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Rovaniemi, Finland (1996 – present)

Lordi is a / band from Finland, formed in 1996 by ‘Mr. Lordi’ of Rovaniemi, Finland. They’re known for their monster costumes and lyrical themes.

In the beginning of the 1990s, Mr. Lordi played in a small band from Rovaniemi. He left the band when the other members didn’t agree with the introduction of theatrical elements and Kiss-style rock. Mr. Lordi started producing demos under the name Lordi in 1991 and continued to do so for a few years. The rest of the band members met each other for first time in 1996 in Stockholm, where they had gone to see KISS perform. From the very beginning, they wanted their band to perform with spectacular pyrotechnics, ‘monster style’. This, together with their masked image made several recording companies turn the band down, some saying that they should play black metal if they wear masks. Finally, the bmg recording company accepted them and their first album, Get Heavy, sold 40,000 copies in Finland.

The monster masks and costumes the band use are made of foam latex. The masks were first cast and then glued together piece by piece. Mr. Lordi mentioned that their suits still have some original pieces from 1996. He has also said that the suits cost them “a few hundred euros.” The band members do each others’ makeup.

The monster costumes are such an integral part of Lordi’s publicity image that they refuse to be photographed or even interviewed without them, even if in some cases it leads to their own discomfort.

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