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Rock - Released January 31, 2020 | AFM Records

It’s a dark night, there’s a dog barking in the distance, you’re in a hut at the bottom of the woods, somewhere in the middle of Finland. Welcome to Mr. Lordi’s lair, the driving force behind his eponymous group. The man lives by two moral codes: hard work and determination. He never rests. Us poor humans only ever get to see one of his sides - the side that he wants to show us: a two-meter high monster with long brown hair, wearing a burnt skin costume and belting out catchy old-school hard rock. Lordi and his partners have been in our heads for so many years that it’s easy to forget for just how long. That is the precisely the concept album’s premise. Taking us back to the 70s, 80s and 90s, this “fictional compilation album” reveals songs that feel like old forgotten classics, songs which would have influenced the cult groups and albums we love today. The result? Surprises such as the track Zombimbo which sounds like it’s come straight out of the 80s, situated somewhere between Kiss and Eurythmics with that hard rock touch so dear to Lordi, or even Like A Bee To The Honey which comes from Paul Stanley’s unused archives from his solo career and rearranged with Jean Beauvoir (true story). Shake the Baby Silent seems to be a thinly disguised love letter to White Zombie’s early days with its heady chorus and deliciously dirty atmosphere. Killection is a wonderful nightmare, the kind we bury deep down but keep coming back to haunt us, whispering in our ears and encouraging us to succumb to them. We haven’t heard a gem like this from Lordi in a long time. © Maxime Archambaud/Qobuz
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Pop/Rock - Released February 22, 2006 | RCA Records Label

The early 21st century saw many new bands emerge that worshiped good-time, anthemic heavy metal from the '80s. The Darkness immediately come to mind, and also Finland's Lordi. Musically and visually modeled after such groups as Kiss, Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, and W.A.S.P., Lordi caused a sensation by winning the 2006 Eurovision contest, which in turn made their third release, The Arockalypse, a hit throughout Europe. Fist-pumping metal with over the top theatrics abound throughout, especially on the album's Euro hit, "Hard Rock Hallelujah," as well as the oh-so-subtle "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock" and the power ballad "It Snows in Hell." Add special guest appearances by Kiss' Bruce Kulick, Accept's Udo Dirkschneider, and Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Jay Jay French, and you have quite a headbanging rock & roll party. To sum it up succinctly, if GWAR actually wrote memorable songs, they would be quite a lot like Lordi. © Greg Prato /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released November 4, 2002 | Terrier

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Pop/Rock - Released February 6, 2006 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Released August 17, 2004 | Terrier

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Rock - Released January 1, 2014 | AFM Records

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Rock - Released May 25, 2018 | AFM Records

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Pop/Rock - Released June 5, 2006 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Released September 16, 2016 | AFM Records

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Hard Rock - Released November 8, 2019 | AFM Records

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Hard Rock - Released July 26, 2019 | AFM Records

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Metal - Released September 7, 2010 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Released January 1, 2014 | AFM Records

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Hard Rock - Released November 29, 2019 | AFM Records

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Hard Rock - Released July 12, 2019 | AFM Records

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Rock - Released May 4, 2018 | AFM Records

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Hard Rock - Released June 14, 2019 | AFM Records

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Rock - Released April 13, 2018 | AFM Records

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Rock - Released March 1, 2013 | AFM Records

Given their predilection for dressing up like crazy monsters and playing '80s-influenced hard rock, it's hard not to call Lordi a theatrical band. And for all the effort they put into making their appearance larger than life, they somehow find a way to make their music even more ridiculous, finding the reserves of strength necessary to make sure their albums are always over the top, a trend they continue with their sixth album, To Beast or Not to Beast. Though the album finds the band scaling back its '80s love, there's still plenty of rock & roll escapism for fans of the band to indulge in, and while serious metal fans might be turned off by its cartoonish qualities, those looking for some hard-rockin' fun will find what they're looking for here. © Gregory Heaney /TiVo
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Hard Rock - Released January 17, 2020 | AFM Records