Reviewed: December, 2021
Released: 2021, AFM
Rating: 3.5 /5
This is one of the most ambitious review series I’ve ever done. Back in early 2020, Lordi released a very interesting album called KILLECTION. The concept behind this was that the band decided to do a mock compilation / Greatest Hits album. It is even sub-titled ‘ A Fictional Compilation Album’. Each song was written and recorded in a style of Rock/Hard rock/Heavy Metal from across the ages from the 1970’s to now. The idea was that Lordi has been around for 40 or 50 years and has evolved over time across the ages of Metal. It was a neat idea and they pulled it off well.
Fast-forward to 2021 when the band was partially dormant because of global circumstances. In the press release for the album Mr. Lordi is quoted as saying, “Killection” is a fictional album based on a previously non-existent, fictional back catalogue of music, I had an idea: The only thing that could top “Killection” would be to record and publish the back catalogue.” So during the pandemic he set to work and recorded no less than seven full-length studio albums.
I have reviewed of all them. They are…
-SKELECTRIC DINOSAUR (Rock themed album recorded in 1975)
-SUPERFLYTRAP (Disco themed album recorded in 1979)
-THE MASTERBEAST FROM THE MOON (Prog themed album recorded in 1981)
-ABUSEMENT PARK (Metal themed album recorded in 1984)
-HUMANIMALS ( Hard Rock / AOR themed album recorded in 1989)
-ABRACADAVER (Thrash Metal themed album recorded in 1991)
-SPOOKY SEXTRAVAGANZA SPECTACULAR (Industrial Metal themed album recorded in 1995)
Since this is a timeline series culminating in the compilation KILLECTION, it would be best to read these reviews in order. Please feel free to enjoy all these albums in this monstrous review.
If you have been following this review series there are many obvious parallels between the imaginary career of Lordi and the real career of Kiss. SKELECTRIC DINOSAUR was 70’s Kiss to the max. The disco stylings of SUPERFLYTRAP was not unlike DYNASTY. The prog-themed conceptual album THE MASTERBEAST OF THE MOON was equivalent to THE ELDER. The 80’d themed ABUSEMENT PARK was emulating ANIMALIZE. The smooth AOR keyboard driven sounds of HUMANIMALS was much like what Kiss was doing on CRAZY NIGHTS. As you can seem the genetic imprint of Kiss in Lordi is strong. ABRACADAVER is the album where the similarities stop.
The sixth album in the series Lordi abandons the Kiss timeline and goes full-on Metal. On paper this is the thrash album, but that is slightly misleading. I’m hearing Metallica self-titled album, Bush-era Anthrax and nods to Pantera. I’m not hearing 80’s Exodus, Testament and Overkill. It would be cool if Lordi would do an ultra-fast, hyper-kinetic thrash album. It would be, by far, the bands heaviest and fastest album of their career. However, I don’t think they have it in them to do an old-school thrash record but what they deliver is, again, technically the heaviest thing they have ever done.
After the obligatory SCG intro we are off to the races with a Painkiller-era inspired, double kick driven cut that sees Mr. Lordi trying his hardest to hit some high notes. The track ‘Evil’ sees some Slayer-esque riffing but then throws in some synthesizer for some reason. This is the track that made KILLECTION. ‘Acid Bleeding Eyes’ is a tribute to the groove era of Pantera and there are many other great references scattered across the album. It is fun to pick them all out.
One advantage this album has is it’s aforementioned heaviness. Vocally Mr. Lordi is more comfortable, for the most part, in gruffer singing style more akin to thrash. The keys naturally take a backseat on this record and the guitars come roaring to the fore. The production is decent, if a mid-rangey at times, but still listenable.
My personal issue with early 90’s thrash is that so many bands sort of slowed down, and simplified in an ill-advised attempt to pander to a wider audience. For the most part it failed in my opinion but the 10 billion people who bought Metallica’s self-titled album would beg to differ. That is the sound that Lordi is going for. The songs don’t have the thrash fire or bite that could have or should have. Combined with a little less of Lordi’s humour, it is a more ‘serious’ album, means this one is stands in the middle of the pack of the seven albums in LORDIVERSITY.
1. SCG Minus 2: Horricone
5. Acid Bleeding Eyes
6. Raging At Tomorrow
7. Beast Of Both Worlds
8. I’m Sorry I’m Not Sorry
9. Bent Outta Shape
11. Vulture Of Fire