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Formed: 1992
From: Espoo, Finland
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Latest Lordi News

Below is our complete Lordi news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Lordi Documentary To Play At DOXA Film Festival

The Finnish documentary "Monsterman" by director Antti Haase celebrates its international premiere on Saturday, May 9th at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver.

"Monsterman" tells the story of the heavy metal monster band Lordi that unexpectedly won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, along with front man Tomi Putaansuu (aka Mr. Lordi): a real-life drama about a boy who wanted to be a monster and who did everything to live his dreams.

The movie was produced by Illume Ltd (Finland) in co-production with Film i Väst AB (Sweden), JAB Film AS (Norway), and Common Ground Pictures AB (Sweden). The following press release was issued about the documentary:

"As a kid Tomi Putaansuu created his own monster fantasy world, in which he – now in his early forties – still lives. The heavy metal band Lordi resulted from this world and Tomi does everything for it. In 2006 they were – against all odds – the first Finnish act ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Five years later, they are hundreds of thousands of euros in debt and aren't selling any
gigs. Tomi is forced to close the Lordi-restaurant and the highlight of the year seems to be a performance for a group of Russian travel agents in the 'Santa Claus Village'. Despite all of this, Tomi, with full support from his parents and friends, stays true to his dreams and hangs on to his ideal world of monsters. Will his faith and perseverance ensure a comeback of the band?"

Director Antti Haase comments: “Tomi and I grew up in the same town. In the early 1980s we used to play super hero games in the magic forests behind the Santa Claus Village together with the other kids from our neighborhood. I wanted to understand why I grew up to be an adult, and Tomi never did. At the same time this film shows that Lordi is not just a latex clown performing simple hard rock tunes from the 1980s. I have found a creative genius and hidden world of beauty, tragedy and comedy behind the mask of my beast friend.”

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Lordi Kicking Off European Tour

Lordi will be taking over Europe starting tonight - if you wanna check out how the songs from latest album “Scare Force One” (reviewed here) turn out live, here’s your chance

02.02.2015 DE Berlin - K17
03.02.2015 DE Hamburg - Markthalle
05.02.2015 DE Frankfurt - Batschkapp
06.02.2015 DE Leipzig - Hellraiser
07.02.2015 DE Nürnberg - Hirsch
08.02.2015 DE Stuttgart - LKA
11.02.2015 DE München - Backstage
13.02.2015 DE Burgengenfeld - VAZ
14.02.2015 DE Memmingen - Kaminwerk
15.02.2015 CH Pratteln - Z7
18.02.2015 DE Köln - Essigfabrik
19.02.2015 DE Bochum - Matrix
21.02.2015 AT Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
24.02.2015 HU Budapest - Barba Negra Club
25.02.2015 SK Bratislave - MMC
27.02.2015 CZ Zlin - Masters Of Rock Café
28.02.2015 CZ Prague - Meet Factory
01.03.2015 DE Bremen - Aladin
04.03.2015 IT Milan - Alcatraz
05.03.2015 IT Rome - Orion
06.03.2015 IT Pordenone - Deposito Giordani
10.03.2015 NL Eindhoven - Dynamo
11.03.2015 BE Kortrijk - De Kreun
15.03.2015 FR Lyon - Ninkasi
17.03.2015 FR Paris - Trabendo
19.03.2015 ES Madrid - Sala Penelope
20.03.2015 ES Bilbao - Sala Santana 27
21.03.2015 ES Aviles - Sala Quattro
22.03.2015 ES Zaragoza - C.C.Delicias
24.03.2015 GB Exeter - Lemon Grove
25.03.2015 GB Wakefield - Warehouse 23
26.03.2015 GB Manchester - O2 Academy Club
27.03.2015 GB Glasgow - Classic Grand
29.03.2015 GB Southampton - Mo Club
01.04.2015 GB Reading - Sub 89 Club
03.04.2015 GB Chester - The Live Room
04.04.2015 GB Bristol - Marn le Factory
05.04.2015 GB LondonO2 - Academy
06.04.2015 GB Brighton - Concorde 2 More...

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Lordi Releases "Scare Force One" Music Video

Finnish melodic metal monsters Lordi released a new music video for the track "Scare Force One." The song is the title track of the new album, which was just released yesterday via AFM Records. A review for the album can be viewed at this location.

