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Lordi - "Scare Force One" (CD)

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"Scare Force One" track listing:

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

Reviewed by on October 23, 2014

"The good thing for Lordi fans is that there aren't really any bad songs as such on the album..."

It seems like only yesterday that Lordi caught millions of European television viewers when the band entered (and won) the Eurovision Song Contest, becoming the first group from Finland to do so in the process. Eight years later, Lordi is still going and staying loyal to the hard rock sound of the eighties adopted twenty two years ago (yes, Lordi has really been around for that long.) So, how does seventh studio album, "Scare Force One," compare to the back catalogue and how well does it sit with the current metal scene?

As is always the case with Lordi albums, the record opens with a short intro track, before leading into the title track, which as previously stated, practically reeks of the eighties. It's catchy, but not catchy enough to be memorable. It's anthemic, but not enough to become a staple. Following it though is "How to Slice A Whore," perhaps one of the best songs on the album, which retains Lordi's usual sound, whilst adding something of a punk influence to it. It's not the only strong track on the album, as "Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein," is arguably the best song on display. It follows on from the short instrumental "Amen's Lament to Ra II" and is a highly energetic tune with a chorus that burrows deep inside the listener's head.

The good thing for fans is that there aren't really any bad songs as such on the album and the whole thing is the just as people have always known Lordi, though many detractors might say that this is a bad thing. Many of the tracks, though decent, follow a familiar pattern: standard eighties heavy metal, influenced greatly by classic horror, interspersed with relatively light bridges. It's a fine recipe, but spread out over thirteen tracks, it gets a bit thin, though fortunately there's two instrumentals to break things up a little.

Fans of the group will no doubt be pleased with this offering, which delivers everything they would expect, but if the band plans to bring in new fans, or raise its profile to what it was eight years ago, Lordi will need to mix things up a little bit or at least concentrate a little more on the catchy chorus' to create a solid hit like "Hard Rock Hallelujah."

Highs: "How to Slice A Whore," "Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein," and "Sir, Mr. Presideath Sir."

Lows: Absolutely nothing new on display, a few cringe worthy backing vocals, and the lyrics and themes.

Bottom line: Lordi is still Lordi. "Scare Force One" won't bring in any new fans, but it will delight old ones.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)