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Lordi: Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)

Okie dokie, here's what the band and the record label want you to know about Lordi's eighth album, Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy) which isn't overly snappy is it? The "A side" of the album, Theaterror, is described as a "damn catchy collection of traditional hard rocking Lordi songs. The riffs and obscene words of "Hug you Hard Core" will stick in your mind forever - whether you like it or not." The thematic "B-side", Demonarchy, tells the story of The Undead Son, The Bloodsucking Count, The She-Wolf and The Witch. Demonarchy is meant to represent a more modern version of the band than ever. The album was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump Studios in Finland with the producer Nino Laurenne, who was the producer of the Deadache album 2008.

Despite all the above what we actually get is another fine collection of tunes which dance on the edge of pop/metal possibly the second half is darker, more modern rock than the first but it does include the ultra-catchy "Heaven Sent Hell On Earth". Catchy tunes ("Down With the Devil" stands outs) remain at the heart of Lordi's schtick and once again you can't move for a pleasing melody backed by metallic (but not too metallic) instrumentation. If you get the chance check out the video for "Hug You Hardcore" which juxtaposes murderous imagery with insidious melody. Lordi have a formula (despite what it says in the opening paragraph) and they do it very well.

See more about this release on our recent YouTube show!

Track Listing:
01. SCG8 One Message Waiting
02. Let's Go Slaughter He-Man (I Wanna Be the Beast-Man In The Masters Of The Universe)
03. Hug You Hardcore
04. Down With The Devil
05. Mary Is Dead
06. Sick Flick
07. None For One
08. SCG VIII Opening Scene
09. Demonarchy
10. The Unholy Gathering
11. Heaven Sent Hell On Earth
12. And The Zombie Says
13. Break Of Dawn
14. The Night The Monsters Died

Added: November 29th 2016
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1786
Language: english

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Lordi: Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2016-11-29 10:53:38
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Hard to believe that this is already the eighth album from Finnish shock metal act Lordi, as it seems like yesterday that they were being labeled the next big thing, something that, let's be honest, hasn't quite happened. With their gruesome masks & costumes that are a mix of horror and Lord of the Rings styled fantasy characters, Lordi's music is actually pretty tame compared to the image, the band settling in for more of a melodic modern metal sound than anything as extreme as their appearance would seem to suggest. Plenty of engaging songs here, like the groove laden & quite crunchy "Hug You Hardcore" and the catchy, pop hooks of "Down with the Devil" and "Heaven Sent Hell on Earth" (both of which would have been minor hits in the '80s), and the Black Sabbath meets Alice Cooper styled gothic doom of "Mary is Dead". Plenty of keyboards adorn the songs, and while there are plenty of guitars, nothing here is overly heavy, instead glossed with a fine sheen that again, leans this more towards melodic rock territory than metal. Overall though, Monstereophonic is a fine collection of catchy songs that shows that Lordi still have plenty of new musical ideas up their sleeve.

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