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REVIEW: Lordi – Sexorcism

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 20, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, Ladies and Gentlemen – here we are. Two years, well, not two years perhaps, but finally – a new Lordi album has seen the light of day. I’ll admit I am amongst those fans who have been a bit taken aback by the sudden change in themes from the band, but I’ve always decided to not take anything out in advance. Well, not too much anyway. “Sexorcism” is the ninth studio album from Finnish monster rock band and is said to be their most controversial album yet. I guess we shall see about that huh?

As per usual, I prepare you for potential use of my own names of the songs if I deem the title to complicated for my little brain to process. But you are used to that by now, aren’t you?

So, let’s get to it huh? The album opens with an intro of a priest chanting unhearable verses, like one is performing an (s)exorcism, before launching into a “Demonarchy” like guitarriffs and upbeat, cheerful melodylines, musical accessories and anthemlike chants that makes up the opening track, as well as the titletrack “Sexorcism”.

The track serves as a good opening phrase to what we are about the experience on the album as a whole. “Kittycat” is the second song, which launches us straight back to “Deadache”, and more specifically “Missing Miss Charlene” with some spices from Reckless Love’s “Back To Paradise” in the verses, calling for a very familiar yet different kind of song, but in every good possible way.

Starting from here it gets a little weaker. While “Romeo Ate Juliet” is a heavier and faster song, with the “classic” kind of horror lyrics we are used to with Lordi, it still falls somewhat flat on the album, for me. It feels like a lot could have been done, but wasn’t.

Same goes for “Naked In My Cellar” – the music video song, even though I really DO, for some reason, enjoy Mr Lordi’s newfound Ozzy Osbourne voice. I can imagine this song being real fun live though, despite all.

This continues on with “The Beast is Yet To Cum” – and it finally comes back alive with “Polterchrist”, with an eerie intro sung by a girl named Isabella, evolving into a lowkey, yet rough constipated-sung kind of verse, exploding in a crowdfriendly and adrenaline kicking chorus. The lyrics are haunting as well – precisely the type of thing I’d expect and want from this band.

However, the album really does pick up it’s pace then the intro from heavens appears – it sounds like a perfect mix of the epicness found in HammerFall’s “Crimson Thunder” and anything 80’s. The song itself seem to be a “Sick Flick” 2.0, following a similar theme. I feel this song might be one of those under dog songs that will grow to be very, very popular.

From here it’s a bit of a lukewarm soup. While both “Rimskin Assassin” and “Hell Has Room” has their own shares of comedy as well as musical craftmanship (the solo in “Rimskin Assassin” is marvellous), it leaves much to be wished for.

However, the pace IS in fact picked up a bit for the last three songs – “Hot and Satanned” being a typical revenge kind of song with enough musically erotic elements to make sure I’ll sign up for those damned pole dancing classes come this fall. And if a song makes you do that, you know it’s the shit. “Sodomesticated Animal” follows the line of being very typical Lordi with an extremly crowdfriendly chorus and the whole album is then wrapped up with the calm, eerie and very cosy “Haunting Seasons” which sums up the album perfectly.

Quite frankly, I feel that this album is all over the place. It has some really, and then I mean really, good songs and material, but the bits and pieces that weren’t all too great falls flat. There is most definitely an increase in sexually loaded songs as compared to before, but it’s not quite as bad as I would have expected it to be – so calm down you all. It’s not quite as controversial as I’d have expected it to be, but what is and what is not?

Musically I think it’s going in the same kind of veins as it has previously, with some of the newer elements from “Demonarchy” finding it’s way into the making of this. What I’m very keen on is all the accessories added here and there, which adds a lot more interest to the songs. Well done!

