- Mr Lordi - vocals (1992-present)
- Amen - guitars (1996-present)
- OX - bass (2005-present)
- Hella - keyboards (2012-present)
- Mana - drums (2012-present)
LORDI was originally formed in 1992, when Mr Lordi started doing demos under this name, but the project was still more or less a one-man-band, with few extra members playing guitar solos and bass here and there. The now infamous monster masks and costumes iced the cake in 1994. In 1997 guitarist Amen joined the band, alongside with keyboardist Enary and G-Stealer on bass. After a full decade of sending demos to record labels, LORDI finally landed on a record deal in 2002 with BMG Finland. G-Stealer was replaced by Magnum on bass, and drummer Kita was the last one to join to complete the 5-member combo. The release of their first single “Would You Love A Monsterman” and the debut album “Get Heavy“ both saw daylight that year. Before the album release, Magnum was let go and a new bass player Kalma took his place.
LORDI´s bold and shameless combination of 1980´s influenced melodic heavy metal with the outrageous horror image immediately caught the attention of the rock media and genre fans around the world. The band´s live shows became known for their horror film-like theatrics and bombastic pyros.
The band released their sophomore album “The Monsterican Dream“ in 2004 and continued to tour in Europe, gaining fans and recognition around the world.
In 2006 LORDI went through another major line-up change. The new keyboardist Awa joined the band and Ox became the new bass player. LORDI took part in the Eurovision Song Contest and won the whole competition as the first and only winner from Finland, with all-time record breaking points at the time in Eurovision history.
The third album “The Arockalypse“ was released within the same time frame, with the band´s own idols Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), Dee Snider and Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister) appearing as guest stars. The success of the victorious single “Hard Rock Hallelujah” launched LORDI to new heights of media exposure, fan recognition and success, that opened new doors for the band. Mr. Lordi´s hometown Rovaniemi named a market place area in the city center the “Lordi Square”. The Lordi brand was hot in the area of merchandising as well, with items such as Lordi postage stamps, Lordi candies and Lordi Cola coming out in the market.
In 2007 LORDI toured outside Europe for the first time, for example in Japan and in USA, where they played on Ozzfest and toured with Type O Negative. The band also released their own horror film Dark Floors in February 2008.
Late 2008 saw the release of “Deadache“, the band´s fourth studio album. It was a bit darker and heavier than the previous LORDI material, with the new costumes and parts of the stage show designed and built with a little help from Weta Workshop in New Zealand, award winnig cimena special effects house.
LORDI´s fifth album “Babez For Breakfast“ was released in 2010. The album was produced by one of the world´s most famous heavy metal producers, Mr. Michael Wagener. Just weeks before the tour, the band´s long time drummer Kita was let go and the new drummer Otus joined in the group.
Year 2012 marked two anniversaries for LORDI, both the 20th year birthday since the bands birth and the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut album “Get Heavy“. However, all the planned celebration was quickly toned down hard, as the drummer Otus passed away on February 13th. After the time of silence, the band played the confirmed gigs and summer festivals accompanied by a musician mysteriously named as The Drummer. Another line-up change became reality in early August, when the long-time keyboard player Awa played at the anniversary show in Rovaniemi. That was her last gig with LORDI.
When finally the new drummer and the new keyboardist had been found, the band went again to the USA to record their sixth studio album, “To Beast Or Not To Beast“, under the production of Michael Wagener. The album was musically the most aggressive LORDI album yet, inspired by the technical and brutal way the band’s former drummer Otus played LORDI songs. In December, the keyboardist Hella and the drummer Mana were officially announced to be the new members of LORDI.
On Halloween 2014 the seventh album “Scare Force One“ saw daylight. This time all recordings and production was done in Finland with the producer Mikko Karmila. The album included ten songs as well as solo tracks by Amen and Hella, and a special German release came with a booklet of Illustrated lyrics where all the songs were seen also in comic book form.
In 2016, the band was ready for the release of their eighth studio album “Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)“. The album introduces two very different sides of the band.
The “A side”, “Theaterror”, is a damn catchy collection of traditional hard rocking LORDI songs. The riffs and obscene words of “Hug you Hard Core” will stick in your mind forever – whether you like it or not.
The thematic “B-side”, “Demonarchy”, tells the story of The Undead Son, The Bloodsucking Count, The She-Wolf and The Witch. Musically “Demonarchy” represents LORDI more modern than ever. Highly complex song structures and aggressive in-your-face riffing is something we have never heard from these monsters before.
In May 2018, LORDI‘s new album slithers onto the scene. Possibly their most controversial album to date, the 9th studio album, “Sexorcism“, is a full on and uncensored shot of Lordi brand hard rock and roll.
