Lordi - 'Monstereophonic (Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy)'

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Lordi - 'Monstereophonic (Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy)'

Lordi have delivered a great selection of memorable Rock songs that are monstrous fun.

You cannot help but love Finnish Rockers Lordi. They rose to fame with the absurd 'Would You Love A Monsterman?' in 2002, then won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. For some, the whole make-up and over-the-top costume renders them a novelty act, something labelled upon both Kiss and Alice Cooper in their early days I might add.

This is an album in two parts as explained by 'Theaterror Vs Demonarchy' being the subtitle. Things begin with a creepy spoken message before we tear into 'Let's Go Slaughter He-Man (I Wanna Be The Beast-Man In The Monsters Of The Universe)' – quite possible the most absurdly fantastic song title I have heard this year! The song is dumb fun, only really losing any Rock 'n' Roll thunder due to the tinkling keyboards. The influence of seventies Glam Rock is all over 'Hug Your Hardcore' which is no doubt about the Lordi fans.

Lordi have never hidden their AOR influences throughout their career, 'Down With The Devil' could be Danger Danger, while 'None For One' reminded me of Bonfire; the hooks are strong and the keyboards are soaked into the song. I enjoyed 'Mary Is Dead', which has a Blues Rock approach and some interesting chord progressions, and the band even attempt some Prog Rock leanings during 'And The Zombie Says'.

A criticism often aimed at Lordi is that their music does not always fit the image. At times this is true, they have often drifted off into Pop Rock parody. 'Monstererophonic' is worthy of the bands image, full-throttle Metal not heard since the early days of W.A.S.P. Also worth a mention is 'Break Of Dawn' which taps into B-Movie madness musically, a hairy long-nailed glove that fits the band well. The musical storytelling of 'The Unholy Gathering' is both atmospheric and cutting edge. It brought to mind King Diamond and is one of the band's most ambitious songs on offer here.

With this album, Lordi have delivered a great selection of memorable Rock songs that are monstrous fun.

Ray Paul

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