From left to right: Kita, Ox, Mr. Lordi, Awa, Amen
|Genres||Hard rock, glam metal, heavy metal, shock rock|
|Labels||Sony BMG, GUN, The End, Drakkar Records|
Lordi is a Finnish hard rock band, formed in 1992 by the band's lead singer, songwriter and costume-designer, Mr. Lordi. The band is known for wearing monster masks and using pyrotechnics during concerts. They rose to domestic success in 2002 with their first single, "Would You Love a Monsterman?".
Lordi made history in 2006 by winning the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with a then record 292 points, becoming the first Finnish performer to win the contest. Lordi was featured on the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen when the band's frontman, Mr. Lordi, presented the award for rock. They were also the closing act, playing their single "Hard Rock Hallelujah". They also performed on Britain's Making Your Mind Up for the Eurovision Song Contest. Lordi performed on the main stage at Ozzfest 2007 and later that year toured with Type O Negative and Twin Method until Halloween night.
Formation (1996–2002) 
Lordi was formed in 1996 after Tomi Putaansuu (Mr. Lordi), Jussi Sydänmaa (Amen) and Sami Keinänen (G-stealer) met in Stockholm, where they had gone to see Kiss perform. Though Mr. Lordi already had the idea in 1992. Inspired by Kiss, their vision was to perform with spectacular pyrotechnics and monster masks. In 1997 Erna Siikavirta (Enary) joined the band on keyboard.
In 1999, the group recorded their first album, Bend Over And Pray The Lord. Tiainen, the owner of their record company, had originally planned to publish the album; however, the company did not have sufficient resources to market it. Tiainen recommended Lordi to the record label Kimmo Hirvonen's Records, owned by Anaconda. The album was never released because Anaconda Records went bankrupt shortly before the planned release date. The band never performed with the original line-up, though they had been promised a record release gig in 1999. During the same year G-Stealer left the band because of work commitments and was replaced by Sami Wolking (Magnum), whom Mr. Lordi had met via Kiss Army Finland. In 2000, drummer Sampsa Astala (Kita) joined Lordi—the band had originally planned to use MIDI drum tracks in place of a real drummer.
Get Heavy (2002–2003) 
After several failed attempts at obtaining a recording contract, Lordi signed a record deal with Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) Finland in 2002. In July, the band released their first single, "Would You Love A Monsterman?", which rose to number one and spawned a music video. During the summer the band went under the auspices of producer TT Oksala's Finnvox Studios to record their first album, though debut recording ran into several problems.
In autumn 2002, bassist Magnum left the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Niko Hurme (Kalma). Though Lordi's debut album had already been recorded when Kalma joined, he appeared in the album art and the composition of the accounts. Their debut album Get Heavy was released in November, with a cover design loosely based on Kiss's Love Gun album. The original first sketch of the cover was based on Kiss's Destroyer album. The album won the 2003 Emma award for best domestic hard rock or heavy metal album, and Get Heavy has sold more than 67,000 copies. It was certified platinum in Finland in 2003 and multi-platinum in 2006.
Lordi played their first gig on 8 December 2002, in Helsinki at the Nosturi Club. In 2003, Lordi appeared at several music events in Finland and abroad, especially in Germany, where they played as a part of the Wacken Road Show. During some of the Germany tour, Lordi played as Nightwish's warm-up act. The tour boosted both bands' popularity in Germany and helped them sign a recording contract with the German record company Drakkar. Nightwish had already achieved solid success of joint concerts in Germany and Lordi also raised their profile in Germany.
Popularity warning (2004–2005) 
At the beginning of 2004, Lordi began recording their next studio album. This time the album was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa, with whom the band got along well. This second album was first released on 14 April 2004 as The Monsterican Dream. Two songs from the album, "My Heaven Is Your Hell" and "Blood Red Sandman", have since been released as singles. Corresponding with the release of the album, the band's costumes and image were also reformed. The special edition of the album also contained a DVD of the band's own short film, The Kin. The film, despite the success of the album it was attached to, has been poorly received. The Monsterican Dream went gold in 2006, and platinum in 2007; the album has now sold about 33,000 copies.
