Exclusive: HIM Premieres 'Stigmata Diaboli,' Remastered for New Box Set

Paul Harries

HIM photographed in 2014.

HIM fans have something big to look forward to this holiday season. On Dec. 23, the long-running Finnish rock band will release a limited-edition box set called Lashes to Ashes, Lust to Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective '96-'03. Among all the goodies inside, the main attraction is their rare 1996 EP 666 Ways to Love: Prologue on 180 gram heavy weight vinyl for the first time ever.

Billboard is excited to premiere an early taste of that remastered EP -- fiery opening track "Stigmata Diaboli," in all its remastered glory. Check it out below:

"'Stigmata Diaboli' is a lethal dose of savage musical mutilation, an act of raunchy vampirism and a nocturnal rebirth,” HIM bassist Migé tells Billboard. "[It's] kind of a defiled, blood-stained cotton candy you can't find in any candy shop, not even in West Hollywood. Thank you for listening."

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But that's not all. Also in the box set, four HIM albums -- Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666, Razorblade Romance, Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights and Love Metal -- will be released in remastered form with bonus tracks, exclusive liner notes, and special packaging.

The box set (out on The End Records) also comes with an exclusive slipmat of HIM's heart gram logo and a USB drive with 37 bonus tracks, making that 80 total tracks, all remastered.

The box set and remastered reissues are available for pre-sale here. The Diehard Bundle -- featuring even more goodies -- is available for pre-sale here.


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