Lordi-Lordiversity (Abusement Park)

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Reviewed: December, 2021
Released: 2021, AFM
Rating:  4.5 /5
Reviewer:  JP

 

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.


Cowbell!  Oh yeah!  My bias might be on display but this is the best of the seven albums.  Musical references include Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, W.A.S.P., and of course Kiss.

You can tell this era has a very find place in the black heart of Mr. Lordi because there is an enthusiasm and sincerity in the lyrics and delivery.   Every song is spot on.  From the power ballad ‘Carousel’ , to the cowbell party time of ‘Nasty, Wild, Naughty’ every song is Heavy Metal heaven.   The sing-along cut ‘Up To No Good’  shamelessly apes Motley’s ‘Looks That Kill’, and was the perfect choice for the single to go on KILLECTION.  There is even an amusement park lyrical theme (hence the album title) that runs across the whole album with songs such as  ‘House Of Mirrors’, ‘Pinball Machine’ and ‘Rollercoaster’.

The album starts with a classic and creepy  SCG and ends on a weird but funny note with a comedy Christmas song called ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’.   Oddly enough, the very day that I wrote this review (Nov 24) the band announced it as a Christmas single!  All the songs are punchy and fun with the right amount of kick.  Perhaps the only slight misstep is the weird song ‘Grrr’ featuring a weird vocal effect  in the chorus by Mr. Lordi.

ABUSEMENT PARK is the closest you will get to real Lordi.  They could have put this out in their ‘regular’ catalogue and no one would have thought anything if it, other than Lordi delivering another fine, 80’s inspired, Metal album. That is why this one takes top grade of the seven albums in the set. It is the purest album where they do not have to try to do another style. It is just Lordi being Lordi, not Lordi being Disco or Prog or whatever.  Add the humour and monster attitude and this album is a rocking good time.


Line up: 

Mr. Lordi-Vocals

Amen-Guitars

Mana-Drums

Hella-Keyboards

Hiisi-Bass


Track Listing:

1. SCG Minus 4: The Carnival Barker
2. Abusement Park
3. Grrr!
4. Ghost Train
5. Carousel
6. House Of Mirrors
7. Pinball Machine
8. Nasty, Wild & Naughty
9. Rollercoaster
10. Up To No Good
11. Merry Blah Blah Blah


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