Would you love a monsterman? Could you understand Beauty of the beast?
A Finnish hard rock 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 byKISS, 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.Albums:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
"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".
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.