After 4 years it's still hard to believe that Lordi has won the European Songcontest in 2006. Being a true European and raised with 'Holland, your votes please' this campy contest has nothing to do with decent music and certainly nothing with rock or metal. However, the Monsters pulled it off, and the reasons why will probably never revealed. The good news about winning such a contest is that it puts any band on the international music map and judged by their popularity in the old world they made handsome use of that.
So far Lordi has released four albums and now number five Babez For Breakfast is in the stores. To cut a long story short, this one picks up where their previous album Deadache left of. A set of 15 new tracks pass by and again a big smile cannot be wiped from my face during the 48 minutes that this rockfeast lasts. The sound is great and the songs are (as usual) well crafted, highly melodic and very, very radio friendly. It's basically one string of sing-a-long choruses and you don't need more than a single listen to have the majority of the tracks locked in your brain and spin around for days.
Don't expect any revolutionary or progressive stuff here, this is plain fun rock, just the type of rock that made them hugely popular in their native Finland. But it has to be said, Finland is not a normal country. I mean, how on earth is it possible that so many great rock bands originate from here? You wonder if maybe Finnish parents sing their babies to sleep with Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica.
Listening to the album a few tracks stand out for me. 'Call Of The Wedding' is a great AOR/stadium rock type of ballad that for the first time in Lordi history has a string orchestra. More up and down heavy metal are 'This Is Heavy Metal' and 'ZombieRawkMachine', but the best track is Midnite Lover. This one is vintage Lordi, a great riff, an ultra catchy chorus, a nice solo and great lyrics. What about: Oh, I know you're waiting for your midnite lover, but the midnite lover will never arrive. Oh, I know you're waiting for your midnite lover, but I met your lover and he didn't survive.
Babez For Breakfast is the type of disc that you play in the car driving out for an away weekend. It adds to that frame of mind and can play Lordi without being harassed with the usual 'can you stop this music please' stuff. Since Lordi has arrived I cannot help thinking that a whole new category in rockland has come into existence named fun metal. To what extent these Finnish monsters invented it is hard to judge, but for sure they are the current leaders in this class.
Babez For Breakfast is the type of disc that you play in the car driving out for an away weekend. It adds to that frame of mind and can play Lordi without being harassed with the usual 'can you stop this music please' stuff.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]