Favorite song: Tie between “Your Tongue’s Got the Cat” and “Hot and Satanned”. For several reasons.
Least Favorite: “The Beast is Yet To Cum”
Dance-friendliness:  6/13
Headbang-friendliness:  9/ 13
Crowd-friendliness: 9/13


(Label: AFM Records)

CDON I Amazon I Ginza

// Sara

 

 

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Rock City Stockholm 2018 – Day 2

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, the second and last day had come. I wasn’t really interested in more bands than Dynazty today to be honest – and such was the game plan too. I was going to stay for as many bands as I could, before taking the 23:00 bus home.

So, I checked out of my hotel, went down to my usual Espresso House and had the same food I always have – a nice brunch sitting there reminicsing. Last night had been perfect. And today I was about to see Dynazty again. You really see them so rarely.

I headed over to CUM to buy the most amazing belt like ever, and then down to the busstation to lock up all my stuff and THEN finally heading to the arena. I thought I was about to run late, but today was my day, and just as the presenter went on stage to introduce Wildness on stage, I made it.

Wildness

Wildness was first act on stage and I personally think they delivered an amazing set! Was a great way to start off the day, and there was a little bit more people here this time around. Thank you!

And now… Dynazty.

Dynazty

And so it began. The band opened up rather strongly with “Run Amok” before quickly throwing us into “The Northern End”. Seriously, all these years – still my absolut favorite song. And this band… This band. “Raise Your Hands” followed suit and then “The Beast Inside” from their most recent album.

“This is My Life”, their cover of Sweden song for Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was next on the list – and I love this cover. “Roar of The Underdog” followed suit, and.. I mean, there were more people than it had been last night, but it wasn’t exactly the best groove, even if it’s a good turnout.

George had his own little moment with his drumsolo, and that was then followed by “Incarnation”. “The Human Paradox” followed suit before the title track “Titanic Mass” happened.

After this, they wrapped up their entire set with “Starlight” and the band left the stage. I guess Nils had to rush off to Västerås for a show with Amaranthe. Hardworking man, he is!

The show in general was great though. Good energy from the band, and a good vibe. Thank you!

After this, another wait began. But for me it was.. Well, it was gonna be good to see the band but it was more passing time for me at this point. Next band on stage though, was Coldspell.

Coldspell

Sadly, the audience wasn’t more than what Art Nation had had the day before, but despite that, they went on an delievered an amazing and energetic set! It was very enjoyable.

House of Lords

Next band on stage was House of Lords, also sadly with a very small audience turn out, but still – great set was delievered. It’s something with these intimate gigs, isnt it?

Bonfire

Last show for me to see today was Bonfire. Another band I hadn’t really gotten all too much into, but still gave on an amazing show. Actually even got me going too. And a lot better turn out, thank god!

After Bonfire, I left the venue, headed off back toward the city, bought some food and collected my stuff and prepared myself for the busride home.

It has been a great weekend, with a lot of fun – and boy did I need that. Thanks to all the bands and the promotor for this fest! I can’t wait for next year.

// Sara

Rock City Stockholm 2018 – Day 1: Friday

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 27, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Wohoo! So the day was here. My calendar has been completely empty since 70.000 Tons and I can’t really say that I’ve approved of it! But what can I do about it? Nothing but filling it up.

I arrived already on Thursday for the sake of the festival, because why not? I could so why shouldn’t I . I spent Thursday mostly checking out stores I haven’t been to in ages and a dinner date with Robert. And then I spent the evening sleeping. Was meant to be a spa evening but I guess not everything goes as planned, right?

Anyway. Friday is fun day. I started the day out with some small shopping (boring I know) and then finally I got back to my room and got myself ready for the show. I had planned to be there a little after doors opened, but as the time optimist I am, I came around half an hour before they opened. Which is just as good, in this case – at least I didn’t do the race against the clock like I did with Art Nation on Sweden Rock.

It wasn’t a whole lot of people there – which isn’t too surprising. It’s quite early, 18, on a Friday and I can imagine a lot of people got stuck in traffic. The conferencier, Anders Tengner, got stuck to the point he had to ditch the car and take the metro to even make it in time.

