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Amen introduces Scare Force One!
December 2014 | by Sami Snallstrom

With the previous album To Beast Or Not To Beast it wasn't that easy to come up with the album title but this album's name "Scare Force One" was picked up a long time ago. Where did this name came from?

Depends who you ask. I talked about it with Mr.Lordi while we were recording the To Beast –album in Nashville, and even way before that. In my opinion it's his idea, but he thinks it's mine. Who knows? And does it really matter? I think it's a killer title for this album. But yeah, it was funny that we already had a title for the next album while we recording the previous one.

You started the recording sessions at Finnvox studios in Helsinki but later continued in Spede Pasanen's (deceased Finnish actor and movie-producer) summer place in Lapland. Why, how and who did came up with this idea?

Depends who you... ;) Ah, I don't know...maybe it was me. Mr.Lordi says I came up with the idea. I think he remembers things about me that I can't remember - and vice versa. You know, this marriage has been quite long and we share a lot of thoughts all the time. Whoever the hell remembers who said what and who made who.. Main thing was that we needed to have a different environment, a relaxed one. After recording two albums in Nashville we just had a feeling that maybe we should do next album in Finland. We were quite tired and we just wanted to make it as easy for us as possible. No airports, no travelling.. And luckily we got Mikko Karmila to produce the album so it was a done deal. And don't get me wrong – I fucking love Nashville! But this time..this time it was a right thing to do. And of course – we are HUUUGE fans of Spede so it was also an honour to go to his cabin.

And how was it to record the album there?

Relaxed. It was a perfect place to record this album. Too bad it was only me and Mr.Lordi who went there since all the drums and bass and keys were already recorded in Helsinki. I felt I was on a vacation there. I barbecued and chilled out, and yes, somewhere between the grill and sauna I managed to record my guitar parts. I had my own sauna cabin. I watched football and a little duck family raising up their ducklings. Perfecto.

Is it all brand new stuff or is there again some old demo material that got finally used officially?

This is all new. Well...I don't know if there's some old shit from Mr.Lordi's drawer, but 98% it's brand new. Oops, wait.. "Amen's Lament To Ra II” is originally from 2007.

Mr L has talked about the modern sound of SFO. Is it?

He did? Okay :) well, yea..That's the case then. As an old school guy I hate the word 'modern'. A good album is a good album - no matter what. It doesn't matter when it was recorded or if it sounds like the other albums of the era. Led Zeppelin is modern for me. Still. SFO doesn't sound so "eighties” this time, but for me it is just a chapter in a Lordi book and a perfect sample how we sounded in 2014.

For this album you decided to record your second acoustic solo "Amen's Lament To Ra II". The first one was born in Nashville 2010 by accident. How's this one?

Hah haa, yea it was a happy accident in Nashville. This time Mr.Lordi asked if I have something similar for this album. Of course I forgot it and later he reminded me. I forgot again and somewhere in Lapland during our studio sessions he asked me when I'm about to record my acoustic piece. I was like...well, er... never? You know, I didn't even have an acoustic guitar with me! I wasn't prepared at all. Well, at some point I was bored and I remembered I had this old theme I used to goof around and I picked it up and finished it. Originally I wrote it for a song called "Evilyn” (not the one on Deadache -album.) I was little unsure "to do it twice”, you know, "Amen's Lament To Ra II”, is it a good idea in a first place? I tweeted about it and immediately I got tons of replies that "yes yes yes do it!Record it!”. After that it was a done deal. Without the fans it wouldn't be there.

And what's your personal favorite from the new album?

Frankenstein. It's a killer. The best. I looooove to play it and I told the guys it should be the first song in a set.

You just had the first SFO gig, the release party, at The Circus in Helsinki, Finland. It was the first show with new songs and outfits but also the first show in your home country for years. How was it to prepare for it and how are the recent feelings?

Personally I wanted to do it so badly. I started to talk about it a year ago. We have loyal fans in Finland and we haven't played a club show for 'em in years! Album release date and Halloween - it was a match made in heaven. And to have Korpiklaani there was also very important for me.

