Monstrous. Epic. Finnish.
Would you love a monsterman?
Could you understand
Beauty of the beast?
A Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band formed in 1996, they are best known for wearing monster costumes on and off of the stage. They won the Eurovision 2006 contest with their single "Hard Rock Hallelujah", which also broke the contests' current record. Their music is inspired by KISS
, which also led to them performing in costume.
Lordi has also made two horror films, The Kin
and Dark Floors
, where they star as (who else?) the monsters.
- Get Heavy - 2002
- The Monsterican Dream - 2004
- The Arockalypse - 2006
- Deadache - 2008
- Babez for Breakfast - 2010
- To Beast Or Not To Beast - 2013
- Scare Force One - 2014
Current Line Up:
- Mr.Lordi - Vocals
- Amen - Guitar
- OX - Bass
- Mana - Drums
- Hella - Keyboards
- Awa - Keyboard
- Enary - Keyboard
- Kita - Drums
- Otus - Drums (Passed away on Feb. 14, 2012)
- Kalma - Bass
- Magnum - Bass
- G-Stealer - Bass
This band exhibits the following tropes:
- Album Title Drop: In "Hard Rock Hallelujah"
- "It's the Arockalypse!"
- In "Blood Red Sandman", Lordi sings "No one leaves/The Monsterican Dream".
- All Drummers Are Animals: And the rest of the band too.
- All There in the Manual: The backstories of the stage personas.
- Alter Ego Acting: The members of Lordi are never referred to by their real names in authorized works, and only give interviews in full costume, in English as opposed to their native Finnish.
- Slightly played with with Mr. Lordi himself, who has occasionally given interviews out of costume and in Finnish - but always with his back to the camera: this is mostly because he has a heavy northern Finnish accent. He was finally seen dropping this in a recent interview and speaking Finnish while in costume on-camera, mostly because the initial mystique of their band has long since faded and there's no real justification for him to not speak Finnish on camera at this point anymore since everyone already associates Lordi as being Finnish.
- Subverted when Otus' real name (Tonmi Lillman) was revealed after his death.
- An Axe to Grind: Mr. Lordi is usually sporting an axe in the stage shows.
- Ancient Astronauts: Magnum was supposedly a malicious one who caused galactic calamities by distributing technologically advanced weapons. He was killed in one of the calamities, but reanimated as a zombie.
- Beauty Is Bad: The amount of murderous gorgeous women in their songs is through the roof. "Girls go Chopping" is a good instance.
- Boy Meets Ghoul: "Would You Love A Monsterman?" in one of the interpretations. "She's a Demon" is a more straight version.
- Buxom Is Better: Why hello there, Enary◊!
- The Caligula: According to "Sir, Mr.Presideath, Sir", Mr.Presideath kills babies because they're annoying and shoots kittens.
- Call Back: In the end of "Sir, Mr.Presideath, Sir" the pilots ask two of the crew to go to the Lavatory. Those two are 'Charlene & Evilyn'.
- Don't forget 'Monster Is My Name' which calls back all the way to the lyrics of 'Get Heavy'.
- Cassandra Truth: "They Only Come Out At Night" has a brief mention to the fact nobody will believe the titular "they" exist.
- Chainsaw Good: "Chainsaw Buffet"
- Cluster F-Bomb: The chorus to "Sincerely With Love."
- Comic Book Adaptation: Three Lordi graphic novels have been released in Finland.
- Cover Version: Covers of Alice Cooper's "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" and Accept's "Midnight Mover" have been performed live. They also made a cover of "Autiotalo"/"The House" by Finnish band Dingo.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: "How to Slice a Whore" is about a company that provides services for these type of people in how to deal with their supposedly unfaithful girlfriends (hint: violently).
- Creepy Awesome: The image they're aiming to project. As far as we can tell, they've succeeded.
- Creepy Child: The little girl from the first music video of Would You Love a Monsterman◊, albeit only for her glowing eyes of doom at the end.
- Creepy Children Singing: Absolutely all over the place. The opening tracks of most albums feature them, and there's a particularly powerful (when you consider her backstory) example in "Hella's Kitchen", which is a song composed entirely of children singing.
- Creepy Doll: Keyboardist Hella, and the songs 'Schizo Doll' & 'Forsaken Fashion Dolls'.
- Cue the Flying Pigs: "It Snows In Hell" is based on another common saying of the trope, and in the song itself it seems to mean that a long-foretold day (i.e the day it snows in Hell) has finally arrived: The day the protagonist pair of lovers wouldbe do apart by death.