The track list for the album is:

1. SCG7: Arm Your Doors and Cross Check
2. Scare Force One
3. How to Slice a Whore
4. Hell Sent in the Clowns
5. House of Ghosts
6. Monster Is My Name
7. Cadaver Lover
8. Amen's Lament to Ra II
9. Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein
10. The United Rocking Dead
11. She's a Demon
12. Hella's Kitchen
13. Sir, Mr. Presideath, Sir!

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Lordi Announces New Album Title

Finnish metal act Lordi announced that the band's upcoming new release will be entitled "Scare Force One," which will drop on Halloween this year in Europe and November 4th in the U.S. via AFM Records. The first single for the new track "Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein" will be released on September 19th. A trailer for the track can be heard below.

"Scare Force One" will be available as a Digipak, limited orange vinyl edition (500 copies worldwide only!) and as box set. More details on the release are expected soon.

Check out the teaser clip here:


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Author Seeking Crowd Funds For Download Fest Book

Author Ian Carroll has launched a crowd funding campaign to release a book about the many bands he has interviewed at the Download festival.

Full details on the campaign and perks for contributing can be found at Kickstarter here. Carroll comments:

"In 2005 I started to write the book of the Donington & Download Festival (including Monsters Of Rock at Milton Keynes).

"I was coming to the end of completing the Official Book of the Reading Festival and saw Donington as the second release in my 'Festival Series' of books, covering my favourite festivals that I attend every year - Donington/Download Festival is the longest running rock festival in the UK, covering all genres from rock to classic rock, Emo to Screamo, Punk to Hardcore, Black Metal to Death Metal and every style in between, plus in the last 5 years the addition of drum & bass and dance - the festival that caters for all.

"I have traveled the length and breadth of England interviewing bands and artists for the book and have had some great times in amongst the hard work. I've also had many phone interviews from Metallica to Testament, Lordi to Staind, Alice Cooper to Queensrÿche and also what was possibly one of the legend Ronnie James Dio's last interviews, prior to cancelling his final UK tour." More...

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Reverse Grip To Support Lordi

Canadian hard rockers Reverse Grip have been confirmed as the tour support for Finnish overlords Lordi when they grace the stages over Europe in April, 2013. Check out a video teaser for the tour below. Reverse Grip is:

Dru Broda – Vocals
Sean Broda – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Dylan Broda – Drums and Percussion
Kramer White – Bass Guitar & Ginger Hair More...

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Lordi Posts New Music Video For "The Riff"

Finnish metal monsters Lordi posted a new music video for the track "The Riff." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "To Beast Or Not To Beast," which will be released today as CD Digipak and ltd. vinyl through AFM Records in Europe and March 19, 2013 in North America via The End Records.

The track list for "To Beast Or Not To Beast" is as follows:

1. We're Not Bad for the Kids (We're Worse)
2. I Luv Ugly
3. The Riff
4. Something Wicked This Way Comes
5. I'm the Best
6. Horrifiction
7. Happy New Fear
8. Schizo Doll
9. Candy for the Cannibal
10. Sincerely with Love
11. SCG6: Otus' Butcher Clinic

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Lordi Posts New Lyric Video For "The Riff"

Finnish metal monsters Lordi posted a lyric video for the new track "The Riff." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "To Beast Or Not To Beast," which will be released on March 1st as CD Digipak and ltd. vinyl through AFM Records. The album marks the first for new members: keyboardist Hella (replacing Awa) and drummer Mana (replacing Kita).

The track list for "To Beast Or Not To Beast" is as follows:

1. We're Not Bad for the Kids (We're Worse)
2. I Luv Ugly
3. The Riff
4. Something Wicked This Way Comes
5. I'm the Best
6. Horrifiction
7. Happy New Fear
8. Schizo Doll
9. Candy for the Cannibal
10. Sincerely with Love
11. SCG6: Otus' Butcher Clinic More...

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Lordi Signs With AFM Records

AFM Records proudly announces a true "monstrous" new signing: Finnish shock rockers Lordi have signed a deal with AFM/ The Hamburg-based record label will release Lordi's new album "To Beast or Not To Beast" on March 8th worldwide (excluding Finland and USA).

