Friends and fel­low icons pay trib­ute

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“It’s with some con­sid­er­able pain that I mourn this fi­nale. Our paths have twined many times: Ville sang for us on The By­ronic Man; Mikko and Janne sup­ported Cra­dle across Amer­ica with their side-project, Daniel Lion­eye; Ra­zor­blade Ro­mance pro­ducer John Fryer helmed our Mid­ian al­bum; I snogged Ville at a Metal Ham­mer

Golden Gods bash…” DANI FILTH, CRA­DLE OF FILTH “The night be­fore a day of press in Helsinki, we hooked up with Ville for drinks in a bar called

The Lost & Found. There we were in­tro­duced to the de­lights of the Fin­nish liquorice liqueur, salmi­akki. We stayed up lit­er­ally all night drink­ing huge shots of the stuff. The next day, I could barely talk, still half pissed, and had the worst hang­over I’ve had in my life. Need­less to say, I haven’t touched the stuff since.” NICK HOLM ES, PAR­ADISE LOST “I was in Fin­land in around 2004 and I took some time to go visit Ville; he was a gra­cious host and he let me sleep on the floor of his apart­ment. I guess they ran out of Billy Idol songs to rip off. Hey, Ville: I’ll be in NYC this month, put me on the guestlist so I can get in the way and drink your rider again.” JEFF WALKER, CAR­CASS “Dear His In­fer­nal Majesty. We had great fun with you guys when­ever we met. Last time was at our re­hearsal flat that we shared for many years. Now it’s ours – thank you! You’re to blame for ev­ery teenager start­ing to lis­ten to gothic mu­sic. HIM is soon dead, but the mu­sic lives in our rot­ten hearts. We love you!” ESA HOLOPAINEN, AM ORPHIS “This is a dark mo­ment. It’s never easy to say farewell to a con­stant com­pan­ion, so I won’t. This mu­sic has not and will not leave my side. Thank you for ev­ery bit of it. Smile at what you’ve cre­ated, gen­tle­men, and thank you for the ride.” HOWARD JONES, LIGHT THE TORCH “It is so hard for a band to cre­ate not only a big fol­low­ing of fans, but al­most a life­style, and HIM did it! Their live shows ex­uded in­ten­sity and sen­su­al­ity and the Hearta­gram will live on the skin of a lot of peo­ple for­ever.” CRISTINA SCABBIA, LA­CUNA COIL “HIM cre­ated their own genre in metal, which is very ex­cep­tional. I’ve known the guys since 1995, be­fore we played to­gether in Teatro, Helsinki, where we ac­tu­ally got our first record deal. Ville is such an unique artist, and work­ing with him has been al­ways a great plea­sure.” EICCA TOPP INEN, AP OCALYPTICA

“HIM had just re­leased their first al­bum, and around that time one of my old bands won a con­test. The prize was that we got to sup­port HIM! Their mu­sic re­ally im­pressed me, but I would’ve never be­lieved that we shared the stage with fu­ture su­per­stars. I’ve fol­lowed their ca­reer dur­ing all these years and they have re­leased some awe­some songs.” SAMI HINKKA, ENSIFERUM “Ville and I did a fea­ture for a Ger­man rock mag­a­zine. We ended up just slam­ming beers, mak­ing fun of the pho­tog­ra­pher and laugh­ing about stupid shit. HIM are amaz­ing mu­si­cians, and Ville is an amaz­ing song­writer, lyri­cist, char­ac­ter and front­man. A good-look­ing son of a bitch, too. I’m truly sad to see a band like HIM go.” AL EXI LAIHO, CHIL­DREN OF BODOM “In J.R.R. Tolkien terms, if The Ras­mus were to be de­scribed as the Hob­bits, Lordi the Orcs and Nightwish the Elves of in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Fin­nish rock and metal,

HIM would be Sau­ron and Gan­dalf com­bined.” MIKKO VON HERTZEN, VON HERTZEN BROTH­ERS “At a school cafe­te­ria full of runof-the-mill fist­mag­net goth bands and namby-pamby met­allers ask­ing to get punched right on their pierced two-lips, Ville and the boys brought heart, soul and some fuck­ing scorch to the buf­fet. Much love and re­spect from Turbo.” THOMAS ‘HAPP Y-TOM’ SELTZER, TURBONEGRO “For the last two decades, I’ve been hav­ing lit­tle rock’n’roll hol­i­days all over the world by be­ing a guest DJ at fa­mous goth and rock clubs. My setlist has been heav­ily based on HIM and Hanoi Rocks. So, farewell HIM, en­joy your de­liv­er­ance, and you’re wel­come back any­time! I’ll keep the flag fly­ing.” JYRKI,

THE 69 EYES “I first met my good friend Mr Valo back in 1998! There were so many good times that we had, though most of them are, to be fair, to­tally blurred by the co­pi­ous amounts of al­co­hol and what­ever was con­sumed.

We were in­vited to sup­port HIM on their UK tour in 2004, which was a lot of

laughs. I re­ally don’t think some of their younger fans knew what was go­ing on with a bunch of old rock­ers such as us ruin­ing the night for them! But it was so cool to be asked and an honour to be in­volved.

It’s very sad HIM are call­ing it a day; they are a re­ally great band and some of the coolest guys I’ve ever known, who

I’m proud to call my friends.” LEE DOR­RIAN, RISE ABOVE RECORDS/ EX-CATHE­DRAL

Ville and Lee,

rather worse for wear

in 2003

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