BY: TJ Fowler
Available: November 1st, 2014
Label: AFM Records
Finland’s Lordi has a bit of a special place in my heart. Back in 2006 I made my first trip to Europe to visit the lovely Czech Republic. While staying in Prague I kept seeing TV commercials for Lordi popping up and showing clips from their video for ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ and remember saying to myself, ‘Wow! What is THAT?’ I really loved what I heard and upon my return to Tennessee I made it a point of looking the band up, telling my friends about them and buying some of the CD’s. I was really enthralled by Lordi’s love for horror movies and their ability to write songs that captured the imagery of those old 80’s horror films. Also, the band’s videos were fantastic and tapped into the horror theme extremely well to the point I always wanted to be in one of their videos. Also 2006, marked the year Lordi won the Eurovision song contest, that to some may have come to be seen as a curse for the band, which propelled their popularity to the masses at the time. So to say the least…I was sold on Lordi.
Now we come to 2014, I now actually live in Finland, photograph bands and get to cover bands. How the times have changed. And now Lordi are releasing their new album ‘Scare Force One’ which to my ears show the band going back to the sound you would hear on songs like ‘Would You Love a Monster Man’ and the band playing in a more refined way, Amen’s guitar work has definitely changed, and there is a heavier use of keys. While the album does boast some rockers like ‘How to Slice a Whore’, ‘Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein’ and my favorite ‘Cadaver Lover’, this album also displays what seems to be an approach to writing songs in a more subdued and gothic horror type manner or at least incorporated some of those elements. I think this is because of the more prolific use of keyboards by Hella which helps give the songs a more Victorian feel to some of the songs.
If Lordi’s earlier albums could be described as ‘80’s Slasher’ horror, ‘Scare Force One’ I think would be described a bit more as Hard Rock Gothic with a touch of 50’s B-Movie thrown in the mix.
‘Scare Force One’ boasts several solid songs like ‘Cadaver Lover’, ‘Living in the House of Ghosts’ and ‘Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein’ while some other songs fall a little flat like ‘Monster is my Name’.
While I do think ‘Scare force One’ is a solid album from Lordi, I feel however there is one flaw the album does have. This flaw is, in my opinion, is that Lordi has moved a bit away from embracing the horror movie theme into their music like they did with songs like ‘Blood Red Sandman’, ‘Chainsaw Buffet’ and ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ which are very inspired by Evil Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Carrie and I think in turn helped really give Lordi their identity as well. I would really love to see Lordi embrace that aspect of their songwriting again 100% as I feel that is when the band is at their strongest. Don’t get me wrong, the band is still a rocking horror show, I just think they excelled at certain aspects of horror as opposed to others.
Overall, ‘Scare Force One’ is a worthy addition to your album collection with some solid rocking tunes on it and it shouldn’t be passed up. When it drops in November do yourself a favor, pick it up and let the horror rock and roll blast forth!
And hey, about being in that video…
Check out this Fan Made Lordi video for Chainsaw Buffet