The Tour Force One starts in end of January 2015 and you are visiting in Finland too?

Yes, tour starts from Finland. It's easier that way. We can pack our shit straight from the rehearsal loft to the bus and hit the road. The reason we don't play in Finland so often is that local promoters do not want us. We call it "Eurovision hangover”. I think they'll get over it at some point :D Anyway, we do have a lot of fans in Finland and sometimes we want to show our face to them as well, no matter what.

How about outside Europe?

We start from Europe in the beginning of February 2015. Over 2 months all over Europe, longest period in a row we have ever done. Ozzfest '07 was 2 months in a row, so we are about to break the Lordi Guinness World record here. Then some summer festivals will follow and after that we have plans for Russia, Japan and USA. It's going to be a rock 'n roll year – at least I hope so.

Is there any song from SFO that you totally won't play live?

No there isn't. Right now we have a plan to play 6 songs from the new album. Personally I think it's too much but my vote doesn't count in this case. you know, I think that if you have 20 songs in your set then there's room only for 4 songs from the new album. But it's just me.

Thanks for your time for the fans! Any greetings for the Monstermaniacs of LORDI Army?

I wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope you like the new album, we did it for you, as always. We've already talked about the next album, so Lordi will take care of you in the future as well. Stay cool, stay healthy and keep the Lordi flag flying high!


Amen answers the fans!
November 2014 | by Sami Snallstrom

We collected questions for the members of Lordi on November 2014 and picked up five for every member! The questions are asked by the fans on our FB page.

How long have you played the guitar?

I started to play at age 5. Then I quit, of course, and picked up the guitar again as a teenager. I think I was something like 14-15.

In which country u the most like to play gigs?

This one is tricky because there's no place I wouldn't like to go and play. It's not about the countries. My dream was to pick up my guitar, go to the airport and fly to Germany and have a show there. Now I have done it many times and I still feel like a little kid when I hit the airport with my guitar knowing I'm on my way to Germany. Japan is exotic, UK is legendary. It's all different and it's all good. We have lot of friends/fans (the same thing) all over Europe and it's so heart-warming to see 'em year after year. Where ever we play, I love it. Sounds cliché but that's the truth. I wish someday we will have a chance to play in Canada and South America, would be a blast!

What kind of red Wine do you prefer, and from what country?

Chianti is my all-time favourite. Radio Boca is my friend. Italy, Spain, Valencia..they know the trick.

Which is your favorite Lordi-chorus?

Whhhhhhhhat?!?!? :) well... Not The Nicest Guy.

Which size of guitar strings do you play, what is the exactly type of your sunburst Gibson les Paul?

I use Ernie Ball Heavy Bottom set for standard tuning and Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky for Detuning. My sunburst is a Les Paul Standard.


Hella answers the fans!
November 2014 | by Sami Snallstrom

We collected questions for the members of Lordi on November 2014 and picked up five for every member! The questions are asked by the fans on our FB page.

Is it difficult to wear your heels during concerts?

Heels are alright, there's lots of women in the world who wear high heels every day!

Were there any dolls that you enjoyed playing with in childhood?

I was/am a person with a big imagination. As a kid, I had lots of friends who were not living.

How does it feel to be the only girl in a hard rock band?

Feels good! I'm one of the guys, there has been no problems just because I'm a woman.

On the last tour your bra was sold on the one gig, is there any chance to get it on the upcoming tour, too?

Hmm... let's see what I come up with this time ;)

What is your favorite song from Lordi in the last albums?

Do you mean albums I didn't play on? Quite hard to name just a few... but for example, Icon of Dominance and Hulking Dynamo I like alot.


Mana answers the fans!
November 2014 | by Sami Snallstrom

We collected questions for the members of Lordi on November 2014 and picked up five for every member! The questions are asked by the fans on our FB page.

Miau! Do you like cats?

I consider myself more of a dog person. MIAU MIAU

Who was the first drummer you paid attention to and influenced you as a musician?

