Lordi – Sexocism Album Review
The Finnish metal band, Lordi are back with their ninth album. They dubbed this their most controversial album to date and they deliver on that statement. Titled, Sexorcism, the sexual references are as blatant as the title. Musically Lordi are back, however considering the #MeToo this album’s going to face some huge backlash.
Lordi have concocted 12 catchy rock stompers and their best SCG to date.
Sexocism opens the album with anthemic style, slowly building before exploding killer guitars. However, it’s the storyline lyrics that reminds fans of the classic Lordi. Sexocism pushes the boundaries with some of their lyrics with lines such as “I slip my fingers inside her” and “Sir I hate to say this, but your daughter needs a sexorcism”.
Your Tongue’s Got the Cat is a cheeky tongue ‘n’ cheek track that will take you back to the eighties. The dissonance harmonies are a nice touch. Hella’s keys play a huge role in the harmonies and tie the whole track together.
OX beefs up the bass opening Romeo Ate Juliet. Mr. Lordi comes in hard with the heavy vocals. This is heavy rock Lordi at their best. Naked in My Cellar is a killer track with an insane riff written by Mana but performed by Amen.
The Beast is Yet to Cum & Polterchrist are classic Lordi. Lyrically they don’t pull any punches & feature some stomping drum by Mana. Sexocism features women & children voices done by Hella. She is an amazing voice actor who adds to the theatrics of Sexocism. The eerie opening on Polterchrist however, was done by a singer Isabella. The opening is the best part of the track.
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Slashion Model Girls opens with a trance inducing bass before becoming one the more melodic track on the album. It is also the tamest on an album titled Sexorcism. Rimskin Assassin, a fast, heavy with a sonically beautiful riff from Amen.
Hell Has Room has some of Mana’s best drums on the album. Hot & Satanned opens with a brilliant bass, Keys combo. The melodic atmosphere fits the lyrics perfectly. The story within the lyrics would make a brilliant music video. The Keys add to the sad and melancholic atmosphere.
Sodomesticated Animal is a Lordi anthem as the drum and guitars kick it into high gear. Mr. Lordi’s vocals make this a thunderous song, Gene Simmons would be proud of. Final track Haunting Season combines everything you love about Lordi. Haunting Season is contender for best track. The thunderous 80s metal with Hella’s Keys brings chills down the spine. Lordi close Sexorcism on a high. The church bell outro, recorded during Mr. Lordi’s father’s funeral is a heart-warming tribute and reminds me of when Slipknot did something similar on Iowa.
Lordi’s ninth album will upset and offend due to the subject matter of the album and the fact of its release in the aftermath of #MeToo. Lordi reveals that the protagonist of Sexocism is only on the edge of 16, this make the themes of Sexocism cringe worthy to some. However, it may not be as cringe worthy as you may think. The age of consent in Finland is 16 and with that context my interpretation of Sexorcism is that Sexorcism is exploring the sexual awakening of the protagonist, in the only way Lordi know how. They could of however, picked a less controversial age to take some of the heat of them.
Lordi are back and better than ever. All 13 tracks hit the mark musically, with brilliant riffs and haunting keyboards. This is an album every Lordi fan will enjoy and rock fans will have in the background. Lyrically, Mr. Lordi takes the humour of a Steel Panther album and adds hard, heavy rock. Sexorcism is a musical masterpiece however, creative choices will overshadow the talent and dedication Lordi put into their music.