In February 2005, The Monster Show, a compilation album, was released by Sanctuary Records. Sanctuary had originally intended to market a collection of records in the United States, but these plans were halted due to financial problems. Sanctuary, however, published a compilation album in the UK. In Finland, a collection was published by Sony BMG.
The idea of The Monster Show disc collection has its roots in spring 2004, around the release of The Monsterican Dream album. Tomi Putaansuu, while interviewing the band Kiss for Inferno magazine, gave the band's bassist/vocalist, Gene Simmons, a copy of Lordi's debut album, Get Heavy (2002). Later, Simmons' assistant announced that Simmons would be willing to publish Lordi's albums in the United States, but if the band would like to share sales revenue, it would be better to publish with Sanctuary Records. Sanctuary did not want to publish either of the studio albums individually, and instead preferred a compilation of the best songs. Thus, songs were picked from Get Heavy and The Monsterican Dream, and collected in the compilation album The Monster Show. The collection was published in the spring of 2005 during the European Monstour.
Meanwhile, the internal atmosphere of the band increased in intensity and led to a dispute between members. Later that year, bassist Kalma wanted to resign because of family and financial problems. Tomi Putaansuu, trying to persuade Kalma to stay, suggested that he just play the biggest tours and other contractually obligated performances. Kalma, however, did not relent, because he wanted to be involved with the band either in full or not at all. Kalma did, however, play the bass units for the future The Arockalypse album. Kalma left the band just before Lordi entered the Eurovision Song Contest qualifier.
Two new members joined the band, bassist Samer el Nahhal and keyboardist Leena Peisa. This change in members spawned more alterations to the band's costumes. "OX's" name was originally conceived el Nahhal real first name, Samer. Since Samer is an Egyptian name, Putaansuu reached the conclusion that sounds ridiculous, as if the Egyptian hard rock band would affect a member named "Tapani". The name "OX" refers to the bull, so el Nahhal monster character was created a hybrid of man and bull.[clarification needed] "Awa's" monster costume presented at age 26 were killed young lady, who had risen from the dead.
Eurovision Song Contest victory 
On 20 May 2006, Lordi made history by winning the Eurovision Song Contest held in Athens with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah", becoming the first Finnish group to win the contest. The song scored 292 points, which was an all-time points record until Alexander Rybak broke it in the 2009 contest with 387 points. Only three countries - Armenia, Albania and Monaco - did not give a single point to Finland. Eight countries gave Finland a full 12 points. Lordi was also a semi-final number one and even got 292 points, which was historic, as they were the first competitors to win both the semifinals and the finals. Pasi Rantanen from the band Thunderstone performed backing vocals for the performance, wearing a Gene Simmons Kiss mask.
The Arockalypse (2006–2008) 
On 16 December 2006, it was announced on The End Records website that Lordi had signed on to the label and would be releasing their third full-length album, The Arockalypse on 20 March 2007, with three bonus tracks and a DVD release. The album was released in Finland as The Arockalypse Special Edition.
Lordi opened the fall of 2006 Bringing Back the Balls to Europe tour; the concert DVD was released in February 2007 as Bringing Back the Balls to Stockholm 2006. The tour ended with a surprise: during the last gig in London, 31 October, the band's former bassist, Niko Hurme, was on stage.
In November 2006, Lordi headlined the MTV Europe Music Awards, and Mr. Lordi presented the "Best Rock" award. Around the same time, Bill Aucoin, best known as the original manager of Kiss, became Lordi's manager. In spring 2007, Lordi created the Bringing Back the Balls tour, which toured in Japan and the Baltic countries. In May, the band was involved in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 held in Helsinki, and opened the competition with their winning song "Hard Rock Hallelujah".
In early summer 2007 in Oulu, the members of Lordi participated in filming of the horror film Dark Floors, which premiered on 8 February 2008. In July 2007, Lordi toured North America with the Ozzfest festival.
