Lordi

Lordi

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Lordi

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Lordi
Not to be confused with Lorde.

Lordi is a Finnish hard rock band, formed in 1992[1] by the band's lead singer, songwriter and costume-designer, Mr. Lordi. The band is known for wearing monster masks and using pyrotechnics during concerts. They rose to domestic success in 2002 with their first single, "Would You Love a Monsterman?".

Lordi made history in 2006 by becoming the first, and still today the only hard rock act to win the Eurovision Song Contest. They are the only Finnish Eurovision Song Contest winner.

Lordi has been featured on the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen when the band's frontman, Mr. Lordi, presented the award for rock. They were also the closing act, playing their single "Hard Rock Hallelujah". Lordi has performed on the main stage at Ozzfest in 2007 and later that year toured with Type O Negative and Twin Method until Halloween night.

Members of Lordi always wear masks at interviews and have stated their desire for their personal identities to remain private. The band has not confirmed or denied the accuracy of these names. However, they have been widely published in the media and on websites.[2]

History

Formation (1992-2002)

Lordi was formed in 1992 as a solo project by Mr. Lordi. Lordi's very first demo album Napalm Market was done in 1993. The album included a song "Inferno", which also got a music video, all done by Mr. Lordi. In the music video Mr. Lordi performed unmasked but he had made monster make-up for his friends who played secondary role in the video. After the video was done, Mr. Lordi got an idea of a band of monsters. In 1996 Mr. Lordi organized a Kiss cruise for Finnish Kiss fans from Finland to Sweden. During the cruise he met musicians Amen and G-Stealer, and told them about his music project called Lordi. After the cruise they joined the band. One year later Enary joined the band on keyboard and the band recorded their first album, Bend Over And Pray The Lord. At the time when the album was recorded, the band didn't have a drummer and they used MIDI drum tracks in place of a real drummer.[3]

Ari Tiainen, the owner of their record company, had originally planned to publish the album; however, the company did not have sufficient resources to market it. Tiainen recommended Lordi to the record label Kimmo Hirvonen's Records, owned by Anaconda. The album was planned to release in early 1999, but Anaconda Records went bankrupt shortly before the planned release date and the album was never released.[3]

The band never performed with the original line-up, though they had been promised a record release gig in 1999. During the same year G-Stealer left the band because of work commitments and was replaced by Magnum, whom Mr. Lordi had met via Kiss Army Finland. In 2000, drummer Kita joined Lordi and the band got their first drummer. [3]

Get Heavy and domestic success (2002-2003)

After several failed attempts at obtaining a recording contract, Lordi signed a record deal with Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) Finland in 2002. In July, the band released their first single, "Would You Love A Monsterman?", which rose to number one[3] and spawned a music video. During the summer the band went under the auspices of producer TT Oksala's Finnvox Studios to record their first album,[3] though debut recording ran into several problems.[3]

In autumn 2002, bassist Magnum left the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Niko Hurme (Kalma). Though Lordi's debut album had already been recorded when Kalma joined, he appeared in the album art and the composition of the accounts. Their debut album Get Heavy was released in November, with a cover design loosely based on Kiss's Love Gun album. The original first sketch of the cover was based on Kiss's Destroyer album. The album won the 2003 Emma award for best domestic hard rock or heavy metal album, and Get Heavy has sold more than 67,000 copies. It was certified platinum in Finland in 2003 and multi-platinum in 2006.[3]

Lordi played their first gig on 8 December 2002, in Helsinki at the Nosturi Club.[3] In 2003, Lordi appeared at several music events in Finland and abroad, especially in Germany, where they played as a part of the Wacken Road Show. During some of the Germany tour, Lordi played as Nightwish's warm-up act. The tour boosted both bands' popularity in Germany and helped them sign a recording contract with the German record company Drakkar. Nightwish had already achieved solid success of joint concerts in Germany and Lordi also raised their profile in Germany.

