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As ever, the lithe Finn immediately wants to see the results as they are taken – he’s always been a careful curator of how he’s portrayed.For a man about to turn 41 he’s looking pretty good, too – possibly healthier than he’s been in a long time.“He healed up and everyone was super-happy, but after we were done with two tours he decided he was done, too. I was the guy who forcefully tried to get us a new drummer and try one last time.”The band would recruit Jukka ‘Kosmo’ Kröger and make a surprise appearance with the new lineup in Oulu, Finland in summer 2015, and would – as Ville stated – begin work on a new album in 2016. We know each other really well – everybody’s really looking forward to this tour, because it’s nostalgic and it’s our last trek through the HIM universe, but that’s why I wanted us to call this a day as a band, because I could only see it getting worse…”…you wanted to end it while you were still friends.“If possible, yeah, but we still have time to become enemies on this tour! We’re still cracking jokes – all that great stuff is there, but the creative spirit, the need to… We’ve been playing since 11, and we formed the first version of HIM in 1991.And then nothing happened.“We did a couple of gigs with the new drummer and we tried jamming maybe two new songs, but it sounded like shit. What I always liked in the late 90s, the early 2000s, was it was a band of brothers, bandidos, fighting for each other, living in a shitty house together. That’s bittersweet – being on your last legs and admitting that it’s not enough.Hurricane Ophelia, one of the most colossal and potentially violent weather systems to emerge in these parts for 30 years, is slowly, inexorably amassing power above the UK with one peculiar side-effect.Vast amounts of desert sand suctioned up from the Sahara has intermingled with the low-flying clouds to turn the sky a deep orange, and – as confirmed by tens of thousands of pictures appearing on social media – the sun is currently blood red.The news of HIM’s dissolution came via a cryptic message on the band’s Facebook page on March 5.It followed a protracted period of inactivity, which itself followed the departure of drummer Gas Lipstick after 16 years back in 2015, but it was a shock nonetheless.
There was a whiff of Beatlemania in the air – not just after the shows but in the way fans seemed to follow Ville’s every movement and, as countless online fan forums suggested, hang on his every word. I need to follow my heart and do what’s right for me.
The wry gloom of his outlook and his flair for a dramatic turn of phrase have established him as a formidable songwriter, but it’s his inimitably gothic style, his comfort with the lens, the studied way in which he expresses himself – his personification of the Heartagram – that have long since established him as one of his generation’s last, true icons. And then there’s the music: heavy as wrought- iron, unabashedly romantic, and resolutely Black Sabbath-ian while embracing the poppier sensibilities and emotional earnestness of the 80s goth movement, HIM didn’t just record songs; they built a world around themselves which Ville has presided over for a staggering 26 years.