How does one describe Finland’s Lordi? In a nutshell, they are like Kiss meets GWAR meets Dethklok. And, what is cool about them is behind all the theatrics, blood and gore, and incredible costumes/ensembles that they wear onstage, they are actually damned fine musicians who write great fucking songs.
2016 sees the release of their eighth studio album, Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy). And, with its release, listeners are treated to two different sides of the band.
The “A side” of the album, Theaterror, is a hook-filled collection of kickass, pounding, riff-laden Lordi songs. “Hug you Hardcore” has a combination of obscenities and rhythm that you will be singing in your head for a pretty long time.
The conceptual “B side” regales the tale of The Undead Son, The Bloodsucking Count, The She-Wolf and The Witch. This side of the album shows just how much Lordi has evolved in their 20 years together. These Scandinavian metal monsters have never produced anything this complex and hard-hitting in all their past albums combined.
Ten years ago, as a fluke and what many people thought was just a bad joke, Lordi won the Eurovision Song Contest, usually known for picking namby-pamby pop songs. Well, the joke turned out to be on all of Europe because they actually, for once, recognized and rewarded a talented group of musicians. With the release of this record, Lordi have once again proven that they deserve a huge fanbase all over the world buying their music and attending their concerts.
Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy) is out now on AFM Records. Buy it here!