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!