When I saw that new Lordi was in the pipeline for 2018, I was instantly excited as these releases are an ‘experience’, for certain. Having a strong influence of hard rock and dashes of doom/heavy-metal brand, each prior release was pushing the limits of raunchy and included high levels of comical lyrics. Lordi was a bit of a break from the more complex symphonic/melodic reviews, and a welcome change to the schedule. Word on the street was that Lordi’s ninth studio album, ‘Sexorcism’, was also their most controversial release. Especially with the uncensored cover, filled with a metric ton of attitude.
Lordi’s usual collection of comically over the top tracks still maintain crisp and perfectly placed riffs straight from hell, delivered directly to your soul in this over the top gore-metal release. The lineup once again includes Mr. Lordi on vocals, Mr. Amen slaying guitars, Mr. Ox slamming bass, Mr. Mana staffing the drums, and Ms. Hella on keys. This is the follow up to 2014’s ‘Scare Force One’.
‘Sexorcism’ is an array of ridiculous and, at times, hokey, songs here with comical and cringeworthily lyrics. With songs like ‘The Beast is Yet to Cum’, ‘Rimskin Assassin’ and ‘Naked in My Cellar’, you’re probably not jumping into an artful symphonic masterpiece; however, with this release, Lordi are deceptive with how technical they’ve grown to become. Many tracks offer amazing depth and blistering guitar work, along with some tongue in cheek vocals. I don’t really know how to explain the entirety of ‘Sexorcism’, like it’s awesome, for sure, with catchy choruses and exciting riffs; however, I’m not sure you want to be caught at the supermarket singing, “Locked in my Cellar, you’re my doll and I’m your fella!”… or, maybe you do? I don’t know, it’s just incredibly well done and a very fun listen from beginning to end.
There are a few killer tracks, with better than average filler songs and no dreaded ballads anywhere! An absolute recommendation here as there is fantastic metal to be found on the album, with less than serious, explicit lyrics that drive home a zany theme from beginning to end. Lordi builds on an already stellar discography with likely their most technical work, thus far. This will be great to revisit this Halloween!
Review by Joshua Jaeger
25th May 2018
2) Your Tongue's Got the Cat
3) Rome 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
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"An absolute recommendation here as there is fantastic metal to be found on the album, with less than serious, explicit lyrics that drive home a zany theme from beginning to end."