“Arockalypse” by Lordi

Artist: Lordi
Title: “Arockalypse”
Label: The End Records
Release Date: 3/20/2007
Genre: Monster Metal
Rating: 4/5

“Do not adjust your television for this is not a drill. Attention people of Earth! There is an immediate cause for alarm and panic as danger awaits you at every turn and with every note that Lordi and his Monster Metal Mates bring forth on The Arockalypse!” There is no doubt that by the look of them that this is a band that will have the scores of Emo groups running for shelter or their Mommies and with good reason for Lordi looks like some cryptic amalgam of KISS meets GWAR on a very bad day. I’m serious – DEAD serious, about the intense look of this band with such detailed “costumes” and image. One would think that Rick Baker was on the bands payroll or maybe they are the real deal. I know I am not going to be the one to pull on this beard to check for authenticity. Musically, the band owes more to the classic years of Hard Rock as opposed to any form of Extreme, Black or Death Metal and with their anthem “Hard Rock Hallelujah”, you can be rest assured that they are taking no prisoners as they begin their infiltration. The group has been around since about 1996 but it was during the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest that Lordi would truly set the world on its ear. The contest is a sort of American Idol among participating countries in the European Broadcasting Union where they all vote on the participants from each region. The Finnish entry was Lordi and his group of Monsters and they ended up winning by a landslide vote. As result of this win, both the contest and the world would never be the same again and that is actually a good thing. There is nothing like a little Heavy Metal music to stir up the pot every now and again.

The bands singer and leader is the intimidating Mr. Lordi and he is joined by Amen (electric guitar), Ox (bass guitar), Awa (keyboards), and Kita (drums) and together they really deliver a lot of fun Hard rock music, albeit with a monster mash sort of theme. This CD is loaded with catchy moments that each play off the theme such as “The Kids Who Wanna Play With The Dead” and “The Chainsaw Buffet”. The titles are surely grim and on the macabre side, but you will be amazed at how well it works out with the music and vocals that they put out. The songs are very easy to remember and you will find yourself singing along at times (which I am sure will please the beastly Mr. Lordi very much). They prove that they are “Bringing Back The Balls To Rock” over and over and then they show that they can also conquer the world of power ballads with their own brand on “It Snows In Hell”. It’s the kind of song that one imagines where instead of the passionate kiss at the end of the song between our hero and his beloved that he opts to eat her. There are several guest stars present for the fun with Bruce Kulick (former KISS), Udo Dirkschneider (Accept), JJ French & Dee Snider (Twisted Sister); Dee acts as the voice of Mr. Lordi when the group takes over the news airwaves at the beginning of the album and from there you are clued in to where this is going to take you. With their signing to The End Records in the USA their fans will get additional music as well as videos, live footage and interviews on the included bonus DVD. Arockalypse is a veritable cornucopia of cadaverous treats and surprises so if you like the showmanship of the KISS and Alice Cooper side of things and want a lot better musically than you see in Gwar then Lordi definitely has what you are looking for in a band. In closing, I can only say “Good Lordi”. You had best hide your children in case the band is hungry when they come to town.

Track Listing:
1. SCG3 Special Report
2. Bringing Back The Balls To Rock
3. The Deadite Girls Gone Wild
4. The Kids Who Wanna Play With The Dead
5. It Snows In Hell
6. Who’s Your Daddy?
7. Hard Rock Hallelujah
8. They Only Come Out At Night
9. The Chainsaw Buffet
10. Good To Be Bad
11. The Night Of The Loving Dead
12. Supermonsters (The Anthem Of The Phantoms)
13. Would You Love A Monsterman – bonus
14. Mr. Killjoy – bonus
15. Evilove – bonus

Official Website: www.lordi.org

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