Release: 16.09.2016 Label: AFM Records
The Finnish monsters of Lordi come out of hiding to release their already eighth studio album. Two years after their last record, they return with “Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)”. This fourteen-song-strong album comes with a A & B side, showing us two very different sides of the Hard Rockers. Tracks 1 to 7 are the usual catchy songs with choruses that invite you to sing along and that will stick to your brain for the next couple of days. One of these is also the first single release of the album titled “Hug you hardcore”, for which the band also shot a nice video – which you can, however, only watch if you over 18. Perhaps, I would’ve chosen the a bit more catchy “Down by the Devil” as the first single. With song number 8, we start the B Side of the record, which shows the monsters a bit harder than usual. Here, the songs stick to the well-known melodious drum & guitar formula but are more aggressive and faster and the vocals are even rougher, and sometimes remind you of Udo Dirkschneider. All the songs have clear earworm potential and with its two sides, the album offers a lot of diversity. On the B side I can recommend “Break of Dawn”, which starts softly and develops into an up-tempo number. Again, this is a very good album from the little monsters, who will, again in a new outfit, visit the world’s stages and delight everyone with their songs.