Amen (rock musician)

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Amen
Amen on stage in 2019
Amen on stage in 2019
Background information
Also known as
List
    • Amen
    • Eiska
    • 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"
Born (1972-06-26) 26 June 1972 (age 48)
Espoo, Finland
OriginMäntsälä, Finland
GenresHard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1997–present
LabelsSony BMG
Associated actsLordi
Websitelordi.fi

Amen (born 26 June 1972) is a Finnish guitarist. He is one of the founding members of the Finnish metal band Lordi and is still playing in the band.[1]

He graduated as an Information Technology engineer in 2001 and has been making the website of Lordi.[2] Amen plays Schechter guitars (specifically the Solo II Custom and the Hellraiser Solo II). The municipality of Mäntsälä granted Amen with statue named "Hard Rock Stone" on 26 June 2006.

Amen has been featured as a special guest on Markus Striegls concert in 2011 and Doro Pesch's concert in 2014.

Amen has also recorded guitar riffs which were used by Ari Pulkkinen to create the soundtrack for the video game Shadowgrounds. His acoustic guitar solos "Amen's Lament to Ra" and "Amen's Lament to Ra ll" were included on Lordi's albums Babez for Breakfast and Scare Force One.

Biography[edit]

Amen 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.[2] 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, Amen 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. Amen 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, Amen 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. Amen completed a degree in 2001 in media technology engineering. After graduation, Amen 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, Amen decided to leave the IT engineering work to focus his career with Lordi.

Discography[edit]

Lordi[edit]

Studio albums
Live albums
Solo albums (as Amen-Ra's Dynasty)
  • "Stone and Stars" (single, 2019)

Other[edit]

  • Shadowgrounds soundtrack (2005, guitars)
  • Stala & SO.: It is So (2011, guitars)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harris, Chris; Jon Wiederhorn. "Metal File: Lordi, Emperor, Knut, Vital Remains & More News That Rules". MTV. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Ahlroth, Jussi Associated By Bigpa (2006). Mie oon Lordi. Juva: Johnny Kniga. ISBN 951-0-32584-8.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Greece Elena Paparizou
with "My Number One"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2006
(as part of Lordi)
Succeeded by
Serbia Marija Šerifović
with "Molitva"
Preceded by
Geir Rönning
with "Why?"
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2006
(as part of Lordi)
Succeeded by
Hanna Pakarinen
with "Leave Me Alone"