The Monsterican Dream (2004-2005)

At the beginning of 2004, Lordi began recording their next studio album. This time the album was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa, with whom the band got along well. This second album was first released on 14 April 2004 as The Monsterican Dream. Two songs from the album, "My Heaven Is Your Hell" and "Blood Red Sandman", have since been released as singles. Corresponding with the release of the album, the band's costumes and image were also reformed. The special edition of the album also contained a DVD of the band's own short film, The Kin. The film, despite the success of the album it was attached to, has been poorly received. The Monsterican Dream went gold in 2006, and platinum in 2007; the album has now sold about 33,000 copies.

In February 2005, The Monster Show, a compilation album, was released by Sanctuary Records. Sanctuary had originally intended to market a collection of records in the United States, but these plans were halted due to financial problems. Sanctuary, however, published a compilation album in the UK. In Finland, a collection was published by Sony BMG.

The idea of The Monster Show disc collection has its roots in spring 2004, around the release of The Monsterican Dream album. Tomi Putaansuu, while interviewing the band Kiss for Inferno magazine, gave the band's bassist/vocalist, Gene Simmons, a copy of Lordi's debut album, Get Heavy (2002). Later, Simmons' assistant announced that Simmons would be willing to publish Lordi's albums in the United States, but if the band would like to share sales revenue, it would be better to publish with Sanctuary Records. Sanctuary did not want to publish either of the studio albums individually, and instead preferred a compilation of the best songs. Thus, songs were picked from Get Heavy and The Monsterican Dream, and collected in the compilation album The Monster Show. The collection was published in the spring of 2005 during the European Monstour.

Meanwhile, the internal atmosphere of the band increased in intensity and led to a dispute between members. Later that year, bassist Kalma wanted to resign because of family and financial problems. Tomi Putaansuu, trying to persuade Kalma to stay, suggested that he just play the biggest tours and other contractually obligated performances. Kalma, however, did not relent, because he wanted to be involved with the band either in full or not at all. Kalma did, however, play the bass units for the future The Arockalypse album. Kalma left the band just before Lordi entered the Eurovision Song Contest qualifier.

Two new members joined the band, bassist Samer el Nahhal and keyboardist Leena Peisa. This change in members spawned more alterations to the band's costumes. "OX's" name was originally conceived el Nahhal real first name, Samer. Since Samer is an Egyptian name, Putaansuu reached the conclusion that sounds ridiculous, as if the Egyptian hard rock band would affect a member named "Tapani". The name "OX" refers to the bull, so el Nahhal monster character was created a hybrid of man and bull. "Awa's" monster costume presented at age 26 were killed young lady, who had risen from the dead.

The Arockalypse and worldwide success (2006-2008)

Lordi's third album The Arockalypse was released on May 1st, 2006. On 20 May 2006, Lordi made history by winning the Eurovision Song Contest held in Athens with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah", becoming the first Finnish group to win the contest. The song scored 292 points, which was an all-time points record until Alexander Rybak broke it in the 2009 contest with 387 points. Lordi was also a semi-final number one and even got 292 points, which was historic, as they were the first competitors to win both the semifinals and the finals. Pasi Rantanen from the band Thunderstone performed backing vocals for the performance, wearing a Gene Simmons Kiss mask.

Lordi opened the fall of 2006 Bringing Back the Balls to Europe tour; the concert DVD was released in February 2007 as Bringing Back the Balls to Stockholm 2006. The tour ended with a surprise: during the last gig in London, 31 October, the band's former bassist, Niko Hurme, was on stage.

In November 2006, Lordi headlined the MTV Europe Music Awards, and Mr. Lordi presented the "Best Rock" award. Around the same time, Bill Aucoin, best known as the original manager of Kiss, became Lordi's manager. In spring 2007, Lordi created the Bringing Back the Balls tour, which toured in Japan and the Baltic countries. In May, the band was involved in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 held in Helsinki, and opened the competition with their winning song "Hard Rock Hallelujah".

In early summer 2007 in Oulu, the members of Lordi participated in filming of the horror film Dark Floors, which premiered on 8 February 2008. In July 2007, Lordi toured North America with the Ozzfest festival.