Also with "To Beast Or Not To Beast," the band presents its new line-up: keyboardist Hella (replacing Awa) and drummer Mana (replacing Kita) have joined the bunch. Looking forward to an eventful year 2013, first new Lordi tour dates have been confirmed already:

03.04.2013 D-Hamburg (Markthalle)
04.04.2013 D-Geiselwind (Autohof Strohofer)
05.04.2013 D-Memmingen (Kaminwerk)
06.04.2013 D-Offenbach (Bieber TV Turnhalle)
07.04.2013 D-Mannheim (Alte Seilerei)
11.04.2013 D-Köln (Essigfabrik)
12.04.2013 D-Burglengenfeld (VAZ)
13.04.2013 D-Leipzig (Hellraiser)
14.04.2013 D-Berlin (K 17)
16.04.2013 CH-Pratteln (Z 7)
18.04.2013 ITA-Bologna (ZR Club)
19.04.2013 ITA-Roma (Orion Club)
20.04.2013 ITA-Treviso (New Age Club)
21.04.2013 ITA-Milan (Alcatraz)
25.04.2013 ES-Madrid (Penelope)
26.04.2013 ES-Pamplona (Sala Tottem)
27.04.2013 ES-Barcelona (Sala Tottem)

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Keyboardist Awa Splits With Lordi

Lordi’s longtime keyboardist Awa has decided to leave the band. Awa's final performance with be at Simerock in Rovaniemi, Finland on August 11, 2012 when Lordi celebrates the band’s 10th Anniversary. Awa joined the band in 2005 and first appeared on the 2006 release "The Arockalypse."

The new keyboards, yet unnamed, has already been chosen and will play on the band’s next studio album, planned for early 2013. The characters and character names of the new keyboardist and new drummer will be revealed together with new masks and outfits before the release of the band’s next studio album.

Awa commented on her departure:

"Playing in the band has been an incredible experience and clearly one of the best times in my life. I have always been very fond of Lordi, its music and image, and will surely be following news about it closely. The band and the crew were and will always be a second family to me and I will be missing them and our fans greatly. However, seven years in the band has been physically and emotionally very demanding. You have to be in a band like this 100 %. If you are not able to do that anymore, you have to let go and give space for something new.

"I want to emphasize that I am not going to leave music or making music, because music is the most important thing to me in life. I am on a creative break now, but have several new ideas already. You will hear about them if and when the time is good. I also believe that I can still be seen behind the keyboards some day."

Mr. Lordi commented:

"We have been discussing this behind the scenes for quite some time, but nobody knew that this year would be this kind of a year of changes for Lordi. Of course you always believe and wish your current line-up would be permanent and final, but these are not issues of faith. Situations change, things happen and plans are renewed. All the rest of us in the band wanted her to go on with us, but we also understand her decision and respect that. We know that this decision was not easy for her either. It took a long time to come to this conclusion.

"We agreed already earlier, that she will not participate our next album studio sessions. In this case she would have had to hang out with us for the next couple of years. Naturally it would have not been fair to her, to the band or to our fans."

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Lordi To Record New Album

Lordi has announced the band will soon be entering WireWorld studio in Nashville, Tennessee to record a new full-length album and follow-up to the 2010 album "Babez for Breakfast."

A watch-and-learn workshop is also scheduled at the studio for September 1st - 4th with the band for people to see firsthand how producing, recording, and mixing takes place. Further details are available at this location.

The new album will be Lordi's first since recruiting a new drummer after the death of previous drummer Tonmi Lillman (AKA "Otus").

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Lordi Announces New Drummer To Replace Otus

Finnish band Lordi announced that they have found a new drummer following the tragic loss of Otus a/k/a Tonmi Lillman in February. The new member's real and fictional identity have not yet been revealed. The following announcement was posted on the band's official website:

Lordi has got a new drummer. His character’s name will not be revealed yet and he will be simply called ”the drummer” for now. The mask and the costume are kept to the minimum, but enough to fit him visually in to the band for the upcoming shows.

'We don´t want to introduce a new character yet, because we feel it is still way too close to the time when our drummer Otus passed away. Making any kind of fuss about a new member would simply be too disrespectful. However, we need a drummer in order to play. And since we are Lordi, no-one will ever perform in the band as himself, without a character,' Mr. Lordi states.

'So, the new drummer does have a mask and his costume is more than a t-shirt and jeans, but this is not the outfit of the actual character yet. We could say he is in disguise. The name and the look of the character will be revealed at the same time when the whole band comes out with new costumes and masks. This happens traditionally before a new album comes out,' Mr. Lordi continues.

There are no official photos of the new drummer yet and it also looks like there will not be any before the character will be officially introduced. The new drummer can be seen for the first time in Italy, at Metalitalia.com festival on May 5th, 2012.

