BRUCE KULICK Says There Is A Chance He Will Play With KISS At Final Concert Of 'End Of The Road' Tour

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has told Rolling Stone that there is a chance he will come out and play with the band at the final show of the “End Of The Road” world tour. “That’s always been kind of what they’ve shared publicly,” he said. “I’ll be honest, It’s not like I have the plan or, like, Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] said to me, ‘This is how we want to do it. These are the songs.’ I don’t have the details. [My wife] Lisa and I chat about it because people ask. I do know I’ll be at least able to capture [KISS manager] Doc [McGhee] on the boat for a little bit and go, ‘What’s the plan?’ I don’t want to dance around the questions. I have some ideas of how this could be. ‘Tell me what you’re thinking?’

“There was a big pause button on their schedule,” he continued. “They would have ended their tour this summer if COVID never happened. They had a venue booked. It was a stadium in New York. That was going to be the end. Now I don’t know when it would be, if it’s in 2022. I don’t know. I hope I’m there. I hope I get to play a couple songs with them.

“The fans are expecting something special, and it should be. Everyone alive should be there. I’m not going to tell them that Vinnie [Vincent] should be there if they don’t want to see Vinnie. I do hope Ace [Frehley] and Peter [Criss] are going to be a part of it as well.”

Asked if he believes that this is KISS’s last tour, Kulick said: “I do think they will stop touring in a traditional sense. Would they manage and present other KISS-related things? You know, they have this idea that KISS will never die. They could have a KISS-themed show they aren’t in. … Could they pull that off successfully? Absolutely. KISS is a brand like Coca-Cola.

“I do think Gene and Paul will retire from touring. I know Gene well enough. They won’t carry on with what you know as a big touring KISS show forever. They just can’t. They don’t want to do it. How about Gene in a 40-pound outfit performing a two-hour show? No way. Paul’s had hip surgeries. You can’t sustain that. It’s harder and harder the older you get.

“They’re going to do some great business and some great shows. But they’re going to wrap it up in a year or so. I think they will.”

Kulick joined KISS in 1984 and remained with the band until the group’s original lineup reunited in 1996. He joined GRAND FUNK RAILROAD in 2000 and continues to perform with the group to this day.

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THE WINERY DOGS' Third Album Is 'Sounding Great,' Says MIKE PORTNOY: 'Everything Is Super Strong From Top To Bottom'

During an appearance this past Wednesday (September 22) on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) spoke about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the third album from THE WINERY DOGS, his power trio with guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen and legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH). He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s sounding great. We’re having a great time working together again. We pretty much got together twice over the summer — two different 10-day sessions; once in July and then again last month in August. Billy and I went out to L.A., and we worked with Richie at his home studio, and we did all the writing there and recorded my drums there. So the writing is done, my drum tracks are done. We came up with about 10 or 11 really cool songs. The material is awesome. It’s great. We’re so excited by it. But we’re taking it easy. With so many uncertainties out there, we’re kind of just doing this without any deadlines.”

He continued: “Deadlines are Richie Kotzen’s kryptonite — he fucking hates that. I think part of the reason he wanted time off from THE WINERY DOGS is because he was starting to feel that pressure of, ‘We’ve gotta have this album out. We’ve gotta do this tour cycle.’ Richie is a free spirit and doesn’t wanna be tied down by all that shit. So I think the fact that now we can make a record with no impending deadlines of release or no impending deadlines of a tour, because who knows if or when we can tour, I think that suited Richie best. He likes being able to just get together, write and record music for the fun of it. When it’s done, it’ll come out, and then, when the path is clear for safe touring, then we’ll do it again. It’s safe to say the album will probably be out sometime next year, but all the details at this point are still very, very premature. But it’s great music, great band, great guys, great playing.”

As for the musical direction of the new THE WINERY DOGS material, Mike told host Eddie Trunk: “I would say somewhere [between the first and the second albums]. It’s hard for me to have that real perspective that anybody listening does ’cause when you’re writing and recording it, it all becomes important to you. It’s hard to tell; it’s hard to have that perspective.

