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Label News (more headlines) 02-17-2013

DoubleCross Signs HIM

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DoubleCross, Cooking Vinyl's specialist rock imprint, have announced their latest big league signing, with Finnish rock giants HIM agreeing a UK and Ireland deal - with options - for their forthcoming album.

Recorded in their home country with long-time producer Hiili Hiilesmaa, the new album - titled Tears On Tape – is scheduled for release on April 29th.

Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström, and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, HIM's previous seven albums have seen them win a worldwide following, becoming the first Finnish act to achieve gold sales status in the US.

A formidable live act, the band is currently limbering up for dates in 2013, including a highly anticipated appearance at Download.

Speaking about the signing, DoubleCross general manager, Phil Hopwood, said: "It's so exciting to be working with such a great band. HIM are a well respected cornerstone of the genre and the new album delivers on every level. We will make a lot of new fans with this record."

Fresh from mastering the album in New York, Ville Valo added: "Cooking Vinyl's history speaks for itself and for some unfathomable reason they have clearly understood HIM's rather perverse musical fetishes - which are as rare as hen's teeth! DoubleCross - of the inverted kind - here we come!"

DoubleCross was launched in August 2012 with a mission to sign the world's hottest rock and metal acts.

Adding Skindred to its roster last month, the label recently celebrated the release of King Of Conflict, the debut album from The Virginmarys.

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