Finnish Love Metal pioneer, Ville Valo (VV), has released “Echolocate Your Love”, the second single to be taken from his forthcoming debut solo album, Neon Noir.

With plans for Neon Noir to be released in 2023, the elegiac goth-optimism of “Echolocate Your Love” gives a fuller picture of the wrought elegance to come.

“It’s a sonic step-by-step guide on how to survive, and perhaps even enjoy, the realm of VV with its abundance of things that go bump in the night,” says Valo“It’s a teary mascara marathon between Robert Smith and Ozzy, with a dash of hope.”

Watch the official music video HERE or below.  

Further details around VV’s debut studio album, Neon Noir, will be released in due course.

In the meantime, VV’s headline tour – taking place next year across Europe, the UK and North America – has already sold-out across a number of cities. Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Tickets available, HERE.



13.01 – Tavastia, Helsinki (sold out)

14.01 – Tavastia, Helsinki (sold out)

15.01 – Tavastia, Helsinki (sold out)

14.01 – Stodola, Warsaw

15.02 – Studio, Krakow

16.02 – LMB, Prague (sold out)

17.02 – Huxley’s Berlin (sold out)

18.02 – Fabrik, Hamburg (sold out)

20.02 – Paradiso, Amsterdam

21.02 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt (sold out)

22.02 – Komplex, Zurich

24.02 – Razzmatazz, Barcelona

25.02 – La Riviera, Madrid

26.02 – Cineteatro Capitolio, Lisbon

27.02 – Hard Club, Porto

02.03 – Alcatraz, Milan

03.03 – Backstage Werk, Munich (sold out)

04.03 – Barba Negra, Budapest

05.03 – Arena, Vienna (sold out)

07.03 – Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette

08.03 – LMH, Cologne (sold out)

09.03 – Le Trabendo, Paris


10.03 – O2 Academy, Bristol

11.03 – Rock City, Nottingham

13.03 – Garage, Glasgow (sold out)

14.03 – O2 Ritz, Manchester

15.03 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London


31.03 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia

01.04 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia (sold out)

02.04 – Big Night Live, Boston

04.04 – Roxian Theater, Pittsburgh

05.04 – House of Blues, Cleveland

06.04 – St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit

08.04 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati

09.04 – House of Blues, Chicago (sold out)

10.04 – House of Blues, Chicago

11.04 – Varsity Theater, Minneapolis

13.04 – The Summit Music Hall, Denver

14.04 – The Depot, Salt Lake City

16.04 – Ace of Spaces, Sacramento

17.04 – The Fillmore, San Francisco

18.04 – The Belasco, Los Angeles (sold out)

19.04 – The Belasco, Los Angeles

21.04 – House of Blues, Las Vegas

22.04 – House of Blues, San Diego

23.04 – The Van Buren, Phoenix

25.04 – House of Blues, Dallas

26.04 – Aztec Theatre, San Antonio

27.04 – House of Blues, Houston

28.04 – House of Blues, New Orleans

30.04 – House of Blues, Orlando

01.05 – Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale

03.05 – Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta

04.05 – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville

05.05 – The Underground, Charlotte

07.05 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring

08.05 – Irving Plaza, New York

09.05 – Irving Plaza, New York


In the annals of 21st century alternative rock history there are few artists who cast a longer or more peculiar shadow than Finnish Love Metal pioneer Ville Valo. After all, his band HIM were easily among the most iconic and idiosyncratic groups of the millenium. Zealously revered, gleefully reviled but impossible to ignore, their music left an indelible mark on a worldwide legion of fans. The scarlet letters stood for His Infernal Majesty. Their founder stood for something delightedly out of step with the status quo.

“We only hoped to temporarily redirect hard rock’s blood flow from the nether regions towards the heart”, reminisces Ville Valo, the singer, songwriter and primus motor of HIM. Judging by the monolithic presence of the Heartagram in any account of music this side of the millennium it’s apparent that he succeeded.

Inspired by everyone from Poe to Bukowski and tinged by a penchant for perfumed Sabbathian gloom, Valo’s creative lovechild would produce eight era-defining studio releases and over ten million record sales, not forgetting a Grammy nomination, countless magazine covers, critical acclaim, and the veneration of a generation. Thus it came as no surprise that the news of a farewell tour in 2017 was greeted with shock and disbelief among devotees and endless speculation as to what or who was to take up the velvet mantle.

“As fun as the funeral rites for HIM were, it took me more than a few moons to lick my wounds in the shadow of the Heartagram and come up with an excuse to strum and hum again. Eventually I decided put a leash on my beloved black dog and we started howling together instead of barking at each other. That’s how Loveletting was born”.

Loveletting”, the first single off VV‘s debut album Neon Noir out in early 2023, suggests this new infernal mix of light and shade is nothing short of a landmark release from one of modern music’s most distinctive and intriguing voices. It belongs to the same forlorn world of woe and whimsy once conceived and governed by Valo in HIM, but with the nuanced notes of a fine aged Cabernet.

“Artistically speaking the main difference between HIM and VV is the extra line in the Heartagram, but what an exquisite line it is! It’s the Mamas and the Papas dressed up as Metallica on their way to a Halloween bash at the Studio 54, and now who wouldn’t want to witness that?”


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Photo credit: Joonas Brandt.


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