To Beast or Not to Beast

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To Beast or Not to Beast
Studio album by Lordi
Released 1 March 2013 (2013-03-01)
Recorded September 1 – October 30, 2012
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, shock rock
Length 43:15
Label Sony Music (Finland)
AFM Records (Europe)
The End Records (USA, Canada)
Producer Michael Wagener
Lordi chronology
Scarchives Vol. 1
(2012)
To Beast or Not to Beast
(2013)
Scare Force One
(2014)
Singles from To Beast or Not to Beast
  1. "The Riff"
    Released: February 8, 2013

To Beast or Not to Beast is the sixth studio album of Finnish hard rock band Lordi that was released on March 1, 2013. As is traditional for the band, their costumes were renewed again for the release of this album.[1] The album was produced and mixed by Michael Wagener and engineered by Shani Gandhi.[2]

In Germany the album was released in digipak covers. The album has been released as LP version in EMP store.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "We're Not Bad for the Kids (We're Worse)"   Mr Lordi, Tracy Lipp Amen, Mr. Lordi 3:23
2. "I Luv Ugly"   Mr Lordi, Tracy Lipp Mr Lordi 3:48
3. "The Riff"   Mr Lordi, Tracy Lipp Mr. Lordi, Amen 3:44
4. "Something Wicked This Way Comes"   Mr Lordi, Tracy Lipp Amen, Mr. Lordi 4:58
5. "I'm the Best"   Mr Lordi Mr Lordi, PK Hell 3:16
6. "Horrifiction"   Mr Lordi, Tracy Lipp Mr Lordi 3:29
7. "Happy New Fear"   Mr Lordi, Tracy Lipp Mr Lordi, OX, PK Hell, Amen 4:46
8. "Schizo Doll"   Mr Lordi, Tracy Lipp Mr Lordi 4:34
9. "Candy for the Cannibal"   Mr Lordi, Tracy Lipp Mr Lordi, PK Hell 4:43
10. "Sincerely with Love"   Mr Lordi, Tracy Lipp Mr Lordi 3:14
11. "SCG6: Otus' Butcher Clinic"   Otus Otus 3:24
Total length:
43:15
Japanese Version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Hulking Dynamo"   Mr. Lordi 3:03
Total length:
46:18

Trivia[edit]

  • This album breaks from the Lordi tradition of having the first track being an SCG track; the SCG track on this album is instead the final track.
  • It also breaks tradition with the album title. In all their previous albums, the album title is also the title of one of the songs (Bend Over and Pray the Lord, Get Heavy, Deadache, Babez for Breakfast) or the title is part of the lyrics in a song somewhere on the album (The Monsterican Dream are lyrics in "Blood Red Sandman" and The Arockalypse are lyrics in "Hard Rock Hallelujah"). This album, however, does not contain a song called To Beast or Not to Beast, nor is it anywhere in the lyrics for any of the songs.
  • This marks the longest gap between Lordi albums (excluding the gap between demo album Bend Over and Pray the Lord and first album Get Heavy), at two and a half years.
  • The album title was originally planned to be "Monsterial Phonica". But after Kiss released their album "Monster", Mr. Lordi thought that their album's name was too close to that so the band changed it to be "Upgradead". However, the band did not consider it an A-class name. Just few months before the release of the album, Amen came up with the final title, which the band felt suitable and perfect.[2]

Credits[edit]

  • Mr. Lordi – Vocals
  • Amen – Guitars
  • Mana – Drums
  • OX – Bass
  • Hella – Keyboards
  • Otus – Drums (SCG6: Otus' Butcher Clinic)
  • Kita – Drums (Hulking Dynamo)
  • Enary – Keyboards (Hulking Dynamo)
  • Magnum – Bass (Hulking Dynamo)

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