Lordi – RecorDead Live; Sextourcism In Z7 (2CD)

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Lordi – RecorDead Live; Sextourcism In Z7 (2CD)
AFM Records
Release Date: 26/07/2019
Running Time: 90:33
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
8/10

BEER! MORE BEER! Mrs. Dark Juan is shirking her duties and telling me I am a lazy fat bastard for demanding my beer being brought to me. Now, she’s undoubtedly correct on all three counts, for I freely admit I’m a lazy fat bastard but nevertheless she should not address the Groove Ipssissimus, the Love Commando and the head of the clergy in that fashion. It’s just…. unsympathetic! Especially when I am creating literary genius for your edification, dear acolytes!

Good evening, I am Dark Juan and I have taken time out from my extremely busy schedule of defiling Christian women, virgins and religious institutions to share with you important matters of metal. France is Catholic, you see. I have an incredibly large task ahead of me to subvert these people. Still, one lady at a time, eh? My neighbour Helene (age 74) made the mistake of asking what I was listening to, the other day. She then had to weather a one hour lecture on just why Lawnmower Deth are amazing in halting and incorrect French. Cobwoman Of Deth Meets Mr. Smellymop took some explaining. Funnily enough, she’s taken to crossing the road and running to the nearest house whenever I am outdoors at the same time as her. I was hoping to discuss the neo-classical connotations of symphonic black metal with her at some point. Oh well. I’m sure she will be receptive to a conversation in about three months.

In other news, while I waffle aimlessly in a desperate attempt to fill out what is now traditionally not a short review, I’m listening to the Finnish nutters called Lordi. Yes, I’m listening to “RecorDead Live; Sextourcism in Z7”. It’s no secret that I am partial to any band that has an egregious image, and Lordi have that in spades. They also have some fucking killer songs – ‘Blood Red Sandman’ should be an enduring metal classic. It was also the song and video that introduced Lordi to an agog young neophyte back in Manchester many moons ago and launched a 25 year love affair with them. AND THEY ALSO WON EUROVISION! Truly, a band to be revered in Dark Juan’s world, then!

The problem is, though, the fact that I don’t really like live albums, because I consider them to be inferior versions of the proper songs. In order to properly appreciate live versions of songs, you have to be there, basking in the atmosphere, being hot, sweaty and pressed tightly against a total stranger… However, having got that minor rant out of the way, we have to establish whether this album is worth expending wonga on, don’t we? From a quantity point of view Lordi have it licked (hurgh hurgh) as there are a throbbingly massive 20 songs on offer here.

Lordi are a heavy metal band in the classic mould – lots of melody and power chords. This is a good thing because they sound like they belong in the Shot In The Dark Ozzy era 1980’s, when I was growing up and first getting into metal, and therefore they immediately provoke memories of good times and horrific hangovers off Thunderbird wine. Also, Lordi have some fucking killer tunes. Some absolute belters! And they also have a similar childish propensity, as I do, for pithy and silly wordplay. Hence they open the show with Sexorcism. A very silly song, but perfectly enjoyable and Mr. Lordi’s voice is a bit raw to start with but he soon warms up and he’s bang on form by the time he gets to ‘Your Tongue’s Got The Cat’. Mr. Amen however is masterful on the guitar, being virtually note perfect throughout the concert. Mr. Ox on bass is also excellent as is Mr. Mana on drums. I also enjoyed Ms. Hella on the keys – I was a big BIG fan of Awa (such long, elegant fingers crawling slowly down my spine and along my hips to my……. STOP THAT!!!!) and was devastated when she left Lordi. But Ms. Hella has awoken previously dormant feelings in …….Enough. The flock don’t need to know that, Dark Juan, you bloody pervert.

The album mix is also a bit patchy when it first gets going, as if the sound engineer has suddenly remembered he has a job to do and puts down his beer in a hurry. Again it settles down after a couple of tracks and we achieve a happy, well balanced sound which is uncommonly clear for a live recording. There is the odd bum note and the backing vocals also take a song or two to warm up but this is part and parcel of live performance.

