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Lordi: Killection

I guess if you ask the average civilian in the street about Lordi you might get a flicker of recognition for their Eurovision victory nearly fifteen years ago, and said civvie might also remember the horror themed costumes or Mr. Lordi's KISS fixation. Chances are that there might just be a blank look heading your way but that's not to say that Lordi have disappeared off the face of the earth. They still command a cult following on mainland Europe and have never stopped putting out quality albums despite the revolving door of band members which culminated in the departure of OX at about the same time of last year's Recordead Live - Sextourcism in Z7.

Killection has a concept behind't switch off, it's both interesting and will inform our rating of the album. It asks the listener to imagine that Lordi have been making music for twice as long as they actually have and Killection is an imaginary compilation of their 'hits' from the 1970s onwards. Pretty neat eh? Pretty well executed in places as well. I was streaming the album in my back room and it went quiet for a while and I thought that the WiFi had cut out as it sometimes did and when the music started again I was convinced that it had somehow flicked onto a new Chicago album such were the mellifluous sounds coming out of the speaker. It was only when Mr. Lordi started singing and I checked the track listing that I realized that it was "Apollyon" which, along with "Like a Bee to the Honey" (Paul Stanley co-write) lends a real yacht rock flavor to the middle of the record. Former Hanoi Rocks singer/ saxophonist Michael Monroe helps out on this tune which adds lots of yachty goodness.

Lordi has always had a good way with a tune and this is evident throughout Killection. "Shake the Baby Silent" is, for example, the best Rob Zombie song this century and shows that the erm, 'killection' concept has allowed the band to stray away from the KISS inflected pop metal of yore. That said, I could do without the grunge KISS stylings of "Blow My Fuse" but that is the only vague dud on another gem of a Lordi album. The single "I Dug a Hole in the Yard for You" is a synonym for effervescence whilst "Zombimbo" will do nicely until the next Night Flight Orchestra album. There's definitely life in the old dog yet.

Track Listing:
1. Radio SCG10

2. Horror for Hire

3. Shake the Baby Silent

4. Like a Bee to the Honey

5. Apollyon

6. SCG10 The Last Hour

7. Blow My Fuse

8. I Dug a Hole in the Yard for You

9. Zombimbo

10. Up to No Good

11. SCG10 Demonic Semitones

12. Cutterfly

13. Evil

14. Scream Demon

15. SCG10 I Am Here

Added: January 30th 2020
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 857
Language: english

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