After the Ozzfest tour ended in late August, Lordi went on a short break. In September, it was announced that the band would go on a new tour of the U.S. beginning on 12 October 2007, as the opening act for Type O Negative. The tour ended on 31 October 2007. During the tour, the band's tour staff, local security, and a few fans were subjected to violence. The band's tour manager Rikk Scholvinck and the security men were robbed at gunpoint by unknown assailants after a concert in Louisville, KY. Rikk Scholvinck and several fans and security escaped unharmed. However, concert goers Kristin Perrin and Ross Epstein had several items (amongst them were cell phones and car keys) were taken off of them. The would-be robbers fled the scene with a stolen car before the police arrived. Most items were returned to Kristin Perrin and Ross Epstein due to they were found down the road from the venue. As an apology, all involved received Lifetime backstage all access passes and various LORDI memorabilia. At the end of the tour the band returned to Finland to record the theme song for Dark Floors.
Deadache (2008–2009) 
Lordi began recording their fourth album in the spring of 2008 and the album was released on 29 October 2008. The album, Deadache, was produced by Nino Laurenne. The release spurred yet another change in the band's costumes. The album was similar in style to its predecessors, melodic hard rock and heavy metal, though with more horror theme. Prior to the completion of the disc, it was revealed that it featured more piano solos than its predecessors, and that the recital "Missing Miss Charlene" featured a child singing. The album's first single was called "Bite It Like a Bulldog", and it was published on 3 September 2008.
Lordi announced before the release of the album that Deadache would be marketed internationally, like its immediate predecessor. "It goes without saying that the song contest of the last album distorted the situation, and this can not be sold in any case, the same number in Europe or, especially in Finland. We know that Finland is likely to disc stamped with the flop, even if it would sell double platinum, it does not sell 100 000 copies", Putaansuu Evening newspaper said in August 2008.
Shortly after the publication of Deadache Lordi made a tour of the United States in November in conjunction with Lizzy Borden. Lordi performed "Bite It Like A Bulldog" on the NBC show Late Night with Conan O'Brien on 6 November 2008.
Babez for Breakfast and band changes (2010–2012) 
The first single, called "This is Heavy Metal", from the album, Babez for Breakfast, was released in August 2010, with the album following in September. Putaansuu spent a week in Los Angeles with Jeremy Rubolino and former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick writing two new tracks, "Cut Off My Head" and "Call Off The Wedding". Michael Wagener produced Lordi's fifth album. In March 2010 Mark Slaughter and Bruce Kulick played in a part of their new song.
On 4 October 2010 it was announced that drummer Kita had left the band, and on October 16, OX posted on his Twitter account they had found a new drummer. On October 26, 2010 it was announced on Lordi's website that Otus had become their new drummer, but by the 15th of February 2012 it was announced on their Facebook page that Otus had died, and that the band had hired a new drummer. On May 5, 2012 Lordi held a concert in Italy with its new drummer, referred to only as The Drummer, as no more information has been released. However, with the departure of keyboardist Awa, Lordi will unveil the new drummer and keyboardist soon.
In September 2012, Scarchives Vol. 1, a compilation CD/DVD, was released by Sony Music. The CD contains the unreleased album from 1997, Bend Over And Pray The Lord. DVD contains Lordi's first concert in Helsinki 2002.
Keyboardist Awa has left the band. She was seen for the last time at Simerock in Rovaniemi, Finland on August 11. According to the band, her successor has already been appointed and will be revealed at the same time as "The Drummer".
To Beast or Not to Beast and new line up (2012-present) 
Lordi has began recording their sixth studio album on September 1, 2012.
Lordi announced on their official website on December 17, 2012 that the new album is titled To Beast or Not to Beast and will be released on March 1, 2013. Lordi also announced two new members for the band, Mana, as the new Drummer and Hella, as the new keyboardist. This album was produced and mixed by Michael Wagener, and engineered by Shani Gandhi, at WireWorld Studio in Nashville. A European tour in support of the new album, "Tour Beast Or Not Tour Beast", will commence in April, 2013. On their official website, Lordi announced that the first single off of the new album, "The Riff", is set to be released on February 8.
Band's music 
Lordi's music is mainly hard rock combined with strong elements of heavy metal music. The band's horror-related albums, the monster costumes worn by all band members, and the horror elements of their performances are hallmarks of shock rock. The band was mostly influenced by KISS, but also by Alice Cooper and Twisted Sister.
