THE TRIUMPH OF (MOCK) SATANIC HEAVY METAL AT EUROVISION
LORDI WIN TOP HONOURS, MASKED METALLERS TO BECOME MOST PRIZED PAPARAZZI 'UNMASKED' TARGETS
COULD LORDI BE FUTURE GAY METAL ICONS?
A stunning triumph at the Eurovision Song Contest for Finland's (mock) satanic heavy metallers Lordi, who we tipped here to walk off with the top gong.
Fantastic. What an absolute shocker it must have been for those waiting to see who would be the next Eurovision-launched pop masters, following in the glam heel prints of ABBA, Bucks Fizz and....Celine Dion.
Theatrical heavy metal is obviously not dead, but could it become gay-friendly?
It's off to a good start winning the Eurovision, after some nasty 'Aids Kill Fags Dead' t-shirt moments during the 1980s, despite one of the lords of 1980s heavy metal, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, being an openly gay, leather-friendly, S & M-styled bondage master.
Okay, make that 'could it become even more gay-friendly?'
Lordi wins Eurovision, now heavy metal will never be taken seriously again (yes, we are fully aware of the irony inherent in that statement).
UPDATE : Uh-oh, Lordi's win seems to have already birthed a new rock movement, Eurometal.
See how long that tagging/branding term lasts before it's put out of its misery.
Lordi is not Euro-bloody-metal, they're (mock) Satanic Heavy Metal.
There's an important difference that I can't quite comprehend, but it's there.
Anyway, for the band, and their leader singer, it's all about the good times, all of the times :
"Enjoying the music of evil looking creatures isn't the same as condoning evil," he explained. "We have the same aesthetic as horror films. The scarier the film, the more fun it is. And rock music should be all about fun."
UPDATE : Poor Lordi, they just wanted to remain anonymous, behind their monstrous masks, their identities a secret.
Lead singer, Lordi himself, has said in the past he likes the masked band idea because it stops the members of the band from being identified with the music, instead of the whole package, the show, the masks, the costumes, the songs, everything.
But now they're one of the most famous rock bands in the world, the paparazzi will be after them for the first shots of Lord, and his band, completely unmasked. That'll mean stakeouts, street pursuits and cameras in the face every time they go out grab some milk and bread.
I'll give them a month before they are completely unmasked in a UK/Euro tabloid.
Go here for our previous story on Lordi.