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“Rosary Blue” (Single) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Rosary Blue” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 4/6/2013
Genre: Gothic Hard Rock
Rating: 5/5

A couple of months ago I specked out the maxi-single for The 69 Eyes with “Love Runs Away”, and that release closed out with the bonus track from their album “X” in “Rosary Blue”. The song was not on every version of the CD and now fans of one of the main voices on the track can divest themselves of a minor fee and add this tune alone to their digital library. I’ll repeat my initial thoughts on the tune just in case you didn’t see my notes on the maxi-single.
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“Love Runs Away” (Single) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Love Runs Away” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 2/5/2013
Genre: Gothic Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

“X” was the most recent album by the Helsinki Vampires known as The 69 Eyes and if you didn’t give it a chance for some reason, you now have a reason to take a listen thanks to this new tasty digital single “Love Runs Away”. This release begins with the opening track from the “X” album (which is the bands 10th in case you were wondering) and I love this tune since it’s a solid, four on the floor rocker that calls back to an earlier time in the bands history while still looking into their future.
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“Framed In Blood: The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes” (Expanded Edition) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Framed In Blood: The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes” Expanded Edition
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 11/13/2012
Genre: Gothic Hard Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

Cleopatra Records has been amazing in their issuing of the entire back catalog by the Helsinki Vampires, The 69 Eyes I’ve already reviewed a healthy chunk of them here on the website. Recently, the label announced an expanded edition of their greatest hits package “Framed In Blood: The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes” and that this version would have a now very hard to find DVD concert film included. Since I reviewed each of those already and there isn’t much else to say about them, I have decided to place both of those articles text here to speak about the new version. Take a look.

2006 CD Review: The 69 Eyes or the “Helsinki Vampires” as their fans know them best bring you a career spanning Greatest Hits with “Framed In Blood: The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes”. It is a nice collection of tracks from across their existence and offers a good look inside to the band for those that might be unaware or serve as a tasty sampler for those ardent fans. The Finnish group has a large following in Europe, but have only begun to make some ground in the US Market since 2005 and what this album does well is bring you back to the very early Glam-era stuff and leads you up until their harder edged Gothic sound that is the focus of the band today. The solid 18 track best-of has a number of great moments and you will find that singer Jyrki 69 definitely has a style that comes more rooted in older Rock and Roll than that of Metal (his vocals at times are very reminiscent of both Jim Morrison and Peter Steele). The deep, resonant tone shakes you up at times and yet is full of cryptic fire at others. Some stand out numbers are on this CD are “Brandon Lee”, “Gothic Girl” and “Wasting The Dawn” all of which are among my favorites from their catalog. New potential fans need only look into these tracks for it can easily make you a follower of their often hypnotic sound.
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“Borderline” (Single) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Borderline” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 9/25/2012
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

I guess it was just about a couple of months ago when I gave a quick overview of the first single “Red” from The 69 Eyes upcoming album “X” and with the album coming out in the next week or so I was a bit surprised to find a second single hitting so close to the street date. This next song is called “Borderline” and here are a few thoughts about it. The song begins with an almost 50’s sort of guitar twang and is slower than the previous offering and I guess can be viewed as a quasi-ballad.
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“Red” (Single) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Red” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 8/14/2012
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Fans of The Helsinki Vampires have been counting the time for far too long between albums as it’s been three years since their rocking “Back In Blood” release but the wait is over with this preview single “Red” from their upcoming Nuclear Blast Records album “X”. “X” marks the spot at the bands tenth recording and here are some thoughts about the debut single. This is their first album in the USA under the Nuclear Blast Records label.
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