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|Jussi "Amen" Sydänmaa|
Amen on stage at Transbordeur (Lyon, France)
|Birth name||Jussi Sydänmaa|
|Also known as||Amen-Ra, The Ruler of the Anubis Dynasty, The Mummified One, The Severed One, The Buried Living Dead, The Unstoppable Avenger, The Ancient Assassin, The "So Be It, It Shall Be Done"|
26 June 1972 |
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, power metal|
|Instruments||Electric guitar vocals|
|Gibson Les Paul|
Jussi Sydänmaa (born June 26, 1972 in Espoo, Finland) is the guitarist, and one of the founding members of the Finnish metal band Lordi. He is better known by his stage name Amen. Amen plays Gibson Les Paul Standard guitars.
Amen's character is an ancient mummy avenger, the god of gods. "Amen-Ra was the great Egyptian god. God of gods. After death Amen was mummified and couple thousands years later he was woken up to play in Lordi. Amen's public secret is women. He's an ancient lover."
The municipality of Mäntsälä granted Amen with memorial "Hard Rock Stone" on June 26, 2006.
Jussi Sydänmaa was born on 26 June 1972 in Espoo, Finland, but spent his childhood and youth in Mäntsälä. He was interested in the guitar even before he began school. Sydänmaa's first contact with the band Kiss was in 1983 with the Lick It Up 'album. He was a passionate fan of Kiss, and he was bullied at school because of this.
At the age of 5, Jussi Sydänmaa got his first acoustic guitar and started guitar lessons. He enjoyed learning the instrument and how to play songs he liked, but he was too embarrassed to participate in his guitar play test. This experience shook young Sydänmaa, who gave up playing the guitar. Sydänmaa picked the guitar back up ten years later, when he began taking an interest in hard rock music.
As a young man, Sydänmaa played in various bands. The most promising was the Rag Flag, but they did not attain success. At the age of 25, Sydänmaa had come to the conclusion that the various rock-projects he participated in contributed to his failure. He went on to study newspaper and work in radio and later, commercial media communications. Sydänmaa completed a degree in 2001 in media technology engineering. After graduation, Sydänmaa did not go on to work in that field, as he had joined Lordi in the late 90s, and they had made their breakthrough in 2002. Because of Lordi's success, Sydänmaa decided to leave the IT engineering work to focus his career with Lordi.
- Bend Over and Pray the Lord (1997)
- Get Heavy (2002)
- The Monsterican Dream (2004)
- The Arockalypse (2006)
- Deadache (2008)
- Babez for Breakfast (2010)
- To Beast or Not to Beast (2013)
- Harris, Chris; Jon Wiederhorn. "Metal File: Lordi, Emperor, Knut, Vital Remains & More News That Rules". MTV. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
|Awards and achievements|
with "My Number One"
|Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
(as part of Lordi)
|Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
(as part of Lordi)
with "Leave Me Alone"