Album Review By Adam McCann
AFM Records/Heavy Metal
2006 seems almost a complete lifetime ago since Lordi hit international fame following their victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Although active before this, Lordi hit a stride that saw them rise as Finland’s favourite monsters (sorry Hevisaurus) with a steady string of albums. This year has the Finns returning with their tenth studio album ‘Killection’.
As expected, ‘Killection’ continues in the same vein that Lordi have already been blazing away; this is an album full of the sort of vaudeville horror that would Alice Cooper happy with its tongue in cheek humour delivered through a professional hard rock sheen. Of course, this makes ‘Killection’ very accessible as Mr Lordi and co deliver an album that is very memorable and exceptionally enjoyable, particularly with the ‘radio spots’ which provide some humorous comic relief. In fact, a radio show is a good way to describe this album, plenty of this songs are done in different styles, but all delivered in that Lordi vibe, from the anthemic ‘Shake the Baby Silent’ and ‘I Dug A Hole in the Yard for You’, to the Corrosion of Conformity deep slung riffing of ‘Blow My Fuse’, to the disco beat of ‘Zombimbo’ which is a fantastic allusion to Kiss’ ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’ and the ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ Alice Cooper style of ‘Like A Bee to the Honey’ which not only features a monologue in an ode to Vincent Price, but also features an excellent saxophone solo from fellow Finnish legend Michael Monroe.
For Lordi’s tenth album, this is a strong release that deserves to be heard. It is an album that needs to be taken at face value and not seriously, but that is where the beauty of this album lies. Need a quick pick me up? Then ‘Killection’ is bound to raise a smile.
Rating : 82/100
MHF Magazine/Adam McCann