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.
I was pretty apprehensive going in. I’m not a big fan of industrial Metal. I’ve dabbled a tiny bit in Ministry and bands like White Zombie and later Rob Zombie but overall it is not a preferred genre.
It makes sense in terms of Lordi’s imaginary timeline to follow with Industrial and it is infinitely better than if they decided to do a (shudder) grunge album. However, which the kids were digging industrial Metal, Nu-Metal and grunge in the mid-90’s I was in the Metal underground with Death Metal, Black Metal and deep into the underground global Power/True metal resurgence. I suppose if Lordi had tried a Death Metal album or Black Metal album it would have been insincere at best or a total train-wreck at worst. So of all the possible options in the seven album metal timeline, an industrial album makes most sense. At least he kept an acceptable overall ratio of Metal-to-Industrial as compared to a more pure industrial sounds like Skinny Puppy or Nitzer Ebb.
The album title of SPOOKY SEXTRAVAGANZA SPECTACULAR is classic Lordi, weird and fun, again something like Rob Zombie would do. The opening SCG track is quite long at over three minutes and quite amusing, a mini-horror story in itself. The humour/horror largely abandoned on the ‘Metal’ album on ABRACADVER is back on this record in full-force.
Oddly enough on repeat listens this one grew on me. In hindsight Lordi has some psychological connections to the early 90’s industrial styles, maybe not so much musically, but in terms of delivery, lyrics and image. Lordi adds that annoying vocal distortion effect on his singing like all those albums had. There are samples, sound effect, digital effects and a techno-dance beat all over this album. Also on the plus side the keyboards really shine on this record. The song-writing is dynamic and interesting for what they are trying to capture. A highlight is one of the very best songs on the entire box-set and that is ‘Shake The Baby Silent’ which was the single and addition to the KILLECTION set. Tracks like ‘Killusion’ are so bouncy and dance-oriented it could have fit on SUPERFLYTRAP, the disco album. Lordi does this style well and it is not too far of a stretch for him to make this album work well.
The seventh and final album in the set was extremely well-executed but maybe a tiny bit anti-climactic. On that note there is an absolutely brilliant, very funny and clever, self-referential, outro track at the end of the album called ‘Anticlimax’. It is a very brief spoken word track where the band make fun of themselves and it is just a magnificent way to end the 42-minute album and five+ hour box-set.
Lordi took us through a magnificent Metal journey across the ages from 1976 to 1995 and it works perfectly as a segue to his real career which started in 1999 with his first solo album BEND OVER THE PRAY THE LORD.
1. Scg Minus 1: The Ruiz Ranch Massacre
2. Demon Supreme
4. Lizzard Of Oz
6. Skull And Bones (The Danger Zone)
9. Terror Extra-Terrestrial
10. Shake The Baby Silent
11 If It Ain’t Broken (Must Break It)