I didn’t get much sleep last night. That’s not uncommon for me. There are nights where I don’t get home until nearly 2 AM from a show and have to turn around and be functional for my day job by 7. After nights like those, I am understandably tired. Last night I was home, in bed by 11 (thank God for early shows) but I still didn’t get much sleep. I just couldn’t stop seeing those masks and costumes in my mind.
Finnish heavy metal rockers Lordi have been around since the early 1990’s. They are known for their extreme stage show, intense costumes, and legendary music. These guys have been touring almost non-stop since 2002 but have only come to America a handful of times so to say the people in the crowd were excited to see this legendary band on their 25th anniversary “MonsTour” would be a bit of an understatement. Before the members even hit the stage, you could feel the excitement in the room. As soon as the characters took the stage, the crowd erupted in applause and I completely lost myself in a fantasy world.
I was trying to explain the costumes to some friends in the Twittersphere but I was having a hard time doing so because I didn’t want to look directly at the characters. Believe me when I say I am definitely a scaredy cat– I still have nightmares over Bruce, that shark in Finding Nemo. Regardless of how easily you scare, the costumes worn by Lordi are terrifyingly believable. The outfits were much more than just costumes, they were pieces of art and I definitely more than respect the amount of time and creativity that must have gone into the looks. Regardless, I was still scared shitless.
The music of Lordi is heavy but not too heavy. You can definitely hear elements of Kiss and Alice Cooper in the music but you don’t hear the brutality that you see in the costumes. They definitely reminded me of one of my favorite local bands, Impaler. Lordi, like Impaler, has a look that doesn’t quite match the music they play. That’s not to say that the music is boring in any way, shape, or form because it’s not. It’s full of energy and each song sounds completely different than the last even when keeping with the horror/ shock rock theme.
The coolest thing about their set was all of the solos for all of the musicians. After every couple of songs, the band would feature one of the characters. It started with the bass playing playing along to a bit of a techno track. It was completely different than the songs that the band had started their set with and it gave “Ox” (the bass player’s character) a chance to shine. After a couple more songs, it was Mana’s (the drummer) turn to shine. This went on through the night. It was truly amazing to see just how great these people were as musicians. Some bands like this use their costuming and intense stage show as a bit of a veil to hide just how bad of musicians they are, but not Lordi. If anything, all the extra stuff just enhances their show and truly takes you to a dream world.
Lordi was the only touring act of the night. Three local bands played prior to them but none of them came close to catching my attention the way Lordi did.
The first band to take the stage was Caster Volor. Unfortunately, they were either having an off night or they have some of the nicest friends on the planet that are lying to them about how great the band is. I guess they kind of lost me within the first couple of minutes of their set when they brought out a giant, inflatable penis smoke machine. First off, Where in the hell do you find something like that? Secondly, Why… just why. Honestly, it completely turned me off of the band and by the time they brought the inflatable doll on stage I was pretty much done with these guys. Beyond the completely unnecessary stage props, the music sounded a bit off. I’m hoping it was just an off night or all of the members were suffering from the same ear infection and that’s what caused the sounds coming off the stage but, regardless, this band needs some work.
Second local act, Eternal Voyager tried their best to redeem my attention span. I saw these guys for the first time a couple of months ago when they opened for Alestorm. Just like last time, I was completely blown away by Micah’s voice. He has this amazing ability to go from low notes to high notes without any sign of strain or struggle. Unfortunately, the electronic drum kit seemed to be the only sound my ears would allow me to focus on and it became a bit over powering at times.
The final local band to take the stage prior to Lordi was Malice. These guys were good. They had a clean sound and a very put together live show but there was nothing that really grabbed me. I think I was just a little bit too anxious to see what Lordi was going to bring to the table as I kept seeing the characters behind a curtain that separated part of the venue from the public.
So, if you can’t tell, I probably could have done without the locals on the show last night. Lordi is such a theatrical band that no matter who you put opening for them, they will reign supreme. I don’t know if Lordi will ever tour the U.S. again but, if they do, make sure you go check it out. They are definitely a sight to see.
I shouldn’t have come to work today. Mr. Lordi told the crowd that we could all have today off of work because of last night’s show. He went on to say that if anyone’s boss had a problem with that, they could definitely come talk to Mr. Lordi directly. Pretty sure if I had given my boss the option, I could have gotten away with taking today off work.
Venue: The Cabooze
Sausage Fest Meter- 9 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 29
Crowd Surfers- 0
Broken Bones- 0
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- 0
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score-4 out of 10
Show on Deck- Run the Jewels