Art Nation

The band was in time, though. And just at 18 they walked on stage opening with “One Nation” and quickly followed up with “The Real Me”. I’ve never been too fond of “One Nation” as the opener, as I feel it lacking energy – but at least that gets picked up in “The Real Me”.

Upbeat “I Want Out” was next on the list, and I felt the band had a pretty good energy. As good I guess, as you can when you are playing a gig in front of what, 20-30 people? Something along those lines. Sure, it shouldn’t affect too much – but it certainly isn’t helping. “Start a Fire” was next on the list.

“Paralyzed” off the most recent album followed suit, before the sweet “Don’t Wait For Salvation” which is a song I don’t give enough credit. Like ever.

“Wage War Against the World” was next on the list, and then one of my personal favorites – “Need You to Understand”. I guess this was among the first songs I ever ended up hearing by them, which gives it very special place in my heart.

“Infected”, the newest single and probably among my favorites of them, followed up and then “All In” before wrapping up with “Ghost Town”.

Over all, it was a good show. The energy picked up as the show went on, and it was so great to see them again. I really can’t wait for it, again and again!

After the show, I headed off to the bathrooms, checked out the merch and then positioned myself before the stage for the next band – the festival was running smoothly so no delays.

One Desire

One Desire is a band I discovered recently, mainly thanks to the festival. I have seen some people on my channels talk about it, but it wasn’t until now I really looked them up. And it was instant love.

So, here we are and found ourselves. They opened the show as expected with “Hurt”, and it was sooo good! My god. New love, I’m sensing. “Turn back Time” was the next to follow, and then one of the singles from the album – “Apologize”.

“Love Injection”, well, I should be saying it’s one of my personal favorites but I can’t say that now can I when they have an album that is already so perfect?

Single “This is where the Heartbreak Beings” was next on the list, before it was being followed up by “Do You Believe”. “Falling Apart” was next on the list. And I can assure you, I will one day dedicate an entire blog only to that song alone.

“Whenever I’m Dreaming” was next on the list, before singer André decided to speak a little about his past with the Swedish finest music culture Eddie Meduza, and even gave us a little piece of his song “Runke Ball” because, why the hell not?

After this, they wrapped up the set with “Buried Alive” before the band thanked for the evening and left the stage. It was a great show, and this band is just beyond promising. At least in my eyes. Thank you!

The crowd started to fill out a little bit now, which wasn’t too hard to imagine – firstly, people I had gotten out of traffic. And secondly, H.E.A.T was about to go on stage very soon.

TO BE CONTINUED

// Sara

 

 

 

Rock City Stockholm 2018 – Day 1: Friday part 2

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 27, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Due to it becoming so long, I had to chop this up in two entries. Here comes part two!

H.E.A.T

And like clockwork, “Feel the Heat” started echoing in the speakers and the band walked on the stage. Once they were all on the stage, they hit the show off with “Bastard of Society”. And the energy was on top – isn’t it always with the band fronted by Erik Grönwall?

“Late Night Lady” was next on the list and the vibe in the audience was just soo good. But it’s not that weird if you think about it – this is H.E.A.T’s playground you know. So I’m not even surprised. 

“Mannequin Show”, one of like, their best songs ever, appeared and seriously – H.E.A.T is just one fucking big happy pill, aren’t they? They make me so fucking happy. And clearly I am not alone.

“Redefined” off the most recent album followed suite, and you know – I wasn’t too keen on the new album. Not that it was bad, but after hearing the singles I didn’t in fact dare to listen to the album, so only now, a week or so before, is when I actually listen to it.

But these songs, they work more than well live. So why the hell I even had any doubt on this band from the start, I have no idea.

“Into the Great Unknown” followed suite right away, before heading into a song I haven’t heard live in a long time – “1000 Miles”. Very nice surprise, and a lot of energy. “Beg Beg Beg”, a big personal favorite was next and that one completely tore down the walls. Like, completely. And in the midst of it, Erik said he wanted to get to the bar, and that we had to get him there, no matter how we solve it. Is there anyone even remotely close to him as far as frontmanship goes?

