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   LORDI
Get Heavy
2002
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http://www.lordi.org


rating: 3/5

1. Scarctic Circle Gathering
2. Get Heavy
3. Devil Is A Loser
4. Rock the Hell Outta You
5. Would You Love A Monsterman?
6. Icon Of Dominance
7. Not The Nicest Guy
8. Hellbender Turbulence
9. Biomechanic Man
10. Last Kiss Goodbye
11. Dynamite Tonite
12. Monster Monster
13. 13.

Lordi came to people's knowledge during the summer of 2002 with their single hit "Would You Love A Monsterman?", in Finland that is. A somewhat heavy rock song appeared instantly on the Finnish charts and a new star was born.

Lordi are a band that dress up to look like Gwar and/or Rob Zombie and play music that sounds like a combination of Kiss, Alice Cooper and Accept reincarnated in the 21st century. Lordi himself (the singer) states Kiss as his main influence and that definitely shines through in his music. The songs are catchy and simple, just like Kiss, although Lordi's voice is crispier than Paul Stanley's. At times they go way over the top with cliches but that doesn't seem to bother them too much. In addition to that some of the songs seem strangely similar to each other and therefore tend to get a bit repetitive at times, but entertaining they certainly are and that's the main focus with Lordi, I think. The album was produced by TT Oksala and mixed by Kevin Shirley and the final outcome is quite good.

A few songs possess some true hit potential, especially "Icon of Dominance" and the aforementioned "Would You Love a Monsterman?" to be more accurate. On these (and a few others) occasions you really get the feeling that Desmond Child himself has taken part in the songwriting, but luckily it isn't so. If anyone would bother to dig the 80'a archives a little, he/she would quite certainly notice that this isn't the first time this is being done. The only exception is that Lordi adds some keyboards and programming to the well-known potion. Especially on "Biomechanic Man" the going gets a little more "metal" due to the machine-like sound. "Dynamite Tonite" on the other hand sounds like it's borrowed from some Alice Cooper album.

Finally, if you want to throw a party, Lordi is exactly the music to be played there, but if you want to dig it deeper to find what's there, you'll find nothing.

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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