“The first album is just song after song after song — there’s no moments of weakness at any point — whereas ‘Hot Streak’, I guess, we did some more experimental stuff, songs like ‘Spiral’ or ‘War Machine’, songs on the back end that were more kind of experimental things,” he explained. “So I would say, if I had to compare it, it’s probably more like the first album because we also consciously decided to stop at around 10 or 11 songs. ‘Cause both the first album and ‘Hot Streak’, I think, had 13 or 14 songs. People like you and I, we love everything, we love music and we dig in, but for a lot of people, the attention span for a 14-song album could be a bit much. So when writing this album, we decided, let’s just come up with 10 or 11 that are really super strong. Nothing too experimental, nothing too off the beaten path from what people expect from THE WINERY DOGS. So I think everything on this album is super strong from top to bottom.”

THE WINERY DOGS were founded in 2012 after Portnoy and Sheehan — who initially aimed to collaborate with former WHITESNAKE and BLUE MURDER guitarist John Sykes — reached out to Kotzen, who played with Sheehan in MR. BIG from 1997 to 2002. The group’s self-titled debut reached No. 27 on the Billboard 200 after selling more than 10,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week of availability. The initial sales of follow-up effort “Hot Streak” were even better, as the album debuted at No. 30 in late 2015 after shifting 13,000 equivalent album units in America during its first week of availability.

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P.O.D. Drummer To Sit Out Remainder Of 'Satellite' 20th-Anniversary Tour

P.O.D. drummer Noah “Wuv” Bernardo will sit out the remainder of the band’s “Satellite” 20th-anniversary tour. The trek kicked off August 14 in Sturgis, South Dakota and will run through October 7 in P.O.D.’s hometown of San Diego. FROM ASHES TO NEW, ALL GOOD THINGS and SLEEP SIGNALS are providing support on the tour.

Earlier today (Saturday, September 25), the band released the following statement via social media: “Family – The ‘Satellite Tour 21’ is a traveling celebration of an album that the band owes so much to. With every show, we’re reminded of the accomplishments we have made together over the years. With that in mind, we want to let you know that Wuv will not be finishing out the remainder of the tour. We assure you that everyone is healthy and we look forward to seeing you soon.”

Affected dates:

Sep. 25 – Columbia, SC – The Senate
Sep. 28 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Sep. 29 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct. 01 – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa State Fair
Oct. 02 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
Oct. 03 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom
Oct. 06 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Oct. 07 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Two and a half years ago, Bernardo was forced to miss P.O.D.’s European tour due to what frontman Sonny Sandoval at the time called “passport” issues. He was temporarily replaced by Jonny Beats.

P.O.D. dropped “Satellite: 20th Anniversary Edition” as a double-CD and digitally on September 3 for $24.98 through Rhino. Released a few days before the album’s official anniversary on September 11, the 27-song collection introduces a newly remastered version of the original album, plus a selection of rarities, remixes, and four previously unreleased demos, including “Alive (Semi-Acoustic Version)”. A few weeks later, on October 8, “Satellite: 20th Anniversary Edition” will be released on vinyl as a double-LP as a part of Rhino’s Rocktober campaign.

After debuting at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, “Satellite” went on to sell more than seven million copies worldwide, including three million in the U.S. The record generated four singles: the title track, “Alive”, “Youth Of The Nation” and “Boom”. In addition to its commercial success, “Satellite” also earned P.O.D. three Grammy nominations for “Alive” (“Best Hard Rock Performance”, 2002), “Portrait” (“Best Metal Performance”, 2003), and “Youth Of The Nation” (“Best Hard Rock Performance”, 2003).

“Satellite: 20th Anniversary Edition” has a bonus disc that includes B-sides like “Critic” and “Sabbath” that were initially released in Europe, plus remixes for “Boom” by THE CRYSTAL METHOD and “Youth Of The Nation” by Mike$Ki.

P.O.D.’s latest album, “Circles”, was released in November 2018 via Mascot Label Group. The disc saw the band collaborating with the Los Angeles-based production duo called the Heavy (Jason Bell and Jordan Miller), who ensured the album is contemporary sounding without losing any of the band’s core sonic signifiers.

