Finland's H.I.M. (which stands for HIS INFERNAL MAJESTY) have reportedly reached an agreement with the Chicago-based group who registered the HIM name in the U.S. to allow them to release records and tour on the American continent under the "H.I.M." moniker. H.I.M. had previously serviced their European smash single, "Join Me", to U.S. stations under the name "HER" after they were threatened with legal action by the Illinois group. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but it is believed that H.I.M. paid the American band substantially less than the $300,000 they were initially asking for in exchange for the rights to the name.
In an interview conducted with the Chicago-based act's mainman, Doug Sharin, sometime last year, the HIM leader appeared to be particularly irked by the existence of the Finnish act, going as far as to state that "I'm about to get embattled with the evil HIM — from Finland. They're sort of a death metal band, but it's a little more glam — they have songs like 'Love Affair 666' and 'Join Me In Death' and all this shit. And they're apparently really big in Germany. Their HIM stands for HIS INFERNAL MAJESTY. I'm seriously opposed to it, man, and as far as I can make out, we had the name first."
Meanwhile, H.I.M.'s official web site responded at the time that "the 'evil HIM' have registered the name in Europe, and Sharin & co. won't be able to tour or release records [on the European continent] unless they change their attitude."
In other news, H.I.M. have now completely sold out their gig at London's Astoria on May 3. The doors open at 6:00 p.m., support band NEW DISEASE are due on stage at 7:15 p.m. and H.I.M.'s showtime is at 8:30 p.m.
(Thanks: Timo Isoaho / Sonera Plaza Kaista)