Lordi - Deadache
Record Label: The End Records
Release Date: October 28, 2008
For those of you unfamiliar with Lordi, they’re a hard rock band from Finland, where they are wildly successful. Although they get a lot of comparisons to Gwar due to their elaborate, monstrous costumes, they have more in common with the likes of Alice Cooper or Kiss sonically. Lordi gained international notoriety when their hit single, “Hard Rock Hallelujah,” won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, and they then landed a spot on the main stage of Ozzfest the following year. After releasing a horror film, Dark Floors, earlier this year, the band is back with Deadache, their fourth studio album. With their previous album, 2006’s The Arockalypse, having sold more than 350,000 copies worldwide, Deadache has some big shoes to fill.
“SCG IV” begins the disc with a short, creepy jingle of an intro before kicking into the rocking “Girls Go Chopping.” This track, about the “curvaceous mean machines” known as women, is a fun one with lyrics that reference Miss Piggy and Kermit and a powerful chorus that will have you singing along on the first listen. The great opener is followed by “Bite It Like A Bulldog,” the album’s first single. It’s a catchy little number about someone who won’t take responsibility for their actions.
The rest of the album, which runs a little over 45 minutes, follows in a similar suit. “Raise Hell in Heaven,” for example, is a standout track of Lordi doing what they do best. True to their roots, the band dabbles in power ballad territory with “Evilyn.” Its successor, the brooding “The Rebirth of the Countess,” sounds like a horror movie score and contains a French poem spoken over it the keyboard melody.
The album gets a bit redundant by the end due to its formulaic nature. Although the band may be categorized as simplistic, the musicianship isn’t too shabby. Amen’s guitar work is nice and Awa’s keys add a welcomed layer to the music. Some may find Mr. Lordi’s melodic rasp grating, but the choruses are always accompanied by the rest of the band’s backing vocals, making them sound epic. The lyrics are horror themed and often tongue-in-cheek. The title track seems to be inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, while “The Ghosts of Heceta Head” is reminiscent of John Carpenter’s The Fog.
Lordi may be a bit hokie, but they’re a lot of fun, like the audio equivalent to a B-movie. Deadache is filled with catchy, arena-sized anthems. Fans of any hard rock -- from Twisted Sister to Rob Zombie to Dragonforce -- should check it out for a good time.