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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)

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// Sara

 

 

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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

 

New Mask – OX

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 2, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

So here he is! The hellbull, up and close. OX has never been among my favorite costumes before – I have liked him, but he’s never been among my favorite designs.

Until now.

Because for the first time, probably ever with OX, I felt absolutely terrified when I saw him.

He’s gone from being an ordingary carcass of a bull to some mix between Belsebub and Krampus looking extremely vicious. The brand new red skintone doesn’t exactly help either – making him look like he burned in hell and returned to haunt the lives of us puny peasants.

His hair seem to come in dreads now, rather than one big wig as it was before, unless this is just a trick of the image, and I love the skull pearls that has been added to it.

Now, I can’t even begin to wait for the full on body shots to investigate the bodies a bit more.

// 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

New costumes – new era

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 20, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Wow I have so much to catch up on. But rather start here and now, right?

Sooo, it’s those exciting times again in the Lordi cycle – the new era, the new costumes – the new album – everything! And first out, the costumes

So there you have it people! The new Lordi 2018!

And wow.  This was not at all what I expected, and I’d be lying if I denied that my eyes went first to Hella. Her game has sure as hell been sexed up, but she’s looking damn good doing it. If I hadn’t known that she has some say in her own costumes, I’d probably be burning up over it, but since she do – all kudos to her. And I’m beyond happy she’s back to blonde. FINALLY. And also. Is it her babies on her bra or what?

I like Amen’s new look. With the picture that’s been delivered you can’t see much detail just yet, but his mask must be one of the more evil ones he’s had. But then again, not a lot of improvement was needed considering “Monstereophonic” costume was his lowest one TO DATE.

The first thing that came to mind upon seeing Mana was Kita’s costume from Deadache era 2008. Like, they have the same barber. And his fangs look nice. Aside that, you can’t really see much of him with what is given.

Same kind of goes for Mr Lordi. I am totally digging the skulls as well as the eyeball necklace, and the mask is looking damn good – but too covered.

Now, OX… Maybe I’m just wearing off the first crush or something, but this is by far the best costume OX has had. He’s looking absolutely terrifying, like the devil himself was reincarnated into a hellbull and put in a band in Finland. It’s been some time since I felt intimidate by someone in this band… But now I am. Well done!

So. That’s the first impressions. Lets now await the close ups for a more, broken down, look at the costumes

// Sara

 

Lordi @ Hell Rock Fest, Ciudad Real, Spain 16/9-17

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , on September 16, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, we slept in big time, which was soooo nice. I know we didn’t go to bed THAT late in Norway, but still – always good to catch some sleep, and rest. Once you are on a vacation and all, you know.

I hopped in the shower first thing when I woke up and then we packed our stuff and headed out to the car. We stayed in Madrid, and the show was about a two hour drive away from the city, so we had a long drive. But before we could go, we had to have some breakfast, and we decided on KFC. So we had a pleasant KFC meal out in the sun. I think this is the point that it finally hit me I’m in Spain. As always on tour, I tend to lose grip on time and space, and that includes where the hell in the world I am.

Once sort of finished, we FINALLY jumped in the car and started the looong drive up to the place. I was of course dealing with being the DJ for the trip, and after a long, scenic and beautiful drive we finally found ourselves at the venue… or festival. And well… I mean.

I know it is a small festival. But this was something else. There was one open air stage – I didn’t even realize it was an open air festival – there was one bar with drinks, one place where you could get tokens and one merch booth. There wasn’t even a foodplace. Which confused me, and also made me very happy we brought some leftovers.

The first band I watched today was Prima Nocte, a female fronted metal band that was pretty good actually. I enjoyed the set!

I also saw Iridium, but eventually decided to head back to the car to get some rest, as the sun and heat were getting to me and I felt my blood sugar drop real fast. I spend a long time there, resting and getting ready, and waiting for the sun to drop. I made my way back in when Morphium was just about to wrap up their set, and ironically enough I was given a setlist. And I hadn’t even been watching the band. Like, what.

Once the sun went down, it went very very cold. Very rapidly. So cold I had to get back to the car to pick up another cardigan to wear outside of my leather jacket. Seriously! I took the time out of the pit to also pick up on a festivalshirt, because much to my surprise, it was actually pretty nice.

Soon enough though, it was time for the band of the bands to perform. At 00.30, or more like, 00.40, Lordi went on stage (so late right, I know!) and started off the set with Skeletor and “Let’s Go Slaughter He-Man”

Lordi

The band then continued on with “The Riff” and.. the front row was pretty good. It always fascinated me how Lordi is like, the biggest smallest band. They always have people waiting in line at the front rows on festivals, even in Sweden, at least a couple of hours before they go on, and it’s always full. Despite this the bookings aren’t there. Why? But aside that, it was a bit… well what you would expect from a small festival like this.

The new song in the setlist for the summer, “Demonarchy” was on the list, and this is still as good as the first time I heard it live. After all, it is my own favorite off the “Demonarchy” side so obviously, it makes me happy. “Hellbender Turbulence” was fired off before OX was set to have his moment. I think I’ve said it before, but I have never enjoyed a bass solo as much as I’ve enjoyed OX’s this year. He’s still doing the funk / dance kind of solo, and it really is one of the highlights. A priestess, or nun, comes on stage to tell him to shut the hell up, but he just slays her, and “Bite it Like a Bulldog” is a go.

Mana launched us into “Babez For Breakfast”, which is so good to see as a return. The cowbells chimed, which is sort of my queue. But Mr L didn’t reach all the way. For those of you who are perhaps new readers or don’t remember – for the past six years I’ve spent “It Snows in Hell” upside down at the barrier. And on certain occasions Mr L took this as a queue to try to drown me. Some occasions were more successful than others. As on the rest of the tour, it was merged together with “Children of the Night”

“Hug you Hardcore” was next on the list, followed by “Sincerely With Love”. Another new surprise for this summer, “Sick Flick” was introduced, and it took me all up ’til now to realize that the “Down with the Devil” thing is happening here – with the priest pressing a cross on Mr L’s head. I didn’t really pay attention on Vicious Rock, and for the first time in my life I wasn’t going there with a Lordi fan – which made it all a bit awkward when I tried to ask him where it was.

An old favorite – “Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein” was ripped off, followed by “Blood Red Sandman”. And I think I’ve said it before – but I’ll say it again. You know you have seen a band, perhaps too many times, when your timing is timed perfectly with the band. Even on a live version.

Nalle started playing the intro, and “Hard Rock Hallelujah” was a go. Surprisingly, the crowd wasn’t going as nuts as I thought they would. That’s new. Usually festivalcrowds like this loses it during this one. Hm. Amen came out, alone, did his hand-thing and “Devil is a Loser” was a go.

A sidenote, on the whole “seeing-a-band-too-much”. Nathan sent me a message during the show, asking if they were still on, and I simply sent him a picture of the stage before Amen walked on. And he was like “Ah, Devil is a Loser!” only to moments later say “Wait. Did I just call out the songs only by the lights? This is a new level.” and it’s so true. Haha.

“Who’s Your Daddy?” was the next song on the list, before they rounded the whole show up with “Would you Love a Monsterman?”. The band thanked for the show, and left the stage.

Soon after, after sorting some stuff that had to be taken care of, Santi and I left the festival ground. At like, 3 am. Two hour drive. And I was getting up at 7.30.

Fun, huh? See guys. The tourlife has it’s backside, too.

// Sara