Lordi Part Ways With Guitarist Amen

Lordi have parted ways with Jussi “Amen” Sydänmaa. Frontman Tomi “Mr. Lordi” Putaansuu says he decided to fire the guitarist after “the mental pressure got too high to bear for everyone.”

Mr. Lordi issued the following statement:

“Amen is no longer a member of Lordi

After 25 years of service in Lordi, I asked Amen to leave the band at the end of February. The final decision was made by me, but not just me alone. It was a shared mutual feeling within the band , and we all stand behind it. The topic was discussed multiple times over recent years, almost a full decade to be exact, with a few close calls already happening in the past.

The reason for this final decison is that the mental pressure got too high to bear for everyone. We’ve drifted apart from each other way too far for things to be fixed anymore. We’ve tried to patch things up many times, but things were never truly reset. Amen clearly wasn’t happy being in the band. Me personally, along with the rest of us in the band, were not happy to be in the same band with him anymore. We’ve grown apart as people and grown apart musically. Old disagreements and obstacles are heavier to carry for others, as we’re all different in our ways – how we cope, process things and heal our wounds. The overall atmosphere between Amen and the rest of us has been quite toxic at worst, and we didn’t have any more new tools to try and fix it. There’s no one to blame for this and at the same time we’re all to blame for failing to make this better again.

With that being said, it’s not all been only bad. Not at all. Quite the opposite. Personally, Amen will forever be my brother-in-arms, my trusty companion and my beloved friend. It just became clear over the years that I can’t and I don’t want to be in the same band with him anymore. It doesn’t change my feelings for him as a person I’ve known very well for 25 years. And it doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t have the highest respect for his input and work for Lordi. I love him dearly and I will always consider him as my true close friend. That’s why the talk I had to have with him was definitely the hardest one I’ve ever done with anyone in the band.

On my own and on behalf of Mana, Hella and Hiisi, we wish Amen all the best from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you Amen, for everything.”

Amen added:

“My beloved friends, my heart is heavy but joyful, dark but light, sad but happy. There is an end to every journey, in one way or another. This is now the final tour-bus-stop for me in the greatest monster band we ever witnessed on this planet. Ever.

Damn I’m proud of what we’ve created. Lordi is the band I would have been jealous if I wasn’t part of it. But, now is the time to leave and see what the future will bring for me.

My heart cries because of you and it cries with you. My friends, raise your glass and let’s be grateful for all the memories we made together. Cheers ♥️”

He also issued a lengthier statement:

“THIS IS THE END

My beloved friends, fans and supporters.

My heart has never been as heavy as it is today. Never.

Today is the day that I have to tell you that my guitar has became silent in Lordi. I never thought I’d write these lines, but life happens and people change.

Half of my life time I gave all for my dream to be a Rock’n’Roll star. From a tiny village in Finland I got to travel the world and play for you. I made my dream come true! And it wouldn’t have been possible without the support from all you amazing and crazy people. We shared so many amazing memories, all those live shows, your smiling faces in the crowd, hands on my shoulders, the gifts you gave me, the stories you told me. I will cherish those forever. And I can’t thank you enough, for all that you’ve been giving me. All the love, the support, all of it.

THANK YOU!

A journey like this is only possible when you have hard working people around you. A thanks-to-list would be massive, but everyone who worked with me and with the band deserves my endless gratitude. From record labels to booking agencies, from managers to accounting firms, from bus drivers to catering people. Special thanks to our crew – you amazed me every day with your hard working attitude. And extra special thanks to all the guitar techs I worked with. Long days sometimes in very demanding and challenging working conditions – I salute you. Very special thanks also to all my cooperation partners during these 25 years, latest Schecter guitars, Ovation guitars, inTune Gtr picks and S.I.T Gtr strings. I’ve been blessed to have had a chance to work with so many great people, thank you all. Last but not least, thanks to all the past and present Lordi band members – playing together with you was the best. Let’s smile when we meet – cheers!