Although the band is often perceived by the media as a heavy metal band due to their monster costumes, their musical style has more characteristics of the hard rock genre. Over the years, the band's musical style has taken a very varied direction between hard rock and metal, with the pattern seeming as though it changes between the two with every album released. Their debut album, Get Heavy, represented a large part of traditional hard rock music, but by the release of their The Monsterican Dream album in 2004, the band had shifted considerably toward heavier music and horror effects were prominently displayed. However, in their 2006 album The Arockalypse, Lordi shifted back toward hard rock, eschewing horror themes and special effects. Their 2008 studio album, Deadache, included more typical horror elements, leaning once again toward the heavier side of the spectrum. Babez For Breakfast saw the band once again shift back to the traditional hard rock elements, with an even greater exposure to the 1980s than the band's previous albums.
Vocal and instrumental style 
Although Mr. Lordi is always credited with vocals, there are almost always backing vocals. Kita has never sung backing vocals live due to his mask, though he performs and arranges all the backing vocals and most of the voices in the prelude tracks (Scartic Circle Gathering, Threatical Trailer, SCG3 Special Report). On each song, there are five harmonising vocal tracks performed by Kita plus one track for Mr. Lordi's vocals. The other band members only perform the "shouts", for example in "Rock The Hell Outta You" and "Fire in the Hole". Udo Dirkschneider, who guest performed on the track "They Only Come Out at Night", alternates singing with Mr. Lordi while backing vocals continue as normal. Awa occasionally joins in the chorus of the songs.
Lordi also often have a vocal break in their songs to allow Amen to have a guitar riff, normally accompanied by Kita and the bassist (Magnum, Kalma, OX) keeping time softly. After this riff, Mr. Lordi will sing either a short verse (occasionally with a distorted voice) or launch directly into the song's end refrain (always the chorus). The guitar is most often the main instrument.
The keyboardist is most often used as an accompaniment in the band's songs. However, in some songs, such as "Icon of Dominance", "The Children Of The Night", "It Snows In Hell", "Ghosts Of the Heceta Head", "Deadache", "Beast Loose In Paradise", "Rock Police" and "Devil's Lullaby" it is the main instrument.
Kita always plays with a great deal of power, blending very well with the style favored by Amen. The drums are used as changing instruments, using a fast and heavy solo to transition from verse to verse, verse to chorus and chorus to verse. However some songs, including "Mr. Killjoy", "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock", "Pet the Destroyer", "Kalmageddon", "Forsaken Fashion Dolls" and Dingo cover "The House", use the drums as main instrument.
The bass is often used in conjunction with Kita's drumming. It is almost never the main instrument, only in a few songs, like "Kalmageddon", "Pyromite", "Haunted Town", "Bite It Like a Bulldog" "This Is Heavy Metal"and Deadache bonus track "Where's The Dragon", but it is occasionally used with drums as a changing instrument.
The monster masks and costumes the band use are made of foam latex. Mr. Lordi's mask was first cast glued together piece by piece. The other masks are solid helmets. It takes the other band members about 20 minutes to put their masks on, though it takes Mr. Lordi two to three hours to put on his. Mr. Lordi mentioned that their suits still have some original pieces from 1996. He has also said that the suits cost them "a few hundred euros".[dead link] The masks and costumes of Lordi are all and always made by Mr. Lordi himself. As a professional make-up artist and sculptor, Mr. Lordi has the necessary knowledge to produce those things easily. The band members do each other's makeup. The band updates their outfits and masks for each new album.
The monster costumes are such an integral part of Lordi's publicity image that they refuse to be photographed or even interviewed without them, even if in some cases it leads to their own discomfort. Lordi has done interviews without their masks but the interviews are always filmed from the back so that their faces are not visible. Previously during interviews, Lordi members spoke only English to the cameras, not their native Finnish. In a brief segment on the BBC reporting about the band attending the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, they were shown lounging beside a pool in full sunlight, while wearing their costumes.
Lordi members have stated that their costumes were inspired by Kiss and the horror genre. Mr. Lordi himself has said that without Kiss, Lordi probably would not exist. The costumes have also drawn comparisons to the thrash metal group GWAR, who wear similar foam latex monster outfits, though their musical styles are quite different. Mr. Lordi has claimed in interviews that he had never heard of GWAR when he formed Lordi. In a recent interview Oderus Urungus of GWAR called Lordi "a kiddie version of GWAR" but felt that Lordi did not rip off GWAR, as both bands owed their image to earlier musicians like Kiss. He seems to have a tongue-in-cheek rivalry with Mr. Lordi, as he has stated his desire to "remove Mr. Lordi's mask and expose him as a silly human".
