Released by: Afm Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release date: 25 May 2018
Mr Lordi – Vocals
Mr Amen – Guitars
Mr Ox – Bass
Mr Mana – Drums
Ms Hella – Keyboards
- Your Tongue’s Got The Cat
- Romeo Ate Juliet
- Naked In My Cellar
- The Beast Is Yet To Cum
- SCG9: The Documented Phenomenon
- Slashion Model Girls
- Rimskin Assassin
- Hell Has Room
- Hot & Satanned
- Sodomesticated Animal
- Haunting Season
Warning! If you are easily offended stop reading now. If you are ok with being offended go and buy this album. It’s not a classic by any means of the imagination, but it is great fun.
Lordi came to fame by winning the 2006 Eurovision song contest, so far the only time the winner has been Finnish, and with a decent song. Since then Lordi and his band have been touring and recording seemingly endlessly, with this their 9th Studio album being the latest product of their loins.
The album opens with the title track, Sexorcism. Horror themed piano cords against a distant chanting vocal welcome you into this cultish experience. With heavy guitars from the first drop of the melody, Lordi’s vocals soon express the theme of this track, and indeed the rest of the album. If you haven’t noticed by the Album’s title, the cover art, or the tracklist, the theme of the album is the occult, sex, possession, sex, horror, and did I mention sex.
Your Tongue’s Got The Cat, is the first single to be released from the album and is almost a love song, although it doesn’t end well for Fluffy, but luckily it does have some great guitar work and the keyboards give an almost ballad feeling to the track. Romeo Ate Juliet departs from the classical Shakespeare telling of the story, with Lordi’s raspy vocals leading down a completely different path. I’ll leave it to you to work out the details but Romeo didn’t wait beneath the balcony forever.
Naked in my cellar… hhmm what to say about this that isn’t already said in the track title. Nope I have nothing. It’s a good metal headbanging tune, about having a sex slave in your cellar. Follow this with the next track, The Beast Is Yet To Cum and there is a plot for a porno, in fact this whole album could be a porno plot story, which I know isn’t a high bar to beat, but it could be up there. The Beast Is Yet To Cum does allow Mr Lordi to stretch his vocal range, although some of the higher notes sound a bit like a screeching old witch, but that just adds to the atmosphere.
Polterchrist changes the tempo for the first 30 secs of classical vocals before returning to the classic metal riffs that we expect. SCG9: The Documented Phenomenon is a recording of a poltergeist possession, before we take a break from the sex for a track, to just bloody horror gore with Slashion Model Girls. This is rapidly followed by what could possibly be the most controversial track on the album, Rimskin Assassin, it is also possibly the best track on the album with a great guitar solo three quarters of the way through, as well as very sing-a-longable lyrics, but not ones to sing out on your daily commute.
Hell Has Room and Hot & Satanned continue with the theme of the album, death horror and sex. With a bit of resurrection and revenge thrown in for good measure.
The album is completed by Sodomesticated Animal and Haunting season. Now by this point I am thinking where on earth, or in hell can Lordi go now? Looks at the track name for Sodomesticated Animal and I think, no he can’t, can he? Yup he does and with some musical style. Haunting Season wraps the album up nicely, with a creepy intro and a thumping beat and a horror story as the lyrical content.
Yes, this album is controversial. Yes, it is crude. Yes, it is not for the easily offended (hopefully they will be put off by the album cover), but it’s a great fun album, and I enjoyed listening to it way more than a ‘normal’ person should. I’m now off to hide my pets from Mr Lordi in case he wants to visit.
Reviewed by Kalli Isborne