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Should you listen to H.I.M?

A concerned fan questions a band's loyalty.

by Dr. Spin
November 14, 2005

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Should you listen to H.I.M?

Dr Spin,
You have not written an article since a month ago. Are you on vacation or in hibernation?   ZZZZZZZZZZZ!

Dear Z,

No, I'm just lazy.

Hey! I don't know if you know any songs for tryouts for plays, but are Disney musical songs (like, maybe, God Help the Outcasts) good to try out with?

-Ruby

Dear Ruby,

I assume you're trying out for a musical; otherwise I fail to see the point of singing for a part in a non-musical play. Usually it is best to sing one of the actual songs of the musical you're trying out for, but if for some reason you don't know the songs for the play (maybe it's brand new?) then sure, Disney songs are great.

Dr Spin,

I love the band H.I.M. The music is awesome and Ville is fine.  But there is a ton of controversy that the band from Finland is satanic.  I've tried to look it up in hopes that they are innocent to this and received news that they were not satanic and others that they were in fact involved with satanic issues. Please help me find out the truth! Is the band H.I.M satanic?

Dear H.I.M fan,

I really do not want to investigate into whether a band is satanic or not, because it inevitably leads to people writing in about "satanic messages" and "backmasking" which I've covered in more than enough articles already.

I do not know much about H.I.M, but what little I found out, they seem to enjoy promoting satanic imagery; in that sense they remind me of Marilyn Manson; in other words, their "satanism" is tongue-in-cheek, and they play on it more for shock value than actual devout worship to Satan. They have been described as a "goth" band as well, and goth tends play up the macabre anyway.

H.I.M. does however stand for His Infernal Majesty, and that does concern me. At best, H.I.M, like Manson, is walking a fine, and as the old adage says, those who play with fire tend to get burned. You may consider lead singer Ville Valo "fine," but (not to get all Dr. Phil on you) maybe you're just attracted to his bad boy image.

If you're really concerned about H.I.M. being satanic, my best advice is to look for reviews from reputable sources, such as "Rolling Stone Magazine", or similar and see what they say.

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caleb from illinois, usa writes:
June 6, 2006
HIM doesn't stand for His Infernal Majesty anymore, they dropped it after being accused of Satanic worship.

They only make references to the number 666 because, as Ville claims to have found, the number of the beast is mis-interpreted and it is actually 616. Valo also likes to play with religion, it is one of his favorite topics. But in no way are they Satanic in any sense. The heartagram is also accused as a play on Satanism. This of course can be disproven by countless interviews band members, former and present, have produced. It is just like Yin and Yang to the Chinese. It represents the balance between to ultimatums. Love/Hate, or Life/Death. nothing satinic. It is meant to be portraied as something beautifu.

I hope I have shed some well needed light on the topic of my favorite band.

Devon from edsom ab writes:
July 13, 2006
H.I.M. is my favorite band but r they santic

Emily from Earth writes:
July 26, 2006
Trust me, HIM is not a satanic band. They do, yes play around with the image I think just to shock people.

The band started out with Linde, the Guitarist, Mige, the bassist, and Ville vocals. Well they idolize Black Sabath, and when they were 17 they really wanted a cool, kind of scary name. Like, Black Sabath, so they could well, probobly bring some shock value. Though since their english was not very good, all they could think of was His Infernal Majesty. They later though have shortened it to just HIM, because of just this reason. People calling them a satanic band. And that they worship the devil...

They only want to get people thinking, maybe scare them. Yes, they are a goth band, but that doesn't mean they are satanic.

I hope this helped....

~~

WingsOfAButterfly writes:
July 11, 2008
We don't really know if HIM is satanic or not. They put forth satanic imagery, but Ville does not openly profess to satanism. He does say that he is not a Christian and he said in one interview that his version of "hell" would be the "Christian heaven". So, while they have not made an official statement that they are satanist, they certainly play with satanist imagery and lyrics and quite frequently make satanistic insinuations. And you also have to know that if HIM did openly profess to satanism how that would turn many of their fans off, possibly hurting sales and defining them with a culture that would not be conducive to attaining mainstream popularity

RightHereInHisArms writes:
January 28, 2010
No, HIM is not a satanic band. The name 'His Infernal Majesty' started off as a joke between bandmates and they quickly changed it to just 'HIM' after the band incouraged a large group of satanic fans, which is what they were not aiming for.
The heartagram may be an inverted pentagram, but it stands for the evil in love that sometimes becomes present. I for one think it's a beautiful logo and wouldn't wear my heartagram necklace if it was otherwise. :)

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