After the Ozzfest tour ended in late August, Lordi went on a short break. In September, it was announced that the band would go on a new tour of the U.S. with the band Type O Negative, beginning on 12 October 2007. The tour ended on 31 October 2007. During the tour, the band's tour staff, local security, and a few fans were subjected to violence. The band's tour manager Rikk Scholvinck and the security men were robbed at gunpoint by unknown assailants after a concert in Louisville, KY. Rikk Scholvinck and several fans and security escaped unharmed. However, concert goers Kristin Perrin and Ross Epstein had several items (amongst them were cell phones and car keys) were taken off of them. The would-be robbers fled the scene with a stolen car before the police arrived. Most items were returned to Kristin Perrin and Ross Epstein due to they were found down the road from the venue. As an apology, all involved received Lifetime backstage all access passes and various LORDI memorabilia. At the end of the tour the band returned to Finland to record the theme song for Dark Floors.

Deadache (2008-2009)

Lordi began recording their fourth album in the spring of 2008 and the album was released on 29 October 2008. The album, Deadache, was produced by Nino Laurenne. The release spurred yet another change in the band's costumes. The album was similar in style to its predecessors, melodic hard rock and heavy metal, though with more horror theme. Prior to the completion of the disc, it was revealed that it featured more piano solos than its predecessors, and that the recital "Missing Miss Charlene" featured a child singing. The album's first single was called "Bite It Like a Bulldog", and it was published on 3 September 2008.

Lordi announced before the release of the album that Deadache would be marketed internationally, like its immediate predecessor. "It goes without saying that the song contest of the last album distorted the situation, and this can not be sold in any case, the same number in Europe or, especially in Finland. We know that Finland is likely to disc stamped with the flop, even if it would sell double platinum, it does not sell 100 000 copies", Putaansuu Evening newspaper said in August 2008.

Shortly after the publication of Deadache Lordi made a tour of the United States in November in conjunction with Lizzy Borden. Lordi performed "Bite It Like A Bulldog" on the NBC show Late Night with Conan O'Brien on 6 November 2008.

Babez for Breakfast, band's 20th anniversary and Otus' death (2010-2012)

Putaansuu spent a week in Los Angeles with Jeremy Rubolino and former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick writing two new tracks, "Cut Off My Head" and "Call Off The Wedding". In March 2010 Mark Slaughter and Bruce Kulick played in a part of their new song. The first single, called "This is Heavy Metal", from the album, Babez for Breakfast, was released in August 2010, with the album following in September. Babez for Breakfast was recorded in Nashville, and produced by legendary Michael Wagener.

On 4 October 2010 it was announced that drummer Kita had left the band, and on October 16, OX posted on his Twitter account they had found a new drummer. On October 26, 2010 it was announced on Lordi's website that Otus had become their new drummer. Otus joined the band just before Lordi's Europe for Breakfast tour started. On 15th of February 2012 it was announced on their Facebook page that Otus had died. Due to the death of Otus, Lordi cancelled all their concerts scheduled for the beginning of 2012, but they had some summer festival concerts that they couldn't cancel. Lordi got help from the drummer of Finnish band Ironcross, who played drums for Lordi's 2012 concerts. The drummer, Jimmy Hammer, used a disguise to fit the monster band, and was simply referred to as "the drummer".[4]

In September 2012, Scarchives Vol. 1, a compilation CD+DVD, was released to celebrate Lordi's 20th anniversary. The CD contains all the songs from the unreleased album from 1997, Bend Over And Pray The Lord. The DVD contains Lordi's very first concert in Helsinki 2002. The video was edited by Otus.[1]

Keyboardist Awa left the band in fall of 2012. She was seen for the last time during Lordi's 20th anniversary concert, at Simerock in Rovaniemi, Finland on August 11.[5]

To Beast or Not to Beast (2012-present)

Lordi began recording their sixth studio album on September 1, 2012. The announced on their official website on December 17, 2012 that the new album is titled To Beast or Not to Beast and will be released on March 1, 2013. Lordi also announced two new members for the band are Mana as the drummer and Hella as the keyboardist. This album was produced and mixed by Michael Wagener, and engineered by Shani Gandhi, at WireWorld Studio in Nashville.

