"Blood Red Sandman" Is Released
"Blood Red Sandman" is the second single from Lordi's second album The Monsterican Dream.
The song's original title was "Blood Red Santa", but Asko Kallonen from BMG Finland thought it was going to be a Christmas hit only so Mr. Lordi changed the name. There is also a promo version given out by Mayan Records for promotion to their compilation album The Monster Show.Some believe that this song could be referring to Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers. However others believe that some of the song's lyrics hint that the song could actually be about the infamous Jack the Ripper, who terrorised London around 1888. One line of the Lyrics says "they called me the leather apron" referring to the name given to the murder by the media. They called him the leather apron due to the fact that a leather butcher’s apron was found at one of the first crime scenes. The serial killer was dubbed ‘The Leather Apron’ for a while before being given the more commonly known name of Jack the Ripper. Another line in the lyrics says "they called me smiling Jack” this refers to one of the other names of the ripper before he/she was given the name of Jack the ripper. As for the line “they prayed to the heavens above that i would never ever come back" this preys on the subconscious fear in the human mind that the Ripper whoever they were will come back. There have been several copy cat cases since 1888 but no reported cases of the exact same nature. Lordi using this imagery in the song creates the character of the Blood Red Sandman who may or may not be a demonic Santa or Jack the Ripper.
Lordi is a hard rock/heavy metal band from Helsinki, Finland. The concept for Lordi was devised in 1992, however, the band was not formed until 1996 by Tomi Putaansuu (known as "Mr. Lordi") of Rovaniemi, Finland. Members of Lordi are noted for their elaborate monster-like costumes seen during live shows and in music videos. Lordi are also known as "The Finnish Monsters" and "The Monsters of Finland".
Lordi won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with 292 points, giving Finland its first ever victory in that contest. Lordi featured on the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen when Mr. Lordi presented the award for rock, and they were also the closing act playing their single Hard Rock Hallelujah. They also performed on Britain's Making Your Mind Up for the Eurovision Song Contest. Lordi performed on the main stage at Ozzfest 2007 and later that year toured with Type O Negative and Twin Method until Halloween night.
The Monsterican Dream is a 2004 album by Lordi. It is Lordi's worst selling album to date. A theory for the reason might be that many fans reportedly did not like the album's more metallic music and heavier sound with a more grim look to the band. This album could be considered one of Lordi's darker albums.