Come one, come all, to preview the new blockbuster – ahem, album – from the world’s favorite hard rock monsters, Lordi, who are set to add the next chapter to their spooky history. Today, the quintet announces their eighteenth studio album, “Screem Writers Guild”, scheduled to see release on March 31st, 2023, via their new label home, Atomic Fire Records.
Its title — a “Lordified” play on words — is a reference to the “Screen Writers Guild”, an association of Hollywood screenplay writers (1920s to 1950s), yet there is no doubt that Lordi’s musical version is much louder and fiercer. “The record itself isn’t a real concept album, but it obviously plays with the overall cinematic theme”, says Mr. Lordi.
The news of the release is accompanied by the unveiling of the track “Lucyfer Prime Evil” alongside a lyric video, drawn by Kaarle and scripted and edited by mastermind Mr. Lordi himself.
Mr. Lordi explains: “This is the first chance for the fans to hear our new guitar player Kone in action on a record. He is doing a pretty lengthy guitar solo on the track, with Hella backing him up by keyboard harmonies here and there. It’s also the very first time in Lordi’s history that you can actually hear the whole band sing backing vocals on this album. Story-wise, ‘Lucyfer Prime Evil’ gives quite a good example of the themes and lyrical content that await you on the record: it’s a horror story… like an eerie horror movie theme song. Although this song isn’t really based on any particular horror movie, the conceptual theme of what to expect from the whole album should come across pretty clear”.
Watch the video for the new single “Lucyfer Prime Evil” below. Stream/purchase the track here.
“Screem Writers Guild” was produced by Mr. Lordi with Mana and Janne Halmkrona as executive producers. Ilkka Herkman took care of mixing and Pauli Saastamoinen mastered the record. The artwork was also designed by Mr. Lordi himself who has made a name as director for the band’s vision since the early ‘90s.
“Screem Writers Guild” will be available in the following formats:
Limited Collector’s Box Set – Includes alternative cover artwork, digipak CD, 2xLP in gatefold, exclusive Live At Masters Of Rock DVD featuring five live songs, five band member portrait art prints plus LORDI notebook.
The box set will be available in three color variants:
• Red/Black Splatter vinyl @ Atomic Fire Records Mailorder
• Green Marbled vinyl @ EMP
• Purple/Black Marbled vinyl @ Atomic Fire Records US Mailorder, Nuclear Blast, and Levykauppa Äx
• digipak CD
• 2xLP gatefold (Transparent/Blue Marbled)
• 2xLP gatefold (Red/Black Splatter; only available in Europe)
• 2xLP gatefold (Green Marbled; only available @ EMP)
• 2xLP gatefold (Purple/Black Marbled; only available @ Atomic Fire Records US Mailorder, Nuclear Blast, and Levykauppa Äx)
Pre-order the album, pre-save it on your favorite DSP, or preorder it digitally to receive “Lucyfer Prime Evil” immediately here.
1. Dead Again Jayne
2. SCG XVIII: Nosferuiz Horror Show
3. Unliving Picture Show
5. Thing in the Cage
6. Vampyro Fang Club
7. The Bride
8. Lucyfer Prime Evil
10. Lycantropical Island
11. In The Castle of Dracoolove
12. The SCG Awards
14. End Credits
In case you missed it, listen to Lordi’s 2022 version of their iconic song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” featuring “Werwolf” Bürger Lars Dietrich here (A portion of the song’s proceeds go to charity.)
Lordi will join Sabaton and Babymetal for a European tour this Spring with more performances to be announced soon. See all confirmed dates below.
UK & European Tour Dates 2023:
14.04.2023 GB Leeds – First Direct Arena
15.04.2023 GB London – OVO Arena Wembley
16.04.2023 GB Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
18.04.2023 GB Glasgow – OVO Hydro
21.04.2023 FR Paris – Zénith (La Villette)
22.04.2023 DE Frankfurt – Festhalle
24.04.2023 DE Hamburg – Barclays Arena
25.04.2023 LU Esch-sur-Alzette – Rockhal
28.04.2023 SE Stockholm – Avicii Arena
29.04.2023 NO Oslo – Spektrum
30.04.2023 DK Copenhagen – Royal Arena
02.05.2023 DE Hanover – ZAG Arena
03.05.2023 NL Amsterdam – Ziggo Dome
05.05.2023 DE Berlin – Mercedes-Benz Arena
06.05.2023 DE Leipzig – Quarterback Immobilien Arena
07.05.2023 AT Vienna – Stadthalle
09.05.2023 PL Łódź – Atlas Arena
10.05.2023 CZ Ostrava – Ostravar Aréna
12.05.2023 DE Cologne – Lanxess Arena
13.05.2023 BE Antwerp – Sportpaleis
15.05.2023 DE Munich – Olympiahalle
18.05.2023 EE Tallinn – Saku Suurhall
19.05.2023 FI Helsinki – Helsingin Jäähalli
20.05.2023 FI Kuopio – Kuopio-halli
(w/ Sabaton & BabyMetal)
6/23-25/2023 Rock Imperium Festival – Cartagena, ES
10/14/2023 Wildstyle & Tattoo @ Stadthalle – Kapfenberg, AT
10/21/2023 Wildstyle & Tattoo @ Tabakfabrik – Linz, AT
10/28/2023 Wildstyle & Tattoo @ Messezentrum – Salzburg, AT
Mr. Lordi – Vocals
Kone – Guitars
Hiisi – Bass
Mana – Drums