Nicko McBrain.

When did you start playing drums?

At the age of 10, but I bought my first kit when I was 15.

Which bands influenced you the most in playing drums?

Kiss, Dio, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne...

What's your opinion about Peter Criss VS Eric Singer (Impersonation, style, etc)?

It's like comparing T-Ford and Ferrari. Singer is way better drummer technicly, no doubt, but Criss is the man who was creating the whole thing. For example there's a reason why he's in Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and Singer isn't. You don't get there simply by just being good at playing. But in playing-wise - Criss used to be a killer drummer in the mid-70's, but I just love Singers style and showmanship. True professional.


Mr L answers the fans!
November 2014 | by Sami Snallstrom

We collected questions for the members of Lordi on November 2014 and picked up five for every member! The questions are asked by the fans on our FB page.

What would be the coolest Lordi merchandise that you would want to be made someday?

24'' action figures.

How did you learn to sing?

Still haven't learnt hahaha. But I tried singing on top of my favourite albums when i was a kid. That's where my "Udo imitation" came from.

What's your favorite food?

Used to be pepperoni pizza but now its any hot Indian food.

What is your inspiration to your song lyrics?

Horror movies and horror genre in general. And sometimes my life and whatever happens to me living it.

Are you afraid of ponies?

Horses are satanic. So ponies are like little less satanic I guess.


OX answers the fans!
November 2014 | by Sami Snallstrom

We collected questions for the members of Lordi on November 2014 and picked up five for every member! The questions are asked by the fans on our FB page.

Which songs do you enjoy playing the most?

I always liked playing Bringing Back The Balls To Rock really much. Also songs like Deadache and Man Skin Boots are fun to play live.

Have you tried playing other music genres?

Yes I have. Rock music has obviously been my number one choice, but I did learn a little bit of many types of music. And I think it's smart to do that too, because it opens your eyes (or ears) so to speak and gives you more elements to use in whatever music you play. Definetily not bad for you to do so.

Have you had anymore 'dude where's my bus?' moments?

Always! I guess nothing that big usually, but there's always things that just go wrong. Story of our lives!

What is your favorite Lordi song?

Hard to name just one, there's so many. For example Girls Go Chopping, Man Skin Boots, Blood Red Sandman, Candy For The Cannibal, Bringing Back The Balls To Rock, Sir, Mr. Presideath, Sir!, Cadaver Lover and so on...

Your costumes looks bigger and even stronger than some years ago. Was it your wish?

No, it wasn't really my wish. But the truth is that OX looks better the bigger he is. Or it might be that I've just gained weight too. ;)


First interview with Hella!
January 2013 | by Sami Snallstrom

Welcome, Hella! For sure all fans wants to know all about you as the new member of Lordi so it's a honor to be the first to interview you. So, when did you hear about Lordi for the first time and how did you finally join the band?

It was a year 2002 when "Would You Love a Monsterman" found it's place on my playlist. Almost precisely 10 years after that, Mr.Lordi found a rotten doll...

What are your favorite bands and where do you find your musical influences?

I'm probably the only (?!) monster in Lordi's history, who didn't grew up with Kiss - even though I do admire their work and loved the show we saw in Nashville last September!

My influences come mostly from metal music, melancholic and melodic. I also enjoy punk, hard rock, jazz, folk, love playing classical piano notes...so what can I say, Im a goth-punk-hippie-rock'n'roll-girl ;) . I cannot name any bands as a favourite, 'cause what I love depends on how I feel, but just some to mention - Amorphis, Katatonia, Porcupine Tree, Children Of Bodom, Behemoth.... It's not an exception if you find me listening for example Amy Winehouse, Red Hot Chili Peppers or Scandinavian Music Group.


When and why did you start to play keyboards or piano?

I have a backround with classical piano. Keyboars came to picture only 5 years ago when I met some guys who had a metal band and they were looking for a keyboard player. I bought my first Korg, and it was love from the first note...