Killection / 2020
1. Radio SCG 10
2. Horror for Hire
3. Shake the Baby Silent
4. Like a Bee to the Honey
6. SCG10 Last Hour
7. Blow My Fuse
8. I Dug a Hole in the Yard for You
10. Up to No Good
11. SCG10 Demonic Semitones
14. Scream Demon
16. SCG10 I Am Here
“Killection” is the tenth studio album by the Finnish hard rock/melodic heavy metal band LORDI. It was released on January 31, 2020 via AFM Records. The album is a “fictional compilation” containing songs that the band would have written between the early 70’s through the mid-90’s.
It debuted at number 8 on the Official Finnish chart, and number 1 on the physical album chart.
The album was recorded in several studios all over Finland, including Tornio, Helsinki and Tampere. Each studio recorded 3-4 tracks. The band recorded some of the songs at the Tornio Music Center. Tornio is an integral part of LORDI‘s history, as the band’s first demos were recorded in the city in 1993. A bass guitar used by Gene Simmons from KISS was also used for the recordings. There are multiple producers involved in the album.
Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks) – saxophone on “Like a Bee to the Honey”.
Sexorcism / 2018
2. Your Tongue’s Got The Cat
3. Romeo Ate Juliet
4. Naked In My Cellar
5. The Beast Is Yet To Cum
7. SCG9: The Documented Phenomenon
8. Slashion Model Girls
9. Rimskin assassin
10. Hell Has Room
11. Hot & Satanned
12. Sodomesticated animal
13. Haunting Season
“Sexorcism” is the ninth studio album by the Finnish hard rock/melodic heavy metal band LORDI. It was released on May 25, 2018 via AFM Records. The album has been described as possibly their most controversial record to date, and a ‘full-on and uncensored shot of Lordi brand hard rock and roll’.
Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy) / 2016
“Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)” is the eighth studio album by the Finnish heavy metal band LORDI, that was released on 16 September 2016. While the first half of the album includes classic Lordi-style hard rock/heavy metal songs, the second half of the album, Demonarchy, is a conceptual story and its tracks are more metal and progressive. The members costumes were also split in half, representing the two sides of the album. The album’s first single, “Hug You Hardcore” was released in August.
The recording of the album started at the beginning of 2016 at the Sonic Pump Studios, located in Helsinki, Finland. The recording and mixing was done by Nino Laurenne, who previously worked on the band’s 2008 effort “Deadache“.
Scare Force One / 2014
“Scare Force One” is the seventh studio album by Finnish heavy metal band LORDI. It was released on Halloween 2014 in Europe, and November 3, 2014 in North America and also 26 November in Japan with the bonus track “I’m So Excited” (Pointer Sisters cover).
The album’s name and cover artwork is a pun on Air Force One.
To Beast or Not to Beast / 2013
“To Beast or Not to Beast” is the sixth studio album of Finnish heavy metal band LORDI that was released on 1 March 2013. As is traditional for the band, their costumes were renewed again for the release of this album. The album was produced and mixed by Michael Wagener and engineered by Shani Gandhi.
In Germany the album was released in digipak covers. The album has been released as LP version in EMP store.
The style of the album’s music is heavier than any of the earlier LORDI albums. “SCG6: Otus’ Butcher Clinic” includes a drum solo recorded in France in 2011, as a tribute to the band’s late drummer Tonmi “Otus” Lillman.
Babez For Breakfast / 2010
“Babez for Breakfast” is the fifth studio album by the Finnish heavy metal band LORDI, released on 10 September 2010. As is traditional for the band, their costumes were renewed for the release of this album. The album was produced by Michael Wagener.
The first single, “This Is Heavy Metal“, was released digitally on 9 August 2010, and physically a week later on 16 August. There were only an estimated 200 physical copies of the single made and it is seen as a rare collectors’ item amongst LORDI fans.
A limited edition of the album, entitled “The Breakfast Box” includes bonus merchandise and was released on 18 October 2010.
“As for the album title, it is an ironic answer to the question of whether monsters eat babies for breakfast or not. We twisted the final letter ‘s’ to a ‘z’, which changed the pronunciation. With this twist we wanted to state that this album is not as serious as Deadache“, said frontman Mr. Lordi.
The recording of the album started on 16 February 2010 at WireWorld Studio in Nashville, USA. The band had 44 demos to choose from, of which 15 made the final cut.
Style and composition
According to Mr. Lordi, “We are very proud of this album. We went back to the basics and beyond. The new material is more rocking and melodic, but we have not forgotten horror elements either. This is the first time we have worked with a string orchestra and a gospel choir. This has been great fun! As our producer [Michael Wagener] says, each song includes a lot of energy, emotion and entertainment. With this album we are eager to go back on the road and show our fans the new songs, outfits and tricks!”