Unmasked by the media 
Despite the band's strict approach in relation to their costumes, multiple newspapers have published photos of the band members without makeup. On 15 March 2006, the Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat published a photograph of Putaansuu (Mr. Lordi) in civilian clothing, with his face partially showing. Lordi has called this an insult toward them, and an attempt to destroy the "monster image" they have worked for ten years to create. On 22 May 2006, the Daily Mail published what was believed to be an old picture of the band without their makeup or masks. It was later revealed that the band in the photo was actually Children of Bodom, a different band altogether. This was acknowledged on Children of Bodom's official website. The photograph did feature Erna Siikavirta, who went on to join Lordi as Enary, the band's keyboard player. However, Enary left Lordi in 2005, well before their victory at Eurovision, replaced by Awa. On the same day, Bild-Zeitung, a German tabloid, published what they claimed was a photograph of Putaansuu without his mask in its section "Bild Uncovered" with the headline "He is the Grand Prix Monster: All of Germany discusses the Ugliest Winners of all Time". Many other European tabloids and newspapers have published the same or similar photographs.
On 24 May 2006, the Finnish tabloid magazine 7 Päivää (Seven Days) published an old picture of Lordi's face on the front page, and two days later another tabloid, Katso! ("Look!"), published unmasked pictures of the other four band members. Both magazines were heavily criticised by their readers for publishing these pictures, which led to swift apologies from both magazines and promises not to publish unmasked pictures of Lordi anymore. On 26 May 2006, video footage was shown on television in Lithuania. It featured four men dressed in black, sitting by the table at the airport in Athens. After a few seconds, Heikki Paasonen (the Eurovision Finnish commentator) in a black Lordi shirt came and stood in front of the camera, covering the view.
Monster suits, pyrotechnics, and horror elements are important parts of Lordi's show. Lordi's pyrotechnics are inspired by Kiss, while the horror elements are largely derived from horror movies with some influence from Alice Cooper. Sometimes, Lordi's concerts use special props, such as monsters, Leatherface and Biomechanic Man masks. Their stage platform is also equipped with monsters, zombies, dolls, horror movie elements, and sometimes stage dancers. Mr. Lordi is also known to use a two-headed axe.
Eurovision Song Contest 2006 
Lordi represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 finals in Athens with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah". The band won by a significant margin, scoring 292 points, 44 points over second place Dima Bilan (who later won in 2008), representing Russia with the song "Never Let You Go".
Lordi was voted for by every participating country except Albania, Armenia and Monaco, and scored the highest number of points for any entry in any Eurovision Song Contest until the 2009 contest. They received 12 points from eight countries: Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK. Lordi also scored 292 points in the semi-final held two days earlier. They were also the first Eurovision entrant to win in both the semi-final and final stages. Lordi were congratulated on their victory by both Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister of Finland Matti Vanhanen. They opened the 2007 Eurovision contest.
The choice of Lordi to represent Finland spawned some controversy in both Finland and Greece. In Finland the choice was criticized by some and a group of religious leaders even called for President Halonen to veto their entry. In Greece, a number of organizations were trying to stop Lordi from competing. The Greek restaurant and bar owners' union president, Niki Constantinou, made a public plea, directed at the people of Finland and Greece, not to allow Lordi to perform in the contest, claiming the group was Satanic. Three other organizations in Greece initiated legal action against Lordi.
Mr. Lordi himself responded to the accusations and strictly denied Satanism. He said a Satanist group would not write songs such as "Hard Rock Hallelujah" or "Devil Is A Loser". Despite, or maybe because of, the controversy, Greece ultimately awarded Lordi 12 points, the highest possible, in the contest final.