The first single from the new album, "The Riff", was released digitally on February 8. A European tour in support of the new album, "Tour Beast Or Not Tour Beast", started in April, 2013.

Style

Band's music style

Lordi's music is mainly hard rock combined with strong elements of heavy metal music. The band's horror-related albums, the monster costumes worn by all band members, and the horror elements of their performances are hallmarks of shock rock. The band was mostly influenced by KISS, but also by Alice Cooper and Twisted Sister.

Although the band is often perceived by the media as a heavy metal band due to their monster costumes, their musical style has more characteristics of the hard rock genre. Over the years, the band's musical style has taken a very varied direction between hard rock and metal, with the pattern seeming as though it changes between the two with every album released. Their debut album, Get Heavy, represented a large part of traditional hard rock music, but by the release of their The Monsterican Dream album in 2004, the band had shifted considerably toward heavier music and horror effects were prominently displayed. However, in their 2006 album The Arockalypse, Lordi shifted back toward hard rock, eschewing horror themes and special effects. Their 2008 studio album, Deadache, included more typical horror elements, leaning once again toward the heavier side of the spectrum. Babez For Breakfast saw the band once again shift back to the traditional hard rock elements, with an even greater exposure to the 1980s than the band's previous albums.

Costumes and masks

Lordi members have stated that their costumes were inspired by Kiss and the horror genre. Mr. Lordi himself has said that without Kiss, Lordi probably would not exist.[3] The monster masks and costumes the band use are made of foam latex.[3] The masks and costumes of Lordi are all and always made by Mr. Lordi himself.[3] As a professional make-up artist and sculptor, Mr. Lordi has the necessary knowledge to produce those things easily. The band members do each other's makeup. The band updates their outfits and masks for each new album.[3]

It takes the other band members about one hour to put their masks and costumes on, though it takes Mr. Lordi two to three hours to put on his.[3]He has also said that the suits cost them "a few hundred euros".[3]

The monster costumes are such an integral part of Lordi's publicity image that they refuse to be photographed or even interviewed without them, even if in some cases it leads to their own discomfort. Lordi has done interviews without their masks but the interviews are always filmed from the back so that their faces are not visible. Previously during interviews, Lordi members spoke only English to the cameras, not their native Finnish. In a brief segment on the BBC reporting about the band attending the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, they were shown lounging beside a pool in full sunlight, while wearing their monster costumes.

Unmasked by the media

Despite the band's strict approach in relation to their costumes, multiple newspapers have published photos of the band members without makeup. On 15 March 2006, the Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat published a photograph of Putaansuu (Mr. Lordi) in civilian clothing, with his face partially showing. Lordi has called this an insult toward them, and an attempt to destroy the "monster image" they have worked for ten years to create. On 22 May 2006, the Daily Mail published what was believed to be an old picture of the band without their makeup or masks. It was later revealed that the band in the photo was actually Children of Bodom, a different band altogether. This was acknowledged on Children of Bodom's official website.[6] The photograph did feature Erna Siikavirta, who went on to join Lordi as Enary, the band's keyboard player. However, Enary left Lordi in 2005, well before their victory at Eurovision, replaced by Awa. On the same day, Bild-Zeitung, a German tabloid, published what they claimed was a photograph of Putaansuu without his mask in its section "Bild Uncovered" with the headline "He is the Grand Prix Monster: All of Germany discusses the Ugliest Winners of all Time". Many other European tabloids and newspapers have published the same or similar photographs.

On 24 May 2006, the Finnish tabloid magazine 7 Päivää (Seven Days) published an old picture of Lordi's face on the front page, and two days later another tabloid, Katso! ("Look!"), published unmasked pictures of the other four band members.[7] Both magazines were heavily criticised by their readers for publishing these pictures, which led to swift apologies from both magazines and promises not to publish unmasked pictures of Lordi anymore.[8] On 26 May 2006, video footage was shown on television in Lithuania. It featured four men dressed in black, sitting by the table at the airport in Athens. After a few seconds, Heikki Paasonen (the Eurovision Finnish commentator) in a black Lordi shirt came and stood in front of the camera, covering the view.

