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Lordi @ Le Petit Bain, Paris, France 17/10 – 18

Posted in Concerts, Music, Travels, Uncategorized with tags , on October 17, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

THIS BLOG DOES OF COURSE CONTAIN SPOILERS – so if you wish to be surprised during Sextourcism, don’t read this just yet!

So it was time! First gig of the tour for me, and what better band to being with than Lordi themselves? No better band if you ask me. We started the day relatively late though, I’ll admit. Once meeting up with Laura we headed off to Starbucks for a quick breakfast / lunch / dinner (you know how it goes on tour – it’s all pretty much the same meal) and then stopped by a bakery to pick up some cake.

You see, it’s Nathan’s birthday today. And three years ago, we met Nathan because we were celebrating Paula’s birthday in the line, and offered him cake. So naturally, we had to do the same for him right?

Upon arriving at Le Petit Bain, we noticed he was together with Paula and Martine, so good thing we picked up a lot of cake! We gave him, them, two pieces of the cake and then we stood around and talked for a long time, all the time until the doors opened actually. Was really nice catching up with Martine and Paula whom I haven’t met in a long time. When the doors opened, we got into the venue and Laura and I placed ourselves on the “balconies” or however I should call them, for a really good view of the show.

So, a little sad thing going on. Egokills entered the stage when it was set to be their play time, only to tell us they would not be performing tonight. One of the guitarists had injuried his wrist so badly he was unable to play, but we still gave them a big round of applause. Must have sucked though – a sold out venue and everything.

However, nothing bad that doesn’t bring something good with it. This gave Silver Dust an even long set to play!

Silver Dust

Silver Dust, the swiss metal band who was the opener for Lordi last time on their Monstour as well are back, and this time they got their new album “House 21” in the baggage with them. The show had changed a bit since last time I saw them – and the show has been elevated a bit. The new show includes a lot more interaction and incorporation of the magic mirror, which makes it all to a new level.

The show on the other hand was really good. They performed a good set – got the crowd going – well, a french city would love a band who sings almost exclusively in French no? Despite having a mishap with Kikis guitarsolo, they got it through really well. Kudos to them!

After over an hour (!) they left the stage, and preparations for Lordi began. It’s funny, how even the smallest of waits like this can feel like forever. I guess it’s because I got tired. I’ve been very sleep deprived this whole week, I guess it was catching up with me. Not to mention when I finally sat down, haha!

Lordi

But finally, “God of Thunder” started echoing in the speakers, and seriously, there is something absolutely numbing as well as adrenaline kicking whenever this starts. Intro started rolling, bandmembers walked on stage and they started off their set with “Sexorcism”.

To my.. I want to say big, but I have to say EXTREME surprise, “Would you Love a Monsterman?” was second song of the setlist. It’s pretty much set me off. I just stared at Laura like “what on earth are they doing?”. It’s like back on the Scare Force tour, when they had “Hard Rock Halleujah” very early in the set. I dont even know what to feel about it, I was just “ok..” the whole time, pretty much.

THEN. THEN my dear friends. “Missing Miss Charlene” was brought out. Seriously, I mean, the more they play from “Deadache” the better of course, but still, this was such a nice surprise. The song faded over in “House of Ghosts”, with a new trick that actually made me walk backwards straight into the people behind me – as they launch off the chorus in “House of Ghosts”, a ghost will jump out, straight over the crowds heads, from the door opening on the stage setting they had. Unexpected, and scared me enough to have my primal instincts getting myself out of there. Well done!

While on the subject of theatrics, lets take a moment to talk about the stage. It was massive. The set up. It’s closer to the castle from “The Arockalypse” than anything, but still very different. It’s like a.. cellar? I guess? A castle, but the inside of it? A chamber? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly, but it had the detail of the castle.

“Your Tongue’s Got the Cat” was next on the list, and seriously, this one really is a treat live. It’s so nice. The song launched into a pretty nice drumsolo, that apparently had tricks in it that I either didn’t pay attention to, or didn’t see at all because of my location in the venue, but all the same, it’s nice to see Mana in action.

“Blood Red Sandman” was next, and THE CRIB IS BACK. THE FUCKING CRIB IS BACK BABY. Oh yes. I’ve waited for this. Or have I? I don’t know if I have, but I’m glad it’s back. This time around, it is quite a theatrical show actually.

“It Snows in Hell” was next song – I must quickly admit something – this is the second show around now where I just can’t do my upside down thing, and it FEELS SO WEIRD. After all these years it’s just plop, gone! What.

