Whoever said first impressions make lasting impressions couldn’t have been more wrong when it comes to my opinion of Lordi. When I first saw the video for “Hard Rock Hallelujah” I changed the channel without ever listening to the song brushing this Finnish band off as a Gwar wannabe and since I am not a Gwar fan I didn’t give the band a second thought. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I heard “Hard Rock Hallelujah” and realized Lordi had a lot more to offer.
Now just in time for Halloween Lordi gives the world their latest offering “Deadache”. For fans of Lordi you will be pleased to know the band has not changed their sound at all since their last album “the Arockalypse”, if you haven’t heard Lordi before get ready for some of the best monster rock this side of Alice Cooper.
After a short opening track titled “SCG IV” everything gets kicked off with “Girls Go Chopping” , which has a great groove, some cool keyboard from Awa and a pretty cool solo from guitarist Amen. The first single “Bite It Like A Bulldog” is up next and it pretty much follows the same recipe with great hooks, a sing along chorus that will have you tapping your feet along with the song.
“My Monsters Keep Me Company” is the fourth track on the album, it is a slower and heavier song with some haunting keyboards. Mr. Lordi sings in a hushed tone until it comes to the chorus when his familiar growl comes back. I can definitely see this song being released as a single and opening a few more eyes to Lordi.
“Man Skin Boots” gets my vote for the best song on “Deadache”. It has hooks galore, great gang vocals, and a pretty cool solo from Amen. It has a Rob Zombie feel to it but the one thing I think separates Lordi from Rob Zombie is Zombie uses a lot more machines where Lordi sticks to letting their instruments do the talking.
“The Ghosts Of Heceta Head” and “Evilyn” are two more cool songs. Heceta probably has the best keyboards of any of the songs on the album and Evilyn has the best solo on the album. Just like the title suggest “Raise Hell In Heaven” is a burner from start to finish and can get you motivated to do just about anything.
The rhythm section of bassist OX and drummer Kita don’t get a lot of chances to shine on this album but their playing is solid and steady throughout the album.
The only real dissappointment on “Deadache” is “Beast Loose In Paradise” from Lordi’s movie “Dark Floors”(which I highly recommend you watch) is not included. Other than that “Deadache” is a solid album from start to finish loaded with some great songs and a great follow-up to “the Arockalypse”.
1. SGC IV
2. Girls Go Chopping
3. Bite It Like A Bulldog
4. Monsters Keep Me Company
5. Man Skin Boots
6. Dr. Sin Is In
7. The Ghosts Of The Heceta Head
9. The Rebirth Of The Countess
10. Raise Hell In Heaven
12. The Devil Hides Behind Her Smile
13. Missing Miss Charlene
Vocals: Mr. Lordi
Drums, vocals: Kita
Keyboards: Leena Maria Peisa