He has received the “Golden God” award in 2004 from the heavy metal magazine Metal Hammer. Valo was ranked number 80 in Hit Paraders Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. Ville Hermanni Valo was born in the Vallila district of Helsinki. His father, Kari, is Finnish and his mother, Anita, is of Hungarian descent. Soon after his birth, the family moved to the riverside community of Oulunkyla where they lived throughout his teenage years. In 1984 his younger brother and only sibling Jesse was born. In his late teens, he worked at his father’s sex shop and later moved out on his own when he was 18.
As a child, Valo was exposed to the songs of popular Finnish performers such as Tapio Rautavaara and Rauli Badding Somerjoki. In various interviews he has cited his favorite artists contain King Diamond, Elvis Presley, Neil Young, and Dir En Grey, also as bands such as Fields of the Nephilim, The Sisters of Mercy, Black Sabbath, Type O Negative, Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden, Kiss, and The Stooges. Valo is frontman of the Finnish rock band HIM, who are currently working on their eighth studio album. They became the very first and only Finnish rock band to obtain a gold listing (a lot above 500,000 copies) in the United States. Valo was also the drummer for the Daniel Lioneye project which featured HIM’s guitarist Linde LindstrĂ¶m on vocals/add guitar and MigĂ© Amour on bass. In late 2007, Valo went to a rehab facility called “Promises” in Malibu, to drop his alcoholism. He currently resides in Helsinki
|Date of Birth||22-November-1976|
|Place of Birth||Helsinki, Finland|
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