Next up was Hella’s keyboard solo, which also, contained tricks that was impossible for us to see becasue of from where we were watching the show, but the solo itself was really cool.

The next surprise in the setlist was “She’s a Demon”. A song from “Scare Force One” that was very well liked, and it’s finally made its way into the setlists. And it was soooo good! It was unbelievable!

“Naked in my Cellar” was next on the list, and it was a rioter. Well, actually, the crowd has been pretty crazy all show I’ll say. This is why I almost prefer European shows to Swedish, the crowd is just that much better.

And then. Lights started flashing all around the hall, reminding me of the lights in “Night Witches”, and sirens calling and “Rock Police” started playing. THAT is a song I’ve wanted to have back in the setlist for so long, and seeing it make a comeback, without the electric chair though, is soo good. Wow, that was so awesome.

Next up was OX’s bassolo, which is a bit of an upgrade since last time – a little different, but conceptually the same. The song did however not erupt into “Bite It Like a Bulldog” this time, but rather “Hug You Hardcore”. Yeah, I may or may not have my own opinions of this song, but it is damn good live.

“The Riff” was the next song, always a pleasure. Amen’s guitarsolo was up next – and I noticed a little pattern in both OX’s and Amen’s solos, with a female voice over kind of selling the solos in a more sexual way, which was interesting and nice, I guess.

“Who’s Your Daddy?” was the last song, surprisingly without the sperm-machine or whatever you wanna call it, but it’s not the end of the world you know.

The band left the stage, and later returned to fire off “Devil is a Loser” With a NEW SET OF WINGS. I could tell right away that this was not the same wings as before – and they look so good! They are a lot higher, almost making him look like a bat, at least on a smaller stage like this. Seriously, amazing.

“Hard Rock Halleujah” was the last song of the show, and the band thanked for themselves and left the stage.

Wow, this show, I’m telling you! LORDI IS BACK BABY! At least that is what I’ve pretty much been walking around saying ever since. Ok, they never really left, but it’s been a long time, very long time, since I last saw Lordi have a show like this. It was amazing. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a Lordi show this much since.. Deadache tour? Can it have been that long? I think it truly has. This was so good to hear, made me effervescent and my little heart almost burst with love.

After the show, we headed over to the meet and greet. It was Nathan’s birthday after all, so we set up a meet for both him and Laura. After some time, we finally got in, and it escalated in a way I could never have imagined, with the band actually singing to him. Did I mention my heart bursted with love? Well if it hadn’t already, now I’m dead. Like I said before, Lordi is the love of my life and this is exactly way.

Paula and Martine was kind enough to get the merch for us, and once out we headed out of the venue and spent the rest of the evening by the tourbus with Silver Dust, Lordi, and a lot of epicness and laughter all the way until 4 am in the morning when we all went our separate ways.

Thank you all of the people who were involved in this evening, you are bloody amazing. Each and everyone of you.

// Sara

 

 

REVIEW: Lordi – Sexorcism

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 20, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, Ladies and Gentlemen – here we are. Two years, well, not two years perhaps, but finally – a new Lordi album has seen the light of day. I’ll admit I am amongst those fans who have been a bit taken aback by the sudden change in themes from the band, but I’ve always decided to not take anything out in advance. Well, not too much anyway. “Sexorcism” is the ninth studio album from Finnish monster rock band and is said to be their most controversial album yet. I guess we shall see about that huh?

As per usual, I prepare you for potential use of my own names of the songs if I deem the title to complicated for my little brain to process. But you are used to that by now, aren’t you?

So, let’s get to it huh? The album opens with an intro of a priest chanting unhearable verses, like one is performing an (s)exorcism, before launching into a “Demonarchy” like guitarriffs and upbeat, cheerful melodylines, musical accessories and anthemlike chants that makes up the opening track, as well as the titletrack “Sexorcism”.

The track serves as a good opening phrase to what we are about the experience on the album as a whole. “Kittycat” is the second song, which launches us straight back to “Deadache”, and more specifically “Missing Miss Charlene” with some spices from Reckless Love’s “Back To Paradise” in the verses, calling for a very familiar yet different kind of song, but in every good possible way.

Starting from here it gets a little weaker. While “Romeo Ate Juliet” is a heavier and faster song, with the “classic” kind of horror lyrics we are used to with Lordi, it still falls somewhat flat on the album, for me. It feels like a lot could have been done, but wasn’t.

