B&E: H.I.M.

Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: H.I.M.

Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts.

THE INFERNAL MAJESTY OF IT ALL: Since it first hit Scandanavian audiences in 1996, Finnish Goth rock act H.I.M. has enjoyed a European cult status. With the U.S. release of its third full-length, "Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights," His Infernal Majesty made its first appearance on The Billboard 200 last week with a No. 190 debut.

The group's swan song for Jimmy Franks Recording Company/Universal also entered Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart at No. 10. That marks the band's second appearance on the chart as its 2003 release, "Razorblade Romance," peaked there at No. 8.

Buoyed by its glistening spin on Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," H.I.M.'s 1997 full-length debut, "Greatest Love Songs, Vol. 666," established the group's dark romance with Europe and led to several tours. A Gothic take on influences ranging from Tchaikovsky to Johnny Cash contribute to the band's love metal appeal.

Founder and singer/songwriter Ville Hermani Vallo Vallo along with bassist Migé Amour, guitarist Lily Lazer, drummer Gas Lipstick and keyboardist Emerson Burton last month signed a worldwide deal with Sire Records and will record their new label debut later this year.

H.I.M. hits the road Nov. 13 for a two-week North American tour starting in Philadelphia.

LINKS:
Artist: heartagram.com
Label: jimmyfranksrecordingcompany.com