To Beast or Not to Beast

To Beast or Not to Beast is the sixth studio album of Finnish hard rock band Lordi, released on 1 March 2013. As is traditional for the band, their costumes were renewed again for the release of this album.[1] The album was produced and mixed by Michael Wagener and engineered by Shani Gandhi.[2] It is the first album to feature members Mana and Hella. It also marks the first and only appearance of former drummer Otus, who died in 2012.

To Beast or Not to Beast
To beast of not to beast by lordi.jpg
Studio album by
Released1 March 2013 (2013-03-01)
GenreHard rock, heavy metal, shock rock
Length43:10
LabelSony Music (Finland)
AFM Records (Europe)
The End Records (United States, Canada)
ProducerMichael Wagener
Lordi chronology
Scarchives Vol. 1
(2012)
To Beast or Not to Beast
(2013)
Scare Force One
(2014)
Singles from To Beast or Not to Beast
  1. "The Riff"
    Released: 8 February 2013

In Germany the album was released in digipak covers. The album has been released as LP version in EMP store.[2]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."We're Not Bad for the Kids (We're Worse)"Mr Lordi, Tracy LippMr. Lordi, Amen3:23
2."I Luv Ugly"Lordi, LippLordi3:47
3."The Riff"Lordi, LippLordi, Amen3:44
4."Something Wicked This Way Comes"Lordi, LippLordi, Amen4:57
5."I'm the Best"LordiLordi, P.K. Hell3:14
6."Horrifiction"Lordi, LippLordi3:28
7."Happy New Fear"Lordi, LippLordi, OX, Hell, Amen4:45
8."Schizo Doll"Lordi, LippLordi4:34
9."Candy for the Cannibal"Lordi, LippLordi, Hell4:42
10."Sincerely with Love"Lordi, LippLordi3:13
11."SCG6: Otus' Butcher Clinic"OtusOtus3:23
Total length:43:10
Japanese Version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Hulking Dynamo"Mr. Lordi3:03
Total length:46:13

TriviaEdit

  • This album breaks from the Lordi tradition of having the first track being an SCG track; the SCG track on this album is instead the final track.
  • It also breaks tradition with the album title. In all their previous albums, the album title is also the title of one of the songs (Bend Over and Pray the Lord, Get Heavy, Deadache, Babez for Breakfast) or the title is part of the lyrics in a song somewhere on the album (The Monsterican Dream are lyrics in "Blood Red Sandman" and The Arockalypse are lyrics in "Hard Rock Hallelujah"). This album, however, does not contain a song called To Beast or Not to Beast, nor is it anywhere in the lyrics for any of the songs.
  • The album title was originally planned to be "Monsterial Phonica". But after Kiss released their album "Monster", Mr. Lordi thought that their album's name was too close to that so the band changed it to be "Upgradead". However, the band did not consider it an A-class name. Just few months before the release of the album, Amen came up with the final title, which the band felt suitable and perfect.[2]

CreditsEdit

  • Mr. Lordi – vocals
  • Amen – guitars
  • Mana – drums
  • OX – bass
  • Hella – keyboards
  • Otus – drums on SCG6: Otus' Butcher Clinic
  • Kita – drums on Hulking Dynamo
  • Enary – keyboards on Hulking Dynamo
  • Magnum – bass on Hulking Dynamo

ChartsEdit

Chart (2013) Peak
position[3]
Austria 67
Finland 8
Germany 56
Switzerland 95

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lordi's new members are Mana and Hella – new album To Beast Or Not To Beast out on March 8th". Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "To Beast or Not to Beast (2013)". LORDI Army. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  3. ^ https://finnishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lordi&titel=To+Beast+Or+Not+To+Beast&cat=a