Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666
Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 is the debut studio album by Finnish gothic rock band HIM. Released 3 November 1997, the album was recorded in fifteen days in the summer of 1997 with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa, whom vocalist Ville Valo has credited as the honorary sixth member of the band for his help in honing the band’s sound. Musically Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 has been described as a combination of heavy metal and 1980s rock and goth, with lyrics centered around themes of love and death. The album also features the only writing credits from guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström in the band’s history, and is their only album to feature keyboardist Antto Melasniemi and drummer Juhana “Pätkä” Rantala.