Concert in Helsinki 
To celebrate their victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, Lordi held a free concert in the open-air Market Square in Helsinki, on 26 May 2006. At the concert, President Tarja Halonen made an official appearance to give Lordi a bronze key flag award for exemplary work. The concert was reportedly attended by over 90,000 people from all over Finland and even other countries. The concert was the biggest public event to that day in Helsinki. On this occasion, the world record for most people ever to sing karaoke was successfully attempted by approximately 80,000 people, singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah". The previous record was held by 50,000 Irish rugby fans.
Lordi Square, in the centre of Rovaniemi, Finland, the home town of the lead singer Mr. Lordi, was renamed shortly after the band's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was part of a redevelopment of Rovaniemi city centre.
Itella, the Finnish postal service, issued a Lordi postage stamp in May 2007 in recognition of their Eurovision win. Posti had already released Lordi's Christmas single, "It Snows in Hell" in a special Christmas card edition.
A brand of soda, "Lordi Cola", was named after them and was launched in September 2006, featuring labels designed by Mr Lordi, several depicting individual members and one featuring the whole band.
The 2.6.17-rc5 version of the Linux kernel was named after Lordi.
2011 parliamentary election controversy 
In March 2011, Jarmo Juntunen, a candidate in the 2011 Finnish parliamentary election, from the True Finns party, started using a photograph taken of him and Mr. Lordi together as his official campaign poster image. Juntunen says Mr. Lordi gave permission to this, which Mr. Lordi admits, but says this was because he had no idea it would cause such a huge impact. Mr. Lordi gave a public statement that despite what the campaign poster might suggest, Lordi has no allegiance with the True Finns or any other political party.
Members of Lordi always wear masks at interviews and have stated their desire for their personal identities to remain private. The band has not confirmed or denied the accuracy of these names. However, they have been widely published in the media and on websites.
Current members 
- Mr. Lordi - vocals (1996–present)
- Amen - guitar (1996–present)
- OX - bass (2005–present)
- Mana - drums (2012–present)
- Hella - keyboards (2012–present)
Former members 
- G-Stealer - bass (1996–1999)
- Enary - keyboards (1997–2005)
- Magnum - bass (1999–2002)
- Kita - drums, backing vocals (2000–2010)
- Kalma - bass, backing vocals (2002–2005)
- Awa - keyboards, backing vocals (2005–2012)
- Otus - drums (2010–2012)
|Wacken Road Show||14. April - 25 April 2003||Germany|
|European Monstour||11. April - 30 April 2005||Europe|
|Bringing Back The Balls To Finland||3 March - 28 April 2006||Finland|
|(Anonymous victory celebration tour)||3 March - 28 April 2006||Europe|
|Bringing Back The Balls To Europe||16. September - 31 October 2006||Europe|
|Bringing Back The Balls To Baltia||21. February - 25 February 2007||Baltia|
|Bringing Back The Balls To Japan||6. April - 13 April 2007||Japan|
|Ozzfest||12. July - 30 August 2007||North America|
|Halloween Tour||12. October – 31. October 2007||USA|
|USA Tour 2008||7. November - 24 November 2008||USA|
|Deadache Europe Tour 2009||29. January 2009 – 16. April 2009||Europe|
|Europe For Breakfast Tour 2010||5. November - 19. December 2010||Europe|
|Tour Beast Or Not Tour Beast 2013||3. April - 31. December 2013||Europe|
Studio albums 
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|UK||UK Rock||FIN||GER||AUT||BEL||DEN||EST||FRA||GRE||NOR||POL||SWE||SWI||EU||US Ind||US Heat|
|1997||Bend Over and Pray the Lord
|2004||The Monsterican Dream||–||–||4||70||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2010||Babez for Breakfast||–||–||9||66||71||–||–||–||113||26||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2013||To Beast or Not to Beast||–||–||8||56||67||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||95||–||–||–||–|
- The Arockalypse Special Edition (2006)
- The Arockalypse CD with 3 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD with:
Singles and EPs 
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2002||"Would You Love a Monsterman?"||–||–||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Get Heavy|
|2003||"Devil Is a Loser"||–||–||9||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2004||"Blood Red Sandman"||–||–||17||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||The Monsterican Dream|
|"My Heaven Is Your Hell"||–||–||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2006||"Hard Rock Hallelujah"||25||4||1||5||2||2||9||5||6||27||4||5||The Arockalypse|
