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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.   My Heaven Is Your Hell
  5.   Happy New Fear
  6.   The House
  7.   Man Skin Boots
  8.   It Snows in Hell
  9.   Who's Your Daddy?
  10.   Scarctic Circle Gathering
  11.   Monsters Keep Me Company
  12.   The Rebirth of the Countess
  13.   Blood Red Sandman
  14.   Something Wicked This Way Comes
  15.   The Devil Hides Behind Her Smile
  16.   Pet the Destroyer
  17.   Magistra Nocte
  18.   Good to Be Bad
  19.   The Deadite Girls Gone Wild
  20.   Devil Is a Loser
  21.   Bringing Back the Balls to Rock
  22.   Last Kiss Goodbye
  23.   Dynamite Tonite
  24.   Give Your Life for Rock 'n' Roll
  25.   Discoevil
  26.   Evilyn
  27.   Horrifiction
  28.   Midnight Mover
  29.   They Only Come out at Night
  30.   The Riff
  31.   I Am Bigger Than You
  32.   Devil's Lullaby
  33.   Deadache
  34.   Raise Hell in Heaven
  35.   Girls Go Chopping
  36.   Don't Let My Mother Know
  37.   Get Heavy
  38.   Monster Monster
  39.   This Is Heavy Metal
  40.   Loud and Loaded
  41.   The Children of the Night
  42.   Scg3 Special Report
  43.   Wake the Snake
  44.   Schizo Doll
  45.   Would You Love a Monsterman?
  46.   Sincerely With Love
  47.   Beast Loose in Paradise
  48.   The Rock Police
  49.   The Ghosts of the Heceta Head
  50.   SCG IV
  51.   13
  52.   Hellbender Turbulence
  53.   Evilove
  54.   Supermonsters
  55.   Forsaken Fashion Dolls
  56.   The Kids Who Wanna Play With the Dead
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  58.   I Luv Ugly
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  61.   The Night of the Loving Dead
  62.   Shotgun Divorce
  63.   Midnite Lover
  64.   Chainsaw Buffet
  65.   I'm the Best
  66.   Fire in the Hole
  67.   Sacrifice Circle Gathering
  68.   Candy For the Cannibal
  69.   SCG6: Otus' Butcher Clinic
  70.   Dr. Sin is In
  71.   SCG5: It's a Boy!
  72.   Threatical Trailer
  73.   Amen's Lament to Ra
  74.   We're Not Bad For the Kids (We're Worse)
  75.   Kalmageddon
  76.   Non Stop Nite
  77.   Missing Miss Charlene
  78.   Icon of Dominance
  79.   Not the Nicest Guy
  80.   Granny's Gone Crazy
  81.   Babez for Breakfast
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  83.   Biomechanic Man
  84.   Bite It Like a Bulldog
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