Mark your calendars for this year's Eurovision song competition (May 20), because this year's entry from Finland might give Dschinghis Khan a run for the title for Best Costumes. Say hello (or "hei" in Finnish) to Lordi, who are in the running with their toe-tapping and head-banging hit "Hard Rock Hallelujah" (YouTube link). And if they don't win, at least Lordi should go down in history as the band that inspired the following paragraph to be published in the New York Times:
As he stuck out his tongue menacingly, his red demon eyes glaring, Lordi was surrounded by Kita, an alien-man-beast predator who plays flame-spitting drums inside a cage; Awa, a blood-splattered ghost who howls backup vocals; Ox, a zombie bull who plays bass; and Amen, a mummy in a rubber loincloth who plays guitar.
Just in case you were wondering which country is currently the leader in zombie bull bass-playing technology, now you have your answer.
May 20 update: Lordi victorious! How about THEM apples?