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Lordi Drummer, "Otus" Passes Away

Finnish heavy metal outfit Lordi has announced that drummer Tonmi Lillman, also known as "Otus," has passed away at the age of 38. The cause of death is presently unknown. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Our dear friend and band mate, "Otus" Tonmi Lillman, has sadly passed away. He will be greatly missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends.

"Otus: we thank You from the bottom of our hearts for the short time we got to know you and spend with you together.

"Rest in peace, friend."

Lillman joined the group in late 2010, replacing long time drummer Sampsa Astala, AKA, "Kita." He joined after the release of the band's latest studio album, "Babez For Breakfast" and as such, had not recorded an album with Lordi. He had also spent time with such bands as Ajattara, To/Die/For, Sinergy and Vanguard.

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Metal Videos To Get You In The Halloween Mood 4

All Hallow’s Eve has finally arrived and it’s just about time to get the debauchery going full swing. Whether you’re getting the altar set up for a black mass or you just plan on drinking until werewolves and vampires seem like legitimate concerns, there’s a host of metal videos to help get the evening started right.

Earlier this month we showcased horror themed videos that went way over the top, focused on the devil and his minions, and then dipped into the atmopsheric and creepy videos. Now that Halloween is here we’ll finish off with monsters, serial killers, and even a few bonus clips.

Bleeding Through – “Kill To Believe”

The “Kill To Believe” video is like its own little mini redneck hillbilly horror movie. If you’ve seen all the “Wrong Turn” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movies a couple dozen times, this one’s for you.


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Stormwarrior Confirmed For Bang Your Head Fest

Stormwarrior and Legion of the Damned have been confirmed for Germany's Bang Your Head festival. The upcoming festival will take place on July 15th and July 16th at the Messegelände in Balingen.

For further information on the festival, visit this location.

Other confirmed bands include: Desaster, Crystal Viper, Accept, Helloween, Immortal, Lordi, Amorphis, Death Angel, Asphyx, and more.

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Lordi Video Interview Available

PitXplorer magazine has posted a new video interview online with Lordi, which was conducted on Decmeber 12th, 2010 in Stuttgart. Footage from the interview can be viewed in the clip below.

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Lordi Confirms Festival Appearance

Finnish hard rock act Lordi has announced its participation for the forthcoming edition of Germany's Bang Your Head festival. The 2011 edition of Bang Your Head is set to take place on July 15th and 16th in Balingen, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:

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Sister Sin Added To Lordi Tour

Swedish heavy metal act Sister Sin has been added to Lordi's forthcoming European tour. Sister Sin are currently on tour in support of its 2010 release "True Sound Of The Underground," which was released through Victory Records on June 22, 2010.

Lordi European tour dates with Sister Sin:
Nov. 08 - Rock Cafe - Tallinn, Estonia
Nov. 09 - New York - Vilnius, Lithuania
Nov. 12 - Live Club Apollo - Turku, Finland
Nov. 13 - Virgin Oil| Helsinki, Finland
Nov. 14 - Hopealyhty Cumulus| Hyvinkää, Finland
Nov. 16 - Majestic Music Club - Bratislava, Slovakia
Nov. 17 - Petöfi Hall - Budapest, Hungary
Nov. 18 - KD Vlatavska - Prague, Czech Republic
Nov. 19 - Bonver Arena - Ostrava, Czech Republic

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Lordi Splits With Drummer

Lordi has issued the following announcement about splitting with drummer Kita:

"It is our unfortunate task to inform that Kita is no longer a member of Lordi. Kita has made a decision to pursue his own career publicly as himself, without his alter ego Kita. This is in direct conflict with one of the cornerstones of Lordi’s image. Therefore it is not possible for him to continue as a member of the band anymore.

"Lordi will continue as always, masked and costumed, consisting of monster personas. Also, the upcoming tour will happen as planned. We thank Kita for the years he has been an important part of the band and our successes and wish him all the best in his future."

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Lordi Streaming Entire New Album Online

Lordi is currently streaming the band's entire new album "Babez For Breakfast" online via this location. The new album will be released on September 15th, 2010.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. SCG5: It's A Boy!
2. Babez For Breakfast
3. This Is Heavy Metal
4. Rock Police
5. Discoevil
6. Call Off The Wedding
7. I Am Bigger Than You
8. ZombieRawkMachine
9. Midnite Lover
10. Give Your Life For Rock And Roll
11. Nonstop Nite
12. Amen's Lament To Ra
13. Loud And Loaded
14. Granny's Gone Crazy
15. Devil's Lullaby

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