With their own credit card from Sampo Bank, their own restaurant, and their own soft drink (Lordi Cola, baby!), you can bet that the rock monsters of Finland don’t mind the tacky side of life. Lordi, the Finnish metal quintet with a menacing plan for world domination, comes off like an upgraded, updated KISS with no pause for selling out, going big, and rocking out with giant 80s-style shout-and-stomp anthems.
Led by Mr. Lordi, this Finnish monster rock outfit has been celebrated for their elaborate costumes and theatrical stage shows. In fact, they dropped out of some club shows booked during their time on the Ozzfest tour because they couldn’t launch enough pyro. Now that’s dedication to art!
After winning Eurovision 2006 and winning over the masses with their larger-than-life personalities and stage theatrics, Lordi was more than set to drop Deadache on the world. Of course, a new Lordi album means a new look for The Monsters of Finland.
Mr. Lordi, described in the Lordi universe as “The Most Fearsome Khan of All,” still leads the way with his growling, dominant vocals. Amen rocks guitars as a mummy avenger or the “god of gods.” Kita pounds the drums and is a man-beast from an alien race. OX is the band’s bassist and bulltaur, of course. And last but not least, Awa handles keyboarding as a vampire countess.
Deadache finds the band doing their best to mesh the gruesome personas with the hard rock theatrics and fist-pumping tunes they so clearly adore.
The album opens with a ghostly quasi-lullaby and breaks into an industrial pulse that stops suddenly and blasts right into the first song, “Girls Go Chopping.” And yes, it is as fun as it sounds. Led by a guitar riff that is as fatal as a zombie cheerleader with a chainsaw, Mr. Lordi takes his vocals to the limit and Awa lays an underpinning to the track that sounds like something out of a Vincent Price movie. The chorus is big, extravagant anthem shit. Nice.
“Bite It Like a Bulldog” is the first single from Deadache and builds into a howl from Mr. Lordi after some sludgy bass. The chorus is straight out of the Alice Cooper playbook and the riffs from Amen are outrageously enjoyable. It’s a hot single, bursting with an absorbing amalgamation of mud and 80s cheese.
On “Man Skin Boots,” the monsters blow through whispered vocals, blasting riffs, and a sense of creepiness to coat the song with a mammoth spell of glam rock. And “Raise Hell in Heaven” does more of the same, only faster and with more pressure. “Dr. Sin is In” features a great throaty performance from Mr. Lordi and wears its AC/DC influences front and centre.
Fans of ear-splitting, garish rock and roll will love Deadache. Lordi is outrageous, showy, tacky, and kitschy. But they are also enjoyable and somewhat magical, delivering a KISS with blood-spattered lipstick to fans around the world and unabashedly revelling in glistening, swanky glam.