In September 2009, Mr. Lordi spent five days in Hollywood, California, co-writing new songs for the album with the ex-KISS guitarist, Bruce Kulick, and Jeremy Rubolino. This song-writing session resulted in two songs, “Cut Off My Head” and “Call Off the Wedding“. Mr. Lordi called “Call Off the Wedding” a “ballad, but nothing like you´ve heard from LORDI before. Lot of clean guitars there for example. Actually, that one is not quite finished yet. Bruce Kulick played the solo on that, and Jeremy Rubolino wrote the string score for it. There’s gonna be REAL strings on it, and they’re gonna be recorded in L.A. any day now.”
Mark Slaughter, singer of the band Slaughter, also made a guest appearance on the album, to play the role of the “dad” in “Granny’s Gone Crazy“.
Deadache / 2008
“Deadache” is the fourth studio album by the Finnish heavy metal band LORDI, released in Finland on 29 October 2008. For the release of the album the band renewed their monster outfits. “Deadache” was released during the same week in about thirty countries. The official album release party was held at the Tavastia Club in Helsinki on 31 October 2008 (Halloween).
The first single from the album, “Bite It Like a Bulldog“, was released on 3 September 2008. By November 2008, “Deadache” had sold 1,700 copies in the United States.
There are five different versions of the album, four of which have different bonus tracks. Each version was released by a different record company, hence the differing tracks. “The House” on the Finnish version of the album is a cover of a song originally by the Finnish rock band Dingo. The lyrics are written by Mr. Lordi.
LORDI started the recording of “Deadache” on 7 May 2008 at Sonic Pump Studios with producer Nino Laurenne. For the album, the group had sixty demos to choose from; fourteen of them were chosen by the band and record company to be recorded. All members of the group contributed songs to the album. The recordings were finished in June, the group then went on tour in Europe.
“Deadache” is a melodic hard rock album, but has a heavier sound and includes more horror-themes than LORDI‘s previous albums. The album has more keyboard parts than “The Arockalypse“, and the song “The Rebirth Of The Countess“, composed by the keyboard player Awa, includes a spoken part in French. “Missing Miss Charlene” includes singing by a children’s choir, with the outro being already recorded in 1986 by a 12-year-old Mr. Lordi and some of his friends from his hometown of Rovaniemi. “The Devil Hides Behind Her Smile” is a tribute to The Phantom of the Opera and Nightmare On Elm Street.
The Arockalypse / 2006
“The Arockalypse” is the third studio album by Finnish heavy metal band LORDI. It includes the hit single “Hard Rock Hallelujah“, which won the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 for Finland. The album has sold triple platinum in Finland and gold in Sweden. Although the album cover shows OX, it was Kalma who played bass guitar on the album.
“The Arockalypse” has many guest-stars on its tracks: Dee Snider and Jay Jay French from Twisted Sister, Udo Dirkschneider from Accept/U.D.O. and Bruce Kulick from Kiss. Before the album was released in Finland, there were rumours about other possible guest stars, including Sebastian Bach from Skid Row, Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Rob Zombie, and other members of Kiss, the latter being LORDI‘s greatest influence. In reality, only Sebastian Bach and Alice Cooper were ever asked to be guests on the album, but neither were able to make it.
In November 2006, “The Arockalypse” was re-released in Finland as a “Special Edition”, which included three bonus tracks and a DVD. This version was also the first LORDI album to be released in the United States. “It Snows In Hell” was slightly remixed for this version, using instead the music video version, which had a different set of vocals in the opening.
- “Would You Love a Monsterman? (2006)”
- “Mr. Killjoy”
- “Live At Market Square”, LORDI‘s homecoming gig in Finland after their Eurovision triumph.
- “Hello Athens”, a series of short Finnish documentaries following LORDI up to the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Music Videos for “Who’s Your Daddy?“, “Hard Rock Hallelujah“, and “Would You Love a Monsterman? (2006)”
In 2007, a limited edition of “The Arockalypse” was released on vinyl in the US, available in four versions: black, clear, blue with red splatter or clear with red splatter. The album consists of two records and includes all the tracks from the special edition release, as well as three live bonus tracks on side D:
The Monsterican Dream / 2004
“The Monsterican Dream” is the second studio album by the Finnish metal band LORDI, released in 2004. The album contains more metallic music and heavier sound, with a more grim look to the band than LORDI‘s first album.
The album was re-released in Finland as a “Limited Edition”, which included LORDI‘s short movie The Kin in DVD.
Get Heavy / 2002
“Get Heavy” is the debut album by Finnish heavy metal band LORDI, released in 2002. Although the bass guitarist Kalma appears on the cover artwork, all bass guitars were played by the former bass guitarist Magnum, who left after the recording and before the release of the album. The album is dedicated to Magnum.
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