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The Finnish monsters give birth to a classic slice of rock Written by on November 15, 2010

The theatrical winners of Eurovision 2006 who upset the fans that still rate The Brotherhood of Man as “this is as good as Eurovision gets” continue to push their brand of fun filled heavy metal, with a comforting (albeit loud) collection of power chords, over the top lyrics and musical ability. Let’s spin it up and see what the latex delivers this time around.

Comforting predictability, that’s what.

Just a few seconds in and you can whoop for joy, it’s another story introduction to a Lordi album. Babez for Breakfast starts with the sort of audio birth scene that would make Rob Zombie proud before the title track grinds into your brain.

It’s an okay musical start. While there’s nothing special here – a typical three minute, heads down opener familiar to every 80s rock fan – it sets the scene for an album that may not win Lordi any new fans, but will happily sate their existing followers.

Weall know the formula, a do Lordi, so track two, "This is Heavy Metal", ignites the tinder that’s just been set up in your brain. It’s all hadbanging rythyms, strong repetitive chanting and the gruff lead vocals pushing the song triumphantly uphill.

And then the album coasts a little bit before dipping in the middle into slightly slower territory. While not reaching “power ballad” levels of slowness Babez for Breakfast runs perilously close to it with tracks like Call off the Wedding, before the wick starts to get turned up with “I’m Bigger Than You” (lyrics seemingly by Sid James and the Carry On crew") until we’re back up to rock speed with the anthemic return of the angry gruff vocals in "Give Your Life To Rock and Roll" and stays at a lovely musical mix of caffeine and adrenalin.

But that album art… ouch. I know that rock bands like their artsy covers, but this really is a step in the wrong direction. As with most things around Lordi, if you ignore the visuals, the music hits the spot. It’s just that sometimes it’s very hard to ignore.

This long player has the classic shape of hooking you in, giving you fast, then slow, back to fast, and a little coda (“Devil’s Lullaby”) to finish you off. It’s Lordi doing what they do well – theatrical rock and roll that tends to heavy metal, lots of costumes and visuals but all backed up by confident song-writing with a light touch of irony in the lyrics.

Babez for Breakfast, by Lordi, published by Columbia, is available from Amazon (also as an MP3 download ).

About The Author: Ewan Spence

British Academy (BAFTA) nominated broadcaster and writer Ewan Spence is the voice behind The Unofficial Eurovision Song Contest Podcast and one of the driving forces behind ESC Insight. Having had an online presence since 1994, he is a noted commentator around the intersection of the media, internet, technology, mobility and how it affects us all. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, his work has appeared on the BBC, The Stage, STV, and The Times. You can follow Ewan on Twitter (@ewan) and Facebook (facebook.com/ewanspence).

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