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Lordi - Scare Force One

by Kevin Wierzbicki

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Who would you expect to meet if you were up in the cold far north above the Arctic Circle? Santa Claus? Well maybe. Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland is one such place and there you are far more likely to encounter a monster or two, rock 'n' roll monsters that is, as the chilly location is the home stomping grounds of melodic metal monster band Lordi. And right now Lordi has something in common with St. Nick; they've given their fans a gift in the form of new album Scare Force One. The brainchild of group leader and vocalist Mr. Lordi, Lordi is a five piece featuring three other guys and one woman that specializes in horror-themed tunes. Rather than cloak their monster madness in darkness though, Lordi rock up tales of terror like "She's a Demon," "Cadaver Lover" and "The United Rocking Dead" with crisp classic metal guitar riffs, bright keys melodies and lyrics that call for a sing-along with Mr. Lordi's gruff delivery. A perfect example is "Scare Force One" with its Judas Priest-recalling arrangement and lyrics about eyes being pecked out and skeletons coming to life; the song is spooky but at the same time very anthemic. Another of the best songs on the album is the speedy (Lemmy would approve) "Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein," a party-in-the-graveyard rocker where Frankie isn't too interested in death and destruction; he's busy knocking back Jack and Cokes and looking for a little lady monster action. Oddly enough the scariest song on the album is wordless; on "Hella's Kitchen" keys player Hella sings a few "La la las" to a spare piano melody while a child giggles in the background, resulting in an interlude that conjures an image of psycho mom about to do something unspeakable. The piece is very brief though so it's over before it can get too terrifying and overall the mood here is more fun-packed and a little lighter than you might expect. So yes, every time Scare Force One takes off it's going to be a completely full flight.

Pre-order Scare Force One here.

Watch the lyric video for "Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein" here.

Lordi - Scare Force One
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