10 July 2008

Bloodthirst

I just read the Lordi comic Verenjano. It was quite fun, with a couple of clever ideas too. I'm not used to reading comics in Finnish, but Mr Lordi's northern accent really made my day. The art, while perhaps not the best ever seen in comics, was nothing to complain about either. Now I've got to try to find the first issue as well... (And I still haven't manage to see the movie. It'll have to wait until the DVD is cheaper.)

Lordi is a rarity for me in several ways. First, it's one of the very few Finnish groups I listen to, if not practically the only one. Lordi's image and style aren't particularly Finnish, of course. Second, it's one of the few modern groups that I like with a heavier sound. I do like a lot of older hard rock music, like AC/DC, and many bands that combine harder rock with other styles, like Queen, Jethro Tull or Alice Cooper. Later groups, and especially metal groups, rarely appeal to me. It's usually the singer that spoils it for me (and that applies to many other genres as well). I'm very picky about the singing styles I like (ok, so Lordi's singing voice isn't exactly at the top of my list, but it's still better than many). But often it's also the image and attitude of the bands, which tend to be overly negative and aggressive, to an extent which just looks ridiculous even when intended to be serious and dark.

Lordi's different. It's intentionally over-the-top, I think, in a tongue-in-cheek way. Lordi's music isn't anti-social, and certainly not satanistic, but rather a homage to horror movies and comics. Which certainly appeals to a horror fan like me.

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