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GUNS N' ROSES To Release 'Hard Skool' Four-Song EP In February

GUNS N’ ROSES will release a new four-song EP, “Hard Skool”, on February 25, 2022. The effort, which is exclusive to the GUNS N’ ROSES official store, contains the two new songs the band released in the last two months — the title track and “Absurd” (stylized as “ABSUЯD”) — as well as live versions of “Don’t Cry” and “You’re Crazy”.

“Hard Skool” EP track listing:

01. Hard Skool
03. Don’t Cry (Live)
04. You’re Crazy (Live)

Written by singer Axl Rose and co-produced by Rose and Caram Costanzo, the track “Hard Skool”, which had the working title “Jackie Chan”, was originally recorded during GN’R’s “Chinese Democracy” era but was eventually omitted from that album. Short clips of the song were later posted online and a full version was leaked in August 2019.

More recently, the partially reunited classic lineup of GUNS N’ ROSES rehearsed the track during soundcheck at several concerts on the band’s summer 2021 tour but has yet to perform it live.

Rumors of the new song’s imminent release began to circulate earlier in the month after a fan was reportedly told about it by Rose when they met backstage at a recent show in Atlantic City.

On “Hard Skool”, Axl sings: “But you had to play it cool, had to do it your way/Had to be a fool, had to throw it all away/Too hard school and you thought you were here to stay/ If that were true, it wouldn’t matter anyway.”

“Absurd”, a reworked version of a previously unreleased track called “Silkworms”, came out on August 6, three days after the band performed the tune live for the first time during its concert at Boston’s Fenway Park.

GUNS N’ ROSES last performed “Silkworms”, which was also reportedly written during the “Chinese Democracy” sessions, in 2001.

The band is now said to be working on a new studio album — the first under the GUNS banner since “Chinese Democracy” and the first to feature Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan since 1993.

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ALICE COOPER Gets Street Named After Him In Westland, Michigan: Video, Photos

WCSX-FM morning personality Big Jim O’Brien from “Big Jim’s House” joined Motor City rock legend Alice Cooper on Thursday, September 23 to unveil “Alice Cooper Court” at Eloise Asylum (30712 Michigan Avenue) in Westland, Michigan.

“Alice Cooper Court” is the third street name created by WCSX honoring Motor City rock icons. Other Detroit-area landmarks include “Bob Seger Boulevard” and “Glenn Frey Drive.”

The official ceremony began at 2 p.m. ET, hosted by Jim O’Brien, and included remarks from Cooper, who attended the unveiling prior to his concert performance at the DTE Energy Center Saturday, September 25. It also featured a live performance by Alice Cooper cover band THE NIGHTMARE.

“I love the idea that they’re naming streets after rock stars in Detroit,” Cooper told the crowd, according to the Detroit Free Press, going on to suggest “Iggy Avenue” and “MC5 Street.” “There’s probably more rock stars than politicians.”

To commemorate the dedication, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland added an official “Alice Cooper Court” street sign to its “Legends Of Rock” exhibit, which features a new Alice Cooper display. In addition to the street sign, fans can check out Alice’s original electric chair prop and costumes worn from his iconic tours.

“Rock and roll is as much about the spectacle and visual as it is the sonic. Inductee Alice Cooper spawned a new generation of rock and roll with both,” said Nwaka Onwusa, chief curator and vice president of curatorial affairs, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. “We are thrilled to add the official street sign to our exhibit as we celebrate Alice Cooper’s legacy with fans and share stories behind the music he created.”

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ALICE IN CHAINS' JERRY CANTRELL: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Making Of 'Brighten' Music Video

ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell has released behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the official music video for the title track of his upcoming solo album, “Brighten”. Due on October 29, “Brighten” was co-produced by Jerry over the past year with film composer Tyler Bates and Cantrell’s longtime engineer Paul Figueroa. They welcomed a dynamic cast of supporting players, including drummers Gil Sharone and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney), pedal steel master Michael Rozon, Vincent Jones on piano, Wurlitzer, and organ. Other rock legends added to the fun of this LP, including Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES) on select bass tracks, Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) handling all of the background vocals and Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) overseeing the mixing of “Brighten”. Together, they recorded eight originals and the LP closes with an approved-by-Elton John cover of his classic “Goodbye” as the finale.

