Taking over Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY Friday night was Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band Lordi who are currently back in the US for the first time in nearly 10 years. Having seen them just a week prior opening for Overkill and Nile in Cleveland, I felt like I had a pretty good idea as to what their show would entail. However, for a band like Lordi a headlining show is an entirely different animal.
Following what seemed to be an answered prayer by the God of Thunder, Lordi took the stage with an ample amount of energy. The band is still promoting their latest release Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy), but that did not limit their set list to purely new music. The band played tracks from numerous different albums throughout their history. Lordi ripped through tracks such as “Blood Red Sandman” and “Babez for Breakfast” and didn’t forget to slow it down for the ballad “It Snows In Hell”. It goes without saying that there was an abundance of crowd participation when the band broke out into the Eurovision winning song “Hard Rock Hallelujah”.
Every member of the band held their own, and performed without a hiccup throughout the entire set. Early on OX performed a bass solo that had me completely invested in his performance. The solo was a mix of rock and metal, while incorporating aspects of funk and disco to create something I had never seen before. The short but sweet classical-influenced keyboard solo provided by Hella and the fast and heavy drum solo performed by Mana rounded out the night. Amen, Lordi’s longtime guitarist, performed numerous in-song solos throughout the evening and frankly, there’s nothing like seeing an ancient mummy duck walking like Angus Young across the stage. Mr.Lordi’s voice sounds nearly identical live as it does on the albums, and his effortlessly funny personality shines through at all times. It is on rare occasion that you see three solos in a 14 song set, let alone one have one dedicated entirely to keys. Every band member was acknowledged and every member had the spotlight on them for at least one portion of the show, which is always nice to see. Lordi performs like a band of brothers and sisters- even if they are monsters.
Unfortunately, the band only has a handful of dates left on this run- but I have got my fingers crossed that it doesn’t take another 10 years for this Finnish rock powerhouse to return to North America.