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With their operatic heavy metal and monster-movie stage persona, Lordi seemed a most unlikely choice to represent their native Finland in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. So just imagine how many jaws hit the floor when the group not only claimed top honors, but also earned the most points in the venerable event's history. Vocalist Tomi Petteri Putaansuu, aka Mr. Lordi, assembled Lordi in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden, following a concert headlined by his favorite band, Kiss. After recruiting guitarist Jussi Sydänmaa (known as Amen), bassist Magnum (real name unknown), former Children of Bodom keyboardist Erna Siikavirta (Enary), and drummer Sampsa Astala (Kita), he began writing songs as well as creating the elaborate foam-latex monster costumes and pyrotechnic effects that would become the hallmark of their theatrical live performances. After a series of label auditions went nowhere, Lordi signed to Sony BMG's Finland branch and issued a debut LP, 2002's Get Heavy, which rose to the number three spot on the Finnish charts on the strength of the number one single "Would You Love a Monsterman?" Magnum left the group soon after, and with new bassist Pekka Tarvenen (Kalma), Lordi cut a sophomore album, 2004's The Monsterican Dream, which returned them to the Top 20 with "Blood Red Sandman." After touring in support of the LP, both Tarvenen and Siikavirta left the lineup, and with new bassist Samer el Nahhal (Ox) and keyboardist Leena Peisa (Awa) on board, Lordi released a third full-length, The Arockalypse. When the record's chart-topping lead single, "Hard Rock Hallelujah," was appointed Finland's official entry in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, some religious leaders criticized the move, charging the band with advocating Satanism (even in the face of their 2003 hit "The Devil Is a Loser"). Controversy notwithstanding, Lordi scored the most points in contest history with a total of 292, over 40 votes more than runner-up Dima Bilan of Russia. In the wake of Lordi's victory -- Finland's first in Eurovision competition -- tabloids from across Europe scrambled to publish photos of the band sans makeup, which earned criticism from fans and media rivals alike and forced public apologies from the offending parties. On May 26, 2006, Lordi celebrated their triumph with a free open-air performance in Helsinki's Market Square, playing to more than 80,000 fans. Finland president Tarja Halonen even took the stage to award the band for its global recognition. In 2007 the band performed at several American festivals, including Bamboozle and Ozzfest, before touring the States alongside Type O Negative. Lordi then returned to the studio in May 2008 to begin work on Deadache, the band's fourth studio effort. Released later that year, the album featured a stronger emphasis on keyboard parts and horror themes, as well as songwriting contributions from every member of the group. In 2010, the band released their first single, “This Is Heavy Metal”, from their fifth studio album Babez For Breakfast. It was during this year that drummer Kita left the band. His replacement was Otus but he sadly died, according to an announcement that the band had made on their Facebook page. In September 2012, they released a compilation CD/DVD entitled Scarachives Vol.1 and in 2012 they began recording their sixth album To Beast Or Not To Beast. ~ Jason Ankeny
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  2.   Hard Rock Hallelujah
  3.   Nailed By the Hammer of Frankenstein
  4.   Would You Love a Monsterman?
  5.   They Only Come out at Night
  6.   Devil Is a Loser
  7.   Schizo Doll
  8.   The Rock Police
  9.   Devil's Lullaby
  10.   Dr. Sin is In
  11.   Don't Let My Mother Know
  12.   Pet the Destroyer
  13.   Who's Your Daddy?
  14.   SCG5: It's a Boy!
  15.   13
  16.   Babez for Breakfast
  17.   Scarctic Circle Gathering
  18.   Monsters Keep Me Company
  19.   Monster Monster
  20.   We're Not Bad For the Kids (We're Worse)
  21.   I Am Bigger Than You
  22.   Bring It On (The Raging Hounds Return)
  23.   Sincerely With Love
  24.   The Riff
  25.   Zombie Rawk Machine
  26.   Give Your Life for Rock 'n' Roll
  27.   The House
  28.   The Devil Hides Behind Her Smile
  29.   Evilyn
  30.   The Ghosts of the Heceta Head
  31.   Man Skin Boots
  32.   Girls Go Chopping
  33.   Hellbender Turbulence
  34.   Get Heavy
  35.   Good to Be Bad
  36.   Rock the Hell Outta You
  37.   Forsaken Fashion Dolls
  38.   Shotgun Divorce
  39.   The Children of the Night
  40.   Blood Red Sandman
  41.   SCG3 Special Reports by Dee Snider
  42.   SCG IV
  43.   The Chainsaw Buffet by Jay Jay French
  44.   Biomechanic Man
  45.   The Kids Who Wanna Play with the Dead
  46.   Supermonsters
  47.   Haunted Town
  48.   My Heaven Is Your Hell
  49.   Beast Loose in Paradise
  50.   This Is Heavy Metal
  51.   Midnite Lover
  52.   Granny's Gone Crazy
  53.   Call Off the Wedding
  54.   The Rebirth of the Countess
  55.   Not the Nicest Guy
  56.   Sacrifice Circle Gathering
  57.   Mr. Killjoy
  58.   Fire in the Hole
  59.   Bringing Back the Balls to Rock
  60.   Icon of Dominance
  61.   Threatical Trailer
  62.   Magistra Nocte
  63.   The Deadite Girls Gone Wild
  64.   It Snows in Hell
  65.   Loud and Loaded
  66.   Dynamite Tonite
  67.   Wake the Snake
  68.   Bite It Like a Bulldog
  69.   Midnight Mover
  70.   Horrifiction
  71.   Candy For the Cannibal
  72.   I Luv Ugly
  73.   Something Wicked This Way Comes
  74.   Discoevil
  75.   Evilove
  76.   SCG6: Otus' Butcher Clinic
  77.   I'm the Best
  78.   The Night of the Loving Dead
  79.   Missing Miss Charlene
  80.   Happy New Fear
  81.   Raise Hell in Heaven
  82.   Non Stop Nite
  83.   Deadache
  84.   Last Kiss Goodbye
  85.   Kalmageddon
  86.   Amen's Lament to Ra

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