It has come to my attention that today was the 4th of July. Unfortunately for you, I am unapologetically not-American. Today didn’t hold any special significance for me, and it didn’t even register until Strider’s recaps yesterday that it was Independence Day. Regardless, I hope you all had a good time doing whatever it is that you do on the 4th of July. I know fireworks are involved, and if Calendar Man is to be believed, so are barbecues. Those are usually good fun, so hopefully you all had a good’un. I’ll leave it to bbain tomorrow to talk more about it, I’m sure he’s better at it than I am. In the mean time, I’m going to do my utmost to marginalize this most sacred of holidays.
Either way, I guess I went on a bit of a rant last week. I wasn’t feeling like myself, so I felt like venting. I already feel a lot better now. Met back up with a bunch of my friends, played video games and just in general had the entire week to myself. It seems I needed that even more than I realized. And there was another thing this week that helped cheer me up: I got my hands on the new Lordi album! Woo!
If you don’t know, and it’s likely that you don’t, Lordi is a Finnish metal band which I was first introduced to years ago. They have a gimmick in that every band member is always dressed up as a monster of some sort, and everyone has their own character to play complete with creepy backstory. Lordi is rarely seen without the costumes, as they even do interviews in them. The vocals are done by a guy called Mr. Lordi, who is some sort of demon thing and the band’s figurehead, there’s a minotaur, a mummy, an alien, those kinds of things. They continuously update their insanely intricate costumes as well, ensuring that the band never looks the same for long. They even made a movie! The band members star as the monsters and it’s a stroke of genius. GENIUS I TELL YOU. I’ve heard it said that Lordi is pretty much like GWAR, but I couldn’t tell you because I don’t know them.
- Lordi as I was first introduced to them. The current lineup is a bit different.
Their songs are mostly hard rock and/or heavy metal, and invariably deal with some kind of monster theme. One song on the new album is about the Grim Reaper trying to outdo Satan in a rock-off (it’s similar to Tenacious D’s “Tribute” in that sense), several songs are about cannibalism, grannies and doctors going on killing sprees, girls being possessed by demons, ghosts, zombies, and so on. You name it, Lordi has a song about it. It’s all in jest, though, obviously. Songs about eating people are kind of hard to take seriously when they include lyrics such as “Called up your folks and they’ll join us for brunch/Nice day for a picnic/They’ll be delighted only they are the lunch!” and are being performed by a bunch of guys in monster suits rocking out.
Apart from game soundtracks, Lordi is pretty much the only thing I listen to nowadays. I don’t know what to tell you, I think they’re hella fun, and I love that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Lordi is the only band I consistently like, and the only band I have a hard time with to come up with a bad song. I guess they’re not the most sophisticated around, and I’m sure music buffs will tell me I have terrible taste. It doesn’t matter to me. I like ‘em and that’s that.
The new album is called “To Beast or not to Beast” (Lordi kind of has this thing with puns), and I’m really liking it. The first time I listened to the new album I hated it, but it has grown on me much like the previous albums have. Because of the way Mr. Lordi’s voice sounds it’s difficult to make out the lyrics, but upon repeated listening you get a sense of what the song’s about. That really helps, because otherwise it just sounds like a mess of guitar riffs and grunts, which is what turned me off at first. Now that I’ve listened to them enough, out of 10 new songs 4 have earned a place in my increasingly huge list of favorites, and the other 6 are either okay or good. My favorite is “Candy for the Cannibal”, but I also really love “Schizo Doll”, “Happy New Fear” (what did I tell you about the puns?) and “The Riff”. A great new album all around; it looks like that even after the many years since I first heard of them, I haven’t gotten over Lordi yet. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
And on that note, let’s get to the c-c-caps!
- I don’t think this clip has anything to do with the song. Do you still care after dat ass?
Villains in all media, not just video games, can end up being a dime a dozen. Far too often, a villain's motives boil down to "I am a bad, and so I do bad things. Fear me." While this format has worked for countless stories, at this point in my life (the ripe old age of 20) Iâ€™ve become jaded and grumpy, finding myself rolling my eyes when I see yet another antagonist wreaking havoc with no background or reasoning presented as to why theyâ€™re being such a butthole.
Whatâ€™s far more interesting to me is when a villainâ€™s motives or actions come across as justified, perhaps leaving you rooting for them to defeat the protagonist [insert Elder God Tier villain meme here].
My favorite example of this would be Meruem from the Chimera Ant arc of Hunter x Hunter. While he doesnâ€™t necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, heâ€™s easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains Iâ€™ve ever come across. For the sake of not spoiling what is perhaps one of the most exciting, action-packed, and tear-inducing arcs in anime history, I wonâ€™t delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasnâ€™t seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, itâ€™s that good.
But hey, thatâ€™s just how I feel. Iâ€™m sure there are folks out there who prefer their villains to be simple. If I ever met one of these theoretical people I might have a panic attack, but Iâ€™ll deal with that should the time come. Iâ€™m sure after some deep breaths we would get along. Maybe we could even snuggle, should my husband allow such an event to transpire.
All said and done, we arrive at the topic of this monthâ€™s Bloggers Wanted: Villains that did nothing wrong. Due to communication errors, this entry in the hallowed halls of Bloggers Wanted is a tad late. Regardless, all you have to do is head over to the Community Blog section of the site, and whip up a Cblog about a villain who you feel was secretly the good guy all along.
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