Same goes for “Naked In My Cellar” – the music video song, even though I really DO, for some reason, enjoy Mr Lordi’s newfound Ozzy Osbourne voice. I can imagine this song being real fun live though, despite all.

This continues on with “The Beast is Yet To Cum” – and it finally comes back alive with “Polterchrist”, with an eerie intro sung by a girl named Isabella, evolving into a lowkey, yet rough constipated-sung kind of verse, exploding in a crowdfriendly and adrenaline kicking chorus. The lyrics are haunting as well – precisely the type of thing I’d expect and want from this band.

However, the album really does pick up it’s pace then the intro from heavens appears – it sounds like a perfect mix of the epicness found in HammerFall’s “Crimson Thunder” and anything 80’s. The song itself seem to be a “Sick Flick” 2.0, following a similar theme. I feel this song might be one of those under dog songs that will grow to be very, very popular.

From here it’s a bit of a lukewarm soup. While both “Rimskin Assassin” and “Hell Has Room” has their own shares of comedy as well as musical craftmanship (the solo in “Rimskin Assassin” is marvellous), it leaves much to be wished for.

However, the pace IS in fact picked up a bit for the last three songs – “Hot and Satanned” being a typical revenge kind of song with enough musically erotic elements to make sure I’ll sign up for those damned pole dancing classes come this fall. And if a song makes you do that, you know it’s the shit. “Sodomesticated Animal” follows the line of being very typical Lordi with an extremly crowdfriendly chorus and the whole album is then wrapped up with the calm, eerie and very cosy “Haunting Seasons” which sums up the album perfectly.

Quite frankly, I feel that this album is all over the place. It has some really, and then I mean really, good songs and material, but the bits and pieces that weren’t all too great falls flat. There is most definitely an increase in sexually loaded songs as compared to before, but it’s not quite as bad as I would have expected it to be – so calm down you all. It’s not quite as controversial as I’d have expected it to be, but what is and what is not?

Musically I think it’s going in the same kind of veins as it has previously, with some of the newer elements from “Demonarchy” finding it’s way into the making of this. What I’m very keen on is all the accessories added here and there, which adds a lot more interest to the songs. Well done!

Favorite song: Tie between “Your Tongue’s Got the Cat” and “Hot and Satanned”. For several reasons.
Least Favorite: “The Beast is Yet To Cum”
Dance-friendliness:  6/13
Headbang-friendliness:  9/ 13
Crowd-friendliness: 9/13


(Label: AFM Records)

CDON I Amazon I Ginza

// Sara

 

 

Your Tongue’s Got The Cat

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , on April 13, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Sooo exciting times! Lordi has finally released their first single off their upcoming album “Sexorcism” and it’s no less than “Your Tongue’s Got The Cat”. Or as I say it, another song to list under songs without a cool acronym.

Here it is folks! Video and song and everything.

Let’s talk about the video first.

I LOVE the video. It’s a little bit… well, it gets you a bit epileptic. But it’s so beautifully made! I love each and everyone of Mr L’s drawings, and adding in the members pictures fits so well. Like, this was really well made. I love the little symbols that seem to have been added for each member – like a gymbadge if you like.

So, over to the song.

Sooo, I am like so pleased. I was a little worried with this era that things were about to go superduperultra sexual, so it’s beyond nice to see a song with normal, horror, Lordi lyrics. Well, what in my eyes are normal.

The song however, throws me right back to “Deadache” era. Which is anything but a problem, seeing “Deadache” is still my top Lordi album. The song seem a bit like a mixture between “Missing Miss Charlene” and Reckless Love’s song “Back to Paradise” – mostly the verses melody line –  which was the first thing that caught my attention with the song. But it’s so good. Like, super. A very nice throwback to the 80’s just in the way I want it.

Now, I’m for real excited for the album. Just a month and more left. Feeling all giggly.

// Sara

New Mask – Amen

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags on April 3, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

So here he is! The “ancient assassin” – I love that they add the old titles of the band. Finally starting to use the backstories they once had. Are any of the newer fans even aware of them? No clue.

That aside, this one MAJOR upgrade from “Monstereophonic” where I don’t even know anymore how I felt about. It was odd. Beyond odd. So seeing him with a new, vicious face just rubs me the right way.

I particularly like that the eyes has been shaped into having a constant angry face – in change from the like, surprised? kind of face he had before. Exposed bone above the eye. And seems like someone, got his nose.

Either way, it’s a major upgrade. And I like it.

// Sara

 

New Mask – OX

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 2, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

So here he is! The hellbull, up and close. OX has never been among my favorite costumes before – I have liked him, but he’s never been among my favorite designs.

