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