Okay, I lied, I was going to sign off for the Easter weekend, but I surprisingly have Easter Monday off so what better time could it be to give my thoughts on Lordi’s new album Sexorcism now that more details are available? Other fans, including my good friend overseas, have already posted their thoughts, so I guess it’s my turn now.
So, let’s start with the track list:
2. Your Tongue’s Got the Cat
3. Romeo Ate Juliet
4. Naked in my Cellar
5. The Beast is Yet to Cum
7. SCG9: The Documented Phenomenon
8. Slashion Model Girls
9. Rimskin Assassin
10. Hell Has Room
11. Hot and Satanned
12. Sodomesticated Animal
13. Haunting Season
When the title of the album was first revealed, I had a bad feeling that this wasn’t going to be a good old horror album that I know from Lordi. I was concerned that the band was going down a pornographic road that my inner-feminist didn’t want to be a part of. I know for a fact that the band members are not misogynistic, they love women and I even heard that from Amen himself via Twitter a few years back. But, it’s just a title, nothing more. I never, under any circumstances, let my political views, especially on gender equality, get in the way of my love for any band.
Many of the tracks titles have me skeptical, but then again, if you create a certain title for an album, you’d want to have song titles that match it right?
I sincerely hope that titles like that are meant to be horror love stories only gorier than the fanfiction that I’ve written. Ones that end with someone being eaten or slashed apart you know? Is Romeo Ate Juliet about something like Romeo becomes cannibalistic at the Capulet’s party? The Beast is Yet to Cum is that supposed to be about how monsters orgasm or a horror version of Beauty and the Beast? I hope it’s about my second guess.
Other than that, I’m seeing some BDSM-ish titles here with a touch of blood and guts. It could have a slasher film twist to it. Mr. Lordi does most of the writing so, I hope he reveals what there is to it. Well, actually, he kind of has already if you’ve read that interview on Metal Blast that he’s been doing it all along, but to us fans, it was probably less obvious at that time with titles and lyrics. I think that’s due to the record label trying to set restrictions, especially after Eurovision.
If I remember correctly, he mentioned that many of it is inspired by slasher horror films like Evil Dead II, which he said was his one of his favourites. I haven’t seen that movie or anything similar to it, but I’m guessing those kinds of the movies contained a lot of gore and possibly sexual violence as well.
Okay, now onto the cover:
Like I said, seeing the girl strapped to the chair reminded me of the first Conjuring film where Carolyn was possessed and was tied up so Ed could do the exorcism to banish the spirit within her.
Now, I highly doubt that was the inspiration since Lordi was never meant to be supernatural.
I may be getting a little too judgmental which isn’t something I should do before the album is even out. Maybe Lordi’s just trying to shed the misconception society has about them. There are, unfortunately, still people out there who see Lordi as a Eurovision gimmick. There’s also the matter of they probably want to scare families with young children away. I’m okay with that because we all need that one band that’s for adults only, we all need that escape from the kids!
The cover itself in terms design is great as usual. Mr. Lordi always puts excellent effort into his paintings. I have seen pictures of his art online but I would love to see it in person at that art gallery in Rovaneimi. I also find it’s the next level of explicitness given Babez for Breakfast, was also quite gory/sexual but unfortunately had parts cropped out. I can’t help but feel inside that this cover is meant to promote violence against women which I am strongly against, but again, it’s just a cover and it definitely isn’t something new if there was a similar one on previous albums.
In summary, controversial or not, I could be wrong about my feelings I have now. This era might turn out to be fantastic in terms of music. It does feel like HYH x13 but at the end of the day, a Lordi song could have gory and sexually suggestive lyrics but if it sounds catchy as hell once I hear it, all my doubts no longer matter.
Again, I have no issues with lyrics like that in their songs, but horror was always the main element, and I was worried that given what has been revealed so far, Lordi was becoming more about porn than horror. I really hope that doesn’t come to be the case, but for now, I should just wait until the album is released.
I will be doing a track-by-track review on the album, a detailed review on the costumes since more photos are slowly being released, and I have been considering a livestream of listening to the album for the fanpage before I listen to it in depth to write the review.
I’ll try not to be too negative if my concerns turn out to be right, because I love Lordi too much to turn my back on them even if they appear to be jumping the shark!