The 69 Eyes
In 1989, a small gathering of young rockers, clad in makeup and mystique got together to be bound on an adventure that would see them create a new form of cult, an open, loving cult for the dark masses to congregate around. “Ever since the first rehearsals I felt that we had something magical coming” singer Jyrki 69. They would later be known as ‘The Helsinki Vampires’. “The Helsinki Vampires – does us justice. We’re the band that time forgot. We’re the band that refuses to die. We’re the band that refuses to change members. In all these years, we never saw a reason to stop” says Jyrki.
The 69 Eyes are now on the verge of releasing their 12th studio album, West End, and the artwork alone is a brilliant example of their simple, yet effective, dark and mysterious image. It’s this very image that has fascinated fans all over the world for so many years. It’s also an image they manage to embed in every record they release. The 69 Eyes have always managed to seamlessly integrate, rock, goth, and even elements of pop into their albums without ever becoming a commercial stereotype of their own characters.
When you sit down to hit play on a band's 12th studio album, you can’t help but think “I know exactly what I’m going to hear, they’ll be nothing new here”. You expect to tap your foot gently as you indulge in yet another offering from a band you’ve loved for so many years. What you generally don’t expect to happen is feel an enormous wave of “holy shit” within the first ten seconds of the opening single, Two Horns Up, in this case. And what an incredibly apt title for the first track on this record. 30 years on and 12 albums later, The 69 Eyes still make you want to smash back 10 shots of Jägermeister, throw the bottle against the wall and dive off the nearest stage. How on Earth any group of people can still inject this amount of energy into a record 3 decades into their career is quite frankly astonishing.
West End also features appearances from three highly acclaimed vocalists on ‘Two Horns Up’ and ‘The Last House On The Left’ – CRADLE OF FILTH’s hellish frontman Dani Filth, the Duke Of Spook WEDNESDAY 13 and Alice Cooper’s daughter and Beastö Blancö vocalist Calico Cooper.
‘Change’ will give you that fix of an underworld anthem, ‘Burn Witch Burn’ can offer you some ‘Never Say Die’ vibes, and, ‘Hell Has No Mercy’ will be the death of you. ‘The Last House On The Left’ will make you just want to break shit and smear eyeliner across your face, but in a good way.
The 69 Eyes have created a truly iconic image for themselves. The original Goth Rockers, The Helsinki Vampires, we raise our dark glasses to you and congratulate you on 30 years of amazing music and we thank you for another incredibly memorable album, West End.
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!CONTACT ME HERE
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