Released: 2006, Sony BMG Finland
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
The mountain-high and ultra-scary Finnish monster metallers Lordi are a perfect target for the people in the music industry right at the very moment to make some extra cash in. At least here in Finland all kinds of Lordi -products (Lordi Cola, Lordi -candies, Lordi -collector´s cards, etc.) have rapidly been started flowing to the music market in which things have reached a point where a bunch of things have started becoming somewhat teewy-weeny ridiculous. Seems like everyone, somehow involved with Lordi, wants to earn an extra buck or two... But I guess that´s what a well-planned marketing strategy is all about, right? There´s no one to be blamed for after all, I suppose.
Now the band´s latest album, THE AROCKALYPSE, has been put out as a limited special edition by Sony BMG Finland, including the legendary “welcome-home” live performance at the Market Square in Helsinki on May 26th 2006, in front of over 90,000 people. Lordi´s performance was nearly hysteric worshipping from the band´s fans; mostly thanks to their victorious in the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens. The band played a shortened set (only songs) without their whole stage show, and therefore the setlist was pretty well chosen: “Bringin´ Back the Balls to Rock”, “Devil Is a Loser”, “Blood Red Sandman”, “It Snows in Hell”, “Would You Love a Monsterman?” and as the final sort of ´Grande Finale”, Lordi performed their unbeatable hit of all times, “Hard Rock Hallelujah”, which also brought them a record in the Guinness World Records –book, for having the biggest audience to sing-along karaoke with them. Bet every attendant who had arrived to the venue, already knew the chorus part for their winning song, so talk about some sort of ´brothers-and-sisters-unity´ -thing as far as Lordi´s huge fanbase is concerned. Guess Lordi won´t be playing in front of this massive crowd for a long time, if ever again.
As for the “Hello Athens” documentary section, this was fully seen in the Finnish national TV, and it´s sort of ´must-seen´ for any die-hard Lordi –fan for sure. There´s like 5 different approx. 5-min sections that f.ex. show how these Finnish ugly creatures were preparing for themselves for the Eurovision competition by rehearsing together at the main venue for their victorious night, how they were taken by the international media people in the press conference - and naturally we were introduced to the beautiful Athens through several cameras. Also, Lordi held a secret gig at the famous Underworld Club in Athens a night before the semifals, and a clip from that show has been shown in this bonus DVD, too.
The “Hello Athens” section is kinda funny and entertaining to watch from start to finish after all; it features lots of interesting stuff, and one of the coolest things is to hear how Mr. Lordi himself talks Finnish with his own special ascent – just only proving that his roots in knee-deep in Lapland. Of course this is something for the Finns to enjoy. His Lappish ascent sounds somehow funny yet very cool for ears.
As the last bonus additions, there´s also a couple of the latest Lordi videos included for this special edition; “Who´s Your Daddy” and “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. Nothing special to be said about those videos, except if you, as a Lordi –fan, cannot get them from anywhere else, here might be your chance to get them then.
Also, the actual THE AROCKALYPSE album has been blessed by three bonus tracks. The band has re-recorded “Would You Love a Monsterman” in 2006 again, and it doesn´t sound much different compared to the original version which they recorded for their debut album GET HEAVY back in 2002. The other 2 songs, previously released in some of their singles only, “Mr. Killjoy” and “EviLove” are both pretty good actually in sense of some melodies and catchiness in both of them, so like I said earlier, if you (as a Lordi -fan, I assume) don´t have any other chance to hunt these songs down as those single formats any longer, for example - then by all means go and buy this special edition for yourself to get all those other bonuses along with these extra songs as well. Thanks and bye!