- Cute Is Evil: Strangely enough, this theme is everywhere. They have dozens of songs about adorable or innocent-looking girls revealing to be demonic beasts.
- Danger Deadpan: The pilot at the end of "Sir, Mr.Presideath, Sir" is very tranquil as he comments that they are going to crash against "Scare Force One".
- Dark Is Evil / Dark Is Not Evil: Zig-zagged frequently. Most of their songs feature dark creatures (namely the band members themselves) as evil creatures, but in other songs (such as "Would You Love A Monsterman?" and "Monsters Keep Me Company") they show a kinder side, and in others ("Hard Rock Hallelujah") they come across as some form of Sociopathic Hero.
- The Devil Is a Loser: Trope Namer
- The Dog Bites Back: "Monster, Monster", as described below, is about a victim flipping the tables on her killer, while the music video for "Scare Force One" has the tortured passangers revolting against its torturers
- Do Not Go Gentle: "Monster, Monster" has a victim deciding to go out in a blaze of glory against its attacker.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: According to "The Riff", he's one Hell of a guitarist who's actually a pretty nice guy.
- The Empire: A conquering Empire of monsters is the main theme of "United Rocking Dead".
- Enfant Terrible: "The Kids Who Wanna Play With The Dead" is about a group of these.
- Evil Versus Evil: In "How It Snows In Hell" there's a cloaked Knight Templar attempting to burn a Mr.Lordi's girlfriend at the stake. Effectively the video becomes Knight Templar man versus Card-Carrying Villain Mr.Lordi.
- Femme Fatale: "Deadite Girls Gone Wild" is about one of these.
- Haunted House: "House Of Ghosts".
- Heavy Meta: "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock" and "This is Heavy Metal".
- Heavy Mithril
- Helicopter Flyswatter: The intro to "Arockalypse" is a spoken news bulletin about a zombie invasion, including a snippet from a reporter who gets knocked out of the sky by a monster climbing a building.
- Hellhound: "Bring it (The Raging Hounds Return)" features them.
- Hollywood Satanism: The "Devil Is A Loser" music video starts with Mr.Lordi crashing a party of hollywood Satanists and proceeding to explain why they suck via song.
- Ice Queen: The subject of "Dynamite Tonite".
- I Love the Dead: "Last Kiss Goodbye" is about a man carrying his (clearly dead) lover to their "secret hideway", though she "still looks lovely". "Night of the Loving Dead" Inverts the trope with zombies seeking lovers.
- I'm a Humanitarian: "Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For The Cannibal"
- Kayfabe Music: What do you mean, "people in monster suits"?
- Laser-Guided Karma: "Children of the Night" features a child-killer being killed by the ghosts of the children he killed.
- Lighthouse Point: "The Ghosts of Heceta Head".
- Love Makes You Evil / Love Makes You Crazy: Any time love is mentioned, you can bet your soul it will fall within those tropes.
- Love Martyr: The narrator of "She's a Demon", who is in love with a murderous demon, but continues loving her despite the fact that..well...she's a demon. The final verses imply she ends up killing him, and he's happy with it.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: One of them is supposedly a school teacher.
- Meaningful Release Date: "Scare Force One" was released in Halloween of 2014.
- Metal Scream
- Mondegreen: Courtesy of web animator Harry Partridge, "Biomechanic Man" becomes "Bye Old Mechanic Man".
- Monster Clown: "Hell Sent In The Clowns". It's unclear if they're actually supernatural, but they're evidently murderous.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: "My Name is Monster" is a Badass Boast by the titular Monster.
- Never My Fault: "Bite It Like A Bulldog" is about a murderer who refuses to admit his blame, and instead diverts it to other people.
- 'Horrifiction' in a nutshell.
- No Export for You: The albums before The Arockalypse pretty much have to be sent for, including, funnily enough, The Monsterican Dream. Recently averted after they toured Ozzfest, as Get Heavy and The Monsterican Dream can be found in the U.S. with a little effort.
- Obsession Song: "Not the Nicest Guy" seems to be about a supernatural entity declaring its love in the most disturbing way possible.
- Perky Goth: The star of the "Hard Rock Hallelujah" music video.
- Perspective Flip: The majority of their songs talk about monsters, but "Monster, Monster" (ironically, given the name) talks about a victim flipping the tables on the actual monster.