|"Who's Your Daddy?"||–||–||1||33||–||21||–||–||–||–||–||14|
|"It Snows in Hell"||–||–||2||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2008||"They Only Come Out at Night"||–||–||6||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Beast Loose in Paradise"||–||–||3||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Dark Floors|
|"Bite It Like a Bulldog"||–||–||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Deadache|
|2010||"This is Heavy Metal"||–||–||10||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Babez For Breakfast|
|"The Riff"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||To Beast Or Not To Beast|
Compilation albums 
Music videos 
- "Would You Love a Monsterman?" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2002)
- "Devil is a Loser" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2003)
- "Blood Red Sandman" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2004)
- "Hard Rock Hallelujah" (winning song of Eurovision 2006) (Directed by Pete Riski) (2006)
- "Who's Your Daddy?" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2006)
- "Would You Love A Monsterman (2006) version" (Directed by Pete Riski)
- "It Snows In Hell" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2006)
- "Hard Rock Hallelujah" (At The Arctic Circle) Eurovision Edition (Directed by Antti Jokinen) (2007)
- "Bite It Like A Bulldog" (Directed by Limppu Lindberg) (until 2008)
- "This Is Heavy Metal" (2010)
- "The Riff" (2013)
Eurovision live performances 
- "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock" (performance during qualifying round at Eurovision Song Contest in Finland) (2006)
- "Hard Rock Hallelujah" (performance at Eurovision Song Contest) (2006)
- "Market Square Massacre"
- "Bringing Back The Balls To Stockholm - The Opening Night"
- "It Snows In Hell music video" (available from Finnish Posti outlets)
- "Dark Floors" (2008 Horror movie)
- "Napalm Market" (1993), first unreleased demo.
Cover songs 
- "Midnight Mover", a live song from the single "They Only Come Out at Night" (original by Accept)
- "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)", performed in concerts (original by Alice Cooper)
- "The House", from the Finnish version of Deadache (originally by Dingo).
- "Almost Human", a song from the Bend Over And Pray the Lord! CD (original by KISS)
The Kin 
- Lauri Haukkamaa (Director)
- Amanda Thurman as Anna Henderson
- Bruce Marsland as Jonathan
- Delia De Giovanni as Julie Henderson
- Sirkka Runolinna as Anna's mother
- Matti Ruuhonen as Birger Westling
- Anna Kaarna as Possessed girl
- Nick Lovelock as Marty
In 2004, Lordi co-wrote and starred in their own short film, The Kin, which was released on a special edition of "The Monsterican Dream" (CD/DVD or DualDisc versions) as a way of expanding the band's image and theatricality. It was co-written and directed by Lauri Haukkamaa, with contribution by Adam Vandor. It introduces the audience to members of the band and establishes the concept of superhuman monsters though at no time is any of the band's music played.
The film follows a young writer who loses her mother in a train wreck while she is trying to get her book on non-human creatures published. After a series of problems arise, the monsters, played by the members of Lordi, begin to kill people as well as bend time and space to ensure the publication of the book.
The film shares a lot of Lovecraftian concepts as well as style and pays homage to several B movies and horror films. Only a limited number of DVDs were published and therefore the film's availability has been low. The Kin has also been released on the Market Square Massacre DVD.
Lordi The film 
A new documentary film about Eurovision winner, Heavy Metal band Lordi
Finnish production company Illume Oy has acquired exclusive rights to make a film about the Eurovision -winning monster-band Lordi. The film follows the band and it's leading man Tomi Putaansuu, aka Mr Lordi, behind the scenes for the first time. It will include new archive material from Tomi Putaansuu's childhood and from the very birth of the band twenty years ago.
The international project's premiere is planned for Spring 2014. Filming has taken place in Finland and elsewhere in Europe as well as in the US. Development support has come from Finnish funders and also from the MEDIA programme of the European Union.
The Director, Antti Haase is an award winner, for example Film Australia Documentary Award and Luleå Art Bienniale. Producers for Illume Oy are Venla Hellstedt and Jouko Aaltonen.
Director Antti Haase says: 'When we were children Tomi was the one and only friend who passionately wanted to be a monster. I believe that Lordi's story will appeal to everyone who refuses to give up their dreams, despite the greatest obstacles.'
