Lordi – “Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)” (AFM Records)
Winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, Mr Lordi and his merry demoniac cohorts have never looked back since, but on this 8th album they’ve really rolled the dice – and in my eyes have once again come out trumps! Let me explain….as per the title, this is essentially a double album very much influenced by 70s icons like Kiss and Alice Cooper all of which have made their mark on Lordi’s own staple of rock metal which makes up the first half of this album. However, the second section blew me away completely! Anyone who thought that these guys couldn’t go beyond their brand of (admittedly successful) singalong rock is in for a shock – besides being a concept it features far longer songs but far more metal as influenced by Judas Priest and Rob Zombie, along with AOR and even prog elements!! Wow – I didn’t think Lordi were this good!!! Mr Lordi has truly surpassed himself over 12 months of composing, producing songs like the 6 minute ‘Demonarchy’ with piston driving double bass drumming, heavy riffola, and aggressive shout outs but chilled by Hella’s atmospheric keys still embodying the Lordi sound, while on ‘The Night the Monsters Died’ its trippy British prog that mixes with the metal as longtime guitarist Amen continues to make his mark amid a flurry of lead breaks and some wild solos – honestly, its mind blowing!!!! Still, for anyone yearning for those memorable singalongs, then ‘Down With The Devil’ will do just that while the pornographic ‘Hug You Hardcore’ will positively shock you out’ve your bloomers ha ha – yeah, Lordi are back and they’re bigger (and badder) than ever before.