Stage show

Monster suits, pyrotechnics, and horror elements are important parts of Lordi's stage show. Lordi's pyrotechnics are inspired by Kiss, while the horror elements are largely derived from horror movies with some influence from Alice Cooper. Their stage platform is also equipped with monster actors, zombies, dolls, horror movie elements, and sometimes stage dancers. Mr. Lordi is also known to use a two-headed axe.

In 2009 the band made some new special effects with big help from Weta Workshop of New Zealand. The workshop has also designed scenery for movies such as The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and 30 Days of Night.

Tributes

Lordi Square, in the centre of Rovaniemi, Finland, the home town of the lead singer Mr. Lordi, was renamed shortly after the band's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was part of a redevelopment of Rovaniemi city centre.[9]

Itella, the Finnish postal service, issued a Lordi postage stamp in May 2007 in recognition of their Eurovision win. Posti had already released Lordi's Christmas single, "It Snows in Hell" in a special Christmas card edition.[10]

A brand of soda, "Lordi Cola", was named after them and was launched in September 2006, featuring labels designed by Mr Lordi, several depicting individual members and one featuring the whole band.[11]

The 2.6.17-rc5 version of the Linux kernel was named after Lordi.

Controversies

As Lordi was appointed the Finnish representative in Eurovision Song Contest on 2006, the decision faced a lot of domestic criticism. There had been only a limited number of rock genre participants in the contest and Lordi's Hard Rock Hallelujah was one of the first ever hard rock entries in the Eurovision final. Before the contest, controversy surrounding Lordi's grim appearance spread to especially Catholic countries including host country Greece and Cyprus, where the video of Hard Rock Hallelujah was banned from the pre-event TV broadcasts.

Members

Lordi's line-ups
1992-1996
  • Mr. Lordi vocals, drums
1996-1997
  • Mr. Lordi vocals, drums
  • Amen lead guitar
  • G-Stealer bass
1997-1999
  • Mr. Lordi vocals
  • Amen lead guitar
  • G-Stealer bass
  • Enary keyboards
1999-2000
  • Mr. Lordi vocals
  • Amen lead guitar
  • Magnum bass
  • Enary keyboards
2000-2002
  • Mr. Lordi vocals
  • Amen lead guitar
  • Magnum bass
  • Enary keyboards, vocals
  • Kita - drums, vocals
2002-2005
  • Mr. Lordi vocals
  • Amen lead guitar
  • Kalma bass, vocals
  • Enary keyboards, vocals
  • Kita drums, vocals
2005
  • Mr. Lordi vocals
  • Amen lead guitar
  • Kalma bass, vocals
  • Awa keyboards
  • Kita drums, vocals
2005-2010
  • Mr. Lordi vocals
  • Amen guitar
  • OX bass
  • Awa keyboards
  • Kita drums, vocals
2010-2012
  • Mr. Lordi vocals
  • Amen guitar
  • OX bass
  • Awa keyboards
  • Otus - drums
2012present
  • Mr. Lordi vocals
  • Amen guitar
  • OX bass
  • Hella - keyboards, vocals
  • Mana - drums

Lordi started in 1992 as Mr. Lordi's solo project. Since 1996 Lordi has been a band, and since 2000 there has been always five members in Lordi.

Current members
  • Mr. Lordi - vocals (1992present)
  • Amen - guitar (1996present)
  • OX - bass (2005present)
  • Hella - keyboards, backing vocals (2012present)
  • Mana - drums (2012present)
Former members
  • G-Stealer - bass (1996-1999)
  • Enary - keyboards (1997-2005)
  • Magnum - bass (1999-2002)
  • Kita - drums, backing vocals (2000-2010)
  • Kalma - bass (2002-2005)
  • Awa - keyboards (2005-2012)
  • Otus - drums (2010-2012; his death)
Timeline

Characters

Each member of Lordi has his/her own character and stage name. The member of the band creates his/her character and costume along with Mr. Lordi. The only exception is the alien manbeast character which was originally made for G-Stealer but it was later used by Kita.

