KISS Kollector Online recently spoke to LORDI leader Mr. Lordi about former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick's guest appearance on the Finnish band's new album, "The Arockalypse", due on March 3, 2006 via Drakkar.
"We were on our tour last spring around Europe," Lordi said. "On our day-off, ESP [featuring Kulick and current KISS drummer Eric Singer] was playing at The Rock in Copenhagen, and we were to play there at the same club the very next day. So, we rushed from Germany to Denmark to catch them. After the ESP gig, I asked their tour manager if there would be any chance to get Bruce to do a guest appearance on the next LORDI record. Few days later, I got an e-mail that said yes. So, that's pretty much how it came about!"
Kiss Kollector Online: Why did you want Bruce to take part in your new album?
Mr. Lordi: "KISS has played a huge part in our lives. Without KISS, there would not be LORDI, that's for sure. And since we (the band) grew up in the Eighties, we grew up with KISS with Bruce in it. I'm still secretly waiting for the re-reunion, with Bruce! (laughs) So, of course, just to ask him was a huge deal for us. And we never really thought that he would actually be willing to do it! It's Bruce Kulick, for God's sake! (laughs) It was more like, it doesn't hurt to ask. So we are really excited to have him. Our guitarist Amen still gets kicks out of it every single day, without any exaggeration! For us it is so unreal to even understand this, Bruce Kulick is playing on our song!?"
Kiss Kollector Online: Please tell me a little about the song Bruce played on.
Mr. Lordi: "The song is called 'It Snows In Hell'. It's not quite a ballad, but it is definitely the slowest and 'prettiest' piece on the album, minus my vocals (laughs). Bruce's solo is a 'Revenge'-style solo — these are his own words."
In addition to Kulick, "The Arockalypse" features a guest appearance by by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider (on "They Only Come Out at the Night").