The upcoming studio album "To Beast or Not to Beast" is the first Lordi album with you. What's your opinion about the album and do you have favorite song?

I was so excited about the whole process of making the record, and enjoyed every moment of it! My favourite song is Schizo Doll - it's different, it rocks and I love playing it.

Since Lordi is a monster band and horror elements are important part of Lordi, are you a friend of horror?

I am! I am indeed.

How did you came up with your stage name and Lordi character?

It came up so naturally, that now I can't say was it me or Mr. Lordi who said it first - I would be a nasty wounded horror doll. The name Hella is an old Finnish female name, soft but somehow creepy at the same time.

Your first tour with Lordi is going to start soon. Excited? Have you planned to do something monstrous as your character during the concerts?

There's no words to describe how I feel while counting the days to get started! Something monstrous..? You'll see... ;) ...


First interview with Mana!
January 2013 | by Sami Snallstrom

Welcome, Mana! For sure all fans wants to know all about you as the new member of Lordi so it's a honor to be the first to interview you.

The honor is all mine.

So, when did you hear about Lordi for the first time and how did you finally join the band?

I guess it was summer 2002, I was driving a car and I heard "Would You Love A Monsterman" on the radio for the first time and I was thinknig "what the hell is this then". Exactly 10 years from that Mr. L called and asked if I would be interested joining the band. We have lots of mutual friends and he had heard positive things about me. Weird stuff do happen, believe me.

What are your favorite bands and where do you find your musical influences?

Same as Mr. L and Amen, KISS is the number one band for me, so you could say that joining Lordi is really a match made in HELL. For me, drumming is all about good groove and beat and I absolutely adore the old-school guys, Ian Paice, Cozy Powell, Vinny Appice. Nowadays all the drummers sound the same, because everything is edited and trigged to a soulless pile of shit. These old-school guys really had their recognizable sound and style, and they knew how to hit those skins!

When and why did you start to play the drums?

When I was a kid, about 10 years old, I saw some Iron Maiden videos with this crazy flat-nosed guy with a HUGE drumkit. He was, of course, Nicko McBrain and he really got me excited for the first time. (for playing the drums that is, don't get any naughty ideas, you dirty little maggots) I was 15 when I bought my first kit: white Tama Rockstars. El Classico!

The upcoming studio album "To Beast or Not to Beast" is the first Lordi album with you. What's your opinion about the album and do you have favorite song?

Making this record was a real adventure for me. To get to go to Nashville and work with the legendary mr. Wagener was a dream come true and it really felt like I'm doing the best job in the world! "I'm The Best" is one of my favourite songs on this album. It worked out great and it represents the brave new sound and era of Lordi.

Since Lordi is a monster band and horror elements are important part of Lordi, are you a friend of horror?

Of course, though it often scares the hell out of me. Don't tell everybody, pleasepleaseplease!

How did you came up with your stage name and Lordi character?

Developing the character was actually a quite long process. Mr. L was throwing around ideas while I was searching my inner beast. The monster character has to somehow reflect your own habitus, and because I'm quite peacefull and easy going guy, my character really couldn't be some rampaging nutcase. Well okay, a nutcase yes, but not rampaging. With the name, I was tossing some suggestions to Mr. L and he (and I of course) liked the name "Mana", so that was it.

Your first tour with Lordi is going to start soon. Excited? Have you planned to do something monstrous as your character during the concerts?

No, I think I'll be bored to death and hate it. My drumkit is going to include only snare and hi-hats and I'll play them with brushes... Or will I?

Before we finish this interview, is there something you would like to say something to the fans?

Fans? Fans are ok. Especially during the summer. My appartment gets so fucking hot, because the sun shines through my windows all day long, and then I really need a fan or two. Seriously, the fans are THE thing that makes this the best job in the world, and I'm really thankful to all of you Lordi-/Mana-fans!

MIAU MIAU, maggots!




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LORDI Army - for all the Monstermaniacs
By Sami "Monsterknight" Snallstrom