Mr Lordi says: 'We wanted to lift the curtain on the band's image at long last and enlighten the reality behind the masks and the costumes, that is sometimes not so glamorous. Never before have we let cameras in to follow our life so closely. Antti is the best Director for this film, because he knows where the band and I spring from. Our childhood homes are just a few hundred meters apart in Rovaniemi, Lapland.'
Dark Floors 
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Other releases 
Comics by Mr. Lordi 
- "Monster Magazine"
- "The Uninvited Guests"
- "Lordi 1: Alkuperä" ("The Origin")
- "Lordi 2: Verenjano" ("Bloodthirst")
- "Lordi 3: Verensininen" ("Blue Blood")
Books about Lordi 
- Sven Pahajoki: Lordi — hirviön tarina ("A Monster's Tale") - Unofficial
- Jussi Alroth: Mie oon Lordi ("I am Lordi")
- The Songs For The Rockoning Day — The Complete Lordi Song Book
See also 
- List of best-selling music artists in Finland
- Shadowgrounds (Lordi guitarist Amen played on the soundtrack of this PC game in 2005)
- "Petri Ikonen: Lordi: "Scarchives Vol. 1"". Metallimusiikki.net. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
- Ahlroth, Jussi (2006). Mie oon Lordi. Juva: Johnny Kniga. ISBN 951-0-32584-8.
- The End Records[dead link]
- "Lordi - Prikbord". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- Lordi’s keyboardist Awa will leave the band
- "Lordi Interview". Rytmi Magazine.
- 10:14 PM. "Metal News - Gwar Frontman Disses Corey Taylor ( Metal Underground.com )". Metal Underground.com. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- "Lordin maski myytiin 6 701 eurolla". YLE.
- "Children Of Bodom Hate Crew - Official Website". Cobhc.com. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- Salonen, Ilpo, "Fury after magazine unmasks Lordi", BBC News
- "Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition - Culture". Hs.fi. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- "Europe | Finnish square named after Lordi". BBC News. 2006-05-22. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- "Monster band has Finland fretting over face it shows". International Herald Tribune.
- "Three Greek organizations file legal action against Lordi". Helsingin Sanomat. (Finnish)
- "Finland sends in the heavy metal mob for its Eurovision challenge". London: The Guardian. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- "VOTE FOR LORDI!".
- "Jopa 90 000 juhli Lordia Helsingissä". Helsingin Sanomat.
- "Guinness World Record karaoke 2006 Lordi Finland Hard Rock Hallelujah". Video.google.com. 2006-05-26. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- "50 000 to create karaoke record". Daily Times.
- Lordi's new single available in post offices, Eurovision Song Contest, 19 December 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2007.
- Cola named after rock group Lordi - BBC News Online - Published 17 August 2006. Retrieved June 9, 2007.
- Lordin kuva perussuomalaisten vaalimainoksessa - "Kylmä hiki nousi otsalle" Iltalehti online edition, 22 March 2011. Accessed on 23 March 2011.
- "Eurovision winners struggle to keep true identities secret", The Irish Examiner, 23 May 2006
- "Lordi's Finnish certifications". IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- "Swedish certifications 2006". IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- "IFPI certificates: 1996". ifpi.org. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- "Gold Platinum Database: Blur". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
- "ARIA certificates: 1997". aria.com.au. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- www.twogun.de - jeden tag was neues!
- "Lordi He is back (man behind mask) and monster man". YouTube. 2006-11-13. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Lordi|
|Wikinews has related news: Category:Lordi|
- Official Site
- Lordi musicvideos directed by Pete Riski (Grillifilms)
- Lordi information at the Sanctuary Records site
- Lordi at Wacken 2008
- NYTimes: "Finland Squirms as Its Latest Export Steps Into Spotlight"
- (Finnish) An interview from 2003 (Helsingin Sanomat)
- (Finnish) An interview from 2004 (Rytmi)
- (Finnish) A review of 'The Arockalypse'
- Lordi in SPIN's February 2009 Issue
- An interview from 2004 (Rytmi)
- Eurovision.tv interview of Lordi
- LORDI Army
|Awards and achievements|
with "My Number One"
|Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
|Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Leave Me Alone"