There’s every one of my favourite Lordi songs on here: ‘Would You Love A Monsterman?’, ‘Blood Red Sandman’, ‘The Devil Is A Loser’, ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ and of course the finale of the whole shebang is ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’, an absolute monster of a track and their legendary Eurovision winning song. All the songs on the record (and indeed by Lordi in general) are designed specifically to be chant along fun. They have massive, MASSIVE choruses and are just good old metal singalong fodder. The thing is, Lordi are also a VISUAL medium and I can’t help but think we are missing an essential part of the full experience with just a record, so there’s kind of a gap in my enjoyment of it. It’s hard to elucidate, but the music requires you to be able to SEE Mr. Lordi and the rest of the band waving their arms, wings and other as yet unnamed limbs about and generally being awesome. They evince the vaudeville joy and sense of fun that is often missing from metal nowadays. It’s schlocky, messy and involves a fuckton of dressing up, and who the fuck doesn’t love that sort of thing?

I love Lordi. I love bands that have theatre and performance value. I love theatricality. This is why I think Ghost are amazing and fuck the haters. I love Lordi’s live album but it isn’t top marks because there’s no visual component. My god, I have almost written a competent review.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is utterly appalled with itself for daring to actually write something that might actually have some useful value and has gone off to sulk in the corner, but awards 8/10 for a fine live album.

Note: There are Blu-Ray/DVD versions but we only received the CD version to review!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Sexorcism
02. Would You Love A Monsterman?
03. Missing Miss Charlene’s House Of Ghosts
04. Your Tongue’s Got The Cat
05. Heaven Sent Hell On Earth
06. Mr. Killjoy
07. Rock the Hell Outta You
08. Blood Red Sandman
09. It Snows In Hell
10. She’s A Demon
11. Slashion Model Girls
12. Naked In My Cellar
13. Rock Police
14. Hug You Hardcore
15. Evilyn
16. The Riff
17. Nailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein
18. Who’s Your Daddy?
19. Devil Is A Loser
20. Hard Rock Hallelujah

LINE-UP:
Mr. Lordi – vocals
Mr. Amen – guitar
Mr. Ox – bass
Mr. Mana – drums
Ms. Hella – keyboards

LINKS:
http://www.lordi.fi/
https://www.facebook.com/LordiOfficial/

https://www.instagram.com/lordiofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn5gK-xJtOxYHzubFazyCKQ

 

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Marianas Rest – Ruins

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Marianas Rest – Ruins
Inverse Records
Release Date: 26/04/2019
Running Time: 55:24
Review by Lotty Whittingham
9/10

Finland is a well-known breeding ground for current and future household names in Heavy Metal. Children Of Bodom, Nightwish and Ensiferum are just a few of these, the list is endless. With the melancholic sounds of their second album “Ruins”, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Marianas Rest added to this growing list of metal legends.

“Ruins” explores how the mind can slowly crumble; introversion, putting up walls and eventually disappearing into your own mind. Teemu Aalto (Insomnium/Omnium Gatherum) is the man behind the mixing of the album. Both Marianas Rest and Teemu get across the frightening effects of poor mental health perfectly. Having had experiences with bad mental health myself, these effects were hard hitting, raw and relatable.

The album starts off with the song ‘Kairos’. This track has contributions from Timo Virkkala on the cello and Insomnium’s Niilo Sevanen reciting Lord Byron’s poem. The rapid tones and prevailing brutality set off the ambience for what’s to come on the rest of the album. The effects of the record and the content it possesses are raw and revealing.

The introduction to the track ‘The Spiral’ lures you in with a seemingly smooth guitar riff; the senses heighten when you hear the heart beat sound effects. This part of the track reflects what anxiety feels like on a daily basis. The transition to the screaming and brutality is sharp and abrupt, very much like the mind when it’s experiencing a frightening time.

The narration leading you to put walls up and not let anyone in hit home with me personally. When the mind starts to crumble, it has you believe that you are entirely alone and you feel that opening up to someone will make you a burden. The lyric stating that you are safe within the walls your mind has put up reinforces this.

‘Unsinkable’ is more melodic and still keeps to that raw brutality from the previous tracks. From what I can hear in the lyrical content, it talks about memories coming back and reminding you of either past mistakes or remnants of a life you once had. I like the song structure here; the verses are stripped back a little to reveal the regrets and wishes. The chorus has a brutal presence that I think reflects the hopelessness and loneliness we feel when we realise what we have done or given up.

“Ruins” ends on a poignant note with the track ‘Omega’. The introduction of the track lures you in slowly; surely there is a glimmer of hope by the end of the album, right? Guess again. After this very sombre opening, ‘Omega’ allows the listener to experience one last blast of brutality and misery before coming to an end.

