitarist Linde, bassist Mige, drummer Gas and keyboardist Burton, took the Scandinavian music scene by storm in 1996 with the release of their debut EP, "666 Ways To Love." A year later they consolidated their cult status with their first full album, "Greatest Love Songs, Vol. 666," featuring their hit version of the Chris Isaak original, "Wicked Game." Their next two releases, "Razorblade Romance" (2000) and "Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights" (2001), were bestsellers across Europe and prompted an extensive round of touring, establishing them as an international powerhouse. HIM's latest album, 2003's "Love Metal,"is their most successful to date, features such Valo originals as "Soul On Fire," "Sweet Pandemonium" and "Circle Of Fear." A greatest hits package available internationally is the band's last recorded output and has cemented their status as musical heroes abroad.

"Dark Light" features 10 new HIM originals, including the first single and video "Wings Of A Butterfly," "Killing Loneliness," "Dark Light" and "The Face Of God." "Dark Light" will be available in numerous package configurations including the traditional jewel box CD, a special Internet-only version featuring 2 bonus tracks (available to pre-order now online at www.heartagram.com), and a limited edition special package available at music retailers everywhere that features handwritten lyric sheets, special artwork and 1 bonus track plus more.

www.heartagram.com has been a flurry of fan activity lately as HIM devotees have rushed the site to hear podcasts with Ville and other members of the band. HIM was one of the first bands to offer podcasts to their fans, and the result has been nothing less than terrific.

Revolver, "The Worlds Loudest Rock Magazine," will feature HIM on their exclusive November cover. The story has West Coast editor Dan Epstein making the trip to Finland to see these Finnish phenoms on their own turf. The outcome is a terrific behind-the-scenes glimpse of the band. Revolver hits the newsstands on the same day as "Dark Light"storms the music marketplace, and fans should note that a special HIM/Revolver sticker will be stripped into 200,000 copies of the issue. Other press surrounding the album's release is an Alternative Press feature story and a Blender magazine spotlight piece and more.

HIM North American Tour Dates:

Date           City                     Venue
Wed  10/5      Portland, OR             Roseland Theater
Thu  10/6      Seattle, WA              The Premier
Sat  10/8      Mountain View, CA        Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun  10/9      Santa Barbara, CA        Univ. of Santa Barbara's HUB
Mon  10/10     San Diego, CA            SOMA
Tue  10/11     Tempe, AZ                Marquee Theatre
Wed  10/12     Las Vegas, NV            House of Blues - Mandalay Bay
Fri  10/14     Los Angeles, CA          Wiltern Theatre
Sat  10/15     Los Angeles, CA          Wiltern Theatre
Wed  10/19     Denver, CO               Ogden Theater
Fri  10/21     Minneapolis, MN          Quest Club
Sat  10/22     Chicago, IL              Riviera
Sun  10/23     Milwaukee, WI            The Eagles Club
Mon  10/24     St. Louis, MO            The Pageant
Thu  10/27     Houston, TX              Verizon Wireless Theater
Fri  10/28     Ft. Worth, TX            Ridglea Theatre
Tue  11/1      Gainesville, FL          Abbey Road-Univ. of Florida
Wed  11/2      Atlanta, GA              The Masquerade
Thu  11/3      Lake Buena Vista, FL     House of Blues
Fri  11/4      Ft. Lauderdale, FL       Revolution
Sat  11/5      St. Petersburg, FL       Jannus Landing
Mon  11/7      Cincinnati, OH           Bogarts
Tue  11/8      Columbus, OH             Newport Music Hall
Wed  11/9      Pittsburgh, PA           Club Zoo
Fri  11/11     Cleveland, OH            Agora Theatre
Sat  11/12     Detroit, MI              State Theatre
Sun  11/13     Toronto, ON              Kool Haus
Mon  11/14     Montreal, QU             Metropolis
Thu  11/17     Boston, MA               Avalon Ballroom
Fri  11/18     New York, NY             Hammerstein Ballroom
Mon  11/21     Norfolk, VA              The Norva
Tue  11/22     Washington, DC           9:30 Club
Wed  11/23     Philadelphia, PA         Electric Factory
Thu  11/24     Philadelphia, PA         Electric Factory
For hi-res jpegs of the band and album cover: http://publicitymaterials.wbr.com

Contact Information

  • For additional information, contact:
    National:
    Jim Baltutis
    Warner Bros. Records
    818-953-3375
    Email Contact

    Regional/Fanzines:
    Penny Palmer
    Warner Bros. Records
    818-953-3408
    Email Contact