The band, founded in 1991 by singer Ville Valo and bass guitarist Mikko 'Mige' Paananen under the name His Infernal Majesty, later shortened to HIM, took a break last year (16) to focus on other projects.

Valo and Paananen have now announced they are going their separate ways, following an epic 35-date farewell tour of Europe and North America.

"After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus (goodbyes) must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored," frontman Ville said in a statement.

Mige added that before ending the band, he and the other members had decided to give fans one final chance to see them in concert.

"At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild." he explained. "Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His (Infernal) Majesty's service."

HIM found success across mainland Europe in the late 1990s, but it was not until their 2003 album Love Metal that they achieved their U.K. and U.S. breakthrough and embarked on a sell out North American tour.

Their final studio album, 2013's Tears on Tape, earned widespread critical acclaim and reached number 15 in the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.

Dates for the European leg of the tour have been announced, with HIM's last trek as a band beginning in Barcelona, Spain on 14 June (17). The group will reveal their U.S. itinerary soon.