Lordi
The Monster Show


3.0
good

Review

by Ed Watson USER (26 Reviews)
December 10th, 2006 | 24 replies | 4,612 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Proving the band are more than monster suits, this album contains brilliant songs and showcases the band much better than Eurovision could.

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Lordi are something of an odd band. Indeed, any serious metal band wouldn't be seen dead on Eurovision, nor would many people be seen dead in monster suits as they are. The fact that they work in a bank and you can hardly walk around Finland without seeing some evidence of them makes them all the more odd. However, behind the gimmicks lie some really rather good songs, harking back to but not just regurgitating the like of Kiss and Alice Cooper.

To be honest, the album really doesn't start that well. The 'Theatrical Trailer,' is overlong and not as good as the band probably think it is. Bring it On meahnwhile seems to suggest that this band are indeed a gimmick, as the song is average at best and opportunistic whichever way you look at it. Nothing really stands out in it as being worthy of much note.

Third time lucky though. Bloodred Sandman is a beast of a tune, with a great riff, subversively catchy chorus and one of the coolest drum fill/modulation moments in rock. The lyrics too are wittily irreverant, providing some grim humour to the song. The video shows that the band aren't taking themselves too seriously (thank god), but at the same time know they have to write good tunes. My Heaven is Your Hell too is excellent. It's the first of the 'love songs' on the album, and the thing that really stands out in this is the keyboard playing and sound. It adds a perfect sheen to the heavy guitar sound and Mr Lordi's growled vocals, and carries the instrumental melodies allowing the guitar to play some rather clever riffs beneath it.

Would You Love a Monsterman and the Devil is a Loser are both completely inspired pieces of absolute chaos. The Devil is a Loser in particular is a furiously driving tune, with its excellent riff and completely insane lyrics ('the devil is a loser and he's my bitch,') making it one of the highlights of the album. Monsterman meahnwhile is actually pretty emotional coming from 5 people in monster suits, and its catchy chorus is pretty inspired. It is probably worthy of note that the harmonies in all of the songs are superb. The choral effect used in Monsterman and Bloodred Sandman in particular give the songs a much fuller sound, and perfectly counterpoint the aforementioned growling vocals.

From here on in it's pretty solid fare. The last six are let down slightly by 'Wake the Snake,' which uses the same trademarks as the previous songs, but just doesn't work. Forsaken Fashion Dolls too doesn't quite click, but remains a good song. Both are Forgive though by lostening to Shotgun Divorce, my favourite song on the album. Brilliant interplay between keyboard and guitar (the riff in this is a perfect example of what lordi do best,) whilst the chorus is likely to wriggle under your skin without you noticing. The lyrics somehow avoid focussing on the admittedly aweful pun in the title, and remain pretty wry and clever, something of a trend in the good songs of the album.

The final track 'Rock the Hell Out of You' is worthy of a mention also as it just throws all the rules out the window and turns into a superb blues metal influenced stomp. Whilst not a spectacular song, it closes the album with a great sense of fun and keeps the bands 'integrity' intact.

Lordi are not just a gimmick, and don't be put off by the image as there are some really good songs, with a couple contending to be classics. I advise anyone to buy this cd, forget who the band are and skip the first coule of tracks. I promise you'll be in for a surprisingly good listen.



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Sepstrup
December 10th 2006



1563 Comments


I have serious doubts about Lordi's ability to make music.

Wish
December 10th 2006



262 Comments


It's an okay album but it gets awfully repetitious I think. I don't think I've ever listened to it all in one sitting.
Bring It On is my favourite song. Devil Is A Loser is good as well for the laugh factor.

JumpTheF**kUp
December 21st 2006



2708 Comments


Hard Rock Hallelujah isn't on this?

northerncomfort
December 22nd 2006



106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as such, thats the Arockalypse (god its a bad pun)

JumpTheF**kUp
December 22nd 2006



2708 Comments


Oh. The pun isn't that bad

Sepstrup
December 22nd 2006



1563 Comments


Yes it is, and so's the song. (Hard Rock Hallelujah)

JumpTheF**kUp
December 22nd 2006



2708 Comments


Yeah but the whole point of Lordi is their monster gimmick, and the Hard Rock Hallelujah / Arockalypse thing fits. Plus, as lame as it is, it's still got a huge coolness factor. :thumb:

Sepstrup
December 22nd 2006



1563 Comments


I just think it's ridiculous.

JumpTheF**kUp
December 22nd 2006



2708 Comments


Fair enough.

northerncomfort
December 22nd 2006



106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the song a lot, but there are too many rock puns in it. Well, at least it proves they're not taking themselves too seriously.

alurny
February 2nd 2007



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Blood Red Sandman. What a tune!

DrDre90
July 16th 2007



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ Jumpthef***up: It's because the song wasn't released in 2005 when "The Monsterican Dream" was released. It was released in 2006.

BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2007



44164 Comments


WOULD YOUUUU LOVE AAAA MONSTER MAN!!!!! Good band.

Epilogue
October 9th 2007



1555 Comments


They were pretty horrible at Ozzfest...

BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2007



44164 Comments


I enjoy Lordi's music much more than GWAR. If they tour together im not gonna miss it for the world. Still, im sure the crowd was into it. Did they play. WOULD YOUUU LOVEEE AAA MONSTER MAN!!!!

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2007



44164 Comments


Monster of an album. I cannot believe how much I enjoy these guys.

blackened07
October 10th 2007



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I saw this at surf brothers today (local metal cd emporium) I think I'm going to go buy it tommorow.

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2007



44164 Comments


Do it bro. It will be the best decision you've ever made in your life. Would you lovee a monstermannn.

Iamthe Nightstars
November 8th 2008



2109 Comments


"They were pretty horrible at Ozzfest..."

I was just about to say that

shrikeman1
December 9th 2008



128 Comments


I really LOVE this band. Good to know there is a band that doesn't give a damn about reviews or "sophisticated" metal fans and does what they do for fun rather than reputation.This Message Edited On 12.09.08



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