By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Finnish Rock group HIM, which is enjoying its biggest success in the U.S. with it’s newest album “Venus Doom,” its new album, will headline a 26-city U.S. tour beginning on Oct. 18 in Sayerville, NJ and running through Dec. 1.

The new album captured the No.12 spot this week on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart — it’s highest debut to date, and the band has already completed two successful headlining tours with sold-out shows all across the country, including two shows at the Wiltern in Los Angeles (5,000 capacity) and one at Hammerstein Ballroom (2,500 capacity) in New York.

Singer Ville Valo, guitarist Linde, bassist Mige, keyboardist Burton, and drummer Gas have been collaborating on the songs that appear on “Venus Doom” since last year when their previous release, “Dark Light,” went gold in the U.S., making HIM the first-ever band from Finland to go gold in America. The band recorded “Venus Doom” this past spring with noted producer Tim Palmer (Ozzy Osborne, U2 and Duran Duran) with the intention of recapturing the signature sound of their highly acclaimed 2003 album “Love Metal.”

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Also noteworthy is the band’s logo, which has been likened to the Rolling Stones’ Tongue, The Ramones’ Seal, and the Grateful Dead Skull. HIM’s symbol — the marriage of a heart and a pentagram called the Heart-a-Gram — has been glimpsed on “Jackass” (on star Bam Margera), Kat Von D’s “LA Ink,” and on countless fans across Europe and the U.S.

HIM fall itinerary:

18-Oct. Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom
19-Oct. Washington, DC 9:30 Club
20-Oct. Baltimore, MD Sonar
21-Oct. Worcester, MA The Palladium
23-Oct. Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Theatre
25-Oct. Chicago, IL Congress Theatre
26-Oct. St. Louis, MO The Pageant
27-Oct. St. Paul, MN Myth
30-Oct. Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
31-Oct. Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
2-Nov. Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
3-Nov. Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
10-Nov. Seattle, WA The Fenix
11-Nov. Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
13-Nov. San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
14-Nov. Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
17-Nov. Las Vegas, NV The Joint
20-Nov. Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
21-Nov. Houston, TX Warehouse Live
23-Nov. Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
24-Nov. Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
25-Nov. Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
28-Nov. N. Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
29-Nov. Norfolk, VA Norva
30-Nov Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
1-Dec. New York, NY Nokia Theatre advertisement