- Pet Monstrosity: "Pet the Destroyer".
Pet the destroyer!
My beast le royal!
Sweet killing machine!
- The Power of Rock: In a lot of their music videos, they can rock hard enough to raise the dead.
- President Evil: "Sir, Mr.Presideath, sir" is about a genocidal, supernatural "Presideath".
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "HARD! ROCK! HALLELUJAH!"
- Pungeon Master: Mr.Lordi loves to crack a pun in song and album titles ("Girls go Chopping", "To Beast or not to Beast", "Deadache", "Scare Force One").
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: "Wake the Snake" and "Fire in the Hole" seems to be about rapists. Rape is also implied in a few songs, such as "Blood Red Sandman" ("On this unholy night I'll make you my own!").
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "To Hell With Pop" basically amounts to one of these. "Horrifiction" is also one towards the people who think horror movies can turn people into killers (and the killers who justify themselves with that argument).
- Rock Opera: "This is...the Arockalypse!"
- Serial Killer: Far too many to count. "Cadaver Lover" has a (Rare Female Example) necrophiliac serial killer, for instance.
- Scare Chord: Very recurring.
- Shout-Out / Song Of Song Titles: Quite a bit in "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock". Mostly to KISS.
- "Bringing Back The Balls to Rock" is actually riddled with Shout Outs. The lyrics mention: "Monsters of Rock" and "Breaking The Law", two Judas Priest songs; "SMF" (Twisted Sister); "Metal Heart" (Accept); Love Machine (WASP); "Looks That Kill" (Mötley Crüe); "Youth Gone Wild" (Skid Row); "Creatures Of The Night" (KISS); plus the Black Sabbath allusion mentioned above. And if you really want to get that deep, the expression "Stand Up And Shout" is the title of a Dio song, and, well, any metalhead when hearing an anthem about "balls" immediately thinks of "Balls To The Wall" (Accept).
- There are also shoutouts to horror movies like Army of Darkness ("The Deadite Girls Gone Wild") and other subjects like the song "Deadache" about serial killer Ed Gein.
- Blood Red Sandman's music video is best summed up as one giant tribute to Evil Dead.
- The cover of the "Beast Loose In Paradise" isn't "like" the cover of the KISS alblum Creatures Of The Night, it IS the cover, just with the faces of this band instead.
- The bassist, OX, derived his costume (minotaur) and stage name from John Entwistle's nickname, "the Ox".
- "Horrifiction" aludes to several horror films like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw, Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Evil Dead and Hellraiser.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Mr.Lordi speaks in a much softer tone than his guttural tone, and he also speaks in a thick Finnish accent, while his singing voice lacks even a hint of accent.
- Sociopathic Hero: In several songs they seem to be trying to do something positive (in "Devil Is a Loser" they're mocking Satanists, in "Hard Rock Hallelujah" they're preaching the religion of Metal and helping outcasts, in "It Snows In Hell" Mr.Lordi saves a woman from being burnt at the stake), it's just that they also happen to be murderous, sadistic monsters.
- Stage Names
- Stalker with a Crush: "Not the Nicest Guy" is a supernatural variation.
- Stalking Is Love: Present every time they talk about love or romance. Given they are supernatural monsters, it's not exactly surprising.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: "My Heaven Is Your Hell" is about this.
- The Movie: Dark Floors, a horror movie starring the cast of Lordi was released in 2008. A short film called The Kin was released four years prior with the same gimmick.
- Take That: "To The Hell With Pop" and "Bringing the Balls Back to Rock" are both aimed at the current state of music industry, and "Horrifiction" is a giant Take That to people who try to trace back Serial Killer's behaviors to horror movies.
- Title of the Dead: "Night of the Loving Dead"
- Town with a Dark Secret: "Haunted Town" is about a small town where zombies come back from the dead.
- Up to Eleven: Expressed in "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock".
- Voice of the Legion: Death apparently speaks like this, as Mr.Lordi's voice distorts every time he quotes him.
- Villain Song: Given their shtick is being movie monsters, most of the songs qualify. But specifically there's "Kalmageddon", for the former band-member Kalma.
- Villain with Good Publicity: "Sir, Mr.Presideath, Sir" shows a pretty wildly beloved "Presideath".
- Woman Scorned: "Girls Go Chopping" is about zombie Woman Scorned.
- Would Hurt a Child: "Children of the Night" is about a child-killer being driven insane by the ghosts of the children he killed.