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  HIM ANNOUNCE SHOCK FAREWELL TOUR AFTER 26-YEAR CAREER
6th March 2017



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Following a long radio silence, Finnish Love Metal rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26-year career.

Frontman Ville Valo says: "After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you."

Formed in 1991 by Valo, guitarist Mikko 'Linde' Lindström and bassist Mikko 'Migé' Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world's most unique acts. Beautifully blending Metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the Metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).



Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music - HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.



Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in fourteen countries across thirty-five shows for their final goodbye.



"At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild,” says bassist Mige.

“Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty's service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love Metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!"

Catch HIM for the last time at one of the following shows:

Wednesday 14th June: Spain Barcelona Razzmatazz
Thursday 15th June: Spain Madrid La Riviera
Friday 16th June: Spain Santander Sala Escenrio
Saturday 17th June: Portugal Porto Hard Club
Saturday 1st July: Finland Helsinki Tuska Festival
Thursday 13th July: Finland Tuuri Miljoonarock
Friday 24th November: Russia St Petersburg DK Lensoveta
Saturday 25th November: Russia St Petersburg DK Lensoveta
Sunday 26th November: Russia Moscow Club Stadium Live
Tuesday 28th November: Poland Warsaw Stodola
Wednesday 29th November: Germany Hamburg Docks
Friday 1st December: Germany Berlin Columbiahalle
Saturday 2nd December: Czech Republic Prague Forum Karlin
Monday 4th December: Germany Leipzig Haus Auensee
Tuesday 5th December: Germany Munchen Tonhalle
Wednesday 6th December: Switzerland Zurich X-Tra
Thursday 7th December: Italy Milan Alcatraz
Friday 8th December: Germany Koln Palladium
Saturday 9th December: Luxembourg Esch-Sur-Alzette Rockhal
Monday 11th December: Holland Amsterdam Paradiso
Tuesday 12th December: Holland Tilburg 013
Thursday 14th December: Scotland Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 15th December: England Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 16th December: England Manchester Academy
Sunday 17th December: England London Roundhouse

Tickets for UK gigs are available right here.

U.S. and Finnish dates to be announced.







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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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