“It’s pure rock and roll,” Cantrell said about the “Brighten” title track. “Vince Jones, on keys, added a really great track and brought it to a new level. I can picture myself playing it on a stage for people, and it feels good. It’s a big rock song.”

In July, Cantrell released “Atone”, the first single from “Brighten”. The song’s accompanying video was creatively directed as a group effort by Jerry; photographer/musician Jim Louvau; Puciato; visual artist Jesse Draxler; and photographer Tony Aguilera.

Asked in a recent Instagram Live question-and-answer session with fans how he chose “Atone” to be the first single and opening track from the new LP, Cantrell said: “When you make a record, you have a body of work, and generally it’s pretty easy, out of everything that you have, to figure out where you wanna start and where you wanna end. So ‘Atone’ was always a strong contender. My partner on the record, [film composer] Tyler Bates, and [longtime engineer] Paul Figueroa both felt pretty strongly about that song as an opener as well. So when it came to track listing, I was kind of bouncing back and forth, and it just felt right. It’s got an attitude that kind of sets the tone for the whole body of work. It’s an interesting song. I think it was one of the first tunes that I showed Tyler when we were kind of gathering material. And when I played that riff, he was, like, ‘Man, that’s cool.’ And I’m, like, ‘Man, I’ve been carrying this riff around for years, and I haven’t figured out a way to make it into a complete song that’s as good as the riff and the chorus idea that I had.’ The other thing that he thought was really interesting was the fact that it’s in an open tuning, which is normally a major tuning and used for kind of blues slide-type stuff, but it’s pretty minor sounding.”

Jerry’s upcoming effort will mark his first full-length release since “Degradation Trip”, the epic solo album he made in 2002 with future METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo and FAITH NO MORE drummer Mike Bordin.

Cantrell announced the new LP’s completion in an Instagram post in March.

Jerry’s career outside of ALICE IN CHAINS has consisted of two solo albums and contributions to major film soundtracks. Cantrell’s first solo album, “Boggy Depot”, was released in 1998, followed by his second album, the aforementioned “Degradation Trip”. In addition to his solo artist work, Jerry has released music on soundtracks for several films, including “Spider-Man”, “The Cable Guy”, “John Wick 2”, “Last Action Hero” and “The Punisher”.

ALICE IN CHAINS regrouped in 2006 with William DuVall joining the band, and released its third LP with DuVall in the lineup, “Rainier Fog”, in August 2018.

EXODUS's TOM HUNTING Opens Up About His Cancer Battle: 'I Wouldn't Recommend It For Anybody'

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting joined HELLHUNTER on stage last Saturday night (September 18) at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, California to play the classic EXODUS song “Metal Command”. The concert was a benefit event for the 56-year-old musician, who performed live for the first time since undergoing a successful total gastrectomy in July in his battle with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach. Also appearing with HELLHUNTER was DEATH ANGEL drummer Will Carroll, who contributed lead vocals.

Speaking to Reality Check TV after his performance with HELLHUNTER, Hunting said about his cancer battle (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I wouldn’t recommend it for anybody. It’s not the funnest hobby you can ever start. [But] it’s looking good [after the surgery]. And I got some good news this week. I don’t have to do any more treatments — at least any more chemo treatments.”

Hunting went on to say that he is “grateful for the science” and especially appreciative of the fact that the metal community came together and raised funds to assist him in his recovery. He is also eagerly anticipating the opportunity to perform live with EXODUS in support of the band’s upcoming album, “Persona Non Grata”, which is due in November.

“Now, since I don’t have to do chemo treatments, I can rejoin the band,” he said. “‘Cause chemo’s a bitch. Cancer’s a bitch, but chemo is really a bitch. Boom, you get one dose and you think you’re okay, and then you get another dose, and it kind of compiles from the dose before that…

“We’ve got work to do,” he added. “I’m on the mend, and I’ll be a part of that work… I’m looking forward to being on all the tours going forward.”

