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The Arockalypse

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  • Okay, maybe that’s a little presumptuous of me to say, but it’s with good reason. Every once in a while, a band comes along with the kind of music I never thought was possible. If Lordi’s music was sub-par, I’d call them Gwar rip-offs without a second thought. These songs, however, are SO rocking, SO in your face, SO dripping with passion and intensity that the fact that they so brazenly adopted this (well)done-before monster theme (and no, I haven’t forgotten about the guys who started it all: KISS) makes what could easily have been considered borderline plagiarism an all-the-more BALLSY statement. If you’ve been waiting eons for a rock band to kick your backside into next year and beyond, it is your duty to purchase this record right now.

    Posted on December 31, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The CD I ordered was great and the delivery was perfect timing. Ordering from Amazon is that easy and take advantage of the PayPal payment method.
    On Arockalypse, the group Lordi rocks big time! I haven’t heard a band like this for about 20 years and can’t get enough of ‘em!!! If you like KISS, Scorpion, Cinderella, ect., try listening to these guys! Total Rockage!!!!

    Posted on December 31, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It’s obvious right from the second track that Lordi is deeply enriched in the power metal days of the 80’s, spewing references to KISS, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Skid Row, and others, and devoted followers of horror films, particularly 80’s slashers (they actually cover Alice Cooper’s “He’s Back”, the theme somg to Friday the 13th Part 6).

    The disc is chock-full of great riff material, and Mr. Lordi’s unforgettable growl. All the songs handle blistering choruses with guitar solos (some from guest starts from KISS and Twisted Sister) and great keyboards, and they all handle the dark-lyrics-played-for-fun mold that have you SCREAMIN’ the songs right along with them.

    At first glance, I’m sure the majority of the crowd spots another GWAR, but that sells both acts short — wheras Lordi focuses on horror and pyrotechnics, GWAR has always been rooted in perversity and the grotesque. Each do what they do gloriously, but are fairly uncomparable other than living in their make-up.

    In closing, this CD is a great mix for those who love KISS, Judas Priest, and even GWAR, and if you’ve ever seen one of their videos or live performances, you know they bring the fun and electricity of these songs out ever greater!

    Posted on December 31, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When I first saw Lordi’s “Hard Rock Hallelujah” video on music choice, I said the same thing everyone says: a goofy imitation of GWAR. Yes, GWAR is pretty goofy, but Lordi is what we might call MAD goofy. All goofiness aside, though, that song ended up growing on me and I can now call myself a bona fide Lordi fan, having bought the album and seen them at Ozzfest. The main difference between Lordi and GWAR is that you can actually listen to Lordi’s songs. It’s not just an “awful racket.” Virtually every song on The Arockalypse is super catchy, memorable, anthemic, and extremely silly. I can honestly say that I enjoy every song on the album. My favorite is, of course, “Hard Rock Hallelujah,” but other highlights include “The Deadite Girls Gone Wild,” “It Snows In Hell,” “Supermonstars,” and “Would You Love A Monsterman.”

    One notable aspect of Lordi’s music is their choice of subject matter, which covers a number of high-brow topics such as sexy zombies and chainsaw buffets. It’s tough to fault them for it, though, since it’s all done with tongue firmly in cheek. The bottom line is that, once you get over the whole costume thing, Lordi is as legit a band as any other. As many inebriated members of the Ozzfest audience so eloquently pointed out, they’re not hardcore enough to be considered “real” metal any more. But that happens to be just fine by me, since “hardcore” is not exactly the first word I’d use to describe my tastes in music. Unfortunately, despite Lordi’s user-friendly brand of metal, I don’t think we’ll be seeing much more of them here in the USA. Success for them in this country would involve rewinding the pop-cultural midset about 25 years (not that I’d mind, but it seems unlikely).

    Posted on December 31, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I stumbled across Lordi on DIVX Stage6. As an idealistic and therefore disenchanted Boomer, I’m an unlikely candidate for “death metal”. However, Lordi presents a refreshing paradox. In spite of their peculiar subject matter, these folks crank the Marshall amps with such tongue-in-cheek zeal (and so many pyrotechnics) that I can’t help but like them. Then, when I found myself humming “Who’s Your Daddy?” and smiling in the middle of an otherwise annoying business meeting, I knew I had to buy a copy and rip it to MP3! How could I not support such joyfully in-my-face iconoclasm? When the CD arrived, I was delighted to find that a bonus video was also included. The video clips of Lordi making their way through Athens in full costume are absolutely precious! What a wonderful farce. Rock on!

    Posted on December 31, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now