Lordi is ready for the release of the sixth studio album To Beast Or Not To Beast. The new album is musically the most aggressive Lordi album yet. The seeds of the new approach in Lordi’s music were originally planted and inspired by the technical and brutal way the band’s former drummer Otus played Lordi songs. For the first time in Lordi´s history, Mr Lordi was not the one, who set up the tone of the upcoming material. Amen wrote 3 riffs in the spring of 2011 inspired by late Otus´ drum patterns. Those riffs were to become the musical guidelines of the new album To Beast Or Not To Beast.
Year 2012 marked two anniversaries for Lordi, both the 20th year birthday since the bands birth and the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut album Get Heavy. However, all the planned celebration was quickly toned down hard, as the drummer Otus passed away on February 13th. After the time of silence, the band played the confirmed gigs and summer festivals accompanied by a musician mysteriously named as The Drummer. Another line-up change became reality in early August, when the long-time keyboard player Awa played at the anniversary show in Rovaniemi. That was her last gig with Lordi.
In late August 2012, the band went again to USA to record the sixth studio album under the production of Michael Wagener. In December, a new keyboardist Hella and a new drummer Mana were officially announced to be the new members of Lordi.