Finnish heavy metal monsters LORDI will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the release of their debut album and the 20-year anniversary of LORDI‘s conception (then just featuring the band’s mainman, Mr. Lordi) the by issuing a new CD/DVD, entitled “Scarchives Vol. 1″, containing rare and previously unreleased material. On the CD you will find the full unreleased album from 1997, “Bend Over And Pray The Lord”. The DVD brings out the full, completely uncensored and untouched recording of LORDI‘s very first show from 2002. Pretty much no one’s ever heard the album, and no one’s ever seen this video … until now. On the booklet you’ll also find a long, detailed backstory of making of “Bend Over And Pray The Lord”.
Earlier this year, LORDI mainman Mr. Lordi commented on the “Scarchives Vol. 1″ release: “The [proposed] box set will NOT come out as a box per se. The items that were supposed to be in the box will be released separately item by item. The reason for this unforeseen change of plans is that all the planned items in the physical box would have raised the production costs so high that the very small, limited quantity of the box would have put the price of each individual box probably unbearable for most of the fans. So it was decided that the best solution is to divide the set in parts. This way the price of each item will not be as pricy, and everyone can decide for themselves what items they want and can afford. So, in a way, the contents of the box set are coming, but the actual physical box is not.”
He continued, “The first part to be released is a CD/DVD. It will include the very first unreleased LORDI album, ‘Bend Over And Pray The Lord – The Heavy Rock Album’ (CD) from 1997. The original booklet is included with no touch-ups whatsoever, plus a long story about making the album. As bonus tracks, ‘Get Heavy’, which was added to the album a bit later on, is included, as well as ‘Hulking Dynamo’, produced and mixed by late TT Oksala for ‘Get Heavy’ in 2002, with little additional work done this year by Mikko Karmila. The other part is a DVD, which includes the very first LORDI show from Nosturi, Helsinki 2002. The show was filmed by multiple cameras, and it is completely unfixed and none of the mistakes and embarrassing moments are edited out. The setlist includes, naturally, all the ‘Get Heavy’ songs. As a bonus, commentary track by myself and a gallery of all the unreleased merchandise from that era.”
LORDI will enter WireWorld Studio in Nashville, Tennessee in September with renowned producer Michael Wagener (METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE, SKID ROW, DOKKEN, RAVEN, MEGADETH) to begin recording their new album for an early 2013 release.
LORDI previously worked with Wagener on 2010′s “Babez For Breakfast”, which sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 43 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.