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The Arockalypse is the third studio album by Finnish heavy metal band Lordi. It includes the hit single "Hard Rock Hallelujah", which won the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 for Finland. The album has sold triple platinum in Finland and gold in Sweden. Although the album cover shows OX, it was Kalma who played bass guitar on the album.
|Studio album by|
|Released||3 March 2006|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal, shock rock|
|Label||Sony BMG, Drakkar, The End|
|Singles from The Arockalypse|
|Rolling Stone||link at the Wayback Machine (archived 28 March 2009)|
The Arockalypse has many guest-stars on its tracks: Dee Snider and Jay Jay French from Twisted Sister, Udo Dirkschneider from Accept/U.D.O. and Bruce Kulick from Kiss. Before the album was released in Finland, there were rumours about other possible guest stars, including Sebastian Bach from Skid Row, Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Rob Zombie, and other members of Kiss, the latter being Lordi's greatest influence. In reality, only Sebastian Bach and Alice Cooper were ever asked to be guests on the album, but neither were able to make it.
- "SCG3 Special Report" (with Starbuck as The News Reporter, Sam Romero and Dee Snider as "the monster squad's spokesman") – 3:46 (Mr Lordi/Kita)
- "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock" – 3:31 (Mr Lordi)
- "The Deadite Girls Gone Wild" – 3:45 (Mr Lordi/Kita/Tracy Lipp)
- "The Kids Who Wanna Play with the Dead" – 4:07 (Mr Lordi)
- "It Snows in Hell" (feat. Bruce Kulick) – 3:37 (Mr Lordi/Kita/Lipp)
- "Who's Your Daddy?" – 3:38 (Mr Lordi)
- "Hard Rock Hallelujah" – 4:07 (Mr Lordi)
- "They Only Come Out at Night" (feat. Udo Dirkschneider) – 3:49 (Mr Lordi/Amen)
- "The Chainsaw Buffet" (feat. Jay Jay French) – 3:57 (Mr Lordi)
- "Good to Be Bad" – 3:31 (Mr Lordi)
- "The Night of the Loving Dead" – 3:09 (Mr Lordi)
- "Supermonstars (The Anthem of the Phantoms)" – 4:04 (Mr Lordi)
In November 2006, The Arockalypse was re-released in Finland as a special edition, which included three bonus tracks and a DVD. This version was also the first Lordi album to be released in the United States. "It Snows in Hell" was slightly remixed for this version, using instead the music video version, which had a different set of vocals in the opening. Bonus tracks:
- "Would You Love a Monsterman? (2006)"
- "Mr. Killjoy"
- "Live at Market Square", Lordi's homecoming gig in Finland after their Eurovision triumph
- "Hello Athens", a series of short Finnish documentaries following Lordi up to the Eurovision Song Contest
- Music Videos for "Who's Your Daddy?", "Hard Rock Hallelujah", and "Would You Love a Monsterman? (2006)"
In 2007, a limited edition of The Arockalypse was released on vinyl in the US, available in four versions: black, clear, blue with red splatter or clear with red splatter. The album consists of two records and includes all the tracks from the special edition release, as well as three live bonus tracks on side D:
- "Devil Is a Loser (Live)"
- "Hard Rock Hallelujah (Live)"
- "Would You Love a Monsterman? (Live)"
Charts and certificationsEdit
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|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||11|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||8|
|European Top 100 Albums||8|
|US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)||17|
|Finland (Musiikkituottajat)||2× Platinum||97,149|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Credits for The Arockalypse adapted from liner notes.
- Mr Lordi – vocals, cover art, layout
- Amen – guitars
- Kita – drums, backing vocals, recording, mixing
- Kalma – bass
- Awa – keyboards
- Michael Majalahti – voice
- Bruce Kulick – guitars (5)
- Tracy Lipp – voice (1)
- Alexandra Alexis – voice (1)
- Dee Snider – vocals (1)
- Udo Dirkschneider – vocals (8)
- Jay Jay French – guitars (9)
- The Fire Quire of Lathe St. – backing vocals
- Nottingburroughs Boy Choir – backing vocals (7)
- The Naughty Lordi Girls Choir – backing vocals
- Svante Forsbäck – mastering
- Mika Lindberg – cover art, layout
- Petri Haggrén – photography
- Jyrki Tuovinen – production, recording, mixing
- LORDI: Release Date Set for The Arockalypse Retrieved 24 May 2017
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- "Swisscharts.com – Lordi – The Arockalypse". Hung Medien.
- "Lordi Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.
- "Lordi" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
- "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2006" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2011.
- (2006). "The Arockalypse liner notes." In The Arockalypse [CD booklet]. Drakkar.