I had the pleasure of first experiencing LORDI at the 2007 Ozzfest tour. As one of the four main stage acts, I was really curious as to what the band was all about and what warranted a main stage nod with the likes of the great Ozzy Osborne. When LORDI hit the stage a gigantic grin immediately crept across my face. A wonderful medley of pyrotechnics, costume, showmanship, and pure classic Metal fury enveloped the audience. From the get go, I knew these guys (and gal) could rock!
Needless to say, after that show I became an instant LORDI fan. Many compare the band to the likes of GWAR, which is a very narrow observation. Sure, LORDI wears gorrific costumes, but the foundation and overall look of the band is a much more unified complexity as opposed to pure shock value. Furthermore, LORDI’s musicianship surpasses the likes of GWAR. I like GWAR; I love LORDI. A more fair comparison would be the likes of Alice Cooper, Motorhead, and Twisted Sister.
Deadache, the band’s fourth studio album, brings a bit more edge to their musical ascension. Songs such as “Bite It Like A Bulldog” and “Man Skin Boots” jump out as immediate favorites indicative of their earlier hits. But after listening to the album a few more times, the journey becomes even more enjoyable. “Girls Go Chopping” and “Dr. Sin Is In” contain some hilarious lyrics (even a Miss Piggy reference), while the title track “Deadache” and “Missing Miss Charlene” continue to resonate in my head on a daily basis.
If you’re a fan of bands/performers like KISS, Alice Cooper, Motorhead, and/or Twisted Sister, definitely check out LORDI. I would also recommend purchasing their debut album, Get Heavy.