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Hard Rock - Released January 31, 2020 | AFM Records

Turning the idea of the concept album on its head, Finnish metal outfit Lordi redefine its meaning with the release of Killection. The album sees the group recording a collection of newly written material is if it had been originally recorded and played from the early '70s through to the mid-'90s, bringing together elements from the rock scene that dominated each of those decades. One track firmly recorded in 2019 is included. ~ Rich Wilson
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Hard Rock - Released May 25, 2018 | 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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Hard Rock - Released July 12, 2019 | AFM Records

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Metal - Released March 20, 2007 | The End Records

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Hard Rock - Released June 14, 2019 | AFM Records

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Hard Rock - Released November 29, 2019 | AFM Records

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Metal - Released May 13, 2008 | The End Records

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Hard Rock - Released January 17, 2020 | AFM Records

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Metal - Released March 20, 2007 | The End Records

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
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Hard Rock - Released May 4, 2018 | AFM Records

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Hard Rock - Released April 13, 2018 | AFM Records

Hard Rock - Released August 19, 2016 | AFM Records

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Metal - Released March 19, 2013 | The End Records

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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
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Metal - Released September 14, 2010 | The End Records

When theatrical/makeup bands like Alice Cooper and Kiss first appeared on the scene in the early '70s, quite a few journalists wrote them off as having to hide behind a gimmick, claiming that their material wasn't strong enough to stand on its own. Decades later, it's pretty obvious that these scribes didn't know what the heck they were talking about, as those two highly influential artists are still rocking. That said, however, it's hard not to have that same thought pop into your head whenever another new theatrical band appears on the scene, such as Lordi, who have made a career out of elaborate costumes and ghoulish masks. On their fifth studio effort overall, 2010's Babez for Breakfast, the group is back with an album of tunes that seems to be based equally in vintage '80s metal and Rob Zombie's brand of electro metal. Case in point, "Call Off the Wedding" (a tune co-written with former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick), which sounds like a power ballad straight out of the 1980s, while such tracks as "Discoevil" and "I Am Bigger Than You" sound like direct descendants of Mr. Zombie. But something that any longtime fan of headbanging music will detect, Lordi have a penchant for coming up with tunes that sound just too darn similar to past compositions by other renowned acts, namely the title track that sounds very much like "Stand Up and Shout" by Dio and "This Is Heavy Metal," which sounds akin to Kiss' "War Machine." Also, it's a bit hard to get past such goofball lyrics as "Babez for breakfast, bitches for brunch" (on the title track), and the group's repeated paeans to the glory of rock and metal ("Give Your Life for Rock 'n' Roll," "Loud and Loaded," etc.) -- but you've got to appreciate a song title like "Granny's Gone Crazy." If you're all about the "shock" in shock rock, then Lordi and Babez for Breakfast may do the trick. If you're looking for more of the "rock" in the equation, be prepared to look elsewhere. ~ Greg Prato
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Metal - Released October 28, 2008 | The End Records

For some rock fans, it's hard to look past the ghoulish masks and costumes that the gentlemen (and gentlewoman) of Lordi hide behind. But if you dig a bit deeper into one of their albums, you'll discover that the band certainly can whip up a hook and a scream-a-long chorus, as evidenced by several standouts throughout their 2008 release, Deadache. As a follow-up to 2006's The Arockalypse (and not counting their silly horror movie, 2008's Dark Floors), Deadache follows the same game plan -- anthemic heavy metal that favors studio sheen over grit, and throws a surprise melody or two your way when you least expect it. For the sonic proof, check out such standouts as the album's lead-off single, "Bite It Like a Bulldog" (a song title that Lemmy Kilmister undoubtedly wishes he came up with), "Dr. Sin Is In," and "Girls Go Chopping." Of course, you won't be discovering a landmark metal album with Deadache, but for fans of melodic, anthemic, and/or theatrical metal, it's certainly worth inspecting. Overall, a downright gory good time. ~ Greg Prato
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Metal - Released April 14, 2004 | The End Records

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Metal - Released March 20, 2007 | The End Records

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Metal - Released March 20, 2007 | The End Records