As for how it felt being back on stage for the first time since his surgery, Hunting said: “It was fun. It was kind of a hurdle I had to jum. But it felt good. I wanted to keep going. I almost started out ‘Piranha’ on those guys, but I didn’t wanna be a dick…”

Last month, EXODUS tapped John Tempesta to play drums for the band at Psycho Las Vegas on August 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada and at Full Terror Assault on September 11 at Hogrock Campground in Cave In Rock, Illinois — while Hunting was recovering from surgery. Tempesta was a member of EXODUS from 1989 until 1993 and played on the band’s albums “Impact Is Imminent” (1990) and “Force Of Habit” (1992).

When Hunting announced his absence from Psycho Las Vegas and Full Terror Assault, he said in a statement: “I need to manage my own expectations, and then work my very core back into shape to be fully ready for action. I have no doubt I’ll bounce back and get there.”

A GoFundMe campaign to help Hunting with medical expenses had previously raised more than $111,000 — including $5,000 from Tom’s former EXODUS bandmate, current METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, and $1,500 from FOZZY singer and wrestling superstar Chris Jericho.

“Persona Non Grata” will be made available on November 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The LP was recorded at a studio in Lake Almanor, California and was engineered by Steve Lagudi and EXODUS. It was produced by EXODUS and was mixed by Andy Sneap. For the third time in the band’s history, they returned to Swedish artist Pär Olofsson to create the album artwork.

“Persona Non Grata” is the follow-up to 2014’s “Blood In Blood Out”, which was the San Francisco Bay Area thrashers’ first release since the departure of the group’s lead singer of nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of Steve “Zetro” Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.

JOHN CORABI Doesn't Care What His Former Bandmates In MÖTLEY CRÜE Will Think About His Upcoming Autobiography

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer John Corabi recently completed work on his autobiography. Titled “Horseshoes And Hand Grenades”, it was written wih the help of MÖTLEY CRÜE historian/author Paul Miles, and is due on April 12, 2022 via Rare Bird Books.

Corabi joined CRÜE in 1992 as the replacement for the group’s original singer, Vince Neil, who was dismissed due to personal differences. With Corabi on vocals, MÖTLEY CRÜE released one critically acclaimed full-length CD, which ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top 10 placing on the album chart. When Neil returned to the fold in 1997, Corabi was left on his own and formed the band UNION with ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.

In a new interview with 80’s Glam Metalcast, Corabi was asked if he is concerned at all about what his former bandmates will think about his book. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “To be honest with you, I don’t really think that I’m telling anybody anything that they didn’t already know. What the book really kind of goes through is me joining the band, being in the band, leaving the band, and it really kind of explains my mental state. Obviously, the MÖTLEY thing, all of it’s been so publicized with [the band biography] ‘The Dirt’ and just interviews and different things like that. I’m just explaining how I was feeling while certain things were happening and how I feel like I fit with the band but I never really did. So I’m kind of talking about my mental state through the whole thing. So I don’t really think I’m saying anything that will surprise anybody. And to be honest with you, and I don’t mean this to sound weird, but I don’t really care what those guys think… The minute they told me they were bringing Vince back, I walked away from it and I kind of accepted everything. It’s not me who keeps bringing it up. I’m still writing new music. I’ve done — in the last 10 years, between my solo records and the records I did with THE [DEAD] DAISIES and the new music that I’m doing, I think I’ve done five or six records. So I’m past it, I’m over it, I don’t even think about it.

“Paul talked to me about doing a book, which I really didn’t want to do in the beginning,” he continued. “But he said, ‘You know what, dude? You’re just one of these guys that, like, even though you kind of had a few chapters in ‘The Dirt’, you’re largely a mystery. There’s not a lot of stuff that people know about you. And I think your story is pretty fascinating.’ So I was, like, ‘Okay. Whatever. We’ll do the book.’

