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In a new interview with Sonic Perspectives, ex HIM front man Will Valo told how he came up with his logo VV: solo project said to be a spinoff HIM)’s “heart gram” logo (best described as a combination of a heart and an inverted five). He said (as transcribed BLABBERMOUTH.NET“I can’t call myself smart. But I thought it was a pretty clever thing to do. I was messing around with the heart diagram. I was trying to find a way how to use it because it is not sure. i’m trying to burn my bridges And when we [go] will be half a set on tour HIM songs, and half of the set will be new material. It’s like a stepping stone between the past and the future, I call it.

“I think the heart diagram is one of the best things I’ve been a part of, and I thought it was interesting, not only interesting, but important to carry,” he explained. “Because a lot of people still have it tattooed on their body and it means a lot more than just the band. I thought I’d update it a bit, everyone will understand that both are equally valid, the original heart diagram or the V-gram. , as I call it, or VV-gram.

“I can still smell the boys’ sweat HIMeven if it’s been a few years [since the band split up]”, Will has added. “It was a big problem for me. It was such an important band to me. We grew up with the boys, and I thought we ended it in the nicest way a band can without being at each other’s throats. So, in that sense, I wanted to continue, sort of, the legacy, or whatever you want to call it.

“A lot of people who start their solo projects or whatever, they want to decry the past and do something crazy and different, and that definitely wasn’t the case. But then working on the program again. [VV] on the album, I didn’t have to compromise in terms of planning and sound and whatever, production-wise. So I was able to put all my musical perversions on the album, and this time maybe a little more of this alternative rock vibe at one point, and more of this early ’80s, new wave, THE CHAMELEONSso much more rock stuff then SISTER OF MERCY and: THE SIOUX AND THE BANSHEE — those damn guitars and all that stuff I couldn’t force my way in HIM so many albums.”

VV:debut album of “Neon Noir” will arrive on January 13 via Heartagram Recordsshared UMG:/Spine farm.

Will has released three singles so far “Neon Noir”: “Lost Forever”, “Echolocate your love”and: “Love”. The latter mentioned Will‘s first new music in two years, following a three-track release “Gothica Fennica Vol. 1” EP which was also released under VV: flagship, in March 2020.

like “Echolocate your love” and: “Love”, “Gothica Fennica Vol. 1” had a strong musical resemblance HIM and displayed the tracks “Hail Sanguine”, “Escape the Sun” and: “Saturnine Saturnalia”.

HIM completed a farewell tour in 2017, closing the final chapter of the band’s 26-year career.

It was formed in 1991 Valoguitarist Miko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM offered the world a new approach to the metal genre that became known as “love metal” (also the title of their fourth album).

HIM In 2015, he split from his longtime drummer, Mika Christian Karpine (aka: Gas lipstick), and replaced him Jukka “Kosmo” Kröger (previously HERRA YLPPÖ & IHMISET)

three years ago Valo teamed up with a guitar legend Isa Puliainen to record an album based on the songs of the late, legendary Finnish singer Raoul “Budding” Sommeryocki. the author’s album of the same name VILLE VALO & AGENTS was released in February 2019, followed by a short tour.

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