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‘The Countdown to the End of My Life Has Begun’

Ville Valo recently discussed the potential of reuniting with HIM in an interview with Metal Hammer. Reflecting on the band’s status since disbanding in 2017, he shared:

“I don’t find it an appetizing idea at the moment. We haven’t really been in touch, which tells you a lot. If the phone starts ringing at some point, then we’ll see. I love the guys, and I hope that they still care about me, too. So maybe one day, but it would have to be for a good reason.”

Following the conclusion of HIM, the 47-year-old vocalist shifted his focus to a solo career, unveiling his debut studio album, ‘Neon Noir,’ last year. Discussing this new chapter, he remarked:

“But the countdown to the end of my life has started; I don’t have time to reinvent the wheel, so I have to put all my effort into whatever is happening next. It’s lovely to have a family and lovely to have that co-dependency in a band, but with this, the cool thing was that I didn’t have to call anybody and ask for permission. I’d like to keep it like that for the time being.”

Avoiding the Risk

After nearly three decades together, HIM disbanded, culminating in a final show on New Year’s Eve 2017. Ville Valo initially expressed openness to a potential reunion in early 2023, stating in an interview to ‘never say never.’ However, Valo later reconsidered, sharing with Czech TV Česká Televize:

“It would have to be for a good reason. There would have to be some new music or whatever. Just playing the old songs wouldn’t make any sense. Maybe one day. But I said… I felt that that’s done and dusted with. It was a good part of my life, and it was great that we ended it. And it would be risky to try it again.”

Valo Concentrates on His Solo Endeavors

After a brief stint with another band, Valo ventured into his solo career in 2020 under the moniker VV. Following the release of the EP ‘Gothica Fennica Vol. 1,’ his debut solo studio album emerged and garnered critical acclaim. Reflecting on his new project with Metal Hammer, he expressed:

“What I’m happy about is that I was able to pull the whole thing off and not face total hate from the audience. There seems to be a new generation of people coming to the gigs, and not only for the HIM songs. With VV, there’s been a lot of firsts.” Regarding the songs in his latest album, the singer added:

“I wrote the whole album myself, I played all the instruments, I produced the album myself, there was a lot of me, myself and I. Where Prince and Andrew Eldritch and all those self-centered geniuses lit the torch, I followed. I had to be really humble, and trust my ears, and trust my instincts.”

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