Lordi: Babez for Breakfast

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Lordi: Babez for Breakfast
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
The End Records
September 15th, 2010
Release length: 48:26
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Lordi is one of those bands that I can’t quite grasp, but it’s not in a bad way. This group plays a great mix of classic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, and formed back in 1991 in Finland. Of course, in that region, this band is huge, and when I first imported Get Heavy when it came out, I expected this band to breakthrough to the United States, and take the world by storm in the same manner that Kiss did. Of course, it’s been nearly eight years, and while a deal with The End Records has found their releases on store shelves, this band is still unknown among us, even after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, as well as having their single “Would You Love a Monsterman?” hold the number one spot in Finnish charts, a song that was released here in the States as well with a new video shot to promote it, but you never hear it anywhere. The same thing is happening with their seventh full-length effort, Babez for Breakfast, and album that is a fantastic step up from their previous offering, Deadache, and appears to be only capturing the attention of their dedicated U.S. fan base, which is truly saddening.

Babez for Breakfast takes some of the better concepts from Deadache, but also injects it with the catchy, yet haunting musical approach that their earlier material was well known for. However, it seems each album finds the band focusing more on athems then anything else, and there’s a good share of Rock and Metal anthems on this release, such as “This is Heavy Metal”, the first single off the album, which is really catchy and has music that best suits the explanation-like title of the track. Of course, immediately after, the track “The Rock Police” kicks in, and it’s like the band suddenly channeled all the great 80’s Rock in one shot, breathing the perfect atmosphere, a nice blend of softer chords pushed with synth-like keyboards and acoustics, then building into a catchy, harder chorus with clean gang-singing vocals backing up the main vocals, and plenty of cheesy police siren sound effects in key areas. Of course, there’s plenty of others on here, such as “Zombie Rawk Machine”, “Give Your Life for Rock’n’Roll” and “Loud and Loaded”, but they’re all basically the same thing, and they tend to start becoming repetitive the more you listen to them, though “Give Your Life for Rock’n’Roll” really stands out from those latter three worship tracks. While these songs are all fantastic, it’s just starting to grow to be an old topic for the band, especially since they adorn a monster appearance, and these tracks generally deter from their gimmick, as well as the lyrics that fit in with their suits and attitude of horror and monsterdom.

On top of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal approach to the music, Lordi takes things a little further on this album by adding in some Disco elements. Obviously, there’s some Disco involved in the song “Discoevil”, but that’s more for the electric beats that go on during the chorus and nothing else. “I Am Bigger Than You”, however, is another story, and is also the most obscure track on the entire effort, outside the very disturbing introduction “SCG5: It’s a Boy!” which is a woman giving birth, and, if you follow the artwork’s logic, it turns out to be vocalist Lordi she is giving birth to. “I Am Bigger Than You” seems to involve some Techno elements in the start of it, but the chorus clearly has a heavy Disco feel to it due to the electronic sounding cymbols that accompany the music, giving it a very light and airy feel to the music, though the cymbols suddenly cutting out during the chorus, not one but twice for each run through the chorus, sounds atrocious and clearly electronically edited since they just completely stop, and for the sound to abruptly end but have snares hit at that exact moment seems inhumanly possible.

Of course, the album has it’s share of ballads too. “Call Off the Wedding” is one of the more impressive ones, which makes use of the haunting aura the band can pull off nicely, and just builds up the longer the song goes on, becoming more powerful, and has some well composed lyrics that captures the whole monster approach to the music nicely, making for one of the band’s best ballads composed yet, and won’t really grow boring after a while like some of their previous ballads have been. Infact, there’s really nothing on here that listeners just simply won’t like. “Babez for Breakfast” is the only track on here listeners may be iffy about at first, and your first time through the album, it’s a very rocky start due to it’s rather simple sound and slight continuation of the introduction track “SCG5: It’s a Boy!” if you manage to twist it well enough. However, the simple song composition and performance really works for the fun atmosphere, and eventually becomes one of the most addictive tracks on the release if given some time to grow on the listener. “Amen’s Lament to Raw” is a little rough to listen to as well, as it just doesn’t really come off as all that important to the album, acting as an interlude, and “Devil’s Lullacy” has some haunting lullaby music going on, which is bled into from “Granny’s Gone Crazy”, and seems to take a good while to really kick in, but it isn’t a bad song, and nicely captures the atmosphere of the band members and their overall look and approach to their music.

Babez for Breakfast may not be as spellbinding as their earlier material, but it comes in pretty close. Lordi continues to mature and even expand their musical surroundings, while still retaining to the old-school sounds that inspire their material. Just about every track on here makes for a fantastic listen, and nothing genuinely disappoints, though some tracks may take a few extra listens before they catch on. In the long run, this is a fantastic release that fans of the band are going to love, as well as becomes a great jump on point for anyone who hasn’t heard Lordi‘s haunting, yet addictively catchy music. Sure, some of it may sound repetitive, especially the abuse of Rock and Metal worship tracks, but there’s still enough great tracks on here to make this release an album you’ll come back to time and time again, and never have to worry about anything getting old anytime soon.

01. SCG5: It’s a Boy! – 1:21
02. Babez for Breakfast – 3:29
03. This is Heavy Metal – 2:59
04. Rock Police – 3:57
05. Discoevil – 3:49
06. Call off the Wedding – 3:31
07. I Am Bigger Than You – 3:04
08. ZombieRawkMachine – 3:42
09. Midnite Lover – 3:20
10. Give Your Life for Rock and Roll – 3:54
11. Nonstop Nite – 3:56
12. Amen’s Lament to Ra – 0:32
13. Loud and Loaded – 3:15
14. Granny’s Gone Crazy – 3:55
15. Devil’s Lullaby – 3:42

Overall Score: 8/10

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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.