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"Lordi" is a hard rock/heavy metal band from Finland, and winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, formed in 1996 by Tomi Putaansuu (known as 'Mr. Lordi') of Rovaniemi, Finland. Lordi is known for monster costumes and lyrical themes.

Lordi won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with a record 292 points, giving Finland its first ever victory.

In the beginning of the 1990s, Putaansuu played in a small band from Rovaniemi. He left the band when the other members didn't agree with the introduction of theatrical elements and KISS-style rock. Putaansuu started producing demos under the name Lordi in 1991 and continued to do so for a few years. The rest of the band members met each other for the first time in 1996 in Stockholm, where they had gone to see KISS perform. From the very beginning, they wanted their band to perform with spectacular pyrotechnics, 'monster style'. This, together with their masked image made several recording companies turn the band down, some saying that they should play black metal if they wear masks. Finally, the Sony BMG Finland recording company accepted them and their first album, Get Heavy, sold 40 000 copies in Finland. < Do not link BMG to ...

country Finland
years active 1996 in music
music genre Hard rock
current members Tomi Putaansuu, Mr. Lordi
Jussi Sydänmaa Amen
Samer el Nahhal, Samer el Nahhal
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