After this, it was time for Crash to have his moment in the spotlight for a solo. How awesome huh? It always entertains.

“We Rule”, put together with “Time is on our Side” was next on the list, and it was truly a beautiful moment, I honestly think this album grew a couple of inches on me after this.

“Breaking The Silence” from their “Adress The Nation” album was next, followed by most recent video single “Best of the Broken” which made itself very well live if you ask me! “Livin’ on the Run” featuring Erik Grönwall running around in the crowd. Because that is totally normal.

Dave Dalone, our returning guitarhero was set off to have his little moment in the spotlight. Many years ago, he was my favorite in H.E.A.T, and here he is back again. It’s good to see him back! And he slayed that solo, by the way.

“Eye of the Storm” off the new album was next, before the show was completely wrapped up with “Emergency” and “Inferno”. What a fantastic ending song “Inferno” is, by the way. Incredible.

They walked off stage, and of course, only to return and fire off two fantastic encored – “Point of no Return” and “A Shot at Redemption”. And with that, H.E.A.T paid their thanks, and left the stage.

And the adreanline rush from watching this was no joke. Seriously, this band makes me so extremly happy every fucking time I see them.

But now, shit is about to get real. Art Nation, One Desire and H.E.A.T in all glory and honor, but what was about to walk on stage is something I have only witnessed once before, and I was not sure when I’d ever get to witness again. It felt like my knees were getting weaker, and my heart rate picking up. Slaughter was about to go on stage.

Slaughter

They ran the intros “Still of the Night” and “Highway to Hell” before finally entering the stage. My heroes. Those people who just feel so unreachable, because they just never fucking play here.

Seeing them all come on stage – Zoltan, Blando, Dana and latly Mark… It it an out of this world kind of experience. This is indeed the second time I see them, but it weakens my knees still.

They opened the show with “The Wild Life”, and quickly followed up with “Burnin’ Bridges”. Seriously, I was standing in front of Dana Strum, but yet my mind couldn’t really comprehend what I was watching. Who was in front of me. What band was on stage. It is such an unreal experience – is this even happening?

“Spend My Life” (how much don’t I love this song?) was next on the list, and then “Mad About You”. Surprsingly, or, I guess I aren’t too surprised – the crowd for Slaughter was only half than it had been for H.E.A.T. So it was quite intimate, in fact.

“Take Me Away” followed up, and then came probably one of the most beautiful moments of the night – “Days Gone By” acoustic, with only Mark on stage. I have loved this song for so many years, and it never stops to give me the chills – especially when performed like this.

“Eye To Eye” was next on the list, which was done by Mark following Erik’s moves and moved around the audience singing the song. Amazing.

One of my own other personal favorites, “Real Love” came next.. And this song. Like.. I don’t even really know how to put words to it, and I’m usually very good with words – but this song… And hearing it live.. I can’t even describe it.

“Fly to the Angels” were next, and then wrapping the entire thing up with “Up All Night”.

The band thanked for their time and walked off stage. And I was floored. I mean, it’s hard to follow H.E.A.T as far as performance and stage presence goes, it’s still out of this world to see this band.

But! It is not over yet folks! One more band was set to take the stage – as an after party, if you like.

The Cruel Intentions

So last but not least, The Cruel Intentions took the stage. And by this time it was a mere 10-15 people left in the crowd, but I don’t really mind. Nice and intimate. They delieverd a good show, and the audience seemed to enjoy it well enough as well!

After they were done, I headed back to my hotel and crashed out. Long day, and tomorrow is the final day.

// Sara

Your Tongue’s Got The Cat

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , on April 13, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Sooo exciting times! Lordi has finally released their first single off their upcoming album “Sexorcism” and it’s no less than “Your Tongue’s Got The Cat”. Or as I say it, another song to list under songs without a cool acronym.

Here it is folks! Video and song and everything.