It’s rare that an album gets you to scratch the surface and dig deeper, “Ruins” allows you to do just that. It is an album filled with hopelessness and despair and portrays the frightening side effects of what goes on in the mind.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Kairos
02. The Spiral
03. Hole In Nothing
04. The Defiant
05. Unsinkable
06. Shadows
07. Restitution
08. Omega

LINKS:
http://marianasrest.com/
https://www.facebook.com/marianasrestofficial

https://www.instagram.com/marianasrestofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdcCG_mNj82WjjExpiJEwVA

 

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EMQ’s with STARGAZERY

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EMQ’s with STARGAZERY

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish Melodic Heavy Metal band Stargazery! Huge thanks to Guitarist/Backing Vocalist Pete Ahonen for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Pete Ahonen – Guitars & Backing Vocals. I started this band somewhere in 2005 simply because I wrote a song that imo didn’t fit to my other bands (Burning Point & Ghost Machinery) style. That song was later named to ‘How Many Miles’ 🙂
Since then we’ve released two albums, “Eye On The Sky” (2011) and “Stars Aligned” (2015). Currently we’re recording our third album “Constellation” and hopefully it is out by the end of this year. Also the new single ‘Sinners In Shadows’ will be released within a week.

How did you come up with your band name?

I think we started as Stargazer, but soon realized there are so many Stargazer’s out there and just added the Y 🙂

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Finland and the scene seems to be ever growing and vibrant. Lots of new bands popping up and the older ones conquering the world. 🙂

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

The latest album is “Stars Aligned” which was released in 2015, but the new single ‘Sinners In Shadows’ will be released in a week and the whole album “Constellation” within the year 2019
STARGAZERY – Sinners In Shadows – official Video (PURE LEGEND RECORDS)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twza379Zk_Y

Who have been your greatest influences?

80’s Metal/Hard Rock in general. Whitesnake, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Def Leppard etc.

What first got you into music?

I think my biggest epiphany came when my friend’s sister was blasting Accept and suddenly I was like, what is this!? This I need more 🙂 Hai lii hai looo…‘Fast As A Shark’!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I think any of these 80’s bands out there still doing it 🙂

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Wacken! Definitively Wacken :-). It is like THE Metal Festival in the world!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I think we haven’t received any odd stuff….yet 🙂

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you for your support!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Hmmm there are many great musicians that have passed way too soon, but maybe Ronnie James Dio.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love creating something out of nothing, I love working in the studio and love playing on stage. Maybe not ‘hate’, but to travel hours and hours and the waiting before going on stage are a bit ‘unpleasent’.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

More money to support the smaller bands and give them a chance to shine!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

To pick just one is haaaard! Hmmm, let’s just say Accept – “Restless And Wild”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CD’s & Vinyls. I do have few Cassettes too and I buy them from the flea-markets etc if they’re cheap :-). Downloads are not the thing for me.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I think there isn’t one single gig, but some of the highlights are definitively Sweden Rock, Tuska Festival, Jalometalli Festival etc. I enjoy every gig we do!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Very difficult question….I think I would be just “normal” family / working man, without the music 🙂

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My wife, my mom and couple good friends!

What’s next for the band?

A new video single ‘Sinners In Shadows’ will be released within a week and we continue to record our third album “Constellation”.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Youtube and Facebook mostly.
https://www.facebook.com/stargazery/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxR-v9ftG5Rjkud8KKiHn3g

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

😀 Tough! I’d say biscuit!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you very much for this great interview! I hope people love the new single / album and also purchase the Eye On The Sky vinyl ! Feel free to drop us a comment and join our facebook pages www.facebook.com/stargazery
Cheers!
Pete Ahonen
Stargazery

 

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EMQ’s with BOFO KWO

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EMQ’s with BOFO KWO

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish, Symphonic Black Metal band Bofo Kwo who, by the way, are brilliant as well as being hilarious! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Bofo Kwo: I am Bofo Kwo, the tribe leader and lead vocalist. The band was formed in 2014 based on a novel by Theodore Salmondi Egger, called the Legend of a Cannibal King. The Band then took it further, went to space and after several decades, hopefully, the first Metal band to ever perform in outer space.