I don’t know what the future will bring, all I can tell you is that right now I’m relieved, but sad. I’m grateful but unsure where my path will take me. A big chapter of my life has come to an end, but a new one is starting and I can’t wait to see what life has to offer for me.

Let’s celebrate what we had together. Let’s celebrate Amen-Ra. Who’s in?

So be it, it shall be done, <3,
Yours,
Amen"

Lordi Premiere New Songs “Abracadaver” And “Beast Of Both Worlds”

Lordi have premiered two new songs, “Abracadaver” and “Beast Of Both Worlds.” These tracks are from the band’s new album “Abracadaver,” which will be released alongside six more new albums, “Skelectric Dinosaur,” “SuperFlyTrap,” “The Masterbeast From The Moon,” “Abusement Park,” “Humanimals,” and “Spooky Sextravaganza Spectacular,” on November 26. All seven records will be available as part of a box set called “Lordiversity.”

Lordi To Release “Lordiversity” Box Set In November, Premiere “Believe Me” Video

Lordi will be releasing a new box set, titled “Lordiversity,” on November 26. The effort, which will be available as a seven-CD box set and as a seven-vinyl box set, will feature seven new albums including: “Skelectric Dinosaur,” “SuperFlyTrap,” “The Masterbeast From The Moon,” “Abusement Park,” “Humanimals,” “Abracadaver,” and “Spooky Sextravaganza Spectacular.” You can find a video for the first single, “Believe Me,” below. Mr. Lordi commented:

“Within a week when the ‘Killectour’ was cut short in March 2020, I realized we’re gonna have to use the sudden extra time somehow. It was clear that it is the time to start planning the new album, even though ‘Killection’ was released not even two months before. I was thinking that the most boring thing we could do after ‘Killection’ is to do another basic Lordi album. And I was very much enjoying the different styles of songwriting, recording and production on ‘Killection’, but another boring idea would have been to do a part 2. Since ‘Killection’ is a fictional compilation album from a fictional back catalog that doesn’t exist, I got the idea that the only thing that could top that is to record and release that fictional back catalog. And until Halloween 2021 the fictional back catalog will be no longer fictional, it actually will exist… at least for the most part. My original idea was to release 10 albums, but the label said that is insane. But seven is a number they felt that is somewhat sane, hahahaha!”

Lordi Plan To Release Seven New Albums In October

Lordi have revealed that they are planning to release seven new albums in October. The records will serve as the “fictional back catalogue” that songs were pulled from for the band’s 2020 “fictional compilation album” “Killection.”

Mr. Lordi, commented:

“Within a week when the ‘Killectour’ was cut short in March 2020, I realized we’re gonna have to use the sudden extra time somehow. It was clear that it is the time to start planning the new album, even though ‘Killection’ was released not even two months before. I was thinking that the most boring thing we could do after ‘Killection’ is to do another basic Lordi album. And I was very much enjoying the different styles of songwriting, recording and production on ‘Killection’, but another boring idea would have been to do a part 2. Since ‘Killection’ is a fictional compilation album from a fictional back catalogue that doesn’t exist, I got the idea that the only thing that could top that is to record and release that fictional back catalogue. And until Halloween 2021 the fictional back catalogue will be no longer fictional, it actually will exist… at least for the most part. My original idea was to release 10 albums, but the label said that is insane. But seven is a number they felt that is somewhat sane, hahahaha!”

The band also added:

“The albums will sound all different from each other, they’re all in different styles and fictional eras in the ‘Killection’ timeline. Five of the seven albums are already done, by the way, and number six is well on the way.”

Lordi To Release New Album “Killection” In January

Lordi have announced that their new album “Killection” will be released on January 31. According to a press release, the effort “is a compilation album that simply says ‘what if’ Lordi had been in existence since the early 70’s.” Mr. Lordi said the following about that:

“Killection is a fictional compilation album. It contains songs that Lordi would have written between the early 70’s through the mid-90’s. The compilation contains one “brand new” song from 2019 as well, cause that’s somehow always typical for compilations.”