“It’s not a tell-all book about any band that I’ve been in; it’s not a tell-all book about any of my marriages; it’s basically a tell-all book about John Corabi from the minute I took my first breath till about a year ago or six months ago,” he explained. “I have an ex-wife or two that it might piss off, and I don’t give a shit about them either. So, whatever… [The book] is about perseverance and it talks about my life from the beginning to now. And the title is just about somebody that’s been close a lot. It’s a book about a guy that’s been in all the right places but at all the wrong times. So it’s pretty cool. It’s fun.”

Corabi went on to say that he doesn’t hold a grudge against any of the guys in MÖTLEY CRÜE. “Honestly, it may not seem it, but I don’t have any issues with the guys in MÖTLEY at all,” he said. “I love those guys. I don’t know why Nikki’s [Sixx, CRÜE bassist] had a hair up his ass for the last couple of years about me; I couldn’t tell you why. I don’t know. I don’t care. My only beef with those guys was I really wish they would have just left me out of [‘The Dirt’ biopic]. I really felt like — I don’t know if it was intentional, if it wasn’t intentional, but I really felt like my portrayal in the movie just made me look like a complete fucking babbling moron. And they also made it look like we were playing in high school gymnasiums to 10 people. Obviously, it wasn’t great — we all know that; it’s common knowledge — but the attendance wasn’t that bad; not as bad as they made it look. So I wish they would would have just left me out of the movie altogether and whatever. But it is what it is. I don’t care. I’m over it.”

Corabi in 2016 said that he would avoid talking about MÖTLEY CRÜE in the future because he didn’t want his comments about Sixx to descend into a feud.

In an interview with Sweden Rock Magazine, Nikki said that writing the “Mötley Crüe” LP with Corabi was a prolonged and difficult experience. He went to call it “a very unfocused record” that was “painful for me, because John Corabi can’t write lyrics, and I had to do all that work.”

Corabi initially responded to Sixx’s comments by saying that he didn’t “give a shit” about what his ex-bandmate had to say, but later told an interviewer, when asked about it again, “I have no idea why Nikki feels that I’m the biggest piece of shit to roam the Earth.” He then proceeded to take to his Facebook page to claim that he would “officially have nothing to say about any member of MÖTLEY CRÜE ever again,” adding that he was “not backing this bullshit stirring that is happening to start a feud.”

In February 2018, Corabi released a live album of his performance of MÖTLEY CRÜE’s entire 1994 self-titled album, recorded on October 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. “Live ’94: One Night In Nashville” documents the album in its entirety along with the bonus track “10,000 Miles”, which was originally released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the “Quaternary” EP.

LORDI Shares Two Thrash Metal-Inspired Songs From 'Lordiversity' Box Set

Finnish heavy metal monsters LORDI will release no less than seven new studio albums in the fall. The LPs will mark the first new music from LORDI since the arrival of 2020’s “Killection”, a fictional compilation album which contained songs that LORDI would have written had the band existed between the early 1970s and the mid-1990s.

The “Lordiversity” box shall be available on November 26 as seven-CD box set and as seven-vinyl box set in three different color editions. Each album has a different genre approach: hard rock, disco, progressive rock, heavy metal, AOR, thrash/speed metal and industrial metal. One of the LPs, “Abracadaver”, is full of 1990s speed and thrash metal-inspired songs. Heavy riffs are guaranteed to make every fan of SEPULTURA, KREATOR and ANTHRAX bang their head to the fast-paced rhythm. Two tracks from “Abracadaver”, the title track and “Beast Of Both Worlds”, can be streamed below.

The band’s leader, Mr. Lordi, explains: “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!”

The seven albums contained within “Lordiversity” are:

* Skelectric Dinosaur
* SuperFlyTrap
* The Masterbeast From The Moon
* Abusement Park
* Humanimals
* Abracadaver
* Spooky Sextravaganza Spectacular

LORDI won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with the song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” and remains the first and only winner from Finland in the history of the competition. Since then, the band has gone through several lineup changes. The original members who are still active with the band are Mr. Lordi and guitarist Amen.