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As bandleader Mr. Lordi has explained before: "Create the band that you would like to see on stage. Write the songs you'd love to sing along to. That's pretty much all that we love to do." Band members Amen the unstoppable mummy, Awa the vampire countess, OX the hellbull, and Kita the alien manbeast, join Mr. Lordi to form an unstoppable rock n' roll force hell bent on ... Read more in Amazon's Lordi Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B00B671VYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We're Not Bad For The Kids (We're Worse)
2. I Luv Ugly
3. The Riff
4. Something Wicked This Way Comes
5. I'm The Best
6. Horrifiction
7. Happy New Fear
8. Schizo Doll
9. Candy For The Cannibal
10. Sincerely With Love
11. SCG6: Otus' Butcher Clinic

Editorial Reviews

To Beast Or Not To Beast was recorded fall 2012 at WireWorld Studio in Nashville, TN with renowned producer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Dokken, Raven, Megadeth). The CD will mark the recording debut of LORDI's new members, keyboardist Hella (replacing Awa) and drummer Mana (replacing Otus). The road to this album has truly been paved by hardships, Mr. Lordi says. However, the new line-up of the band has given us new and fresh touch and an energetic edge to the recording process, and to the album itself.

Customer Reviews

Overall it exceeded my expectations.
Erde Kaiser
After listening every Lordi album, have to say I'm really impressed with this one.
Abdiel Ruiz-Rojas
Lyrically, some of the songs are pretty solid, despite my above complaint.
Ian

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bowthulhu on March 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Lordi's new album is yet another attempt at the band trying to find their sound. Granted, with having to replace two members, this was inevitable. I would compare this much more to "Deadache" than their other albums, though I do think it's an overall better album than "Deadache." They've moved away from the in-your-face-metal that made albums like "Get Heavy," "The Arockalypse," and, my personal favorite, "Babez For Breakfast" awesome. This album is much more keyboard-driven, and comes off sounding more like Gothic metal than their other material. Alice Cooper came to mind a lot while I was listening to this.

Now, whether you enjoy that or not will be what makes you decide to buy this album. Personally, even though I liked the majority of the songs on here, it's not one I intend to pick up right away. It just doesn't sound like an album I'd want to listen to all the time. I don't even mind that it's a slower and less-heavy album than their past work. It just wasn't a home run like I felt "Babez" was.

Plus there were a couple of songs ("The Riff" and "Sincerely With Love") that I felt were a little out of character for Lordi...lyrically speaking. I never thought I'd ever hear Mr. Lordi talking like a stoner ("I'm sorry dude, I'm kinda busy..."), or start dropping F-bombs in a song. For someone who is such a huge KISS fan, I didn't think he would want to go this route. Up until that point I would have considered Lordi a fairly kid-friendly band...even if they might seem a little scary to them.

I give the album 4 out of 5 stars because this isn't bad, but I expected a lot better. Normally I'd give it 3 stars, but with all they went through in making this, I'll give them a little slack. Favorite songs were: "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "Horrifiction," and "Candy For the Cannibal."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deadcell on March 21, 2013
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This band is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine. I'm not really all that much into shock rock, but Lordi knows how to make a perfect combination of 80's style rock and giving that modern day horror rock spin to it.

I've had a chance to listen to it all the way through about 5 or 6 times now so I feel like I've gotten a pretty good grasp of my opinion. It's a good solid album with a lot of catchy vocals and hooks galore. It's certainly better than their last two outings (Babez for Breakfast and Deadache) but not quite as good as Get Heavy or my personal favorite, The Arockalypse (amazing album, get it if you don't have it).

I actually questioned buying this album at first due to Lordi seeming to go down hill recently. I don't ever see them topping The Arockalypse. Deadache was a solid album but just didn't have too many memorable songs (Missing Miss Charlene and Bite It Like a Bulldog were the big hits of the album). As for Babez for Breakfast... I personally didn't care for that album at all. Lordi is known for some cheesy lyrics but Babez went a little too far in that department and not a single song from the album was very memorable.

Back to this album. It has some amazing guitar hooks and great lyrics in terms of both melody and content, good enough to have me humming it after only a few listens. However, Lordi's sound has changed quite drastically, which is to be expected with a new keyboardist (Hella) and new drummer (Mana). You'll just have to listen to see what I'm talking about, it's difficult to explain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian on June 5, 2013
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First off, I'm extremely happy that Lordi was able to release another album. After the troubles they've had with their drummer, plus the departure of Awa from the band, I thought they were done. I'm glad to see they were able to recruit and get another album released.

Having said that, I'm really not a huge fan of this one. The group is obviously still trying to find their niche, their slice of the metal market that'll help them stand out, and I can appreciate it. I just feel that this one didn't quite get it. I fell in love with the sound from their old albums - Monsterican Dream is by far my favourite - so I'm a bit bummed to see them leave that style. On top of that, I feel that this album marks that point in every band's life where they realize they can use curse words, and they abuse the heck out of it, which I'm not a fan of. "Sincerely With Love" is extremely guilty of this. Some people won't really have an issue with it, I'm sure. That's just sort of a peeve of mine.

As for the music itself; as mentioned in other reviews, it's very keyboard heavy this time around. Sort of like Deadache and, to a lesser extent, Babez For Breakfast. They play some peculiar guitar riffs that sounded iffy at first, but started to grow on me after listening to em a few times. Mr. Lordi himself sounds great, as always. He delivers a strong performance throughout the entire album. Lyrically, some of the songs are pretty solid, despite my above complaint.

Would I buy this album again, knowing what's on it? As a huge Lordi fan, yeah, I would. It's...very different. Some will love it, some will hate it, but it's worth listening to all the way through at least once, even if you end up disliking it compared to the older albums.
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