With fans of Finish goth rockers HIM calling it a day after 26 years of “Love Metal”, fans were eager to see the band perform live one last time. The band made a sold out farewell tour stop Sunday night October 29 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, CO.
With only the heartagram logo illuminating on the drum head onstage, the crowd grew restless in anticipation for the to start the show. Chants followed by screams as each member appeared through the darkness and jumped into set opener “Buried Alive By Love”. The set consisted of songs that spanned all of their eight studio albums including “Your Sweet Six Six Six”, “Kiss Of Dawn”, and “Join Me In Death”. Most of the time you could hear the crowd singing along with lead singer Ville Valo but certain songs the cell phones came up and yelling got louder during highlights as “Rip Out The Wings of A Butterfly”, the cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”, and “Poison Girl”. The band for this tour sounded excellent and consisted of Mikko “Mige” Paananen on bass, Mikko “Linde” Lindström on guitars, Janne “Burton” Puurtinen on keyboards, and Jukka “Kosmo” Kröger on drums. Valo’s voice was in good form hitting the signature deep baritones to the high pitched screaming fans expect to hear. The band may be rather static on stage but when they give a solid musical performance the fans do not care.
After capturing hearts and minds of fans across the world, HIM has filled venues, risen up the musical charts, and even became the first Finnish act to achieve gold status in the United States. Bassist Mikko “Mige” Paananen sums it up perfectly, “It shall not be a weepiest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory.”