Last week, I got to see 25 Oct – Lordi
as a late birthday-present. I was pleasantly surprised those creepy looking monsters are actually a bunch of great, talented musicians. Sure, I've heard their albums and saw their performance at the Eurovision Songfestival, but you can make a great album with lesser-talented musicians, and at the ESC only the vocals were performed live.
Another thing that kinda surprised me are the huge dance-influences. Even on stage, the keyboards play a vital role in the music (but for some reason, I didn't realise that beforehand. It sounded like cliche-glam to me)
Of course, most songs are kinda powerful, but even the sensitive balled It Snows in Hell
sounded just as good as, say, Devil Is A Loser
(during which Mr. Lordi
made some obscene wank-like handgestures)
After the main set, there's always the song the majority of the crowd knows, but hadn't been played yet. In this case it was Would You Love a Monsterman
, but after some we want more
'ing the bandmembers came back to play this and some other songs.
They only saved one song for their second encore. A song even more people know about. On an empty stage Awa
made her keyboard sound like a church-organ to play one of the most recognizable intro's ever, and stopped again. She repeated this several times, apparently till the crowd cheered loud enough to call the rest of the band back on stage to play Hard Rock Hallelujah
. None of em looked tired nor sweaty.
Okay. To make a long story even longer, Lordi
is actually very well capable to put an overwhelming show on stage. Even without fireworks.