Let’s talk about the video first.

I LOVE the video. It’s a little bit… well, it gets you a bit epileptic. But it’s so beautifully made! I love each and everyone of Mr L’s drawings, and adding in the members pictures fits so well. Like, this was really well made. I love the little symbols that seem to have been added for each member – like a gymbadge if you like.

So, over to the song.

Sooo, I am like so pleased. I was a little worried with this era that things were about to go superduperultra sexual, so it’s beyond nice to see a song with normal, horror, Lordi lyrics. Well, what in my eyes are normal.

The song however, throws me right back to “Deadache” era. Which is anything but a problem, seeing “Deadache” is still my top Lordi album. The song seem a bit like a mixture between “Missing Miss Charlene” and Reckless Love’s song “Back to Paradise” – mostly the verses melody line –  which was the first thing that caught my attention with the song. But it’s so good. Like, super. A very nice throwback to the 80’s just in the way I want it.

Now, I’m for real excited for the album. Just a month and more left. Feeling all giggly.

// Sara

New Mask – Amen

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags on April 3, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

So here he is! The “ancient assassin” – I love that they add the old titles of the band. Finally starting to use the backstories they once had. Are any of the newer fans even aware of them? No clue.

That aside, this one MAJOR upgrade from “Monstereophonic” where I don’t even know anymore how I felt about. It was odd. Beyond odd. So seeing him with a new, vicious face just rubs me the right way.

I particularly like that the eyes has been shaped into having a constant angry face – in change from the like, surprised? kind of face he had before. Exposed bone above the eye. And seems like someone, got his nose.

Either way, it’s a major upgrade. And I like it.

// Sara

 

Sexorcism – a run down

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , on March 31, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, the new album artwork and title as well as the tracklisting has finally been revealed! Well it’s some time ago now since I wrote this entry, of course, but nonetheless, it’s that joyous time again when things are happening in the Lordicamp.

So. “Sexorcism” huh. Lordi is really following down the path from “Hug You Harcore”, aren’t they? I don’t know what to feel about it. On the one hand, it’s all the same to me. It’s just a title. But on the same time, being not the biggest fan of “Hug You Hardcore” it does make my eyeballs pop.

The artwork on the other hand… Again, well done on Mr L for completing yet another masterpiece, althought the feminist inside of me wants to scream and protest, I won’t. Because I guess this goes hand in hand with the title and potential theme of the album.

So, what about tracklists?

01 Sexorcism
02 Your Tongue’s Got The Cat
03 Romeo Ate Juliet
04 Naked In My Cellar
05 The Beast Is Yet To Cum
06 Polterchrist
07 SCG9: The Documented Phenomenon
08 Slashion Model Girls
09 Rimskin Assassin
10 Hell Has Room
11 Hot & Satanned
12 Sodomesticated Animal
13 Haunting Season

So yeah. This tracklist doesn’t… well. It goes hand in hand with the album title does it? I’m still a 100% concerned that this is just a 13 track long “Hug You Hardcore” kind of album.

Deep inside I wish and hope that “Romeo Ate Juliet” is in fact about a high school boy eating up his promdate, as I told Nathan some time ago. That “Haunting Season” is really about like, haunting peasants and killing them, and what not, they can still just as well be about Romeo eating Juliet out, and Haunting Season being about preying on well, partners.

“Your Tounge’s Got The Cat” is another one that has me in a twist. Cat as in Pussy, or just a very long tounged monster eating your little cat? Who the hell knows?

Maybe “The Beast Is Yet To Cum” is just about a beast arriving some place, like to his date with Belle, without any sexual undertones. However I’m meant to interpret “Rimskin Assassin” any other way than about anal fisting, I have no idea.

I feel like this era is threading on thin lines. It could be genius, pure gold, just as well as it could be a complete disaster. The titles could be exactly what they are told out to be, as well as be the exact opposite just to screw with us.

I guess we just have to wait, don’t we?

// Sara