Wamufo: I am Wamufo. I arrange and compose the chants and rituals we need for our feasts. I also play the noise machine you call guitar during our feasts.

Bomari: I am backup vocalist Bomari, I also do the makeup and costumes and general creative stuff.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bofo Kwo: It is based on the Main Character of the Legend of a Cannibal King Novel.

Wamufo:???

Bomari: Also based on a true cannibal story but with some twist and turns.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
Bofo Kwo: Finland, I guess cold?

Wamufo: I’ve lost count on the numerous home worlds we’ve had.

Bomari: Norway, make a guess.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Bofo Kwo: Our latest single is called “Second Sun” and it is from our upcoming album to be released fall 2019, the album is called “Space/Time Carnivorium”.

Bomari: Second SUN

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bofo Kwo: Space/Time, Aliens, Cannibal Documentaries, Black Metal, ROCK, and Grunge!

Wamufo: Black metal, cheap sci-fi TV and everything I can gather from the junkyard.

Bomari: Life.

What first got you into music?

Bofo Kwo: The search for the end of the endless agony of being human and what not.

Bomari: Feeelings and stuff.

Wamufo: Refuse to answer!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Bofo Kwo: Rumours are that we will collaborate with a Rodent King of the Mighty “Dirty Rats” from Australia already on the upcoming album.

Bomari: Rob Zombie

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Bofo Kwo: Download festival because I heard they don’t make you shave your bush.

Bomari: Can’t think of any

Wamufo: Roadburn, Dour, Wacken

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Bofo Kwo: Bold of you assuming that we have fans? I am under contract to hand over any gifts I get to Wamufo so he has to answer this one.

Bomari: Anxiety

Wamufo: Bofo Kwo might be obligated to hand over the gifts, but I know he’s hoarding them somewhere. People seem to like posting us these pieces of paper with numbers on them, and after some investigation they seem to disappear in to Bofo Kwo pillow or he traded them for cat food.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Bofo Kwo: Be one with the Metal, and please share our content so more people discover or get offended by our music.

Bomari: Be yourself

Wamufo: The message is gone. Long live the message

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Bofo Kwo: Dimebag

Wamufo: Nah, let the dead rest. They deserve it

Bomari: Lemmy

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Bofo Kwo: Free food I enjoy the most, I hate the most that the food is not human flesh tho.

Waumfo: There are some super comfortable couches hidden inside the venues of feasting. Napping on those. Napping inside the trunk of our “tour vehicle” is the worst, unless I kidnap the money pillow, which is super comfy.

Bomari: Being creative, the pressure

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Bofo Kwo: Artists gets paid first and the most instead of last and maybe nothing.

Bomari: The pressure of releasing and squeeezing the creativeness out of artist is the worst, if we could let artist work on their own time and using their creative energy when it’s there and not squeezing it. It’s the killer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Bofo Kwo: Behemoth – “The Satanist”

Wamufo: Khanate – “Things Viral”

Bomari: Blank, can’t think of one spec

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Bofo Kwo: Vinyl!

Wamufo: Claymation

Bomari: Vinyl for sure

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Bofo Kwo: Our secret gig in Amsterdam March 2019. Weird stuff happened.
VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTwxniHLcTY

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Bofo Kwo: Working for the Earth Space Defence.

Wamufo: Sabotaging the ESD.

Bomari: I’m actually a fisherwoman on the side…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bofo Kwo: The tastiest fattest peoples, they are the best to make stew of.

Wamufo: I’d rather not get criticized for cold canned ravioli by five people.

Bomari: *laughing* and nobody knows why.

What’s next for the band?

Bofo Kwo: New Single, new Album and Fall live shows. Album will be called “Space/Time Carnivorium”

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://www.facebook.com/BofoKwo/
https://bofokwo.bandcamp.com/releases
https://sliptrickrecords.com/finnish-group-bofo-kwo-join-the-sliptrick-roster/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bofo Kwo: I met a dude named Jaffa on a planet far away, he tasted more like lasagne but maybe a bit Cakish?

Wamufo: You should ask that from J. Cakes.

Bomari: It doesn’t matter, they’re fucking tasty.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Bofo Kwo: Ever Metal is amazing. To think that they supported a rural space Black Metal band like us is just outstanding.

Bomari: Cheers, shine on.

Wamufo: Eat your greens and stay hydrated.

 

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