Until now.

Because for the first time, probably ever with OX, I felt absolutely terrified when I saw him.

He’s gone from being an ordingary carcass of a bull to some mix between Belsebub and Krampus looking extremely vicious. The brand new red skintone doesn’t exactly help either – making him look like he burned in hell and returned to haunt the lives of us puny peasants.

His hair seem to come in dreads now, rather than one big wig as it was before, unless this is just a trick of the image, and I love the skull pearls that has been added to it.

Now, I can’t even begin to wait for the full on body shots to investigate the bodies a bit more.

// Sara

Sexorcism – a run down

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , on March 31, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, the new album artwork and title as well as the tracklisting has finally been revealed! Well it’s some time ago now since I wrote this entry, of course, but nonetheless, it’s that joyous time again when things are happening in the Lordicamp.

So. “Sexorcism” huh. Lordi is really following down the path from “Hug You Harcore”, aren’t they? I don’t know what to feel about it. On the one hand, it’s all the same to me. It’s just a title. But on the same time, being not the biggest fan of “Hug You Hardcore” it does make my eyeballs pop.

The artwork on the other hand… Again, well done on Mr L for completing yet another masterpiece, althought the feminist inside of me wants to scream and protest, I won’t. Because I guess this goes hand in hand with the title and potential theme of the album.

So, what about tracklists?

01 Sexorcism
02 Your Tongue’s Got The Cat
03 Romeo Ate Juliet
04 Naked In My Cellar
05 The Beast Is Yet To Cum
06 Polterchrist
07 SCG9: The Documented Phenomenon
08 Slashion Model Girls
09 Rimskin Assassin
10 Hell Has Room
11 Hot & Satanned
12 Sodomesticated Animal
13 Haunting Season

So yeah. This tracklist doesn’t… well. It goes hand in hand with the album title does it? I’m still a 100% concerned that this is just a 13 track long “Hug You Hardcore” kind of album.

Deep inside I wish and hope that “Romeo Ate Juliet” is in fact about a high school boy eating up his promdate, as I told Nathan some time ago. That “Haunting Season” is really about like, haunting peasants and killing them, and what not, they can still just as well be about Romeo eating Juliet out, and Haunting Season being about preying on well, partners.

“Your Tounge’s Got The Cat” is another one that has me in a twist. Cat as in Pussy, or just a very long tounged monster eating your little cat? Who the hell knows?

Maybe “The Beast Is Yet To Cum” is just about a beast arriving some place, like to his date with Belle, without any sexual undertones. However I’m meant to interpret “Rimskin Assassin” any other way than about anal fisting, I have no idea.

I feel like this era is threading on thin lines. It could be genius, pure gold, just as well as it could be a complete disaster. The titles could be exactly what they are told out to be, as well as be the exact opposite just to screw with us.

I guess we just have to wait, don’t we?

// Sara

New costumes – new era

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 20, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Wow I have so much to catch up on. But rather start here and now, right?

Sooo, it’s those exciting times again in the Lordi cycle – the new era, the new costumes – the new album – everything! And first out, the costumes

So there you have it people! The new Lordi 2018!

And wow.  This was not at all what I expected, and I’d be lying if I denied that my eyes went first to Hella. Her game has sure as hell been sexed up, but she’s looking damn good doing it. If I hadn’t known that she has some say in her own costumes, I’d probably be burning up over it, but since she do – all kudos to her. And I’m beyond happy she’s back to blonde. FINALLY. And also. Is it her babies on her bra or what?

I like Amen’s new look. With the picture that’s been delivered you can’t see much detail just yet, but his mask must be one of the more evil ones he’s had. But then again, not a lot of improvement was needed considering “Monstereophonic” costume was his lowest one TO DATE.

The first thing that came to mind upon seeing Mana was Kita’s costume from Deadache era 2008. Like, they have the same barber. And his fangs look nice. Aside that, you can’t really see much of him with what is given.

Same kind of goes for Mr Lordi. I am totally digging the skulls as well as the eyeball necklace, and the mask is looking damn good – but too covered.

Now, OX… Maybe I’m just wearing off the first crush or something, but this is by far the best costume OX has had. He’s looking absolutely terrifying, like the devil himself was reincarnated into a hellbull and put in a band in Finland. It’s been some time since I felt intimidate by someone in this band… But now I am. Well done!

So. That’s the first impressions. Lets now await the close ups for a more, broken down, look at the costumes

// Sara