Reviewed: December, 2021
Released: 2021, AFM
Rating: 2.5 /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.
A clever observer might deduce from the clever title of SUPERFLYTRAP that this is Lordi’s disco album, and they would be correct. Now, before the tender-hearted readers of Metal-Rules scramble for the exits at the mention of the word ‘disco’ let’s examine what they are trying to do.
During the pre-release cycle it was noted that Lordi used vintage equipment to capture the sound sand feel of the era. I must admit this album does really sound great from a production standpoint. Lordi has created the sound and style perfectly and there is just enough guitar to make it interesting, for example the solo on ‘Macho Freak’ which seems to be a nod to ‘Macho Man’ by the Village People. It’s not too often in a ‘Metal’ album you hear the word ‘boogie’ but here it is!
The sounds, the vocalizations, the hand claps, simplistic bass lines, and funky grooves are all there. Naturally the synth heavy is omnipresent in all the songs. Track nine is ‘Zombimbo’ the single from KILLECTION. Lordi’s vocals are still too gruff to make this an entirely convincing disco album as usually disco albums had female singers or very high-pitched men singing. The album compensates with a heavy female back-up vocals. The album is admittedly catchy. It is the second shortest album of the seven and because of the quick tempo it files by.
It would be easy to dismiss SUPERFLYTRAP as the worst album in LORDIVERSITY because of it’s remote sonic distance from Hard Rock and Metal. This album sticks out like a sore thumb however in purely objective terms it follows the clever pattern and history of musical evolution that Lordi has developed in this monumental project. Like Kiss, who Lordi emulated on SKELECTRIC DINOSAUR, the band did go through a disco phase and so this is quite clever in terms of back-story. The fact that the album is really well executed.
So yes, this album fundamentally sucks to the core because it is disco but if we look at the big picture it is an integral piece of the puzzle. Bad music well executed gets an average score of 2.5 out of five. I get what they are trying to do but of the seven albums in LORDIVERSITY this will be the one I listen to the least.
1. SCG Minus 6: Delightful Pop-Ins
2. Macho Freak
3. Believe Me
4. Spooky Jive
5. City Of The Broken Hearted
6. Bella From Hell
7. Cast Out From Heaven
8. Gonna Do It (Or Do It And Cry)
10. Cinder Ghost Choir