Tours

Tour Date Location
Wacken Road Show 14. April - 25 April 2003 Germany
European Monstour 11. April - 30 April 2005 Europe
Bringing Back The Balls To Finland 3 March - 28 April 2006 Finland
(anonymous victory celebration tour) 3 March - 28 April 2006 Europe
Bringing Back The Balls To Europe 16. September - 31 October 2006 Europe
Bringing Back The Balls To Baltia 21. February - 25 February 2007 Baltia
Bringing Back The Balls To Japan 6. April - 13 April 2007 Japan
Ozzfest 12. July - 30 August 2007 North America
Halloween Tour 12. October 31. October 2007 USA
USA Tour 2008 7. November - 24 November 2008 USA
Deadache Europe Tour 2009 29. January 2009 16. April 2009 Europe
Europe For Breakfast 5. November - 19. December 2010 Europe
Metal festival tour 8. July - 25. November 2011 Europe
20th Anniversary of Lordi Tour 2. June - 11. August 2012 Finland
Tour Beast Or Not Tour Beast 3. April - 19. October 2013 Europe, Japan
Tour Beast Or Not Tour Beast part II 5. December - 30. December 2013 Europe

Discography

Studio albums

  • Bend Over and Pray the Lord (1997)
  • Get Heavy (2002)
  • The Monsterican Dream (2004)
  • The Arockalypse (2006)
  • Deadache (2008)
  • Babez for Breakfast (2010)
  • To Beast or Not to Beast (2013)

Compilation albums

  • The Monster Show (2005)
  • Zombilation - The Greatest Cuts (2009)
  • Scarchives Vol. 1 (2012)

Singles

  • "Would You Love a Monsterman?" (2002)
  • "Devil Is a Loser" (2003)
  • "My Heaven Is Your Hell" (2004)
  • "Blood Red Sandman" (2004)
  • "Hard Rock Hallelujah" (2006)
  • "Who's Your Daddy?" (2006)
  • "It Snows In Hell" (2006)
  • "They Only Come Out At Night" (2007)
  • "Beast Loose in Paradise" (2008)
  • "Bite it Like a Bulldog" (2008)
  • "Deadache" (2008)
  • "This Is Heavy Metal" (2010)
  • "Rock Police" (2010)
  • "The Riff" (2013)

Music videos

  • "Would You Love a Monsterman?" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2002)
  • "Devil is a Loser" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2003)
  • "Blood Red Sandman" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2004)
  • "Hard Rock Hallelujah" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2006)
  • "Who's Your Daddy?" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2006)
  • "Would You Love A Monsterman 2006" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2006)
  • "It Snows In Hell" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2006)
  • "Hard Rock Hallelujah" Special Edition (Directed by Antti Jokinen) (2007)
  • "Bite It Like A Bulldog" (Directed by Limppu Lindberg) ( 2008)
  • "This Is Heavy Metal" (2010)
  • "The Riff" (Directed by Martin Muller) (2013)

DVDs

  • "Market Square Massacre" (2006)
  • "Bringing Back the Balls to Stockholm" (2007)
  • "It Snows In Hell music video" (available from Finnish Posti outlets) (2007)
  • "Dark Floors" (Horror movie) (2008)

Other

  • "Napalm Market" (1993), unreleased demo album.

Cover songs

  • "Almost Human" - a song from the Bend Over and Pray the Lord album (original by Kiss)
  • "Midnight Mover", a live song from 2003 - released in the single "They Only Come Out at Night" (original by Accept)
  • "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" - performed in concerts in 2003 (original by Alice Cooper[12])
  • "The House" - lyrics by Mr. Lordi, recorded for Dingo's tribute album (original by Dingo).

Filmography

The Kin

Cast:

  • Lauri Haukkamaa (Director)
  • Amanda Thurman as Anna Henderson
  • Bruce Marsland as Jonathan
  • Delia De Giovanni as Julie Henderson
  • Sirkka Runolinna as Anna's mother
  • Matti Ruuhonen as Birger Westling
  • Anna Kaarna as Possessed girl
  • Nick Lovelock as Marty

In 2004, Lordi co-wrote and starred in their own short film, The Kin, which was released on a special edition of "The Monsterican Dream" (CD/DVD or DualDisc versions) as a way of expanding the band's image and theatricality. It was co-written and directed by Lauri Haukkamaa, with contribution by Adam Vandor. It introduces the audience to members of the band and establishes the concept of superhuman monsters though at no time is any of the band's music played.

