Who already read my review for their first single "Would You Love A Monsterman?", knows already that LORDI are somewhat the Finnish answer to GWAR, with masquerade and all, but definitely with more musical substance to them.
Anyways, when looking at LORDI, you would imagine almost anything but the traditional Hard Rock/Heavy Metal that these five folks are delivering on "Get Heavy", which has been a biiiig success in their home country of Finland. Musically they at times remind me a bit of KISS and that not only because of their masks and the fact that fronter LORDI wears plateaus the size of the Himalaya, hehe.
This quintet does not try to impress by overtly technical or complex or "out there" compositions, but by immensely catchy songs and melodies, which you can at least hum along right from first listen on, like "Devil Is A Loser", the ultra catchy "Would You Love A Monsterman?", "Icon Of Dominance" (with piano), "Not The Nicest Guy" or the quite KISS like "Dynamite Tonite". As additional titbit you also get the video for "Would You Love A Monsterman?", which already could be found on the single, which is really well done and funny to watch, a fitting extra, if you ask me.
Now these guys only have to make it somewhere close for a concert, because with the good music and the, ehm, interesting look of them, a live show should be a real treat :) In any way, if you can look beyond the masks, you will find a musically proficient band with good songs and an immense catchiness, so, there they are, waiting for you! (Online April 11, 2003)