“Killection” Track Listing:

01. “Radio SCG 10”
02. “Horror For Hire”
03. “Shake The Baby Silent”
04. “Like A Bee To The Honey”
05. “Apollyon”
06. “SCG10 The Last Hour”
07. “Blow My Fuse”
08. “I Dug A Hole In The Yard For You”
09. “Zombimbo”
10. “Up To No Good”
11. “SCG10 Demonic Semitones”
12. “Cutterfly”
13. “Evil”
14. “Scream Demon”
15. “SCG10 I Am Here”

Tour Dates:

02/16 – Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra
02/18 – Bratislava, Slovakia – MMC
02/20 – Bergamo, Italy – Druso
02/21 – San Dona/Venice, Italy – Revolver
02/22 – Klagenfurt, Austria – Stereo
02/23 – Wien, Austria – Szene
02/27 – Istres, France – L`usine
02/29 – Madrid, Spain – Shoko
03/01 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
03/02 – Toulouse, France – Le Bikini
03/03 – Angers, France – La Chabada
03/05 – Epinal, France – Souris Verte
03/06 – Paris, France – La Machine de Moulin Rouge
03/07 – Sneek, Netherlands – Bolwerk
03/10 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage
03/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
03/13 – Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus
03/14 – Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
03/15 – Stuttgart, Germany – LKA
03/18 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos Saal
03/19 – Nuernberg, Germany – Hirsch
03/20 – Memmingen, Germany – Kaminwerk
03/21 – Regensburg, Germany – Eventhalle Airport
03/22 – Prague, Czech Republic – Roxy
03/25 – Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
03/26 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
03/27 – Heidelberg, Germany – Hallo 02
03/28 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland – Kammgarn
03/29 – Amstelveen, Netherlands – P 60

Lordi Share “Devil Is A Loser” Performance Video From “Recordead Live – Sextourcism In Z7”

Lordi have shared a new performance video for “Devil Is A Loser” off their new live release “Recordead Live – Sextourcism In Z7.” That effort will be available on DVD, vinyl, and digipack on July 26 and it will feature a show the group played in Pratteln, Switzerland as well as some bonus material including a tour diary and all of band’s official videos, even the official 1994 music video for “Inferno.”

Lordi Share “The Riff” Performance Video From “Recordead Live – Sextourcism In Z7”

Lordi have shared a new performance video for “The Riff” off their new live release “Recordead Live – Sextourcism In Z7.” That effort will be available on DVD, vinyl, and digipack on July 26 and it will feature a show the group played in Pratteln, Switzerland as well as some bonus material including a tour diary and all of band’s official videos, even the official 1994 music video for “Inferno.”

Lordi To Release “Recordead Live – Sextourcism In Z7” In July

Lordi’s new live release “Recordead Live – Sextourcism In Z7” will be available on DVD, vinyl, and digipack on July 26. The effort will feature a show the group played in Pratteln, Switzerland during their “Sextourcism” tour. The DVD will also come with bonus material including a tour diary and all of the official videos the band have made, even the official 1994 music video for “Inferno.”

Mr. Lordi said the following about the DVD:

“We just cut a little bit of my stupid announcements on stage. Apart from that, everything that happened this evening ended up on this DVD.”

“I am very happy that we waited until the ‘Sextourcism’ tour, because we look amazing, the stage looks amazing and everything was perfect to create a stunning DVD.”

He also added the following about the rare “Inferno” video:

“That was the historical moment that the masks and costumes became an essential part of the band. Since it was my final dissertation, everyone was dressed up except me. When I saw the clip for the first time, I was, like, ‘Fuck, everybody looks way cooler than I do.’ It was supposed to be the other way around. That was the moment, I decided, to create the most elaborate costume for myself.”