The film follows a young writer who loses her mother in a train wreck while she is trying to get her book on non-human creatures published. After a series of problems arise, the monsters, played by the members of Lordi, begin to kill people as well as bend time and space to ensure the publication of the book.

The film shares a lot of Lovecraftian concepts as well as style and pays homage to several B movies and horror films. Only a limited number of DVDs were published and therefore the film's availability has been low. The Kin has also been released on the Market Square Massacre DVD.

Lordi-documentary

Finnish production company Illume Oy has acquired exclusive rights to make a film about the Eurovision -winning monster-band Lordi. The film follows the band and its leading man Tomi Putaansuu, aka Mr Lordi, behind the scenes for the first time. It will include new archive material from Tomi Putaansuu's childhood and from the very birth of the band twenty years ago.

The international project's premiere is planned for Spring 2014. Filming has taken place in Finland and elsewhere in Europe as well as in the US. Development support has come from Finnish funders and also from the MEDIA programme of the European Union.

The Director, Antti Haase is an award winner, for example Film Australia Documentary Award and Luleå Art Bienniale. Producers for Illume Oy are Venla Hellstedt and Jouko Aaltonen.

Director Antti Haase says: 'When we were children Tomi was the one and only friend who passionately wanted to be a monster. I believe that Lordi's story will appeal to everyone who refuses to give up their dreams, despite the greatest obstacles.'

Mr Lordi says: 'We wanted to lift the curtain on the band's image at long last and enlighten the reality behind the masks and the costumes, that is sometimes not so glamorous. Never before have we let cameras in to follow our life so closely. Antti is the best Director for this film, because he knows where the band and I spring from. Our childhood homes are just a few hundred meters apart in Rovaniemi, Lapland.'

Dark Floors

Main article: Dark Floors

Other releases

Official comics

  • "Monster Magazine" (2002)
  • "The Uninvited Guests" (Released in Suosikki -magazine) (2002)
  • "Keräilijä" (Released in Jysäys -magazine) (2006)
  • Lordi 1: "Alkuperä" ("The Origin") (2006)
  • Lordi 2: "Verenjano" ("Bloodthirst") (2007)
  • Lordi 3: "Verensininen" ("Blue Blood") (2008)
  • "Graphic Novels" (Released in Lordi's 2013 tourbook) (2013)

Official books

  • Mie oon Lordi ("I am Lordi") (2006) - biography book, Finnish
  • The Songs For The Rockoning Day (2007) - notes and lyrics for Lordi songs, English

See also

  • List of best-selling music artists in Finland

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Petri Ikonen: Lordi: "Scarchives Vol. 1". Metallimusiikki.net.. Retrieved on 2012-12-04.
  2. "Eurovision winners struggle to keep true identities secret", The Irish Examiner, 23 May 2006
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Ahlroth, Jussi (2006). Mie oon Lordi, Juva: Johnny Kniga.
  4. "To Beast or Not to Beast", Lordi booklet, 1 May 2013
  5. Lordis keyboardist Awa will leave the band
  6. Children Of Bodom Hate Crew - Official Website. Cobhc.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-02.
  7. Salonen, Ilpo, "Fury after magazine unmasks Lordi", BBC News
  8. Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition - Culture. Hs.fi. Retrieved on 2009-05-02.
  9. Europe | Finnish square named after Lordi, BBC News, 2006-05-22. URL accessed on 2009-05-02.
  10. Lordi's new single available in post offices, Eurovision Song Contest, 19 December 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2007.
  11. Cola named after rock group Lordi - BBC News Online - Published 17 August 2006. Retrieved June 9, 2007.
  12. Lordi He is back (man behind mask) and monster man. YouTube (2006-11-13). Retrieved on 2009-05-02.

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